Google rolls out Android Messages support for Chromebooks and web browsers

This doesn’t quite look like the “Better Together” service I reported on earlier in the month, however, Google announced Android Messages support for the web today. The feature will allow Chromebook users and those on desktops to send, receive, and reply to messages directly in the browser.

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HP Chromebook X2 landing page appears on Google UK Chromebook site: £599.99

One of the most common (and valid) complaints I hear from readers is new Chromebook availability in regions outside of the U.S. So I’m happy to see the HP Chromebook X2 on Google’s Chromebook site for £599 in the UK.

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Asus Chromebook Flip 101 getting Linux apps via Project Crostini soon

Great news if you have an Asus Chromebook Flip 101 and want to run full Linux apps: A code commit shows that the 10.1-inch convertible Chromebook should be getting that feature via Project Crostini soon.

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Looks like the Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is available for direct orders at $449.99

Last month, Acer introduced the Chromebook Spin 15, which it said was the largest convertible Chromebook ever. The company also said device availability was planned for July, but as of today you can order it directly from Acer for $449.99.

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Chrome OS wallpaper picker updated and getting Chromecast-like Backdrop feature

Picking the wallpaper on your Chromebook, Chromebox or Chrome OS tablet will look much nicer thanks to a refresh available in the latest Dev Channel. The old “surprise me” feature will be supplanted by the same Backdrop service Google uses with Chromecast devices.

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Reader question: “Is the Chromebase form factor on the verge of extinction?”

A new generation of Chromeboxes has recently breathed new life into the Chrome OS mini desktop form factor but a similar upgrading has not taken place for the all-in-one Chromebase form factor. Here’s why.

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Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 gets an updated Intel processor and lower res screen for $499

Around 18 months after being introduced, the Samsung Chromebook Plus has a successor. Version 2 loses the ARM chip in favor of an Intel Celeron, has a lower resolution display and is a bit heavier for $499.

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Project Crostini (Linux apps) confirmed for the HP Chromebook X2

The latest (and only) detachable Chromebook, the HP Chromebook X2, is likely to be among the next devices to get support for Project Crostini, which will enable full Linux app support.

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Chrome OS Files app changing again to better integrate local, Android and Linux files

Google recently added both Android and Linux files to the native Chrome OS Files app but don’t get used to it if you have this feature. Google Drive is getting moved down the tree while Android and Linux files gain more prominence.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 user manual available, indicating direct sales soon

Acer may be readying direct sales of the $329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10 now that the tablet’s user manual is on the company’s support site.

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How to check the battery health of a Chromebook

Checking the battery health of a Chromebook isn’t just useful for a device you’ve had for a while. It’s also handy — a must, even, IMO — before buying a used Chromebook. And it’s actually quite easy to do if you know where to look for the information.

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