Chrome OS

  • If you're keyed up on Google’s rapidly growing Chrome OS platform, then you’ll likely be aware of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 range, announced back in March. The company has today revealed a new, 11.6-inch addition to the line that’s powered by an Intel chip.
  • 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.