Run any Android app on your Chromebook with this hack

Chromebook_Running_Android_APK_01Last week, Google announced the first four Android apps that can run on Chrome OS, but there is already a hack that will let you run just about any Android app you want. This hack, created by vladikoff, uses a JavaScript script allowing you to sideload any Android APK onto your Chromebook. It will run under the Android App Runtime just like the four official apps (Vine, Duolingo, Evernote, and Sight Words) do.


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Low-end processor support indicates that Chromebooks can get even cheaper

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Thought $199 was cheap for a Chromebook? Or how about $179 for a Chromebox? Get ready, because the race to the bottom for a Chrome OS device has not even started. Found within the code for the backbone of Chrome OS is support for a low-end processor with the source being MediaTek. Low-end means that the prices would drop; however, do know that performance would also drop. Currently, there are Chromebooks out there that experience problems with multiple tabs being opened at once. That is why Intel stepped forward to support the operating system with quality processors at decent price points. That company has backed Chromebooks with its Bay Trail, Celeron, and Haswell processors.

Source: Chromium
Via: Engadget

LG Chromebase goes on sale through Amazon for $329

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Until now, there has been no way to own a desktop running Chrome OS. The only similar option would be to purchase a Chromebox and hook it up to a sizable monitor. With the new Chromebase, there is an affordable Chrome OS desktop. On Amazon, LG’s Chromebase costs $329, down from $349. It ships with the all-in-one monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

Specifications for the LG Chromebase are pretty good considering the price. The 22-inch display has 1080p resolution and inside is an Intel Celeron processor (2955U) with 2GB of RAM. The RAM is a little iffy, but we’re sure not everyone is throwing a whole lot at a Chrome OS device. There is also a 16GB solid-state drive (SSD), but the cloud will be backing up this machine with the included 100GB of Google Drive storage. On the rear is one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and even an ethernet port.

Source: Amazon

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.

Source: +Francois Beaufort

 

Project Athena clues in Chromium point to touch interface for Chrome OS

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Some recent forays into the code for Chromium reveal a project called Athena that could be a new touch-optimized interface for Chrome OS. While Google could just be working on a major facelift to their Ash interface that has been used for a couple years now, it does appear Athena could open the door to Chrome OS being deployed on a smartphone or tablet.
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New Chrome OS app allows Play Movie watchers to store movies offline

GPlay_chromeapp_v01_r04 (1)In early May, information surfaced suggesting that Google was toying with the idea of allowing offline playback for movies to Chromebooks. Today that information becomes a reality as Google took to Google+ to announce that there was a new app in the Chrome Web Store available allowing just that. With the app you’ll be able to watch movies and TV on your Chromebook regardless of having an Internet connection.

The icing on the cake includes info cards, and improved Chromecast support. This is on top of the local playback experience in the Chrome web browser. So if you’re on a Chrome OS device head over here to get access to offline movies and much more.

source: +Google Play

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