Dark mode has been a popular feature request among Chrome OS users for a long time. Although the OS uses a "light" theme by default, it has some random splashes of dark elements, including the launcher and the shelf. Last month, I explained in detail how bringing consistency to the current "light" theme would improve usability, but at the time, there was no information about when a true, system-wide dark mode would ship. Sure, the launcher search bar got a bit darker recently, but what people want is to turn off the lights and minimize eye strain when using their computers over extended periods. Read More
Chrome OS might not be the best operating system for hardcore gamers, but most Chromebooks are powerful enough to play some popular games — especially when you add cloud game streaming like GeForce NOW to the mix. Nvidia launched the service in beta earlier this year, and now Chromebook users can get three months for free — with a small catch. Read More
Chromebooks differ from regular PCs in many ways, but perhaps the most important distinction is that they have fixed lifetimes. Unlike traditional PCs, where you can keep updating the operating system until the hardware fails or becomes too ancient, Chromebooks use Google-made hardware platforms that are only guaranteed updates for a handful of years. Google has been gradually extending the support life for new Chromebooks, and now we're seeing the first models with nine years of guaranteed OS support. Read More
Following last week's release of Chrome 86 on desktop and mobile platforms, Google is now rolling out Chrome OS 86 to eligible Chromebooks. Like the past major updates, Chrome OS 86 offers several new features and improvements to ensure you continue to have a reliable, productive, and comfortable experience on your Chromebook. Here are a few things Google announced today that are coming to your Chromebook. Read More
AMD is bringing Zen to Chromebooks. Shoring up last year's announcement of a handful of A-series chips, AMD has decided that the time is right for its much-loved Zen-based cores to make the trip. In total, five new 15W Ryzen and Athlon-branded chips based on Zen and Zen+ architecture are coming to Chromebooks. Read More
Today, AMD has announced that it's bringing a few of its high-end chips to Chromebooks, including the Ryzen line. HP is one of the first partners to take advantage of the computing platform on Chrome OS and has taken the opportunity to launch its first Ryzen-powered Chromebook, the HP Pro c645. The company additionally gives us a look at the first Chromebox in a while, the HP Chromebox G3, but this one comes with Intel chips. Read More
It is a well-known fact that Google has a rough history with Bluetooth. While the Bluetooth situation on Chromebooks is improving thanks to recent development, many of us who pair Bluetooth peripherals to our Chromebooks like wireless earbuds or mice will know that the wireless experience isn’t perfect. In 2018, with Bluetooth devices on the rise and the launch of the Pixel Slate looming, Google likely felt pressured to tackle this problem. This led to an experiment with a brand new Bluetooth daemon, in an ambitious project known as NewBlue.
It's no secret that Google loves to add powerful AI into its software whenever it can. The next generation Google Assistant demoed at Google I/O in 2019 is an excellent example of how capable Google's AI can be, and it continuously blows my mind how quick and snappy voice processing is as a result. Google is now using its powerful AI to improve the handwriting experience on Chrome OS. Read More