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A New Samsung $250 Chromebook with Bay Trail Chip and 11.6″ Screen Shows Up

It’s been a while since we heard some Samsung. After their Chromebook 2, which didn’t do as good as the previous version of it, there was no news from Samsung about their Chromebooks.

Alvin Chin and Brent Sullivan have spotted something that might change this. If a new product page that showed up on PC Connection website is to be believed, there is a new Samsung Chromebook coming out soon.

Tagged as XE500C12-K01US, this Chromebook runs on a  Celeron N2840  Bay Trail processor with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB SSD and an 11.6″ screen. There are no other specs available at the moment, and we don’t have a picture either.

Price is listed as $249.99, but we cannot be sure of that until we see an official announcement.

chromebook  A New Samsung $250 Chromebook with Bay Trail Chip and 11.6 Screen Shows Up

If this Chromebook is real, we will start seeing similar leaks with more details soon on other online computer retailers.

I am really curious to find out what Samsung has been doing all these months. Will they be able to give us a good looking Chromebook for a decent price?

Stay tuned!

Someone Already Figured Out How to Run Any Android App on Chromebooks!

God bless reverse engineering!

Developer  has figured out a way to run Android apps on Chromebooks, complete with a tool to covert apps and detailed instructions.

The tool is tested on OSX and Ubuntu. Once you get the tool installed, the process is simple. You download and convert an app from a command line, and copy the folder to your Chromebook. Once copied, open chrome://extensions, enable Developer Mode and upload the app.

Oh, you must first try any of the official Android apps for Chrome OS and make sure that your device supports these apps.

Here is the list of apps the developer has tested:

  • Flipboard – Works
  • Twitter – Works in tablet and phone mode
  • Soundcloud – Works, crashes when playing sound
  • Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Spotify – Crashes (require native libraries)
  • Opera Mini – works, issues with the back button
  • Gyro Game – Works
  • Swing Copters – Crashes on Google Play Services
  • WhatsApp – Crashes
  • IMDB – Works

I am really interested in the Flipboard app. Plus, WhatsApp, if that starts working on Chromebooks anytime soon!

Now, if you are not going to try this, here is a few screenshots for pure viewing pleasure!

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PS: I am hoping that someone will post converted apps sometime soon!

via OMG Chrome.

Amazon AppStream Now Supports Chrome Browser and Chromebooks

Here is one more powerful cloud computing platforms adding Chrome and Chrome OS support. Amazon’s AppStream now works on Chromebooks too!

If you haven’t heard about AppStream before, here goes an official intro:

Amazon AppStream is a flexible, low-latency service that lets you stream resource intensive applications from the cloud. Amazon AppStream deploys and renders your application on AWS infrastructure and streams the output to mass-market devices, such as personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Because your application is running in the cloud, it can scale to handle vast computational and storage needs, regardless of the devices your customers are using. You can choose to stream either all or parts of your application from the cloud.

The AppStream Chrome SDK (available via the AppStream Downloads page) contains the documentation and tools that you need to have in order to build AppStream-compatible applications. It also includes the AppStream Chrome Application.

chromebook  Amazon AppStream Now Supports Chrome Browser and Chromebooks

If you are a developer interested in this, read the official blogpost for more information.

Google is Testing Wireless Charging for Chromebooks

Here is a piece of breaking news (or breaking rumour) to start your Wednesday: according to a piece of code unearthed by Redditor basmith7  and reported by OMG Chrome, Google has at least one experimental Chrome OS board with Wireless Charging.

Here is the commit log that we are discussing today:

ryu: enable inductive charging

Enable inductive charging on Ryu.

TEST=Sanity check only. Build and boot on Ryu.

Now, not all the Chrome OS boards become actual Chromebooks or Chromeboxes (or anything else running Chrome OS, if they are planning some) Hence, we cannot be super excited about getting our hands on a Chromebook with wireless charging yet.

chromebook  Google is Testing Wireless Charging for Chromebooks

Wireless charging is slowly gaining some interest from OEMs. The major OEMs who are interested in this technology already have their Chromebooks (Dell and Lenovo) and their partner Intel is really interested in Chrome OS. This gives me a certain level of hope  that we will see this on one of the Chromebooks in 2015. This is just a guesstimate though!

Other Details

The board Ryu  has a lid, a light bar, a Tegra chipset, reversible USB-C support and a regular AC/External power supply according to the code.

The lightbar suggests to me that whoever is building this device is working closely with Google on the design. We saw this lightbar only on Google’s own Pixel and HP Chromebook 11 version one designed “with Google”

Another interesting piece that I noticed in the code is this:

* Determine recovery mode is requested by the power, volup, and
* voldown buttons being pressed.

That’s the method that we all use on Android phones and tablets to go to recovery mode. Does this mean Ryu is something more than your regular Chromebook or Chromebox?


Google to Announces “Chromebook Lending Library” for College Students

Education is a market where Chromebooks are clearly winning. (And yes, today’s students will be running and heading the institutions of the future.) Extending the marketing efforts for Chromebooks in education, Google is starting temporary Chromebook lending libraries in colleges across the U.S.A

The Chromebook Lending Library will be available from September through October at various colleges.

