Lenovo will soon be introducing a duo of Chromebooks to the market, the N20 and the touch-enabled N20P. Unlike its previous Chromebook models, however, these two are explicitly designed to appeal to a broader range of consumers.
The latest update has arrived for Chrome OS, and in a bit of good news for those using a Chromebook -- this update is for the stable channel. Google will have this particular update rolling out over the "next several days" and bringing things to Chrome OS version 34.0.1847.118 (with Platform version 5500.100.0). More important though -- the new features.
Yesterday was the official last day of support for Windows XP. Originally released back in 2001, XP was great at the time, but with Microsoft dropping support, now is the time to move on. There are certainly options to stick with Windows, however Google is using this as an opportunity to try and convince business users to move to Chromebooks.
When tethering your WiFi capable devices to an Android smartphone, it’s usually to check email or other quick work. The last thing you want is for cumbersome tasks to draw you into a long tethering session, but Chromebooks sometimes do. With the latest Chrome OS Dev Channel update, though, that could change.
In 2013, 2.1 million Chromebooks were shipped. By 2019, that number is expected to reach 11 million. With an increasing set of utilities that blur the lines between the browser dependent device and a traditional Windows or OS X computer, Google has made Chrome OS part of the equation, and their Chromebook lineup is likely going to continue disrupting the market.
Microsoft has announced they’ll enter a patent licensing deal with Dell. The specifics were not disclosed, but the deal will let both companies “license each company’s applicable intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices”. The deal could also see Microsoft licensing their Xbox IP to Dell for a console.
The Asus Chromebox is now available for preorder via various online retailers. Announced last month, the small Chrome device will only put you back $179. It will still ship on March 14th, but those anxious souls clamoring for a new Chromebox can go ahead and order theirs now.
Samsung has officially announced the Chromebook 2 Series. This updated Chromebook will be available in 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch configurations. The specs have some similarities across the board, however there are a few key differences between each of the models. Most notably, the 11.6-inch model has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 with the 13.3-inch model stepping up to Full HD at 1920 x 1080.
Google’s Chrome OS platform has seen quite an uptick in use. According to Chitika, the platform has doubled its web traffic from five months ago. With so many new Chrome OS device coming to market lately, that’s not a surprise. What remains troubling is the overall web traffic share Chrome OS holds.
As Google pushes the boundary on Chrome apps, another interesting tweak may be in the work. From a Chromium Code Review listing, it looks like Google is trying to take the Chrome out of apps — in a good way, though. By minimizing the API needs of web apps, Developers may be able to build truly cross-platform web apps.