We recently reported that the Google Chromebook sales have reached 5.7 million in 2014, with more expected later this year. And according to a report by research firm Gartner, this is indeed true as they believe there will be at least 7.5 million units of the Chromebooks sold in 2015. Read more
If you are the proud owner of a new Chromebook Pixel, you’ll be glad to hear of a new, experimental feature called Lucid Sleep. Whilst it sounds like some sort of hush-hush project at Lockheed’s SkunkWorks facility, Lucid Sleep is actually a way of ensuring that your new Pixel Chromebook keeps up to date with push notifications while it is sleeping, much like your smartphone does.
Earlier today, Acer took the wraps off the fourth variant of its 15.6-inch Chromebook, the CB3-531. This model packs similar internals to all the previous generation of the device, but now features a 11.5 hour battery, which the company claims is the longest any Chromebook currently on the market has to offer.
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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Google has partnered with ASUS, Haier and Hisense to bring four new budget priced Chromebooks to the market. Prominent among these is the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which is a convertible device that can transform into a tablet or a fully functioning notebook on your call. Read more
Chromebooks are already incredibly affordable, but ASUS looks like they’re preparing to undercut the competition even further with a cheaper model. The ASUS C201 is listed in an education ordering brochure and mentions specs like a Rockchip processor and an 11.6″ inch screen with 4 GB of RAM, and the catalog mentions that it’s the “cheapest Chromebook ever.” Read more
Earlier today, Acer took the wraps off the third variant of its C910 Chromebook. Unlike previous models, that ship with either an Intel Core i3-5005U or Intel Celeron 3205U processor, this latest version features the brand new Intel Core i5-5200U chip, which the company claims delivers the “fastest performance in a commercial Chromebook to date.”
Acer has announced some brand new Chromeboxes in its CXI lineup, including a relatively powerful box with an Intel Core i3 processor inside. The CXI-i34GKM sports a 4th generation i3 4030u CPU, which is a dual-core processor that’s specialized in low-power consumption and speedy performance. Read more
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.
Google has released an update to their Google Play Music for Chrome app that enables uploading of music to Google Play Music from ARM chip powered Chromebooks. When Google added the ability for users to upload their music to their Google Play Music library using the Chrome brower last year, they inexplicably did not enable the feature on Chromebooks that were powered by ARM chips, only those powered by Intel chips. This left a lot of users out in the cold.
In order to use the new feature, users have to install the Google Play Music app from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, users can head over to https://play.google.com/music and use the “Add Music” button to upload their music to the cloud.
source: +François Beaufort