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Google Chromebook Hacks and Tips – Latest articles with tips and hacks for your new Chromebook. Find latest news about Chromebooks and see what’s coming to your Chromebook soon.

Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Google announced a new way of using the Two Factor authentication; Security Key. If you haven’t read about this new feature and device, read more here and come back to this post.

So, I was given one of these last month, and have been using it with my Chromebook since then. Since it is my personal device, I used it only couple of times, and set it to remember my device.

It worked perfectly fine with my Chromebook, a Series 5 550. I could even do a firmware update using a Chrome extension.

Apart from my Chromebook, I used it once on my work PC to login to my Google account, and it worked ok, save for the time that it took to install required driver software.

So, if you are planning to use the Security Key, yes, it works on Chromebooks. Need proof? Here is a pic from Craig Tumblison, friend and fellow Chromie.

chromebook  Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Don’t ask me how this picture proves that it works with Chromebooks!

“Easy Unlock” The “Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near” Thing Goes Live for Android 5.0 Users

Easy Unlock, the Chrome OS + Android feature that unlocks your Chrome OS devices when your Android phone is near, has started working for some users.

For now, we know that , who has an Android Lollipop 5.0 phone and a Chromebook with Dev channel on it has tested this successfully.

Here are some screenshots:

chromebook  Easy Unlock The Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near Thing Goes Live for  Android 5.0 Users

chromebook  Easy Unlock The Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near Thing Goes Live for  Android 5.0 Users

The Dev channel of Chrome OS has this enabled by default now. There is a flag to disable this if you want to (which of course will go away sometime in the future).

Now, we are left with questions. When will this launch for everyone. Will there be an app, or is this part of the Android 5.0 operating system? If it is, will that make this Android 5.0 and up only?

Source:  via OMG Chrome.

Right Click And Pin Your Google Drive Folders on Your Chromebook’s Files App

Here is a quick tip from  for heavy Google Drive users on Chromebook, you can right click any folder  inside your Google Drive account and create a shortcut for easy access.

You can do this for your sub-folders too, which makes this feature even more useful. If you have a folder that you frequently access, but is couple of levels deep (like I do most of the times;  Documents > Home > Bills > April, that kind of stuff) this is going to help you a lot.

Just right click any Google Drive folder from the side bar of Files app, and select “Create Shortcut”. For now, that is the only option available when you right click, so do not worry about choosing the correct option!

chromebook  Right Click And Pin Your Google Drive Folders on Your Chromebooks Files App

Try it! and let me know if you liked it!

Thank you! !

The New Samsung Chromebook 2 is Tough, Has Aluminum Reinforcement

Remember I was not really impressed with the Samsung Chromebook 2? Well, here is a piece of info about these Chromebooks that might slightly change my opinion.

Samsung Chromebook 2 is built for schools and students and has extra-sturdy chassis to protect the rough handling.

chromebook  The New Samsung Chromebook 2 is Tough, Has Aluminum Reinforcement

Here are some highlights from this PC World article:

Nearly 1.4 million Samsung Chromebooks are deployed in U.S. schools, but these devices were designed for casual users, not rambunctious children. Samsung product manager David Ng admitted his company “needed to make the device more durable” for the education market. Aluminum reinforces the display panel, the corners of the chassis, and other vulnerable points. “Just try flexing the LED panel,” Ng dared me. I did: It’s quite stiff, though the thick bezel is ugly. Nevertheless, this level of build quality should help the device’s retail reputation as well.

The USB ports have electrostatic shock protection to help them survive repeated plugging and unplugging of devices.

The official Samsung page for this Chromebook has two videos showing off the device, and the second one shows a tear down. I couldn’t get those videos to embed so, watch them here.

Think this is something that you might want to buy? This Chromebook is expected to be released on October 20. You can pre-order it here.

Thanks Alvin Chin for the official product page link!

Samsung Launches Chromebook 2 Variant with Bay Trail for $250

Let me start this post with this unusual note. Sorry Brent Sullivan. I know that you told me about this a few days back, and I was too lazy to follow up with you on that Amazon link for this new Chromebook!

Alright.

So, Samsung still makes Chromebooks. They are adding live video support for Chromebook users. Other OEMs have caught up with or beat Samsung in the Chromebook game, but they have started showing signs of a come back.

The original Samsung Chromebook with the ARM chip was a success. At $249, this was the poster child of Chromebooks for a long time and Google promoted it really well.

Then came the Samsung Chromebook 2 with ARM processor, better screen and the fake leather from Galaxy Note series. Things didn’t workout as Samsung had expected it to. People had moved on from ARM Chromebooks, at least temporarily (Tegra K1 Chromebooks are getting good response these days), and there were many new OEMs and more options to customers.

Samsung was late to respond to this. (At least they didn’t too fast and too many times as HP did!). This week, they are releasing a Chromebook 2 variant with a Bay Trail chip and a $249.99 price tag.

  • Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 11.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics
  • 8-hour battery life

Specs look okaysih. But here is the problem. Bay Trail Chromebooks are not doing as good as Haswell Chromebooks. At least that is what I sense from reading comments from many people on my network. Keeping that in mind, I am doubtful about how good this Chromebook 2 variant will do.

chromebook  Samsung Launches Chromebook 2 Variant with Bay Trail for $250

Price is an attraction here, yes. Design is not very compelling to me, but I have many Chromies appreciating the fake leather on this guy. So, we really have wait and watch how this goes.

This Chromebook is expected to be released on October 20. You can pre-order it here.

Samsung Adds Live Video Support for Chromebooks

Remember this video support feature that showed up on Chrome OS Help app back in August? Samsung has made this feature available in beta to Chromebook users in the US.

If you have Samsung Chromebook, open up the Help app and look at the bottom left for “Contact Samsung (Beta)”. This will take you to the Contact Samsung Support page.

chromebook  Samsung Adds Live Video Support for Chromebooks

 

Samsung support team will be available to provide assistance to US customers between Monday and Friday, 10 Am to 7 Pm Eastern Time. (It shows offline to me, may be because I am not in the USA.)

Chrome OS is getting support for accepting remote connections to allow support technicians to access your Chromebook and troubleshoot or show you around.  This sounds like an awesome combination for the Live Support feature.

Anyways, I will wait for someone from the US to try this out and provide feedback on how it goes.

Question: Will other OEMs follow Samsung adding live support?

via OMG Chrome.

Dell Releases Chromebook 11 with Core i3 Processor and 4GB RAM for $379.00

Dell Chromebook 11 is a crowd favourite. It has everything that most of the other Chromebooks offer, the usual screen resolution, the Haswell processor etc, plus a good design and a decent build. Now, Dell is making this a little more attractive by throwing in an Intel i3 variant to the mix.

There are many Chromebook lovers who want something more powerful than the usual lot. These Chromebooks fans love the i3 Chromebooks. If you are one of them, and want a new Chromebook for around Christmas time, this is worth checking out.

The i3 Dell Chromebook 11 is priced at $379 and is now available for pre-order.  Deliveries start on the 11th of December, which makes perfect sense for holiday buyers.

That being said, this is not the perfect Chromebook for power users. Only the performance department is taken care of. Another piece of hardware that power users always ask for is a high resolution screen which this Chromebooks lacks. And there is no backlit keyboard too, just another thing that people look for in their dream Chromebook.

chromebook  Dell Releases Chromebook 11 with Core i3 Processor and 4GB RAM for $379.00

Still, this one is a lot better than many others around, and looks MUCH better than most of them. (In my opinion that is! the two Chromebooks that I love for their design are Dell Chromebook 11 and the original Chromebook 11 from HP.)

You can find more about this new Chromebook and the other Chromebook 11 variants here on Dell.com

via  and his amazing Chromebook database.

Want to Connect 3 Or More Displays to Chromebooks? [Future Feature]

Here is a possible new feature for Chrome OS; support for 3 more external displays.

Here is the commit:

Chrome OS: basic support for >=3 displays.
For >=3 displays always use horizontal layout and disallow mirroring.
This would allow basic multi-display functionality.

chromebook  Want to Connect 3 Or More Displays to Chromebooks? [Future Feature]

This is just a commit log on the code base for now, so don’t get your hopes high yet. I will keep an eye out for this one and let you guys know when it is added to stable channel, may be in few more weeks. If everything goes according to the plan, of course. (Not my plan btw, their plan!)

The New Acer CB3-111 Chromebook is now Available From Amazon

The newest Chromebook from Acer,  Acer CB3-111 is now available from Amazon USA. This is the Intel Bay Trail processor  2GB of RAM model which retails at $199.99, a neat price point.

chromebook  The New Acer CB3 111 Chromebook is now Available From Amazon

Here is the specs list:

  • Screen Size 11.6 inches
  • Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Processor 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron
  • RAM 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Hard Drive 16 GB
  • Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
  • Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
  • Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
  • Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
  • Average Battery Life (in hours) 8.5 hours

A light, fan-less and entry level Chromebook, if you are looking for something around $200 range. Order one from here. (affiliate link)

Thank you Brent Sullivan for this info and this great Chromebook tracking doc, all the information you need about new Chromebooks.

Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Audio Player App [Future Feature]

I copied and pasted the title from one of my previous blog posts about the Video Player app and edited it for this post, because this is almost the same news, this time for Audio.

chromebook  Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Audio Player App [Future Feature]

Chrome OS has a video player app now, but audio player is still a part of the Files app. (It has its own app icon though)

chromebook  Chromebooks Getting a Dedicated Audio Player App [Future Feature]

The media player and the gallery were separated and made standalone apps. They are doing this now for the audio player.

The Files app handles audio for now, but with this change (hoping that it will make it to Chrome OS) there will be two separate apps for audio and video.

And it is good. After separating from the Files app, Google added more capabilities to the new media player app and the gallery app. Media player got Chromecast support, and the Gallery got better editing capabilities. So, it is safe to assume that the new Audio player will bring in new features, may be even Google Play Music support.

Here is the official commit log (This is not saying much of course!):

Separate the audio player app from Files.app

Start guessing what’s coming to the new audio player app, shall we?

Special thanks to Mike McLoughlin for the help!