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Rumor – Asus To Launch a Chromebook Soon

Time for another Chromebook rumor. The latest one comes from Digitimes and it says, Asus is going to enter the Chromebook market soon, joining Samsung, Acer, HP and Lenovo. 

Asustek Computer plans to enter the Chromebook market as soon as the fourth quarter, hoping to find new demand from the IT market to boost its notebook shipments, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

With its entry in the Chromebook business, Asustek is hoping to gain orders from the education industry. Although order volumes are likely to be limited, they will still help the company.

Seeing poor back-to-school demand in the third quarter, Asustek has recently reduced its notebook shipment forecast for 2013 to 17-19 million units, down from 22-24 million originally, and has begun seeking new demand in the IT market.

When an OEM enters a new device segment, they try to bring in their previous expertise and put it to good use on the new platform. Think of Sony’s Android phones with Bravia engines for image rendering. Think of how Lenovo and HP entered Chromebook market. They brought their USPs along.

chromebook  Rumor   Asus To Launch a Chromebook Soon

And for Asus, there is an interesting portfolio of devices that makes us think of a Chromebook/Tablet hybird dualbooting Android and Chrome OS, or something interesting like that?

We already have touchscreen based Chromebook boards being tested. I have started dreaming about a Pixel 2, touchscreen, affordable price in the lines of the Nexus 7 partnership.

I am really hoping that the Bolt Chromebook board is a Pixel 2, made by Asus, priced around $600 – $700. What’s your take?

Meet “Bolt” Another Haswell Based Chromebook (May be Touch Screen and 4GB RAM)

I was super excited the first time I found a new Chromebook’s code name in the chromium source and blogged about it. But chromebook boards spotting has become very common these days. Google seems to be testing a lot of boards these days and not all of them make it to a real Chromebook.

But this one is little different. Read on!

I spotted a new board today. By the looks of it, it is a Haswell based board named Bolt. A lot of code is available here if you are a core hardware person.

chromebook  Meet Bolt Another Haswell Based Chromebook (May be Touch Screen and 4GB RAM)

4GB RAM

There is a file named haswell in the commit which is why I said this is  haswell based board. Another thing I noted is the RAM. The device has 4GB RAM.

But the interesting thing is, there are three different memory manufacturers mention in three different files named after them. I see

  • Samsung
  • Micron
  • Elpida

I am not sure if this is normal. I am hoping that developer friends around here can help me with this one.

Touchscreen?

The touchscreen part is also a hit or miss for me. Here is what I found in the code.

    len += smbios_write_type41( 173
»       »       current, handle, 174
»       »       BOARD_TOUCHSCREEN_NAME,»        »       /* name */ 175
»       »       BOARD_TOUCHSCREEN_IRQ,» »       /* instance */ 176
»       »       BOARD_TOUCHSCREEN_I2C_BUS,»     /* segment */ 177
»       »       BOARD_TOUCHSCREEN_I2C_ADDR,»    /* bus */ 178
»       »       0,»     »       »       »       /* device */ 179
»       »       0);»    »       »       »       /* function */ 180

This is from the file named “mainboard”.

So, in total, this is an exciting board to follow. Stay tuned!!

PS: It is interesting to note that all the latest Chromebooks boards that I have spotted have Haswell processors.

Staples and Walmart to Sell Chromebooks

Google just tripled the number of retail outlets for Chromebooks! They added Walmart, Staples and a few more retailers to the network, which brought the number of stores selling Chromebooks to  6,600. Here is the official announcement

In addition to Best Buy and Amazon.com, we’re excited to welcome several new retailers to the family. Starting today, Walmart will be making the newest Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD), available in approximately 2,800 stores across the U.S., for just $199. Look for Chromebooks coming to the laptop sections of a Walmart near you this summer.

chromebook  Staples and Walmart to Sell Chromebooks chromebook  Staples and Walmart to Sell Chromebooks

And beginning this weekend, Staples will bring a mix of Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung to every store in the U.S.—more than 1,500 in total. You can also purchase via Staples online, while businesses can purchase through the Staples Advantage B2B program. In the coming months select Office Depot, OfficeMax, and regional chains Fry’s and TigerDirect locations will begin selling Chromebooks. 

If you are visiting Walmart to check out Chromebooks, you will get to see only the $199 Acer version (with SSD not HDD). Staples will sell more brands, HP and Samsung along with Acer. However, this may change quickly since Google says they are working hard to get more brands available through more retailers in more countries.

Okay, I have heard that “more countries” talk a lot, so I am not excited about that part. But the idea of bringing Chromebooks closer to more shoppers is of course a welcome move.

