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Google Pixelbook Ready to Offer Split Screen Multitasking in Tablet Mode

By Radu Iorga

Google’s Pixelbook convertible tablet is about to get even more useful, by receiving an update that offers it split screen multitasking in tablet mode. The $1000 product runs on Chrome OS and has been getting a few updates lately.

One of the main complaints about the product was its inability to do real multitasking in tablet mode. Now, thanks to the updated Chrome OS 64, things are about to get comfier. The new feature has been discovered by Chrome OS fan and code digger Francois Beaufort. Split View multitasking can now be enabled in tablet mode by enabling a flag from the Dev Channel for Chrome OS.

The flag is under the “chrome://flags/#enable-tablet-splitview” area and once you turn it on you will be able to tap on the overview icon and find out which windows are open, plus move them to either side and snap them in place. You can also run two tabs of Chrome on the display at the same time. Split View actually only works with the Chrome browser for now, so don’t expect to run two Android apps side by side on the Pixelbook just yet.

We don’t have a timeline for the arrival of the feature and I mean without having to mess about with developer flags, but I expect that to happen before the month is out.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: A Review of The Google Pixelbook

By Tim

The Google Pixelbook is basically a high end Chromebook, which is another name for an overpriced Android tablet that works like a laptop/notebook.

Yes, the hardware is great, but the price is beyond reason, much like most Apple/Microsoft devices.

So the above being said, I will let Andrew from AMDTech give you the details.

That is all for now…suffice to say, this one ain’t on my list!

Tim

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Chrome OS 61 Rolling Out Right Now, With Fresh App Launcher and More

By Radu Iorga

As the world starts getting more and more of Android 8.0 Oreo, Chrome OS is also getting a bump up in version. Chrome OS 61 is a thing now and it comes fresh after Chrome 61,that debuted last month on desktop and Android. We have some details on changes and new stuff below.

The first big change is the new lockscreen/login screen. The old UI approach involved a single card in the middle of the screen showing the user’s profile picture above the password text box. Meanwhile, the new approach feels a ton like macOS, with the whole wallpaper blurred. The profile picture also gets round now. There’s also a brand new app launcher, that has been in testing phase for a while.

It went live in the stable channel and can be triggered (forced) by setting the “peeking launcher flag” to Enabled. The old layout had a card in the center of the screen, with the Google doodle at the top and the recently opened apps below. The fresh launcher slides up from the bottom and shows a Google search bar, plus the recently started apps. A partly transparent black background is included here, but some folks are reporting a blurred background is in the works.

 

Once you open the launcher in tablet model, it expands automatically. There’s also a new profile picture picker, improved power management options and improved window management in tablet mode. Chrome OS 61 is said to have only reached a few Chromebooks, but rest assured it’s coming to you soon.

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ASUS Chromebook Flip Reaches US Market, Weighing 2 Pounds and Sporting Metal Design

By Radu Iorga

There’s been no shortage of Chromebooks over the past year, but ASUS took things up a notch when they debuted a few months ago the Chromebook Flip. After hitting Japan last month it now goes live in USA. Let’s refresh our memory on this classy Chromebook.

The full name of the product is ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 and it weighs just 2 lbs, while also sporting a full metal body. Since it’s a “flip” device, it obviously also turns into a tablet, not only a laptop. ASUS Chromebook Flip packs a 10.1 inch display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, plus an OP1 processor, which is an ARM Rockchip 3399 unit. Specs include 4 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage too.

On the connectivity front there’s Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, two USB Type-C ports and one USB 2.0 port too. A microSD card slot is also here, plus a 3.5 mm audio jack. ASUS also promises a battery life of up to 9 hours on a charge. ASUS Chromebook Flip runs Android apps of course, like the other new Chromebooks. Basically, if you were to do nitpicking, you’d say that only the CPU is the drawback here.

If you live in USA and want to buy this machine, there’s the option of preordering the device here, on the ASUS website for $299.

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Google Pixelbook Leaks, Seems Like a High End Chromebook; Stylus included

By Radu Iorga

Google has a major event scheduled for October 4th, where they’ll unveil the new Pixel 2 phones. It appears they will also bring a new Pixelbook laptop, that has just leaked via the pics below. We also have details about the product below.

This Chromebook is known as the Pixelbook and it’s going to come in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB storage flavors. The prices are $1199, $1399 and $1749 respectively. The bulk of the devices’ details isn’t known yet, but we’ve heard that it will fold into a tablet device.

Google will also offer a Pixelbook Pen, a $99 stylus with lots of pressure levels. Tilt support is also here. Google has already launched two Pixel-branded Chromebook laptops in 2013 and 2015, but none in 2016. They will be high priced models, that will rival the Surface Pro and iPad Pro.

The stylus seems rather Apple Pencil-inspired, being a bit more massive than usual and it has its own button. The way the screen hooks to the keyboard is rather bizarre in format, but not atypical for Google. I wonder who the OEM is, but my bet is Huawei.

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