Google confirms that a Chromebook Pixel successor is “coming out soon”

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Consumers preparing to purchase a new laptop may want to wait a bit longer as a formidable Chrome OS device is on its way to the market. At the Team Work 2015 event, Renee Niemi of Google confirmed that the Chromebook Pixel will see a successor. Niemi, who works on the productivity teams for Android and Chrome, noted that the new Chromebook Pixel would launch soon. She did clarify that a limited amount of units will be produced as it is a proof of concept. Employees within the company and developers working with Google receive about 85% of units produced.


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Dell announces new Chromebook 11 aimed at the classroom

dell chromebook 11 1One of the Chromebook’s most successful markets is the classroom, so it makes sense that manufacturers are trying to get a foothold in that sector. The newest device to throw its hat in the ring comes from Dell in the form of a revamped Chromebook 11 designed specifically for use in the classroom.

The original Chromebook 11 was a solid device, but this time around the laptop has been tweaked to cater to students and teachers. The body is completely made out of durable plastic and the trackpad and keyboard are all sealed against spills and damage. The entire laptop has been tested, so it should withstand all kinds of pressures, temperatures, drops, and vibrations, which is absolutely what belongs in a classroom.
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Chromebook Pixel 2 Spotted?

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Hey, remember the Chromebook Pixel? We’re coming up on its second anniversary, and I admit I’ve never seen one in the wild. Being the high-end niche Chromebook that it is, the Pixel isn’t exactly aimed at mainstream consumers, and some might even regard it as a concept device that actually made it to production.

Regardless of how the first edition sold, it appears Google might have a successor in the works, but bear in mind this is a pretty big might, even if the alleged evidence makes a compelling case.


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Smart Lock for Chrome open to all Chrome OS users

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Prior to today, Smart Lock was only available to users of the Chrome OS Dev Channel. Today, that is no more as the feature is open to any and every Chrome OS user (with a Bluetooth connection). Smart Lock allows Android 5.0 Lollipop devices to unlock nearby Chromebooks seamlessly. The Chrome OS device will recognize the user is already signed in on their phone and bypass the lock screen.


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Google updates Chrome OS to version 40, most changes in the background

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Google has started pushing out an update to the Chrome OS taking it up to version 40. As is usual for an update to a major system like the OS, Google has included a host of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements, most of which are under the hood or run in the background. However, users will see a few changes in the look of the desktop on Chrome OS.

The changes that will be most noticeable involve the default wallpaper, which has been updated to reflect a Material Design. If users happen to own more than one Chrome device, the wallpaper, including custom wallpapers, will now be synced across their devices. If users enjoy using emoji in their communications, they will find a new emoji palette has been added to give users quicker access.

If you have a Chrome OS powered device, be on the lookout for the update to be available to you soon.

sources: Chrome Releases Blog

Android development tools could be heading to Chrome OS

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Quite soon, Chrome OS users could have access to Android development tools. An issue posted on the Google Code site reveals that the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and recovery/flashing tools are working with Chrome OS. The ADB tool allows for data to be sent between devices. Flashing makes it possible to do something like installing a custom ROM on a connected device. The tools would be accessible through the Chrome Shell.

We are not aware of a potential release date since nothing is official.

Source: Chromium
Via: OMG! Chrome!

Google’s working on a feature for Chrome OS that will let you import files from external hard drives

 

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We’ve known for a while now that Google is redesigning the File Manager application within Chrome OS and today some leaked details have appeared online. If a report published by OMG Chrome is anything to go by, it looks like the search engine giant has baked a new ‘Cloud Import’ feature into its latest build of the app.


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You can install custom code on Chrome OS with a USB drive

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Currently, it is possible possible to install and work with custom code (such as Linux) on a Chrome OS device. The entire process of installing custom code is possible but it is not necessarily easy. That all changes because Google is adding Debugging Features for Chrome OS devices in Developer Mode. It means that Chrome OS users will be able to take a USB drive, connect it to the device, and install the custom code.

The following are what will be possible with the new feature:

  • Remove rootfs verification² so you can modify OS files
  • Enable SSH access to the device using the standard test keys so you can use tools such as cros flash³
  • Enable booting from USB so you can install an OS image from a USB drive
  • Set both the dev and the system root login password to a custom value so you can manually SSH into the device

You can access it right now by heading to the Dev Channel and selecting “Enable debugging features.” From there, follow these directions.

Source: +François Beaufort

Chrome OS to get a new file manager with Material Design

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The file manager in Chrome OS is functional, but it’s a little boring. The good news is that it’s going to get a little Material Design love pretty soon.

A number of screenshots are in Google’s official Material Design documentation shows the file manager with a new look. The images could be just examples or they could be for Google Drive, but we can only assume that Google make add some Material Design flare to the file manager since everything will get it eventually and a bug report reveals they are working on it. The new Files icon appears to be ready for Chrome version 42, so Material Design might show up alongside it.


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