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All posts tagged "Chromebooks"

  • These locally available Chromebooks have Android apps

    Chromebooks has received plenty of love internationally, becoming a viable alternative in many ways to Macbooks and Windows laptops. In South Africa, our choices are far more limited though, as we discovered when we sniffed around for locally available Chromebooks. Nevertheless, you can definitely find a few models if you check out the likes of Takealot, Makro and WebAntics. Takealot offers the Mecer Expression V2 Chromebook, being the cheapest Chromebook in South Africa by the looks of it (available for R2999 at the time of writing but usually R3499). Meanwhile, WebAntics and Makro offer a host of Acer Chromebooks. These local devices offer...

  • Microsoft calls out Chromebooks (literally) with $200 laptops

    Laptop manufacturers have hopped on the Chromebook bandwagon in a big way, offering a variety of Google-powered laptops. And the cheaper devices have quickly found a niche in the education sector, being an affordable option for students. Now, Microsoft has announced that it will be showing off education-focused Windows laptops, starting at US$189. And the company has clearly painted a target on Chromebooks in its announcement. "This week at Bett, we'll show new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices from Lenovo and JP, starting at just US$189, providing more options for schools who don't want to compromise on Chromebooks," read...

  • Comparison: Snapdragon laptops versus Chromebooks

    December 2017 saw Qualcomm finally reveal proper Snapdragon-powered laptops at its Tech Summit, capable of running full-fledged Windows 10. Featuring proper Windows apps and long battery life (according to Qualcomm and manufacturers), the Snapdragon laptops might just deliver the goods. But how could these laptops compare to Chromebooks? After all, we see Android app support and long battery life in many a ChromeOS device. And it doesn't hurt that there are a ton of ChromeOS laptops out there for every price point. We compare the two platforms. ChromeOS versus Windows 10 An LG V30+ on top of the Snapdragon-powered...

  • A ton of Chromebooks now support Android apps [List]

    Google has been pushing Chromebooks in the last year or so, bringing Android app support to the platform via the Google Play Store. Buying a Chromebook with Android app support wasn't easy though, as the functionality took its sweet time to arrive on various laptops. But since our last look at compatible Chromebooks, the list has grown in a very big way. So who has stepped up to deliver? We see stable entries from: Acer (R13, 11 N7, C771, C771T, 14, 14 for Work, CB3-532, CB515-1HT), Asus (C101PA, C202SA, C300SA/C301SA, C302), CTL (NL61, J2/J4), Dell (3180, 3380, 3189), eduGear (K Series, M Series), Edxis (Education Chromebook),...

  • CrossOver beta lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

    The Chromebook family of laptops has come a long way from merely being glorified Chrome browsers, offering a pretty substantial platform thanks to Android app support. Now, prominent studio CodeWeavers has revealed an open beta for its CrossOver program, allowing you to run Windows apps on your Chromebook. The studio says it worked hard over the years to bring Windows apps to Android devices, but the form factor and specs weren't ideal. "With the announcement of support of Android in Chrome OS, suddenly things made a lot more sense. A Chromebook has a big enough screen. And a keyboard and a mouse. And...

  • Chromebooks: who sells them in South Africa?

    Chromebooks may have had a slow start back in the day, but we've seen sales steadily increase and Google's support remain unwavering. But what if you want one of these laptops in South Africa? Of course, Google's own Chromebook range isn't in SA, but we asked some of the bigger tech brands about their devices. Acer Search for Chromebooks available in South Africa and you're very likely to find Acer laptops as an option. "We definitely do have Chromebooks in SA. They can be found at WebAntics.com and other online stores as well," a representative wrote in response to a Gearburn query. Aside from...

  • Google Chromebooks: slow progress on Android app support

    Google's Chromebooks are enjoying brisk sales over the past year or so, offering great battery life and Google's suite of tools in a laptop. The Google Play Store and Android apps have also been making their way to devices, albeit at a much slower rate than consumers would like. So what kind of progress have we seen since our June update of compatible Chromebooks? Not much, actually. We see a new addition from Acer, with its Chromebook 14 for Work CB5-471 hitting the beta channel. Meanwhile, HP's Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE and Lenovo's fourth generation ThinkPad 11e/ThinkPad 11e Yoga Chromebook graduate from...

  • Watch: ChromeOS, moving closer to Android, is going touch-friendly

    Google's Chromebooks have enjoyed rude health in the past 24 months, becoming a big seller in the US education sector, for starters. Then there's the support for Android apps via the Google Play Store, slowly rolling out to more devices. Now, a Google+ user (via Engadget) has discovered a touch-friendly launcher in an early version of ChromeOS for Chromebooks. "The Chrome OS team is experimenting with a touch-friendly version of the launcher in Canary channel. Enable the chrome://flags/#enable-fullscreen-app-list flag, restart Chrome, and press the Search key to see it in action," read the Google+ post. ChromeOS has received a touch-focused redesign in an early...

  • These Chromebooks now have Android app support

    Google made a big splash last year when it announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks, via the Google Play Store. It's taken longer than expected for the functionality to surface though, with only a few laptops supporting the feature. Still, there's plenty of potential for having Android apps on your Chromebook, instantly delivering over a million games and apps in theory. Now, Google has added over a dozen more laptops to the list of Chromebooks capable of running Android apps (spotted by Android Police). So what's new then? We see new entries for Acer (Chromebook 11 N7 C731 and C731T,...

  • Which Chromebooks have/will get Android apps?

    When Google announced that Android apps would be coming to Chromebooks last year, the initial list of supported devices only stood at three. But the firm has since confirmed that all Chromebooks released in 2017 would be running Android apps. Then again, the real question is which older models are supported... Now, Google has quietly announced details on its Chromium blog (via Ars Technica), revealing an exhaustive list of Chromebooks/ChromeOS devices that have or will be getting Android app/Play Store compatibility. Google Chromebooks are cheaper and arguably less resource-intensive than PCs, with Android app compatibility making it stand out as well "While we won't...