When Samsung launched the Galaxy Chromebook, one of the key features of the laptop was its 4K display. Given that Chromebooks in generally are typically marketed as budget laptops, having a 4K display was a nice touch, but reviews have found it less than favorable, especially with its terrible battery life.
Right now if you wanted to run Chrome OS, you’d pretty much need to get yourself a Chromebook. However, that could change in the future as Google and Neverware have announced that Google has acquired the latter and their CloudReady OS, which Google plans to eventually make it an official Chrome OS offering.
One of the nifty features we saw Google introduce in the Pixel 4 was radar-sensing technology, also known as Project Soli. Granted it might come across as novel and somewhat gimmicky, but on paper it does hold a lot of promise. So much so that Google might be considering applying it to future Chromebooks and wearables as well.
Google’s Chrome OS is a relatively lightweight operating system that’s perfect for getting some work done, but there are instances when you might require more powerful apps or tools that are only available on other operating systems like Windows. Instead of buying a separate computer, how about using software instead?
One of the nifty features of the iOS and macOS ecosystem is that they all work hand in hand. This is especially useful if you have a new device and need to connect to the WiFi, in which you can actually sync the password of the WiFi network from an older device with the new one, saving you some time.
The problem with a lot of digital assistants is that the processing is usually done in the cloud. This is why sometimes when you ask digital assistants like Siri a question, it can take a while for it to respond, but that’s something that Google will be changing with Google Assistant where last year, they announced that they would be baking Google Assistant into devices like their Pixel phones.
Google’s Chrome OS platform runs either apps designed for Chrome OS, or in recent years, even Android apps. However, the good news for Chrome OS users is that in the future, you will soon be able to run Windows applications on Chrome OS. This is thanks to a partnership between Google and Parallels.
With Google’s Chromebooks, updates to Chrome OS and the Chrome browser are tied together. This means that in order to get the latest version of Chrome, Google needs to issue a new update to Chrome OS. Given that Chromebooks do have a life expectancy, it means that eventually your Chromebook will expire, and along with that, your Chrome updates.
When you buy an accessory for a computer, typically on the box it shows symbols or icons that says that it is compatible with Windows or Mac computers. However, Google’s Chrome OS doesn’t get much love on that front, and while there are certain peripherals and accessories that work with Chromebooks, it isn’t always so obvious.
Updates are generally welcome since they usually introduce new features, improvements, and bug fixes. However, there have been times when updates actually cause more problems than they solve, and in more severe instances, have been known to cause software to stop working entirely and even brick devices.
If you’re not a macOS user, then you might not know about a certain feature of macOS called “Hot corners”. Basically with this feature, all you need to do is move your mouse to either corner of your display and it will trigger an action, such as putting the display to sleep, or enabling the screensaver.
Google’s Chrome OS platform and its Chromebooks aren’t exactly known for being designed for gaming. The relative simplistic and straightforward nature of Chrome OS is great for work and students who don’t really require too much from their computers, but it seems that Google is working towards changing that perception.
When it comes to Chromebooks, for the most part, the design of the computers tend to be pretty boring. Then in 2017, Google launched the Pixelbook which brought a certain level of class and premium feel to the Chromebook lineup, and now it looks like Samsung is doing the same as the company has officially announced the Galaxy Chromebook.
While the majority of external keyboards will work with a Chrome OS computer, they tend to fall slightly short as there are certain keys that are missing, but for general typing, you should be able to get away with using a standard keyboard with your Chrome OS device. However, if you’re a stickler for optimization, then look no further than Logitech.
In addition to announcing the Pixel 4 smartphones, Google’s event also saw the company announce a new Pixelbook laptop in the form of the Pixelbook Go, whose photos were actually leaked a few days ahead of the event. If the Pixelbook was a laptop you’ve had your eye on but felt it was a bit out of your price range, then Google might have your back with this model.
Google will be hosting an event next week on the 15th of October where it is expected that the company will be launching their new Pixel smartphones. However, in addition to new smartphones, it has been speculated that Google could also be planning on launching new laptops as well, one of which is the Pixelbook Go.
Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant software that can typically be found on its Android smartphones, although in the past few years, we’ve seen it expanded to smart speakers. It even made its way to Chromebook devices made by Google, such as the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, and the good news is that Google has expanded on its availability.
Google’s Chrome OS has typically been viewed as a less comprehensive operating system, at least when compared to the likes of Windows or macOS. However, over the years, Google has been making improvements and changes to Chrome OS to make it more functional than ever, and the latest update could be of interest to some.
As it stands, Chrome OS doesn’t have the capability of tethering to an Apple device for data sharing. While one would assume that people who use Chrome OS notebooks are likely to have an Android smartphone in the first place, it certainly wouldn’t hurt if this functionality was present as well. That’s set to change with Chrome OS picking up USB tethering support for iOS devices.
We have been hearing that Google is working on a new operating system called Fuchsia OS. Not much is known about the operating system, but the various reports have claimed that it could be how Google finally merges its Chrome OS and Android operating systems together, but to date the company has yet to officially comment, at least until now.