Music streaming service comes to Amazon's set-top box with Spotify Connect
Spotify announced this week that the music streaming service has made it to one of the products under Amazon's expanding lineup. Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to use Spotify Connect to access the millions of songs the service offers on a subscription basis. The company notes that users can navigate Spotify Connect using a smartphone or a tablet as the remote, also seamlessly handing off the sound to the Fire TV. Spotify notes that a premium subscription is required to use the service on the Fire TV, which runs $10 a month.
Four Android apps brought to Chromebook operating system, more on the way
People waiting for their favorite Android applications to work on Chrome OS might not need to wait much longer. Today, Google announced the first set of Android apps available for Chromebooks. The move makes good on a demonstration from Google I/O, which teased the idea of Android apps running on Chrome OS through an app runtime.
Two models of Toshiba Chromebook 2 shipping in US from October
Toshiba's second iteration of the Chromebook adds quite a few improvements compared to the original, including a choice of 13.3-inch displays. The Chromebook 2 will be available with a similar 1366x768 monitor to the first version, though a second option involves a 1920x1080 IPS display as well as doubling the amount of memory.
Sales up 79 percent over previous year, sales expected to hit 14.4 million units by 2017
Research firm Gartner released a report today over the growth of the Chromebook market so far this year. In the report, the firm states that Chromebooks are expected to sell 5.2 million units by the conclusion of 2014. This marks a substantial growth over the previous year for the low-cost notebooks, powered by Google's cloud-based operating system.
Tegra K1-powered Acer Chromebook 13 boasts 13-hour battery life
Acer has launched its first Chromebook using Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip and a 1080p display option. Aside from opting for a Tegra chip instead of the Core i3 the C720 uses, the new Chromebook 13 with a 13.3-inch display is claimed to have a hefty 11-hour battery life for the 1080p model, while the 1366x768-resolution version can last for up to 13 hours on a single charge.
C720 Chromebook has 1.7GHz processor, 32GB storage
Acer has unveiled its first Chromebook running on a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 processor, in the form of an upgraded C720. Two models of the Chromebook have been launched, with both using the Haswell-based Core i3-40005U processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with the C720-3404 model having 4GB of RAM and the C720-3871 using 2GB and enjoying a lower price point.
Early termination of free 100MB LTE allocation will be rectified by Verizon
Verizon is going to reconnect owners of the Chromebook Pixel who were disconnected from their accounts. The carrier will be working with affected users, who found their free 100MB of Verizon LTE wireless data per month for two years cut off after just one year, to reestablish accounts and provide them with the data they signed up as part of their Google notebook purchase.
Offer for two or three years of LTE not being honored by Verizon
[Updated: Google now offering compensation to Pixel owners] Despite Google promising two years of 100MB free LTE data per month with the purchase of a Chromebook Pixel, a large percentage of users are finding that the offer is no longer being honored by Verizon. Users can still pay for data, but the free 100MB offer has seemingly expired, just over one year after the device launched, well short of launch offers.
Google to introduce interface for Android voice search that is 'eyes-free'
Android's voice search functionality is anticipated to broaden its capabilities to offer an "eyes-free" interface, aimed at users who are driving. According to Tech Radar, the initiative is codenamed KITT and allows for accessing the "OK Google" voice search feature from anywhere within the phone. If Google cannot provide the information in a way that does not require viewing the screen, the information is saved until it can be safely viewed. More information regarding this upcoming feature will likely surface at Google's I/O conference.
Chrome OS all-in-one PC from LG priced at $350
LG will be shipping its Chromebase all-in-one PC this month in the United States, the manufacturer revealed following Google and Intel's joint Chrome OS media event yesterday The desktop computer, first shown at CES in January, combines a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a mid-range Chromebook into one single unit powered by Google's Chrome OS.
At least 20 new Chromebooks featuring Intel processors announced at event
In a Chrome OS press event in San Francisco, new details in the growing Chromebook lineup were revealed regarding the expansion of the market and new processing power for the budget laptops. Google and Intel have teamed up with several computer manufacturers to bring at least 20 new devices to the market. Some of these new Chromebooks will expand processing power outside of current Core i3 and Celeron processors, moving up to Intel's line of Bay Trail processors.
Lenovo Chromebooks have 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, touchscreen options
Lenovo is expanding its range of notebooks to include two Chromebooks. Revealed ahead of an event hosted by Google and Intel concerning the Chrome OS, the Lenovo N20 and N20p Chromebooks offer relatively similar entry-level specifications, though the N20p adds a touchscreen and a 300-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a standing tablet, similar to the recent Flex 2 notebooks.
