Back in February, a commit to the Chromium Gerrit revealed that “secret” 4K Chromebooks were in the pipeline. The comment attached to the commit, at the time, seemed like just a wink and a nod to the future possibility, but it appears there may be a specific name attached to Chrome OS’ 4K future. “Atlas” is the codename for a 4K-equipped board recently discovered in a file on Google’s Chromium Git.
For the uninitiated, Chromebooks, like Android phones, have a secret name attached to their hardware.
I’ve never been a fan of buying expensive laptops, even once I could actually afford them. Just like with smartphones, there’s a certain point where the added features can’t justify the $ 1,000+ prices, unless you are doing heavy productivity or gaming. My first laptop was the ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD netbook, which I was pretty happy with at the time (now the 1024×600 screen sounds atrocious), but the casing eventually started to crack apart.
Google tried to make Android tablets a thing, and that seemed to work for a minute but ultimately ended up being a wasted effort. Now the search giant is trying to make Chrome OS tablets a thing, and we’ll see how this goes. The first such device has been made official today. It’s the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, but despite being branded “Chromebook” there’s no physical keyboard anywhere – it is ‘just’ a tablet, not a convertible. As the name implies, its screen size is close to 10″. It’s a 9.7″ 2,048×1,536 panel to be exact, and those just happen to be the specs for the cheapest iPad’s…
Chrome OS and Android have progressively grown together over the past few years, from apps to tighter integrations. Acer is taking things one step further with the first of its kind, the Chromebook Tab 10. A dedicated tablet running Google’s desktop OS, Acer is keeping its sights on the education market, much to some of our dismay.
Every few weeks, another batch of Chromebooks receive official support for the Play Store. The feature has rolled out to most popular models by now, but there are still a few left without it. Seven more Chromebooks now have Android app support in the Chrome OS stable channel, including the Acer Chromebook 15 ) and six other models get official Android app support.
Without further ado, here are all the models that now have access to the Play Store:
Acer Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 / C910)
CTL J5 Convertible Chromebook
eduGear CMT Chromebook
Haier Chromebook 11 C
PCMerge Chromebook PCM-116T-432B
Prowise Chromebook Proline
Viglen Chromebook 360
It’s worth noting that all these Chromebooks already had the Play Store in the beta channel, but now they have it in the stable channel.
ASUS has made some of the best all-around Chromebooks over the years. Just over a year ago, the company released the Chromebook Flip C302CA, a $ 499 model competing with the Samsung Chromebook Plus/Pro. It’s still one of the best Chrome OS devices on the market, with its full-HD 13-inch display, 2-in-1 design, backlit keyboard, and dual Type-C ports. I’ve used one as my main laptop for about eight months now, and it served me well.
Google recently added split-screen snapping to Chrome OS so you could easily put two windows or web apps side-by-side. This was a welcome improvement, particularly on convertible machines with a tablet mode. Unfortunately, it didn’t apply to Android apps before, but that functionality has now been added to the Chrome OS Canary channel.
“What if Chromebooks were bigger?” That’s the question that the Acer Chromebook 15 line has tried to answer, as the only 15-inch sized Chromebook on the market. That laptop was ultimately outclassed by more powerful or versatile Chromebooks, but Acer has revised the Chromebook 15 with a more premium aluminum design and better battery life.
Unfortunately, while the updated Chromebook 15 is still the biggest Chromebook around, in this case, bigger doesn’t mean better.
There are high-end Chromebooks out there, with the latest Intel processors, memory, and high-resolution screens that can rival the best Windows and Apple laptops on the market. The Chromebook 15…
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