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  • Chrome Getting Native Gamepad, Webcam, And WebRTC Support In Early 2012

    Chrome Getting Native Gamepad, Webcam, And WebRTC Support In Early 2012

    It’s not always easy to tell when Chrome has been updated, and at any rate the changes aren’t always significant enough to even wonder about it. But a pair of features worth caring about are user-bound come early 2012, according to Google developer advocate Paul Kinlan, who spoke recently at the Develop conference in Liverpool. The conference is focused on game development, so… Read More

  • Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google Now Lets Businesses & Schools Buy Chromebooks Without Subscriptions

    Google announced today that its business and educational customers now have a second option for purchasing its new Chrome OS-powered laptops: upfront pricing, sans subscription. Previously, Chromebooks were only available to these institutions by way of a 3-year commitment. That plan didn’t fit in well with some organization’s yearly budget cycle, says Google. Now, those customers… Read More

  • Acer's Chromebook Arrives This Month – 3G Version Soon

    Acer's Chromebook Arrives This Month – 3G Version Soon


    While Samsung’s sexy little Series 5 Chromebook is already shipping, a lot of people (“the people” meaning “people interested in Chrome OS,” which probably isn’t that many people right now) are probably waiting for the cheaper AC700 from Acer. You can pre-order one now, of course, but shipping date was pretty much a mystery… until now. Read More

  • First Samsung Chromebooks Debut On… Gilt? (Update)

    First Samsung Chromebooks Debut On… Gilt? (Update)

    This is kind of a strange match. Samsung’s new Chromebook has hit Gilt two weeks early, according to an email sent to members of the luxury shopping site. No pricing was mentioned, but buying also gets you a special laptop sleeve from Rickshaw. Read More

  • Google: Chrome OS Only For Notebooks Right Now

    Google: Chrome OS Only For Notebooks Right Now

    Although we recently heard tell of a touchscreen-based test platform called Seaboard running Chrome OS, Google isn’t in a hurry to acknowledge that its browser OS is coming to tablets. I can’t blame them, either — with Android numbers increasing and Chrome OS unproven, it’d be foolish to dilute the market with a second tablet ecosystem. So they’re officially… Read More

  • Why Isn't Google Chrome A Part Of Android?

    Why Isn't Google Chrome A Part Of Android?

    Over the past couple of years covering Google, there’s one seemingly simple question that comes up again and again, that Google just can’t seem to answer. Why isn’t Chrome a part of Android? Read the wrong way, that could seem like a deep question. But it almost never means “why isn’t Chrome OS simply merged with Android?” or the like. Most of the time… Read More

  • Chrome OS 12 — AKA: The Shipping Version — Hits Beta

    Chrome OS 12 — AKA: The Shipping Version — Hits Beta

    Last week, just prior to day one of Google I/O, we noted that some updates in the Chrome OS code and forums indicated that a formal unveiling was likely very close. Sure enough, on day two of I/O, Google unveiled the first Chromebooks, the first shipping products running Chrome OS. But Google also noted that the first orders wouldn’t start until June 15, about a month away. One… Read More

  • Initial Thoughts On The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

    Initial Thoughts On The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

    Google has finally made good on their promise to deliver Chrome OS to the world this summer. Or they will, on June 15 when the first Chromebooks are available. Considering that I’m potentially the perfect type of user for such a machine — that is, nearly everything I do these days is in the browser — I’ve been very interested in the OS/product development. Last week, I… Read More

  • The Future Of Chrome: Synced Tabs, Profiles, Native Client, And Chrome OS On ARM

    The Future Of Chrome: Synced Tabs, Profiles, Native Client, And Chrome OS On ARM

    Today at Google I/O there was a fireside chat with a number of Chrome team members. Their goal was simply to answer questions — both from the web and from the audience. Among those, there was a common theme: what’s next? One question asked each panelist what features they were most excited about going forward? Some answers were general — excitement about pushing HTML and CSS… Read More

  • The Google Chromebook Breaks Cover At I/O 2011, Hits Retailers June 15th

    The Google Chromebook Breaks Cover At I/O 2011, Hits Retailers June 15th


    The Google Chromebook is here — for real, this time. Google first announced the nondescript Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook back in December of 2010 but the production version, now called Chromebook, was just announced at Google I/O 2011. The idea is the same as the original in that it’s basically a barebones computer that runs Google Chrome OS. In many ways the philosophy is a lot… Read More