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Google Bringing Tablet View to Chromebooks and Pixel Slate With Future Update

By Radu Iorga

Google’s Chrome OS has been evolving steadily and getting more features over the past year or so. It supports Android apps, it plays nicely with Linux, there are also rumors about a support for dual boot setup with Windows and Snapdragon machines. Now we learn that Google will offer a “tablet view” in a future update, for Chromebooks and the Google Pixel Slate.

Chrome OS has barely started to be available on tablets, with an Acer model first and then the Pixel Slate, so it’s only getting started with the segment. Now Android Police confirms that a future Chrome OS release will improve the tablet experience on a touchscreen Chromebook or tablet that runs the OS. Such devices have the advantage of showing the full web, but sometimes optimized versions of websites are better.

Chrome OS will bring a “tablet view” option and it works in a similar mode to the way mobile users can request a desktop version of a site. Chromebook users will be able to request the tablet version of a site. It will appear as “Request tablet site” in Chrome on Pixel Slate and more other touchscreen devices. The toggle tells the site you’re on that you’re coming from an iPad or Android slate in lieu of the usual full desktop Chrome browser.

It’ll improve the experience, fix loading times and make everything easier to read. It’s also more touch friendly. We don’t have a timeline for this update, but we’ll keep you posted.

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ASUS Debuts First 15 Inch Chromebook: C523 Comes With Celeron, Pentium Options

By Radu Iorga

ASUS debuted its largest Chromebook to date, the C523 model that comes with Celeron or Pentium options. Lenovo had a big Chromebook previously, the convertible 15.6 incher Yoga model and now we have a rival. If it’s worth it you can find out below.

This newcomer supports up to a Full HD display and has pretty slim bezels, at about 6 mm or so. There’s an 80% screen to body ratio here and support for an optional touchscreen, plus an 180 degree hinge, which lets you push the screen back till it becomes parallel to the keyboard. Inside we can find either a Celeron N3350 or Pentium N4200 CPU, support for up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Connectivity here includes all the options you can need: WiFi ac, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and two USB Type-C ports too. We’ve got an audio jack and a microSD card reader, as well as stereo speakers. ASUS Chromebook C523 weighs 3.2 pounds and measures 0.6 inches in thickness. There’s either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM in the mix, Bluetooth 4.0 and HD webcam for video calls and the works.

 

We don’t have a clear price right now, but seeing how Acer sells rival products for around $350-$399, I expect a similar tag. I suggest you keep your money and wait for the Snapdragon powered Chromebooks.

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Chromebooks and Chrome Tablets About to Get New Control Gestures (Video)

By Radu Iorga

Google has been leaking like an open faucet ahead of tomorrow’s Pixel 3 unveiling and they’ll clearly show us at least a Chrome OS tablet, if not a Pixelbook too. Now there have also been leaks related to software and you can see them below, with new control gestures for Chrome OS prepared.

The new feature comes from the Developer Channel, where Chrome OS has reached version 7.1. There’s no need to modify settings and flags and all that. You just go to the Developer Channel if you want to play with the options. You just get into tablet mode and swipe up from the bottom with nay app open to see the launcher sliding up.

If you swipe back down you will bring the last app back to the screen. It feels a bit inspired by what Android 9.0 Pie brought gesture-wise, which was in turn inspired by the iPhone X navigation gestures. The animations are a bit sluggish, but in the final version they’ll probably be snappier. Chrome apps support that feature, but Android apps give a little pop up when the launcher is brought up.

Over the past hours we’ve seen the Google Pixel Slate appearing in pictures together with the keyboard cover and stylus and with Chrome OS also in the mix. It has front facing stereo speakers, up to 16 GB of RAM and other goodies. Expect to learn the price tag tomorrow and nope, there’s no audio jack here.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 LTE Gets Certified by the FCC, Approaching Launch Time

By James A.

There’s a brand new Chromebook in town, the model number XE525QBBI, which was just spotted on the FCC website. This is supposed to be the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 LTE, which also appeared at the Wi-Fi Alliance last month.

Initially it was believed that it would be a follow-up to the Samsung Chromebook Pro, or some sort of LTE version of it. In tend it’s more of a Chromebook Plus V2 with LTE. Confirming the identity of the laptop is its codename from the FCC documents, “Hopper”, associated with “Nautilus”, the Chrome OS code for The Chromebook Plus V2. There’s also an Intel Celeron sticker in one of the device photos, confirming one of its specs.

The camera module placement also fits the already launched Chromebook Plus V2 quite well (sans LTE). We don’t know exactly when Samsung plans to release this device, but the FCC certification is a clear hint that launch is about to go down. It would make sense for Samsung to put this device on sale for the year end holiday shopping spree. The non LTE model is priced at $499, so maybe the LTE one will cost $599.

I’ll remind you some of the specs of the Chromebook Plus V2: a 12.2 inch Full HD screen, Intel Celeron 3965Y processor, Intel HD 615 Graphics, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, plus a 39 Wh battery. Judging by the official pics, this device also plays nicely with styli.

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$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft

By Peter Bright

Lenovo

Among the new hardware launched this week at IFA in Berlin are a couple of premium Chromebooks. Lenovo’s $600 Yoga Chromebook brings high-end styling and materials to the Chromebook space, along with well-specced internals and a high quality screen. Dell’s $600 Inspiron Chromebook 14 has slightly lower specs but is similarly offering better styling, bigger, better quality screens, and superior specs to the Chromebook space.

These systems join a few other premium Chromebooks already out there. HP’s Chromebook x2 is a $600 convertible hybrid launched a few months ago, and Samsung has had its Chromebook Plus and Pro systems for more than a year now. And of course, Google’s Pixelbook is an astronomically expensive Chrome OS machine.

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