Samsung Chromebook 2 now available for pre-sale purchase
Today marks the official pre-sale availability of Samsung's Chromebook 2, as was initially announced last month. The new models are available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch screen sizes, and improve upon the original Chromebook with faster performance and longer battery life. The 13.3-inch model features a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, and the 11.6-inch model uses a 1366x768 resolution. Pre-sale pricing of the 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 is $320, and the 13-inch model at $400, with shipping beginning at the end of April.
iPad Air, Surface 2, HP Chromebook 11 go head-to-head
The mobile space is probably the most hotly contested space in the tech industry at the moment. It used to be the case that when you wanted to get work done on the go, a full-powered notebook was the one and only way to go. While notebooks and ultrabooks still play a vital role in keeping people productive on the go, the rise of tablets has led to a revolution in how people are staying productive on the go -- at least for light Office-style productivity and creative tasks. Three devices staking a claim for this space include the Apple iPad Air, the Microsoft Surface 2 and the HP Chromebook 11, although each is distinctly different. If productivity is an important criteria when choosing a mobile device, which of these is the one to get?
Upgraded Chromebooks offer Exynos 5 Octa processor, 4GB RAM
Samsung has updated its line of Chromebook devices with a pair of two differently-sized models. The 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch versions of the Chromebook 2 series both offer a similar, textured fake leather lid and stitching motif to that of some Samsung smartphones, with both Chrome OS notebooks said to offer a one-second wake-up and cold booting in under ten seconds.
DaaS allows Chromebooks to run cloud-based Windows apps
Chrome OS users will be able to use traditional Windows apps in the future, Google has announced. Working with VMWare, the two companies have developed Desktop as a Service (DaaS) for enterprise users, allowing companies to run Windows apps on servers with the intention of letting Chrome OS devices connect and stream the content directly to the Chromebook or Chromebox.
Google, HP team on latest attempt at the Chromebook
Back in October 2008, before the world had seen the iPad, the late Steve Jobs was asked what Apple was planning to do in response to the what turned out to be a passing fad with netbooks. At the time, Jobs said that "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk," as he made it very clear that Apple was not planning to enter into the economy notebook segment. The HP Chromebook 11 is priced well below $500 at $279, but promises to be the first economy-class notebook that could change your perception of Chromebooks, armed as it is with decent build quality, a refined design, and a high-quality 11-inch display.
Chromebook 11 goes back on sale through Google Play after charger issues
The HP Chromebook 11 has gone back on sale through Google Play in the United States, following its charger-related issues. At the same time, a new version has gone on sale through Best Buy, with an Altair 4G chip allowing it to offer support for 4G LTE connections over Verizon's network, giving customers the option of using just Wi-Fi or to have a cellular-connected model.
13.3-inch display, 16GB SSD in first Toshiba Chromebook
Toshiba has launched its first foray in Chrome OS notebooks, by showing a Haswell-based Chromebook at CES. Offering a 13.3-inch, 1366x768-resolution display, the Toshiba Chromebook follows the same pattern as other Chromebooks, in offering a 3.3-pound, 0.8-inch thick notebook with relatively low specifications that are adequate enough for light Internet work, along with a fairly cheap price tag.
Updated budget Acer Android tablets will appear at CES 2014
Acer will be adding to its Iconia tablet range with two updated models, the company has revealed. The revised Iconia A1-830 and Iconia B1-720, upgraded from the earlier Iconia A1and B1 respectively, will be joined at CES next week by the revised C720P Chromebook, an updated model of the touchscreen noteboook the company revealed in late November, though with some slight changes.
Samsung preps new Chromebook for release next year
Samsung Electronics will release a new Chromebook next year, according to a new report. Business Korea on Monday said that the South Korean tech giant will push out a new Chromebook in the near future, with a possible unveiling set for next year's Consumer Electronics Show. Samsung, though, has pushed back against that latter prediction.
Windows notebooks, iPads remain bestsellers
Chromebooks surged ahead in 2013 to become a major player in US commercial computer sales, according to new NPD data. Between January and November of this year, some 14.4 million desktops, laptops, and tablets were sold. Of these about 9.6 percent were Chromebooks; in 2012, by contrast, the platform represented just 0.2 percent of sales. Companies are presumably choosing Chromebooks because of their laptop-style features and their cost, which can be as little as $199, cheaper even than many low-end tablets.
Samsung set to refresh Galaxy Camera line
Samsung appears to be preparing a follow-up to last year's Galaxy Camera, an Android-powered device that the South Korean tech giant pushed out amid a range of other offerings. Tech industry insider @evleaks previously revealed a test shot from the device in November, and now the Galaxy Camera 2 has reportedly shown up in Indonesia's ePostel certification website. The mid-range Android shooter could show up early next year at CES or a bit later at MWC.
