Chromebooks getting Android’s Fast Pair Bluetooth headphones sync feature in 2019

Forget pairing Bluetooth headphones each and every time you use a new device: Google’s Fast Pair will sync those devices so you pair just once and then every device, including Chromebooks, will automatically work with them.

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Preview of the new Chromebook database now available

I’ve started a central, all-in-one product database for Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets with hardware specifications, a comparison tool and an aggregation of product reviews from around the web. We’ll call this version beta 0.1 because there’s more to do but hopefully it provides an idea of what this reference will provide.

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Virtual desktop workspaces and mobile website views coming to Chromebooks and Chrome tablets

Here’s why larger screened Chrome OS devices will benefit from virtual desktop workspaces while Chrome tablets with small screens will have a better web experience with mobile versions of sites.

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Podcast: Two people share thoughts on using the Pixel Slate for one week

Don’t want to read through a long review of the Pixel Slate? Here’s a special edition podcast I did with my MobileTechRoundup show co-host, Matthew Miller, providing our weeklong impressions of the new Google Chrome OS tablet.

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Pixel Slate and Pixel Slate Keyboard review: Portability and productivity at a premium price

The Pixel Slate and Keyboard aren’t for everyone when there are less expensive 2-in-1 Chromebooks available. But if you want the best of both a Chrome OS desktop and a tablet mode, aside from a few minor issues, this potent package is exceptional.

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Pixel Slate shipments have begun, Best Buy availability to follow soon?

After a false start with a November 22 retail availability date, my Pixel Slate pre-order has shipped and should arrive later this week. I’d expect inventory at Best Buy to be soon released as well.

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Cyber Monday Chromebook deals include new Acer Chromebook Spin 13 for $699

Take your pick on discounted Chromebooks ranging from $197 to $699 made by Samsung, Acer, Asus, HP, and Lenovo this Cyber Monday. If you have the money the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 gets you more performance than a Pixelbook.

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Don’t expect to record audio or have Skype video chats using Linux for Chromebooks any time soon

Sound support is still in the works for Linux apps on Chromebooks, but the first function will simply be that: Sound playback. Audio recording is slated to follow and camera access — needed for Skype video — isn’t even on the roadmap yet.

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Google Duo arrives on more Chromebooks for video calls

The Android version of Google Duo has been quietly updated to support Chromebooks. This is likely in anticipation for the Pixel Slate and its Duo Cam, but it can be installed on clamshell Chromebooks as well.

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Linux on Chromebooks getting access to Android Play Files via Project Crostini

After adding access in Project Crostini to share Chrome OS folders with Linux, the next function in the works is to bring shared Play Files to Linux from the Android implementation on Chromebooks.

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Acer Chromebook 13 debuts with two configurations and a starting price of $699.99

Following up on its 2-in1 Chromebook Spin 13, the non-tablet model is now appearing on Acer’s website. Expect to pay $100 less than the Spin version for the Acer Chromebook 13, which is packed with a powerful processor and a generous amount of memory.

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