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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Atlas and Nocturne Chromebooks may natively support Acoustic Echo Cancellation

Annoyed by hearing yourself echo on a voice or video chat with a Chromebook? That may be a non-issue going forward thanks to AEC support for Atlas and Nocturne.

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4K Atlas Chromebook to use IMX208 front camera, supporting 1080p video chat

The 4K detachable screen of the unannounced Atlas Chromebook might wow your eyes but the 1080p-capabled IMX208 camera sensor should wow folks you video chat with.

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Chromium team may bring VP8 hardware acceleration for Hangouts on Kaby Lake Chromebooks

Have you ever been in a Google Hangout video call on a Chromebook and watch the battery life quickly drop while the device gets really hot? That may change with hardware accelerated VP8 video encoding on Chromebooks with Intel Kaby Lake processors.

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