Chromebook shipping back to retailers, replacement chargers being issued
Google and HP have started shipping the Chromebook 11 to retailers again, following the charger recall. The Chrome OS notebook remains unchanged, except that it is supplied with a charger that appears to be from the Chromebook Pixel with a micro-USB tip, though apparently it charges at a slower rate to the charger originally supplied with the device.
Charger recall affects over 140,000 Chromebooks
Google and HP are starting to recall micro-USB chargers sold with the Chromebook 11, due to a number of reported heat-related incidents. A total of nine reports of power chargers overheating and melting have led to the recall, which asks for customers to contact Google for a free replacement, and to stop charging the Chrome OS notebook with the faulty device.
Educational-oriented Dell Chromebook 11 shipping in January
Dell has unveiled its first Chrome OS notebook, the Chromebook 11. Aimed at the education market, the Chromebook 11 offers up an 11.6-inch edge-to-edge glass screen with a resolution of 1366x768, entry-level specifications, and a low price tag, in a device measuring less than an inch in thickness and weighing in at 2.9 pounds.
Microsoft belittles cheap Google notebooks
Microsoft has released yet another ad targeting Google's low-cost Chromebook computers, as the nascent OS competition between the two tech giants continues to grow. Running nearly two minutes, the ad features a Microsoft spokesperson interviewing passersby on the street in Venice Beach, comparing the alleged failings of Google's low-cost netbook-like devices to the capabilities of low-cost Windows 8 devices. The ad is the latest salvo in a long campaign by Microsoft to disparage the search giant, which it says provides inferior services and "steals" users' data.
10-point touch adds multitouch, Windows 8-like gestures to line
Acer America today announced the availability of its first touchscreen Chromebook, the new Acer C720P -- a new model in the Acer C720 Chromebook line that debuted last month. The new C720P provides the benefits of touch on the device's 11.6-inch HD LED back-lit display to take advantage of the Chrome interface.
Redmond continues anti-Google ad campaign
Microsoft has released a new "Scroogled" ad, enlisting the Pawn Stars reality TV crew to deride a Chromebook as a worthless "brick." The online video begins with a woman entering a pawn shop to sell her Chromebook for cash to buy a "ticket to Hollywood," however shop co-owner Rick Harrison explains how the device is "not a real laptop" because it "doesn't do much at all" when disconnected from a Wi-Fi network.
Reduction in price caused through lowering RAM in Acer Chromebook
Just one month after it launched the C720 Chromebook, Acer is introducing a marginally cheaper model. The C720-2848 is externally similar to the C720, with its internal specifications matching its stablemate too, except that the 4GB of RAM in the original has been lowered to just 2GB, with the price also dropping from $250 to $200.
Reports claim HP and Google are behind stop, not Best Buy corporate
Retailer Best Buy has pulled HP's new Chromebook 11 from sale both online and in storefronts. Critical-level messaging has been sent to retail stores, stating that stores "should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately." Information has surfaced that the suspension is related to AC adapters overheating while charging the laptop.
New entry-level Chromebook starts at $250
Acer America today has launched its new Acer C720 Chromebook line that features fourth-generation Intel Core-series Haswell processors for faster performance and up to 8.5 hours of battery life. The new model features an anti-glare display, and has a design that is 30 percent thinner than its predecessor.
Chromebook 11 weighs 2.3 pounds, uses magnesium-strengthened plastic body
Google has revealed the latest Chromebook to join its ranks, built in partnership with Hewlett-Packard. The Chromebook 11, joining the existing Pavilion 14 and the upcoming Chromebook 14 from HP, opts for a smaller 11.6-inch,1366x768 IPS display with a wide 176-degree viewing angle, a 60-percent color gamut, and a brightness of 300 nits.
Three color options available for cloud-oriented laptop
Following its brief reveal at the IFA keynote, HP today formally announced the new HP Chromebook 14, the first Chromebook powered by an Intel processor. The unit is based on the fourth-generation Haswell microarchitecture, offering a large display and optional 4G for on-the-go connectivity. The new design is available in Snow White, Ocean Turquoise and Coral Peach, and will be available at retail for the holiday season.
Hopes to grow non-Windows business 'as soon as possible'
Acer is looking towards producing more Android devices and Chromebooks, potentially at the expense of its Windows device business. Company president Jim Wang advised in a conference call that the company is "trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible," after Acer posted a second quarter loss driven by reduced sales and higher costs.
Eight-month increase for Chromebooks despite declining PC market
Google is starting to see more success with its Chromebook initiative, and is said to be gaining in market share while shipments of personal computers continue to go down. Analysis firm NPD believes that Chromebooks now make up 20 to 25-percent of the US market for sub-$300 notebooks, and has managed to do so in just the last three months.
