Powerful Arm processors portend desktop-class performance on Chromebooks

Based on the latest Arm developments, I anticipate that more Chrome OS hardware partners consider using Arm processors in their Chromebooks over the next 12 to 24 months: Better performance with long battery life.

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Chrome OS Beta Channel 69 is here, bringing Project Crostini to some Chromebooks

After pushing back Project Crostini for Linux app support from Chrome OS 68 to 69, the feature is now available in the latest Beta Channel for some devices. Here’s how to see if you have it.

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Google One cloud storage is available for all today

Google One storage was an invite-only but as of today, Google says it’s available for all in the U.S. Even better: there are few more goodies for Google One users.

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How to install Excel for Android on a Chromebook (for now)

Months after it was first reported, it appears Microsoft is fixing the Excel for Android incompatibility issues on Chromebooks. The long term fix is rolling out now but if you can’t wait, here’s a short term solution.

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Why Windows on Chromebooks is a great idea: Nothing but upside

Some think that dual-booting Windows on a Chromebook will make the devices “dead or at least on their way to becoming pointless.” I couldn’t disagree more. Here’s why.

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Why is the Android version of Microsoft Excel not compatible with Chromebooks? (Updated)

The Android version of Excel can’t be installed on a range of Chromebook models, including my Pixelbook. This situation has been going on for nine months, which is nearly nine months too long.

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Google Pixelbook $250 off for back to school sale, students can save 10% more (Update: No student discount)

The on-again, off-again sale on Google’s Pixelbook is on-again. Through September 3, the base Pixelbook is available direct from Google Store for $749. There’s also a 10% student discount if you qualify.

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Reader question: Does the Pixelbook use eMMC or SSD storage? (Answer: It depends)

Although Google lists the storage type as SSD for all three Pixelbook models, only one has a true SSD. However, the speed of your network connection is likely more important than local data transfer rates.

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How to easily install Debian Linux packages directly from the Chrome OS Files app

Debian Linux package installations from within the Chrome OS Files app is a smart move by Google because it doesn’t assume any familiarity with the Linux command line. It’s quick and easy: Here’s how to use it.

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Chromebooks getting lock screen notifications similar to Android

Similar to the lock screen on Android, you’ll soon see incoming notifications when your Chromebook is locked. For now, it’s just a basic on or off option but hopefully, we’ll be able to customize notifications a little more.

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Can you happily use a Chromebook and an iPhone? Yup.

When I’m out working with my Pixelbook and iPhone X, people often come up to me and ask: “How can you use an iPhone with a Chromebook?” It’s actually pretty easy and not that bad of an experience.

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