Google allowing users to make app requests for Chrome OS availability

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At Google I/O last week, Google announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run Android apps — which ones? Well, according to Google, that’ll be up to you.

While we can’t expect Google and developers to make all of our favorite apps available on both platforms, we can certainly ask.

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Chromebooks to include new security unlock features, new Google Now cards, and run Android apps

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Sundar Pichai took the stage again at Google I/O to let us know what Google has up its sleeves for Chromebooks and Chrome OS.

Today, Google has 8 OEMs making 15 different Chromebook devices (with more coming), available in 28 different countries.

Pichai even noted that all 10 of the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. Not too shabby. There’s even been a 6x growth of use of Chromebooks in K-12 schools in the past year.

Google will be adding more to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in order to make sure these trends continue.

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Chrome OS adds support for “supervised users,” allows for stronger control over alternate user accounts

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Multi-user support on Android tablets is a very attractive feature, allowing administrators to create accounts for others who live in their homes, and even restrict access to specific apps/settings on those alternate accounts.

Now, Google will be bringing a similar feature to Chrome OS, called “Supervised Users.” Chromebook and Chromebox owners will be able to set up secondary accounts on their Chrome OS devices. These secondary accounts will not require an associated Google account, and the administrator will be able to view the supervised users’ browsing history and put limits on web surfing.

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Photo taken from LG G3 surfaces

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A person going by the username of “Geek” posted an image taken with the LG G3 camera on ortud.com. Now just like any other post like this, it could be a waste of our time, but it could also give us an early indication of the LG G3 camera.

According to “Geek”, the G3 has the same sensor (13MP)  as the G Pro 2, but with the addition of optical image stabilization (OIS). He also said to expect the device to be released in July, which slightly coincides with the latest rumors.

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Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

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Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

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Acer unveils its newest touchscreen Chromebook in White Moonstone, costs only $299

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Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.

The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.

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DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today

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We knew it was right around the corner since the soak test commenced last week, so it’s not a surprise that Verizon just announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is starting to roll for the DROID Maxx, Ultra, and Mini. Unless you are really lucky, don’t expect it to hit your device right away though. This is a staged rollout, so it could take up to a week or more. Of course, you can always check system updates in your settings, but contrary to popular believe, it won’t come any faster.

Another round of applause is in order for Motorola, who is really on the ball with KitKat.

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C720P Chromebook by Acer announced, touchscreen notebook for affordable price

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If you were planning on purchasing a Chromebook with a touchscreen, you previously only really had one option: at $1,299, Google’s Chromebook Pixel was the only laptop running Chrome OS with a touchscreen.

However, for only $299, you’ll soon be able to get Acer’s C720P Chromebook which features a touchscreen. It’ll be available on Amazon and in Best Buy, and on Acer’s online store.

Startup is still only 7 seconds, and features 7.5 hour battery life. The processor is also a Haswell-based Intel Celeron CPU— all very nice.

You’ll get 32GB of flash storage, more than the 16GB offered by the other model’s in Acer’s C720 line. (This Chromebook is essentially the same as the $199 version, but includes the touchscreen.)

If you’re looking for a device to get some lightweight work done on the go, then this Chromebook is certainly an awesome option.