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Google Announces Full List of Chromebooks in Line to Get Android Apps

By Radu Iorga

It’s been about a year since Google first announced plans to implement Android app support on Chromebooks and the past month or so saw several such units getting their support. It was all supposed to start late last year for about 50 devices, but Google took its sweet time. And today we have a full list of supported models.

Only 6 devices are supported as of now, but Google wants to take it up to over 80 devices. They’ve updated the list of officially supported devices, which you can find below. Of course we’ve got new products and high specced units like the Samsung Chromebook Plus, Pro, Chromebook 2 and 3. While the list is rich and the news is good, most of the models are only mentioned as “planned” and that’s it.

There are also models listed as “beta channel”, such as the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 and Acer Chromebook R13. This means that the official support will be available soon on the stable channel. The first impression is that things aren’t working out so dandy, as the Google Android apps for Chromebooks have been a letdown. Bugs and issues have affected the Samsung Chromebok Plus, for example.

Hopefully everything gets fixed and in the meantime here’s the list of Chromebooks getting the Android apps:

Acer

  • Chromebook R11 (CB5-132T, C738T)
  • Chromebook R13 (CB5-312T)
  • Chromebook 11 (C740)
  • Chromebook 11 (C730 / CB3-111 / C730E / CB3-131)
  • Chromebook 14 (CB3-431)
  • Chromebook 14 for Work (CB5-471)
  • Chromebook 15 (CB5-571 / C910)
  • Chromebook 15 (CB3-531)
  • Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T)
  • Chromebox CXI2
  • Chromebase 24

AOpen

  • Chromebox Mini
  • Chromebase Mini
  • Chromebox Commercial
  • Chromebase Commercial

Asus

  • Chromebook Flip C100PA
  • Chromebook Flip C302
  • Chromebit CS10
  • Chromebook C200
  • Chromebook C201PA
  • Chromebook C202SA
  • Chromebook C300
  • Chromebook C300SA / C301SA
  • Chromebook Flip C213
  • Chromebox CN62

Bobicus

  • Chromebook 11

CTL

  • J2 / J4 Chromebook
  • N6 Education Chromebook
  • J5 Convertible Chromebook
  • NL61 Chromebook

Dell

  • Chromebook 11 (3120)
  • Chromebook 11 (3180)
  • Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
  • Chromebook 13 (7310)
  • Chromebook 13 (3380)

eduGear

  • Chromebook R Series
  • Chromebook K Series
  • Chromebook M Series
  • CMT Chromebook

Edxis

  • Chromebook
  • Education Chromebook

Google

  • Chromebook Pixel (2015)

Haier

  • Chromebook 11
  • Chromebook 11e
  • Chromebook 11 G2
  • Chromebook 11 C

Hexa

  • Chromebook Pi

HiSense

  • Chromebook 11

Lava

  • Xolo Chromebook

HP

  • Chromebook 11 G3
  • Chromebook 11 G4 / G4 EE
  • Chromebook 11 G5
  • Chromebook 11 G5 EE
  • Chromebook 14 G4
  • Chromebook 13 G1
  • Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE

Lenovo

  • 100S Chromebook
  • N20 / N20P Chromebook
  • N21 Chromebook
  • N22 Chromebook
  • N23 Chromebook
  • N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • N42 Chromebook
  • ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
  • ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 11e Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 3)
  • ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • ThinkCentre Chromebox

Medion

  • Chromebook Akoya S2013
  • Chromebook S2015

M&A

  • Chromebook

NComputing

  • Chromebook CX100

Nexian

  • Chromebook 11.6″

PCMerge

  • Chromebook PCM-116E
  • Chromebook PCM-116T-432B

Poin2

  • Chromebook 11

Samsung

  • Chromebook Plus
  • Chromebook Pro
  • Chromebook 2 11″ – XE500C12
  • Chromebook 3

Sector 5

  • E1 Rugged Chromebook

Senkatel

  • C1101 Chromebook

Toshiba

  • Chromebook 2
  • Chromebook 2 (2015)

True IDC

  • Chromebook 11

Viglen

  • Chromebook 11
  • Chromebook 360

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Lenovo Debuts Flex 11 Chromebook, With 360 Degree Hinge, $279 Price

By Radu Iorga

Lenovo debuted a new Chromebook this week, the Flex 11 model, that comes with a 360 degree hinge and a $279 price tag. The machine is a convertible with a multi mode hinge and a touchscreen display, with anti glare layer.

