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You can now check the current update states for every Chromebook

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Unlike every other desktop operating system, Chrome OS updates are rolled out on a per-device basis, instead of being pushed to every Chromebook at once. This usually results in a less-buggy experience, but it can also mean updates for certain models become delayed.

If you're trying to figure out what versions of Chrome OS are rolled out to which devices, there's now a site for that - cros-updates-serving.appspot.com. Not the most memorable name, but the site shows the update rollout status for every supported Chromebook.

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You can now check the current update states for every Chromebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

4K Chromebook hardware with codename ‘Atlas’ emerges

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

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.

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4K Chromebook hardware with codename 'Atlas' emerges was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools’ Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early. Google's various divisions do a decent job each year. Last year's Google Gnome was a pretty good one, and the Maps team's 2014 Pokemon prank was a memorable one. OnePlus even does a good job.

It can be tough keeping track, though, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools' Roundup: All the jokes from around the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools’ Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early. Google's various divisions do a decent job each year. Last year's Google Gnome was a pretty good one, and the Maps team's 2014 Pokemon prank was a memorable one. OnePlus even does a good job.

It can be tough keeping track, though, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools' Roundup: All the jokes from around the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 long-term review: The laptop that brought me back to Chrome OS

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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 1024x600 screen sounds atrocious), but the casing eventually started to crack apart.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 long-term review: The laptop that brought me back to Chrome OS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet, announced for the education market

Monday, March 26th, 2018

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.

Specs

Display 9.7" 2048x1536 IPS LCD
CPU OP1; dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad Cortex-A53
Storage 32GB eMMC, expandable via microSD
RAM 4GB LPDDR3
Cameras 5MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 34Wh
Connectivity 802.11ac (2x2 MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports 1xUSB Type-C 3.1
Measurements 172.2x238.2x9.98 mm; 550 g
Price $329 USD, €329

We saw the Chromebook Tab 10 appear a little while back, but having official confirmation is always nice.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet, announced for the education market was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chrome OS is testing a dark system tray option in Developer and Canary channels

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Late last week, we got confirmation that dark mode would be available in an upcoming Android release... and then it was revealed that wasn't actually true. But what if Chrome OS beats Android to the punch? The folks over at Chrome Unboxed have spotted a "dark mode" (well, a dark system tray) that can be enabled in the Developer and Canary Chrome OS channels.

The option is straightforward: it just makes the system tray dark.

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Chrome OS is testing a dark system tray option in Developer and Canary channels was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ASUS just released a Chromebook Flip C302 with a Core m7 and 16GB of RAM, but you shouldn’t buy it

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

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.

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ASUS just released a Chromebook Flip C302 with a Core m7 and 16GB of RAM, but you shouldn't buy it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chromebook split-screening for Android apps now available in Canary channel

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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.

Chrome Story first noticed the code change in the Chrome OS repository that suggested this was on its way.

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Chromebook split-screening for Android apps now available in Canary channel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google releases optional security update for Chromebooks, but it wipes all local data

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Chrome OS is one of the most secure desktop operating systems on the market (privacy concerns about the Google ecosystem aside). Automatic system updates, verified boot, and system drive encryption all keep your Chromebook safe from attacks. Most models also use a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, for generating the cryptographic keys that protect local data.

Sadly, nothing is 100% secure, and the same is true for some Chromebooks. Security researchers recently discovered a bug in certain versions of the Infineon TPM firmware, which allows hackers to potentially brute-force a Chromebook to obtain encrypted data.

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Google releases optional security update for Chromebooks, but it wipes all local data was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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