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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Chromebooks to use fingerprints, four wireless proximity ranges for Easy Unlock in “Better Together”

An enhanced Easy Unlock feature is coming to Chromebooks as part of the multi-device “Better Together” feature. Not only will it support Bluetooth with four proximity levels, but also fingerprints.

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Google’s time saving Chromebook Grab and Go solution available to businesses

Google’s internal Grab and Go project that provides ready to go Chromebooks in the case of a device swap is available for enterprises. Grab and Go reduces employee downtime while also maintaining data security thanks to Chrome OS.

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Amazon Prime day deal: Google Pixelbook for $749

There’s a number of Chromebook deals for Amazon Prime Day but if you want a flagship device, the Pixelbook has a 25 percent discount, bringing the price down to $749 today.

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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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(Updated: $100 off) Deal: Amazon selling Asus Flip C302 for $449.99; $50 off

One of the best Chrome OS devices to launch last year was the Asus Chromebook Flip C302 and Amazon is now selling it for $50 off. Yes, it has an older sixth-gen Core m3 chip, but it does provide solid performance.

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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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Project Crostini: Gemini Lake Chromebooks likely to have Linux apps at launch

Google is enabling a key Project Crostini component for the next generation of low-cost Chromebooks that will run on new Intel chips. There’s a good chance that going forward, many (if not all) new Chromebooks will run Linux apps on day one.

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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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