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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ARM Chromebook users get ability to upload music to Google Play Music

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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

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!

Acer introduces two new Chromebooks targeting education market

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The success of the Chromebook platform in the education sector is well documented and manufacturers of Chromebooks definitely look to that market for sales success. To further that end, Acer announced today the launch of two new Chromebooks for education users, including the first 15.6-inch Chromebook. The Acer C910 comes with a 15.6-inch display running at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution or at a 1366 x 768 resolution for more budget constrained buyers. The Acer C740 is an 11.6-inch tablet. Both devices can be equipped with either an Intel Core i3 processor or an Intel Celeron processor. Acer says both models have been mildly ruggedized to withstand a school environment and in particular, the C740 has features incorporated to make it suitable for checking out to students who may toss it in a backpack or pick it up at weird angles. The C910, with its larger screen, is considered more suitable for classroom or lab use where several students may be using the device as a group.

The Acer C910 will sell for $299.99 with 16 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM with a 32 GB version available. The Acer C740 pricing starts at $259.99 for 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM. Both units will be available starting in February.

After the break, you can check out some images of the devices and read the full press release.
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[Chrome Dev Channel] Share your Chromebook or PC via Chrome Remote Desktop

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In the newest iteration of Chrome’s Dev channel, you can now share remote access to your Chromebook or PC by using the new Share feature in the Chrome Remote Desktop app. This news was published by François Beaufort, a Google Chrome developer, on Google+ yesterday.

There’s no need to enable anything in chrome://flags, the feature is automatically available inside of the Chrome Remote Desktop app by clicking a large, green Share button. Easy enough!

You’ll need a few things to take advantage of this newest feature, though:
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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

Chromebooks make up top 3 Amazon laptop sales

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There’s some more good post-holiday news for Google. Amazon’s latest report shows that the top three spots in laptop sales on their website are all taken by Chromebooks.The top seller was the 11.6-inch Acer C720, followed by the 13.3-inch ASUS C300 Chromebook, and the second-generation HP Chromebook 11. The figures cover the period of November 1 and December 19, 2014.

That’s not all. Google’s Chromecast was the second best selling item on Amazon, placing second to Amazon’s own Fire TV stick, which has become Amazon’s fastest selling device of all time.

Source: OMG Chrome!

How To Switch To Dev Channel On Your Chromebook In 3 Simple Steps

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Chrome comes in three different flavors, which we refer to as channels: stable, beta, and dev. Of the three, dev  shorthand for developer  is the most unstable and has a few bugs from time to time. The trade-off is that you get the newest stuff Chrome has to offer before anyone else. These three channels can be used in the regular Chrome browser or in Chrome OS, which is what the Chromebooks use as their operating system. We are obviously going to focus on Chrome OS in the steps I give below.

Disclaimer: Before you get too uncomfortable, please note that none of this should factory reset your device, so switching to the dev channel shouldn’t cause you to lose any of your files on your Chromebook. But, Talk Android nor myself  assume any liability or responsibility for any unexpected or undesired changes that may affect your Chromebook. If you proceed with these steps, it is under your own responsibility and liability.
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