The Chromebook lending is a  free service, but chargeable if you do not return the Chromebook on time. Students can either return the Chromebooks at the end of each day, or keep the device as long as the library is in their college.

Here is how the Chromebook Lending Library looks like:

chromebook  Google to Announces Chromebook Lending Library for College Students

Find more information on this official page.

via Techcrunch

Hold Shift While Minimizing or Maximizing Chromebook Windows to Go Slow Motion!

Here is a cool trick to show off your Chromebook to your friends (my all time favorite is barrel roll btw). If you hold the Shift key while minimizing, maximizing or closing windows on your Chromebook, the animation happens in slow motion.

Here is an embed of the post from  François Beaufort:

As a bonus, (or this trick is clashing with an older one) when you click the Chrome icon with Shift pressed, it displays the list of open tabs you can scroll and navigate to open any tab.

chromebook  Hold Shift While Minimizing or Maximizing Chromebook Windows to Go Slow Motion!

Anyways, go ahead and show this off to your friends now!

via François Beaufort

Android Apps Make it to Chrome OS. Install These 4 on Your Chromebook Now!

I am jet lagged after a trip back from London (which has some connection with Chrome btw) but going to sleep without posting this news will be an injustice to my readers here. So, here goes.

The Android apps on Chromebooks that Google announced while at I/O are now slowly starting to show up. We do not have any major ones other than those demoed during I/O, but still, this is great news.

chromebook  Android Apps Make it to Chrome OS. Install These 4 on Your Chromebook Now!

  • Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
  • Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
  • Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
  • Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way

Evernote is going to the most interesting here because it is one of the most-wanted apps in any Chromebook user’s list.

You install these apps just like you add Chrome apps to your device: download and install from the Chrome Web Store. Single click. And then, it is your regular Android app, running on your Chromebook.

Exciting, and promising.

PS: When you have say, thousands of apps Android apps available for Chromebooks, will it make sense to have both Chrome Web Store and Play Store apps?

PPS: Chromebooks with touchscreens will make a lot more sense now chromebook  Android Apps Make it to Chrome OS. Install These 4 on Your Chromebook Now!

No More 32-Bit Chrome for Mac. Chromecast Clones Incoming #chromeweekender

Howdy everyone! Welcome back to the #chromeweekender. Before I start, let me give you a blog related news. There may not be any blogposts from me for a few days, most probably for a week.

chromebook  No More 32 Bit Chrome for Mac. Chromecast Clones Incoming #chromeweekender

Tomorrow is Onam, the most important festival of my home state, Kerala, and day after tomorrow, I am off to London. More about that soon chromebook  No More 32 Bit Chrome for Mac. Chromecast Clones Incoming #chromeweekender

Now, this week’s list.

HP Updates Chromebook 14 with Nvidia Tegra K1 and Touchscreen

After dropping the ARM processor on the Chromebook 11 and updating it with a Bay Trail processor, HP has done the opposite thing on their Chromebook 14. The new version of Chromebook 14 announced yesterday comes with the new Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that we saw on the new Acer Chromebook.

The announcement came at a time everyone is going crazy about new Android phones and watches being announced throughout this week.

Unlike the Acer Chromebook, HP Chromebook 14 does not have an HD screen option. The screen is, yes 14 inches with the usual 1366×768 resolution (hence the name Chromebook 14, I guess).

The device is fan-less, thanks to the ARM chip inside. From the looks of it, the design also has been updated a little. It now looks like a hybrid of the HP design and the original Chromebook 11 design that they did with Google.

chromebook  HP Updates Chromebook 14 with Nvidia Tegra K1 and Touchscreen

The new Chromebook will be available in two body colours, Twinkle Black and  Snow White, with a choice of accent colors like Smoke Silver, Sorbet Orange, Ocean Turquoise and Neon Green. (Sounds similar?)

There are those usual Chromebook specs as well, the 16GB SSD, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and 2 Years of 100 GB Google Drive space etc.

The device comes with two RAM options, 2GB and 4GB. Battery life is estimated at 9.5 hours and the price starts at $299.99. A 3G model is also in the works.

For those who want a 14″ Chromebook, this is one of the few options available. The Nvidia chip sounds promising, but the initial reviews of the Acer Chromebook with the same chip has raised some questions about the performance. I would suggest you go through those reviews before making a decision on this one.

Hands On Video

The hands on video we have here demos a Chromebook 14 with touchscreen, full HD screen (not IPS)

PS: Again, I would love to see the original Chromebook 11 (that design!) with this K1 processor and a good price. Just saying.

Source: HP Product Page.

Hands on With the Toshiba Chromebook 2 #video

Here is a hands on video of the Toshiba Chromebook 2 CB30-B. An interesting detail that I missed in yesterday’s post, they have done something with the sound here, speakers from SkullCandy.

chromebook  Hands on With the Toshiba Chromebook 2 #video

Plus, the HD screen variant has two options, glossy or matte displays. Here’s the video, courtesy of Steve Paine:

A couple more weeks for this guy to show up on retailer websites.