Pixelbook 2, likely the Atlas detachable 4K Chromebook, tipped to launch in 2018

For two key reasons, I think the Atlas 4K Chromebook will launch as the Pixelbook 2 (or Pixelbook 2018 if you prefer) tipped to launch before the end of this year.

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Deal: HP Chromebook X2 available for $519.99 direct ($80 savings)

HP is now selling the Chromebook X2 directly on its website for $519.99, which is $80 off MSRP, with orders currently set to ship on August 3. It’s an outstanding device if you want a detachable Chromebook.

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Here’s a fix for touch issues affected by screen rotation on a Chromebook

A touch screen issue on Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets appears related to an experimental touch logic feature that’s enabled by default. The quick fix is to disable the feature while the long-term solution is still being worked on.

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HP Chromebook X2 on sale for $569.99 at Best Buy: $30 off MSRP

Now’s a good time to nab an HP Chromebook X2 if you were hoping for a small sale: Best Buy is offering the detachable Chromebook for $30 off, bringing the cost down to $569.99. This base model is great for typical Chromebook tasks but developers might want to hold off for a configuration with more memory.

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Android app shortcuts arrive on Chrome OS

Google has added long-press app shortcuts to Android apps on the Chrome OS Dev Channel. These behave just as they do on an Android phone: A tap and hold brings up contextual shortcuts.

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Meet Wand: A detachable Chromebook with batteries in the keyboard base and tablet display

Say hello to Wand: A detachable Chromebook device that will have a battery in both the screen and the keyboard base. We might see longer run times as a result, plus a less “top heavy” Chromebook with removable tablet display.

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Cheza Chromebook with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will have speedy UFS storage

The upcoming Snapdragon 845 powered Chromebook known as “Cheza” will take advantage of a faster embedded storage method known as UFS, or Universal Flash Storage. That means large files will transfer extremely fast with simultaneous reads and writes.

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Got a Chrome OS tablet with touch issues? It appears related to device rotation.

Users with Chrome tablets like the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, HP Chromebook X2 and Pixelbook are experiencing touch issues that appear related to device rotation when using the Dev Channel.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 appears on Staples site for purchase

Although it’s currently showing as “out of stock”, Staples has the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 on its store website for $339, or $10 over the MSRP. Could we see retail inventory in stores to follow?

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Google Duo comes to Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2

You can now install Google Duo for voice and video chats on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2, even though neither device has a dedicated phone number. Here’s hoping other Chromebooks follow.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets a native case and stand option for $39.99

Acer has a case that doubles as a three-position stand for its Chromebook Tab 10. The case, available soon for $39.99 is a great option for tablet use on a desk, your lap or any other flat surface.

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