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  1. Chromebooks are fast becoming the star devices in the PC market Chromebooks were the best performing devices in the PC market in Q1 2021, per research data. The sector saw 275% growth in Q1 2021 compared to Q1 2020. While HP, Lenovo, and Acer lead the sector, Samsung recorded more than 2,000% growth in shipments over this period. Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority As the economic effects of the pandemic slowly subside, Chromebooks continue to be the standout sector in the PC market. Although the segment’s raw shipment numbers contin
  2. Chromebooks now launch with Stadia pre-installed Chromebooks have become increasingly popular over the past several months as people adopt remote learning and work from home environments. While these devices are great for getting work done, they’re also perfect for playing Stadia, Google’s video game streaming service. Speaking of which, the Made By Google Twitter account announced that new Chromebooks launch with Stadia pre-installed. Did you know Chromebooks now come with @GoogleStadia already installed? Start playing games without waiting for
  3. Chromebook demand has grown by over 4x during the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 has had a lot of negative effects on the market, but it’s been great for the PC market as millions of people transitioned to working and learning from home. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chromebook market in particular exploded with growth over 4x. As reported by Canalys this week, Q4 2020 saw the Chromebook market at an all-time high. Specifically, shipping just over 11 million units in this past quarter compared to about 2.5 million in the same time in 2019. Ov
  4. Acer's latest convertible Chromebooks are built for classroom mayhem There's also a new convertible Windows TravelMate laptop for education. Acer Acer has unveiled a bunch of new computers meant for the classroom, including a refresh of two of its convertible and durable Chromebooks. The new versions of its Spin 512 and Spin 511 Chromebooks are powered by the latest generation Intel N4500 and N5100 processors, with batteries that can run for up to 10 hours. They both have 360-degree hinges, so they can be used as a standard lapto
  5. 2021 is the year of the Chromebook: here's why Incredible market growth hastens Chrome OS adoption (Image credit: Future) For several years now, Chromebooks have slowly gained a pretty dedicated following as former skeptics became converts - and even prosthelytizers - of the lightweight Chrome OS and the highly affordable laptops it powers. Still, it hasn't come close to challenging Microsoft or Apple - or even Linux - as the operating system of choice for the vast majority of consumers. There are a w
  6. AMD Ryzen processors are finally making their way to a Chromebook near you AMD claims its Ryzen 3000C processors will deliver up to 178% faster performance (Image credit: AMD) AMD has announced that it’s bringing its Ryzen processors to Google Chromebooks with the launch of the Athlon 3000 and Ryzen 30000 C-Series chips. AMD first entered the Chromebook space back in 2019 and claims that since then, it’s grown to claim more than 20% of the market. In a bid to further squeeze Intel - which today announced that its 11th-ge
  7. Google Gives Up on the Dream of Running Windows 10 on Chromebooks Google working on bringing dual-boot support to Chromebooks is a project that first made the rounds back in 2018 when the company was said to be exploring other operating systems like Linux and Windows for its own devices. As the development work advanced, more details reached the web, so we eventually found out that Google was trying to bring Windows 10 to Chromebooks as part of an effort called Project Campfire. While this was an ambitious idea that would have turned Chromebooks in
  8. Some Chromebooks mistakenly declared themselves end-of-life last week Users on the Canary or Dev builds of ChromeOS got a nasty shock last week. Enlarge / If your new Chromebook told you it's past EOL, don't panic—as long as you were running Canary or Dev, that is. (If you were running Stable or Beta, you may continue panicking.) Valentina Palladino A lot of Chromebook and Chromebox users don't realize this, but all ChromeOS devices have an expiration date. Google's original policy was for devices to be supported for five ye
  9. Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks The Chrome OS landscape is vast—Ars is here to help you navigate it. Enlarge / There's now a pretty wide range of Chromebooks available—and we've tested a lot of 'em. Valentina Palladino We've tested many new Chromebooks since our guide came out earlier this year, and we've updated our top pick for Fall 2019. Chromebooks dominated the affordable laptop scene in 2018. The same wasn't true just a
  10. By Paul Thurrott Acer today announced new PCs and Chromebooks aimed at consumers, education, business, gaming, and creative professionals at its [email protected] event in New York. I hope to look at some of these devices in more detail in the future, and I will be speaking with some Acer executives later today as well as I’m at the event. But for now, here’s a quick rundown of what Acer has announced. Chromebooks for business. Acer announced two Chromebooks aimed at businesses, the Acer Chromebook 715 and Acer Chromebook 714, which are 15.6- and
  11. The best Chromebooks to buy in 2020 The best Chromebooks for every type of user TheThe best Chromebooks aren’t just laptops that run a few Android apps anymore. Chromebooks can cover a wide variety of computing needs now, and a good Chromebook can be more useful than a mediocre Windows laptop. The message that many people actually want good Chromebooks — rather than just cheap ones — has gotten through to manufacturers. Many of the best Chromebooks are around $500 or $600, though there are good options in the higher and lower ranges as well. The ex
  12. Google and Valve are bringing Steam to Chromebooks – and it’s all thanks to Linux Will gaming Chromebooks be a thing? (Image credit: Shutterstock) Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Google's Chrome OS, has revealed that the Chromebook team at Google is bringing Steam to Chromebooks. The news, reported by AndroidPolice, is certainly exciting, as it means PC gamers won’t have to rely on Windows to play games. According to the website, Liu implied that Google is working with Valve, the company behind Steam, to make
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