Chrome and Chrome OS To Get Support for More RAW Image Formats

An epic win for photographers using Chrome and especially Chromebooks. Chrome and Chrome OS is getting support for more RAW image formats.

François Beaufort reports:

Photographers will appreciate for sure that thechrome.mediaGalleries API (used to access media files from the user’s local disks in a Chrome App) now supports more RAW picture formats in the last chromium build.

Here’s an exhaustive list:

.3fr Hasselblad
.arw Sony
.cr2 Canon
.crw Canon
.dcr Kodak
.dng Adobe, Leica, Ricoh, Samsung
.erf Epson
.k25 Kodak
.kdc Kodak
.mef Mamiya
.mos Leaf
.mrw Minolta
.nef Nikon
.orf Olympus
.pef Pentax
.raf Fuji
.raw Leica, Panasonic, Phase One – TIFF
.rw2 Panasonic
.sr2 Sony
.srf Sony
.x3f Sigma

Photographers, another reason to buy a Chromebook, or may be a Pixel itself! Think of the awesome screen and resolution displaying your RAW images!

chrome news  Chrome and Chrome OS To Get Support for More RAW Image Formats

For me, that’s one more reason not to use my Windows 8 PC!

New Version of Samsung ARM Chromebook Code named “Spring” is Getting Ready

I am not surprised. But I am happy.

Well, you know the source. It is François Beaufort again. Here is what he found.- What comes after Snow? 
- Spring.

Google and Samsung are, as we speak, working on improving their first version of the ARM Chromebook. Next board’s codename is “Spring”.   

From what I can see, it’s still a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual and very close to the first version. However, we can notice that Spring board will come with a newer TPM configuration called SLB9645TT.
A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a specific protected and encapsulated microcontroller security chip use to defend the internal data structures against real intelligent attacks.

Now I will tell you why I am not surprised, and why I am happy.

Why I am not Surprised

The first Chromebook with ARM did really well. It is probably the first Chromebook that reached “masses”. It is quite natural for successful gadgets to get a second or third generation, improving the hardware, software and design.

Samsung could not obviously meet the high demand that they experienced for ARM Chromebook. The 3G version of the ARM Chromebook were available for sale only for a limited time on Amazon. They did not sell them in Best Buy or through Google. But now they have a good amount of confidence about Chromebooks with a decent price tag. It is indeed an encouragement for a second version of ARM Chromebook.

chromebook  New Version of Samsung ARM Chromebook Code named Spring is Getting Ready

Why I am Happy

A second version of ARM Chromebook shows that the first ARM Chromebook was a huge success, in numbers and popularity.

Since they have an idea about demand, this time they will get the supply correct. It will be easy to get our hands on our favorite Chromebook.

There is more competition in the Chrome OS market now. We have more players. That might force Samsung to beef up the Hardware or drop the price. Think of a better screen resolution, newer processor or backlit keyboard.

Are you excited?

Download The Rich Notifications App for Chrome #awesomeness

Here is one thing you can do to make your Chromebook look beautiful, right now. If you are on the Developer channel, that is. You can download the new rich notifications app for Chrome and enjoy the new, beautiful and elegant notifications. Yes, the app from this screenshot.

chromebook  Download The Rich Notifications App for Chrome #awesomeness

The app is a demo app from the Chrome team. They are using this app to test various iterations of the notifications, along with debugging options. Here is the note from developers: This demo app is for testing the notifications API, and for easily generating screenshots of different templates. 

chromebook  Download The Rich Notifications App for Chrome #awesomeness

How To Download and Install The New Notifications App

Instructions, and file, courtesy of François Beaufort -

First make sure you have enabled “Experimental Extension APIs” inchrome://flags
- Download the zipped app at https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B8R1QvA3x5IbZ1pqQndXdEMtOEE&export=download
- Unzip it
- Go to chrome://extensions
- Check “Developer Mode”
- Click on “Load Unpacked Extension” button
- Select the extracted folder
- Launch the App
- Be amazed!

Test this out and let me know how it works. It did not work for me on the Cr48. I am not sure if it is a problem with the Cr48. If anyone can try this out and give me feedback, that’ll be awesome! However, François Beaufort got this working on his lumpy (Samsung series 5 550). Here is a screenshot.  


chromebook  Download The Rich Notifications App for Chrome #awesomeness

Does This Work on Windows?

Some users are reporting that this works on windows as well. However, I could not confirm this. Bad luck I guess, it is not working for me on windows too! So, please try it out and let me know!

Thanks François Beaufort again!

