Chrome OS

  • Google has launched a new app for Chrome OS and Windows that gives users direct access to their Hangouts conversations right on the desktop. The app continues a trend we’ve seen with Chrome, giving users more functionality outside of the browser.
  • Google has announced a partnership with Adobe to bring its Creative Cloud services to the Chrome OS platform. The first product available will be popular image editing software Photoshop, with more programs coming soon.
  • Google has released the latest update for its increasingly popular Chrome OS platform, bringing some conservative but welcome changes to the web-centric operating system, including app folders and tweaks to the window controls.
  • At a press event in San Francisco yesterday, Intel and Google upped Chrome OS system designs to 20 by introducing a bunch of new computers and notebooks from OEM partners like Acer, LG, Asus, Dell and Lenovo, including a few powered by the latest generation Core i3 processors.
  • Lenovo has launched its first Chromebooks aimed squarely at consumers. Both the N20 and N20p sport an 11.6-in HD display, but only the latter boasts a hinge that allows its keyboard to be swiveled so far back that it becomes the base of a touch-enabled screen angled for movie viewing comfort.
  • Samsung has announced the launch of its Chromebook 2 Series. The new machines boast faster startup times, longer battery life and an easy-to-grip lid featuring the faux leather stitched design found on the Galaxy Note 3.
  • Asus has detailed its forthcoming Chromebox computer, which runs Google's Chrome operating platform, is based on Intel's latest processors, and comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, built-in and online storage, and starts at just $179.
  • Toshiba's Digital Products Division has now confirmed that the company is joining the Haswell Chromebook party with a model of its very own. The Toshiba Chromebook is the first to feature a 13-inch HD display, offers dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and promises day-long battery life.
  • We've already seen a multitude of Chromebooks and a Chromebox, and now LG's Chromebase joins the list of Chrome-based computers. Set to be officially unveiled at CES next month, the Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Linux-based Chrome operating system.
  • Gizmag's round-up of this year's outstanding laptops, including the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display, Acer's Chromebook C720, Samsung ATIV 9 Book Plus, and Dell's Alienware 18.
  • Acer has announced its first touchscreen Chromebook, the C720P. In addition to supporting up to 10 simultaneous touch points, the notebook boots from cold in just 7 seconds, has twice the built-in storage of its slightly older cousin and comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years.
  • Acer has announced the release of its third generation Chromebook, the C720. Based on Intel's Haswell processor architecture, the new device is thinner and lighter than previous models, promises faster performance and longer battery life and sports a daylight-friendly anti-glare display.