Refurbished Samsung Chomebook cut to $170
Today's deal of the day from BestBuy.com is on the refurbished Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook, which has been cut from $250 down to $170. That's $80 off the list price of $250, and the lowest price we have seen on this notebook, in new or refurbished condition, by the same price margin. Free US delivery is included, but sales tax applies for residents of most states. The Samsung Chromebook features a 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. A 90-day warranty on parts and labor is included from Samsung.
Rollout of new venues to take place over the summer
An official Google blog post has noted the expansion of Chromebook netbook sales to additional venues in the US and in Europe. Starting today, Walmart will be selling the Acer Chromebook, and starting this weekend, Staples will be carrying an assortment of makes and models from three different manufacturers.
Google Chromebooks reach six new markets
Google has expanded the reach of notebooks running its cloud-centric Chrome OS. The company has revealed on its blog that it has worked with its partners including Acer, HP and Samsung to rollout their low-cost devices to new consumer markets in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Google is also targeting business and schools in the same countries with special online promotional events scheduled for late March.
LTE-enabled version with Verizon Wireless access ships April
Google has unveiled its first premium Chromebook with a touchscreen, confirming previous rumors and reports. The Chromebook Pixel, the name itself leaked through a promotional video for the device on YouTube, has a 12.85-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2560x1700, with a pixel density that Google claims is the highest of any notebook, at 239ppi.
Report claims touch-enabled Chromebook going on sale by year's end
Google could be releasing a touchscreen version of its Chromebook before the end of the year, according to rumors. The report from the Wall Street Journal claims that the search giant is working with an unnamed hardware manufacturer to build the notebooks, which if true would directly compete with existing Chromebook offerings from Samsung and Acer.
Promotional video for touchscreen notebook possibly a hoax
Google may be creating a Chromebook of its own, if a promotional video for the device is confirmed as real. The Chromebook Pixel would in theory have a 2560x1700 resolution display with multitouch, running on Chrome OS, and is claimed by the tagline "Designed by Google. Down to the last pixel."
HP Pavilion 14, first HP with the Google Chrome OS
HP has created its first Chromebook, the Pavillion 14. The new web-based notebook joins similar offerings including the Google Chromebook from Samsung and the C7 from Acer. While HP is charging a premium for its device, it is quick to point to the additional 2-inches of diagonal screen real estate offered by its 14-inch display as a selling point.
Similar hardware to Windows-based ThinkPad counterpart
Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad line with a notebook running Chrome OS aimed at students and educational staff. The ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is effectively the same as the Windows-based version, except that the option for an AMD E-series processor is no longer available, instead replaced by an Intel-based counterpart.
TigerDirect, NewEgg, Staples.com get Acer Chromebooks
Acer made a move today to expand the availability of its recently announced Chromebook, bringing the $199 notebook to three new online outlets. Starting today, TigerDirect, NewEgg, and Staples.com will carry Acer's C7 Chromebook, joining Google Play, BestBuy.com, and Best Buy stores. The Chrome OS-powered notebook will still sell for $199, though some outlets are packaging it with other accessories.
User photographs on display in Times Sqaure, NYC
Google is offering users the opportunity to put an image of their face or another photograph onto a sign above Times Square, New York City. The offer is using the tagline "For...", currently used in the company's current advertising campaign for the Chromebook notebook computers, ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Acer C7 comes with 100GB free Google Drive storage
Just a day after images of it leaked online, Acer has revealed pricing and availability for its new Acer C7 Chromebook. The next-generation Chromebook from Acer will be available starting tomorrow on the Google Play Store, at Best Buy stores, and on BestBuy.com. It will retail for $199.
New Chromebook was slated for October release
The rumored follow up to last year's Acer Chromebook appears to have shown up in images posted to the Internet. The new Chromebook was rumored to be slated for an October release, but the month past without its emergence. Today's image revelation brings little beyond the visual aspect of the device, though it is said to be called the AC710.
New Google Chromebook also available with two years free 3G
The second-generation Google Chromebook made by Samsung is also available in a 3G model. The standard 11-inch model available through Google Play is Wi-Fi only and sells for $249. The 3G version is being sold directly by Samsung as well as through Amazonwith the 3G module adding $80 to the asking price at $330.
ARM-based Samsung model to sport dual-core processor
Google announced today the latest version of its so-far-underperforming line of Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks, and in doing so significantly lowered the price for a Chrome device. The search giant unveiled a new 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook in San Francisco, pricing it at $249. The new device will be available for pre-order today and will be available for purchase in physical retail locations next week.