Tag Archive: Chromebooks

Best USB-C hubs for Chromebooks

Are you looking to turn your Chromebook into a productivity powerhouse? Check out these USB-C hubs!

Chromebooks are great for simple productivity on the go, but when you get home, it’s nice to move to a larger setup. A bigger screen, a nice mechanical keyboard, a proper webcam, and so on. Yeah, you can plug things in individually, but a USB-C hub means you just need to plug one cable into your Chromebook and all your accessories  [Read More…]

AOC USB-C external monitor review: A Chromebook’s best companion

Two screens are better than one.

A majority of the writing I do for Mobile Nations happens at home. I have a gigantic monitor that lets me comfortably split two windows so I can have the text I’m writing on the left side of the screen and reference material on the right. Most people use dual monitors for the same thing.

AOC USB-C External Monitor

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Future Chromebooks may come with eSIMs and Project Fi support

This would allow Chromebooks to stay connected even without Wi-Fi.

As excellent as devices like the Pixelbook and Samsung Chromebook Pro are, there’s one thing that’s been missing for quite some time — LTE support. According to new code found within the Chromium Gerrit, that could be changing in the near future.

Spotted by XDA Developers , something referred to as “Project Hermes” is described as follows:

Hermes is the codename for the project of implementing eSIM  [Read More…]

These are the Chromebooks that can run Android and Linux apps

Android and Linux apps on your Chromebook is awesome.

Not every Chromebook available today was released with Android app support out of the box — these need to be updated after the fact to add Google Play support. Many will be updated, but are in a long testing process.

We all hate waiting. And we all hate updates that break things. Google and the people who made your Chromebook are trying to make sure everything is good  [Read More…]

Acer announces four new Chromebooks, two of which are 2-in-1s

Sales begin this month.

While we sit around dreaming of what we’ll see with the Pixelbook 2, Acer’s got a few new Chromebooks for us to check out in the form of the Chromebook 15, Chromebook Spin 15, Chromebook 13, and Chromebook Spin 13.

The 13-series Chromebooks are actually the more powerful of the bunch, so let’s start there. Both come with 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 IPS displays with a 3:2 aspect ratio, but the Chromebook  [Read More…]

Best Chromebooks for Graduates in 2018

Best overall Best on a budget Best big screen Best on the go

Best overall Google Pixelbook

See at Best Buy

A graduate needs a high-performance laptop that will be just as good in 2025 as it is in 2018. That’s the Google Pixelbook. Incredibly well built and engineered using the latest components, the Pixelbook will be a great choice for years to come and worth the hefty price.

The bottom line: The Pixelbook is expensive, and  [Read More…]

What’s new in Chrome OS and Chromebooks at Google I/O 2018

There’s more to Chrome than enterprise and education.

Google’s other platform is just as exciting as Android, and these days the two are closer together than ever. Here’s what’s new in Chrome and Chromebooks at Google I/O 2018.

What did Google announce about Chrome OS at I/O 2018?

Google I/O 2018 didn’t have much news surrounding Chrome. Whether our expectations were too high or if the platform just didn’t need much attention right now is best left  [Read More…]

I, for one, am totally ok with Chromebooks replacing Android tablets

Let’s face it, Android tablets have sucked since the Nexus 7.

I have used just about every Android tablet since the original Galaxy Tab. I loved the HTC Flyer with its stylus, docked the Moto Zoom so I could attach a keyboard and do “real work” on it. My kids have all used Kindle Fire tablets to read books and play games. I was all in on the Lenovo Yoga Book when it first came out. The  [Read More…]

Android Studio is coming to Chromebooks

Developers will soon be able to write Android apps right from their Chromebooks.

Chromebooks have run a version of Linux since ChromeOS, but they have been locked down to just running apps and extensions in the Chrome browser. In 2016, it was announced that Chromebooks would start running Android apps, and the platform is getting even more powerful with the ability to run desktop Linux apps.

The most important of these apps is Android Studio, so developers  [Read More…]

Should I be concerned that my kids’ school uses Google Chromebooks?

What does Google collect when a student uses a Chromebook and what does it do with it afterwards?

There are millions of Chromebooks being used to educate our children and questions about student privacy in the Google ecosystem are natural. Google’s core business is collecting user data in order to target relevant advertisements and using a Chromebook almost requires one to have a Google account as do Google’s apps and services. Knowing what Google is doing when  [Read More…]