Tegra X1 Chromebook might be happening, codenamed “Smaug”

Chromebook_GenericIf you’ve kept up with Chromebooks over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed how different manufacturers have been testing out different processors for their ultra-portable laptops. Most Chromebooks tend to use Intel’s low-power chips, but we’ve seen some experimentation from other companies, such as Samsung using their own ARM Exynos processors and Asus using Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chips. However, ARM processor usage has been pretty limited up to this point, mostly because ARM processors just haven’t completely matched up to Intel’s offerings in the performance category. Read more

Google uses a robot to check for lag on Android and Chrome OS devices

Screenshot 2015-06-29 10.33.07Testing for input lag on a smart device seems like something only a human would be able to do, but Google apparently uses a giant robot to handle the task. Is there anything we can’t develop a giant robot to do?

The machine is called TouchBot and it tests Android and Chrome OS devices by tapping the screen in different places, then recording what’s going on. It’s a pretty cool automated concept, and apparently works well for Google. Hit the video below to see it in action. Read more

Acer’s new Chromebase comes with a 21.5-inch Full HD display

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The new Acer Chromebase DC221HQ series could be the device that makes all-in-one desktops with Chrome OS popular. It has a large, sharp display and a processor that keeps the operating system moving along. The Acer Chromebase’s display measures 21.5 inches and has Full HD (1920×1080) resolution. Perhaps more valuable than image quality for the Acer Chromebase is the device’s versatility from the adjustable stand, which tilts from 15 to 75 degrees, and ability to mount it to a wall. The latter setup becomes useful when paired with the touch-ready model that costs $429 compared to the base model’s $329. Along with 4GB of RAM, NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor will likely perform well given its history with other Chrome OS devices.

Acer will begin selling its new Chromebase this month in white and black color options.

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Chrome OS update incoming: Files app with Material Design, improved launcher, and more

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Owners of devices running Chrome OS can expect an update to arrive over the next few weeks. The latest update, version 42.0.2311.87, brings various changes ranging from the Files app influenced by Material Design, an improved launcher with Google services, and support for zip files with passwords. Behind the scenes, Google has removed bugs and implemented fixes.

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Chrome OS to get support for Camera RAW files

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The latest promotional video for Chromebooks was all about being ‘for everyone, everywhere’. It has long been said that Chrome OS is far to limited to replace a device with Windows or OS X; however, the operating system has really made strides to become more productive. An update to the Chrome OS Dev Channel introduces support for Camera RAW files. This means that photographers and other editors can play around with images the way in which they were taken.

Now Chrome OS just needs a serious photo editor. Any suggestions that are already available in the Chrome Web Store? Let us know in the comments.

Source: François Beaufort (Google+)

New Chromebook ad shows they are ‘for everyone, everywhere’

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After the recent announcement of new Chrome OS-powered devices, consumers have options on the low-end and high-end to match their needs. There are devices ranging from $149 to more than $1,000. So it makes sense that the latest advertisement for Chromebooks focuses on the devices being ‘for everyone, everywhere.’ The ad shifts through various scenes in which people are using a Chromebook differently. The uses highlight education, photography, editing, entertainment, and more. Some of the brands spotted are not available in the United States which actually shows how easy it is for Chrome OS to go from market to market with ease.

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