Linux app support coming to Chromebooks with Core M Skylake chips (Samsung Chromebook Pro, Asus Chromebook Flip C302)

It’s been two years since Google started bringing support for Linux apps to Chromebooks, and these days dozens of Chrome OS laptops support support the feature (although it’s still a beta feature that you have to enable manually). One of the first Chromebooks to support Linux apps was the Samsung Chromebook Plus. But up until […]

Lilbits 386: Cheating at benchmarks

Benchmark utilities are designed to let you run the same exact test on multiple phones, PCs, or other devices so you can get an apples-to-apples comparison and see how they stack up against one another in terms of CPU, graphics, memory, and storage performance, among other things. At least that’s the idea. In practice, some […]

Chromebooks with discrete graphics could be on the way

While many Chromebooks are still basically small, cheap laptops with a browser-based operating system, we’ve seen a growing number of mid-range and premium models in recent years with the kind of processors, displays, RAM, and other specs you’d expect from a decent Windows notebook. One thing we haven’t seen yet? A Chromebook with discrete graphics. […]

All new Chromebooks will get at least 8 years of automatic updates

One of the nice things about buying a Google Chromebook is that the operating system receives automatic security and feature updates delivered straight from Google — which means that it’ll stay up to date years after your Android phone stops receiving official updates. But up until recently, Google only promised 5 to 6.5 years of […]

Chromebooks as a gaming platform? Steam support in the works, Stadia support is already here

Chromebooks may often be dismissed as cheap laptops that run a browser-based operating system. But thanks to support for Android and Linux apps, that’s not exactly true… and even if it were, there’s a lot you can do in a web browser. Case in point — when Google’s Stadia game streaming platform launched last year, […]

Chrome OS gains virtual desktops, click-to-call on an Android phone, and more

Google is rolling out Chrome OS 78 to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes and, among other things, it’s the first version of the operating system to support virtual desktops. This feature, which was spotted in code commits as far back as February, allows you to create multiple workspaces that function as if you were using multiple monitors […]

Google extends the software lifespan of more Chromebooks

Chromebooks are simple, relatively secure computers that download operating system and security updates automatically… for a set period of time. When Google first launched Chrome OS, the company promised to deliver 5 years of updates from the release date of each Chromebook or Chromebox. Eventually the company raised that do 6.5 years. And recently Google […]