‘Easy Unlock’ feature for Chrome OS leaks, could unlock a Chromebook with a nearby smartphone

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Chromebooks keep getting better and better. They are a great alternative to a full laptop if you are already connected to all of Google’s offerings. And now it looks like Chrome OS, the backbone for a Chromebook, is getting an expanded layer of security. The people over at Android Police found a feature titled Easy Unlock in the Chrome OS development channel. Easy Unlock would unlock a user’s Chromebook and smartphone are within a reasonable range from one another.

The feature is not yet ready to be fully used; however, the reason for that could be since an official application is going to be released.

Would you use Easy Unlock as a way to easily access a Chromebook?

Source: Android Police

New study says 2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped last year, 89% in the U.S.

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The folks at ABI Research have conducted a study involving Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. To date, there have been about 2.1 million Chromebooks that shipped all of last year. An incredible 89% of that number was in the United States alone. The research company does forecast an astounding 11 million Chromebooks to be shipped in 2019. That is an increase of about 28%. The average selling price is $338 despite Chromebooks being priced very competitively.

In 2014, ABI Research senior practice director Jeff Orr says anything can happen due to “the EOL of Windows XP, the adoption of Chromebooks, and a stronger focus on web and cloud services.” Orr adds that the response from consumers to these changes will dictate the course of the market. With Microsoft still retooling Windows, 2014 could be a huge year for Google to give Chrome OS a massive push.

What do you think the future holds for Chromebooks?

Source: ABI Research
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Best Buy halting HP Chromebook 11 sales, others yank the device too

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According to The Verge, sources say Best Buy is not selling the HP Chromebook 11 for the time being due to urgent internal instructions. Best Buy managers are being told “stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately” and should “partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse.” Even online, listings for the device has disappeared. And Best Buy isn’t alone. Amazon, who Google also partnered with for the sale of the HP Chromebook 11, has taken it down as well. All retailers of the device — Amazon, Best Buy, Google Play, HP — no longer have it available at this time. Why this is happening so rapidly, we’re not sure. Perhaps a defect has been found? Stay tuned for an update.

Source: The Verge

Hands on with WeVideo’s video editing solution for Chromebooks

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One of the issues I have with Chromebooks is that they are limited. For example, I could never use one full time because there really isn’t a way to edit video. Well things are going to change this summer when WeVideo launches their new app as part of Chrome packaged apps. Now WeVideo already offers an online editor, as well as an editor for Android devices, which I reviewed a couple of days ago.

This new Chrome app goes one step further, allowing you to edit video using local files. Basically, you don’t have to upload your files to their server, which means you don’t have to be connected to the internet when editing. You will have your choice of rendering locally, which could take some time with a Chromebook, but you can upload your finished product and have WeVideo render it and share it directly to sites such as YouTube. Since their server can render much faster than even the best desktops and laptops, this could be a really good solution. I am looking forward to trying this out as soon as it becomes available. Hit the break to see it in action.

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Androidbooks, as in Android notebooks, could show up by Q3

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Ever since Sundar Pichai took over the Android team, rumors started to swirl that Chrome and Android would merge since Sundar is also in charge of Google Chrome at Google. Shortly after, Eric Schmidt put a kibosh to that by saying they will remain separate, but to expect more overlap. As you know, Chrome is primarily in notebook computers, and the closest thing we have seen of Android on a notebook would be the ASUS Transformer series. The DigiTimes is reporting that Androidbooks, as in Android notebooks, are coming this fall.

It wasn’t mentioned in the report, but if the Androidbook were to have a detacheable display, I’m not sure what more it would offer over the Transformer line. Of course, it they were to be similar to the Chromebooks, where the display is permanently attached, it would be inferior. If there really is an Androidbook in the works, what makes the most sense is for it to not only have a detachable display, but it should also have both Chrome and Android with the ability to boot into either OS. I’m very interested to see what this rumor develops into.

source: DigiTimes

Offline Google Drive In Five Weeks?

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At D10 in California Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai let an interesting bit of news slip out to Walt Mossberg during an interview. Apparently, Google Drive will be getting an offline mode in five weeks. Hmm, what’s about five weeks away? Oh yeah… Google I/O. Chances are we’ll see a demo at I/O with a release a bit later.

The interview covered much more, including Chrome market share, ad-supported Chromebooks, and the converging of Chrome with Android.

Hit the source link for full details.

source: engadget