VLC media player finally comes to Chrome OS thanks to Android Runtime on Chrome

vlc_video_player_landscape_TABetter late than never, right? VLC has announced that they’re finally bringing their fantastic media playing application to Google’s Chrome OS, marking off the last check box on its compatibility list.

What’s interesting is how the VLC managed to get things working, since Chrome OS technically doesn’t support normal “programs” like you’d download on Windows/OS X/Linux. If you’ve ever used Chrome OS, you know it uses apps/programs that are basically run inside of Chrome, the web browser, which all use Javascript. For something like VLC, porting the program over to Javascript from mostly C and C++ code was nearly impossible, which is what has kept the player away from Chrome OS for so long. Read more

ASUS and Google launch the Chromebit, bringing the Chrome OS to a monitor or tv for $85

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Asus and Google first unveiled the Chromebit, an HDMI dongle with the Chrome OS operating system pre-installed, back in the tail-end of March, and 8 short months later, it’s finally available to order. In the States at least, anyway. While it’s taken a while to come to market, it’s also a little cheaper than originally envisioned, coming in at $85 instead of $99.  Read more

Google’s Wallpaper Art app adds culture to your Chromebook

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Do you often stare at your Chromebook display (or any other device running Chrome OS) wishing you could gaze upon the many artworks in the world, all from the comfort of the display in front of you? Well, Google has a side project called the Cultural Institute that goes around digitizing works of art from all over the world, from museums, galleries and archives. Once the piece of art has been digitized, the image is then placed online for all to see. Which is all well and good, I hear you say, but what has this to do with the Chrome OS? Well, the Cultural Institute’s Art Project has just released a Chrome OS app called Google Wallpaper Art that will update your wallpaper every day with an image of a piece of art. Read more

Acer Chromebook 15 review

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The Chromebook 11 C740 is perfect for students on a budget or anyone needing a small and light machine they could take with them anywhere. But Acer has a much more powerful Chromebook in its lineup this year. Enter Acer’s Chromebook 15, a true powerhouse for all of your office needs. It’s also perfect for entertainment with its crisp Full HD display.

It’s an impressive machine, and it may be the only Chromebook you’ll ever need.

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Google’s Lockheimer says commitment still there for Chrome OS

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Yesterday news broke indicating Google is planning to merge the Chrome OS operating system that powers Chromebooks and Chromebox devices into the Android operating system that is used on mobile devices. The move makes a lot of sense as a step to unify the operating systems and make it easier to deploy apps and features across a broader array of devices in a single step. However, for a lot of Chrome OS users, especially those in education where it has proven to be extremely popular, there is some angst that the best features of Chrome OS will be lost in the change to a single operating system. Google senior vice president Hiroshi Lockheimer has since taken to his Twitter account to let followers know the company is “very committed to Chrome OS.” Read more

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