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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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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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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New Chrome OS update brings Smart Text Selection, Continue Reading and more to Dev Channel

On Tuesday, the Chrome OS Dev Channel was updated to versionĀ 69.0.3497.21, bringing with it some borrowed features from Android as well as additional stability to Project Crostini and Linux apps. Here’s what’s new.

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Good for enterprises: Chromebooks to get Android’s Always-on VPN feature

A future version of Chrome OS will be able to use Android’s Always-on VPN feature, automatically helping to secure a Chromebook accessing public Wi-Fi hotspots; essentially a must for enterprise workers.

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Google video shows Chromebooks don’t suffer from bad user experiences found on Windows, Mac computers

Google is highlighting the modern approach of Chromebooks with a short video that takes a more aggressive marketing stance against competing desktop platforms. It’s about time!

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Project Crostini with Linux app support should hit Chrome OS Beta Channel this week

After running Linux apps on my Pixelbook using Dev Channel for the past few months, I’m looking forward to doing the same on the Beta Channel. Based on the Chromium OS schedule, the Beta version of Chrome OS 69 is slated for August 2, which is this Thursday.

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