We expect Chromebooks to be a very hot item for holiday shoppers this year. The devices running Chrome OS are cheap and the hardware is vastly different than what it once was. The value of a Chromebook just keeps getting and better. And it gets even better now because Google is giving new Chromebook owners free Drive storage. How much? An astounding 1TB for two years. That is nearly $240 that you do not have to spend. It is more than enough space for the average user, that’s for sure.
The offer expires on January 1, 2015. Don’t leave it sitting underneath the Christmas tree for too long!
Source: Google Drive Blog
In September, Google and Adobe announced plans to bring Photoshop over to Chrome OS. The project has actually been going on for nearly two years and, today, Photoshop Streaming has made its way to the Chrome Web Store. For now, only educational institutions have access to Photoshop Streaming. The testing period will last for six months and then it is fair game for anyone to use. Adobe did provide an explanation as to how Photoshop on Chrome OS works.
Google has announced the stable channel for Chrome OS devices will be getting an update over the course of the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, the update will not be hitting all devices as the Dell Chromebook 11, the HP Chromebook 14, the Acer C720 and the Toshiba Chromebook are all excluded. Those who get the update though will enjoy the following new features:
The Google Chrome team indicates the update will take some extra time to get to users as team members enjoy a holiday break next week.
source: Chrome Releases
If you like the Roboto font that Google introduced in Android 4.0, you’ll be happy to know that it’s looking like Roboto will soon become the default typeface in Google’s Chrome OS. The custom operating system currently uses Noto Sans.
Google slightly refined Roboto in Android 5.0 Lollipop, and in an effort to keep things uniform across all of their products, it makes sense to see the font face make the leap to Chrome OS. No word on exactly when the change will happen, but the most plausible date would be with the release of Chrome OS version 41.
source: OMG Chrome
In April, we learned that Google would be implementing a way for an Android phone to unlock a Chrome OS device. That feature is reportedly operable for some users with Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is called Easy Unlock and just asks Chrome OS users to hit a single button to login when their phone is nearby, forgoing the need to manually enter a password. It all works through Bluetooth Low Energy.
Have you found the Easy Unlock feature to be available yet? Let us know in the comments.
Via: OMG! Chrome!
Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering team assigned to the Chrome operating system placed under him. Linus Upson was the top engineer for Chrome and it is unclear what he will be doing moving forward.
We starting to see more and more Android apps make the jump to Chrome OS. The latest rounds of apps to arrive in the Chrome Web Store are Clarisketch, Lensoo Create, Web2Go, and Remind. All of them are bound to make a user more productive.
Hit the break for descriptions of each app.
Earlier today Google updated their lesser-known operating system Chrome OS to include native support for Media Transfer Protocol, allowing users to hypothetically transfer files between their Chromebook and any relatively modern Android-powered device with just a USB cable. I say hypothetically since for now write operations are not supported, which means you can’t create folders, add media or rename files. The feature has been in beta since earlier this year but has now been rolled into the stable version of Chrome OS.
As Chromebooks become more popular, demand for access to programs that users are familiar with on other platforms is going to continue to grow. Today it was announced that Adobe has decided to jump on board with Chrome OS by making their Creative Cloud, including a streaming version of Photoshop, available on Chromebooks. Although many of Adobe’s applications may be familiar to users as software that has to be downloaded and installed on a computer, the company has been pushing more features and services into the cloud. One of the benefits it appears is making the tools more platform-agnostic as seen with this latest move by Adobe.
In the market for a new laptop? We should mention giving a Chromebook a look. In the next several months leading up to the holiday season, there are going to be an abundance of Chrome OS devices released. The Chromebook 2, from Toshiba, is currently available through Amazon.
There are two models and both feature a 13.3-inch display. The base model’s display has a resolution of 1366×768 while upgrading raises this to 1920×1080. Regardless, you get an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The upgraded model takes the base 2GB of RAM up to 4GB. Battery life for the base model is estimated at eleven hours and the 1080p display of the more expensive Chromebook 2 lowers it to about nine hours.
Source: Amazon [Base Model Link - $249] [Upgraded Model Link - $364]