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 Updated with Core i5 Processor

The Chromebox lineup from Samsung is getting quite a bit of updates these days. Just a few days ago we saw a redesigned Chromebox, and today we get to hear about the Intel Core i5 processor that’s making its way to Series 3 Chromebox.

Amazon lists this for $413.99, in stock. Model number is XE300M22-A02US.

Like earlier Chromebox models, the new version features 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 6 USB 2.0 ports, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet. There’s no VGA port, but there are DisplayPort and DVI jacks.

Who is This For?

I do not think Chromeboxes are popular among consumers compared to Chromebooks. But still, Google and Samsung is busy redesigning and re-configuring the Chromebox lineup. Why?

I think they are eyeing the enterprise market.

chromebook  Samsung Chromebox Series 3 Updated with Core i5 Processor

For companies looking for Chrome OS devices to replace their existing windows PCs, this will be a really good option. Do you know why?

They can buy a Chromebox and use their existing monitor, keyboard and other peripherals.

Don’t you think that’s a good option for businesses since they have already invested so much in those monitors and keyboards?

Chromebooks are doing really good in the consumer market these days, and the education sector has also responded to certain extend. It is the corporate  that Google has to convince now. Chromeboxes will lead this advance.

via liliputing.com

Redesigned Samsung Chromebox is Official

A new Chromebox from Samsung was revealed the other day. We did not hear anything from Google yet, but Samsung’s website has this Chromebox listed now with complete specs.

The New White Samsung Chromebox – Specs

  • Processor: Intel® Celeron® Processor B840
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • CPU: Intel Celeron B840
  • LCD: None
  • VRAM: Shared
  • MEMORY: 4GB (DDR3 1333MHz/2G*2)
  • HDD: SSD 16GB
  • WIRED: 1Gb LAN
  • COMMUNIC: 802.11 abg/n (2×2) + BT 3.0
  • COLOR: White
  • Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 7.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.28″
  • Product Weight (lb.): 2.64 lbs.

Find more here.

We have some high quality press shots of the Chromebox as well.

chromebook  Redesigned Samsung Chromebox is Official

chromebook  Redesigned Samsung Chromebox is Official

Anyone planning to get one of these?

Thanks Adam Causton :)

A New White Chromebox from Samsung?

I love this. The first post of 2013 on Chrome Story is about a new Chrome OS device that showed up the other day. Thank you Ian Cummings and ChromeUp. He said he  bought it from PC World in Bristol, UK.

Ian Cummings shared a few photos of his new Chromebox to the Chromebooks Community on Google+ today. It looked different from the other Chromeboxes that we have seen. This one is white, and the material and the design are different. Specs looked different too.

chromebook  A New White Chromebox from Samsung?

The New White Samsung Chromebox – Specs

Here is how the specs appear on the back of the packaging.

  • XE300M22 – B01UK
  • OS: Chrome OS
  • CPU: Intel Celeron B840
  • LCD: None
  • VRAM: Shared
  • MEMORY: 4GB (DDR3 1333MHz/2G*2)
  • HDD: SSD 16GB
  • WIRED: 1Gb LAN
  • COMMUNIC: 802.11 abg/n (2×2) + BT 3.0
  • COLOR: White

 It’s also important to note the lack of an Intel i5 processor, and that the bottom of the device has no holes for mounting the unit on the backside of a monitor. Even the available ports on the back of the unit appears to perfectly line up with the port placement on the current generation unit. Chrome Up writes.

So, this must be  a repackaging of the existing Chromebox, with no significant change at the core. Anyways, I liked the design of this new Chromebox. It looks better than the other one, but I am sure some of you will disagree with me.

chromebook  A New White Chromebox from Samsung?

What do you think? Which design is better?

3G Samsung ARM Chromebook Now Available on Amazon

Update: Amazon has pulled this back to pre-order status. Looks like it was made available by mistake. Thanks everyone who sent this in.

A very short post to let you all know that Amazon is accepting orders for the new ARM based Samsung Chromebook, 3G.

It was showing as pre-order all this time, but now you can order it. Click here for the Aamazon product page (affiliate link)

Specs – Samsung Chromebook ARM 3G

Screen Size 11.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Processor 1.7 GHz Exynos 5200
RAM 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Hard Drive 16 GB eMMC
Wireless Type 802.11abg
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Brand Name Samsung
Series Chromebook
Item model number XE303C12-H01US
Operating System Google Chrome OS
Item Weight: 2.4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11.40 x 8.09 x 0.69 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Samsung
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
chromebook  3G Samsung ARM Chromebook Now Available on Amazon
Just in time for holidays. Who is getting one?

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