The 2 in 1 machine runs Android apps, thanks to the Google Play Store support added to Chromebooks a few months ago. It can also run apps installed from the Chrome Web Store, by the way. Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook has a sealed touchpad and reinforced ports, so if you spill your coffee on it, the damage won’t be major. Specs include a 11.6 inch screen with a 360 degree hinge, as well as a quad core ARM chipset clocked at 2.1 GHz.

 

This machine can survive a 2.4 feet drop and it comes with pretty solid connectivity options: USB Type C, HDMI, USB 3.0 and SD card slot. Everything is packed within a a body that weighs below 3 lbs. There’s also 4 GB of RAM on board, 32 GB of storage and a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Water resistance is probably the best aspect here.

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Google Debuts Chrome OS 57 Stable Release, With Some Tablet-Oriented Functionality

By Radu Iorga

Google has focused a lot on the Chrome OS area over the past few months, enhancing the Chromebooks with Android app support and helping its partners launch higher end models. Today Chrome OS reaches stable version 57 and it also gets some more tablet-friendly features.

Many Chromebooks have convertible designs, which explains this approach. This new tablet release changes the action of pressing the Power button. Up until now pressing it obviously locked the device and entered standby. Now a press of the button means you put the Chromebook to sleep. This is what people did when they closed the lid of laptops, so it makes sense.

When holding a tablet you can’t close the lid, so this is the next best thing. Most tablet-like Chromebooks come with built in keyboards right now, ones that fold back behind the screen when they’re not being used, but this software release makes us think of full fledged tablets or Chrome OS detachable modes. The Camera app also gets updated, so it can adjust the UI depending on the use of the front or rear camera.

Education oriented Chromebooks can benefit from this, letting the user tilt the camera and use it properly. The changelog also includes PIN unlock support for all Chromebook models, a fresh boot animation and wallpaper, silent authentication and the usual performance boost and security release. We’ve also come to know of a few Chromebooks that won’t get the over the air update, like the ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA, ASUS Chromebook Flip C302 and the Chromebook R13 from Acer.

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Google Confirms HP’s Chromebook for Schools is Getting Launched in April

By Radu Iorga

Google confirmed over the past days, that HP will be bringing out its Chromebook for schools in April, as a rugged 360 degree convertible for students. The device will have USB Type C charging and a rear facing camera.

It’s supposed to compete with the latest Chromebooks that ASUS and Acer debuted last January. It can also play nice with a stylus, although it’s not clear if the pencil is a cheap one or a higher end unit. We don’t have full specs yet, but we expect them to be on the entry level side of things. Chrome OS has been growing and growing in the education field, with estimates showing that they stand for half the education market.

This means they surpass the iPads and Windows devices, via a combo of lower prices and ease of use. There’s also the novelty of accessing Android apps from Chromebooks, a feature that has been available for only a few weeks. Google also revealed that Chromebook creative apps are now available in Europe and administrators can approve Android app libraries and install them on selected devices.

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Google says Pixel laptops aren’t dead, it just isn’t announcing or selling any

By Andrew Cunningham

Enlarge / The Chromebook Pixel 2. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Earlier this week, comments from Google hardware SVP Rick Osterloh suggested the company was totally out of the first-party laptop business.

“Google hasn’t backed away from laptops,” he said, referring to the company’s Chromebook efforts. “But we have no plans for Google-branded laptops.” The statement understandably prompted a wave of stories about the death of the Chromebook Pixel and related projects—the last version of the Pixel was introduced in March of 2015 and unceremoniously discontinued in August of 2016.

Now, Osterloh has modified his comments somewhat, tweeting that Google simply has “no plans to share at this time.” That doesn’t mean Google laptops aren’t dead—the company has still discontinued its only first-party laptop without a replacement—but it leaves the door open for future projects. It has been suggested that a Chromebook Pixel 3 could be a trial balloon for the “Andromeda” OS, a marriage of Android and ChromeOS that could unify Google’s desktop and mobile software platforms.

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