The LeapDroid Android Emulator team got acquired by Google

Google is already a behemoth of an employer and the latest addition to the search giant’s burgeoning tech family might make it easier for you to play games and other more complex mobile apps on a Chromebook.

You can already run Android apps on a Chromebook, but would you probably will not run games and other intensive mobile apps on it, yet. LeapDroid is not just another Android emulator, it specialized in games.  Continue reading “The LeapDroid Android Emulator team got acquired by Google”

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Samsung Chromebook Pro with come with not just an ordinary S-Pen but a PEN

Samsung has quietly listed a new Chromebook on its Korean website. Dubbed Chromebook Pro, it features a 12.3-inch touchscreen display (3:2 aspect ratio) with 400 nits brightness and a resolution of 2400 x 1600 pixels. It uses a 360-degree hinge and comes with a stylus. Samsung is not calling the stylus an S Pen, though. It’s now just called a PEN. Yes, in all caps, so you know its a big deal. Although, it looks exactly like the S-Pen from the now dead Galaxy Note 7 (which more than 1 million die-hards are still using) . Perhaps they had leftovers since the Note 7 production had to be stopped?

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Fingerprint scanner support coming to Chromebooks

Chromebooks have moved leaps and bounds since the first prototype was introduced at the end of 2010. Quite quickly, they have caught the attention of the laptop-buying public, thanks to the balances they strike between affordability, simplicity, and security.

Now, they’re getting even better. Some recent commits to the Chromium source code suggest that Google is looking to add support for fingerprint readers.

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Google is killing Chrome apps unless you have a Chromebook

Chrome apps are dying.

Google today announced that it’s planning to phase out support for its browser-based Chrome apps for every single OS except – of course – Chrome OS proper. That means no Chrome apps will be available to download on Windows, Mac or Linux starting the second half of 2017, and in early 2018, existing apps won’t load at all on those platforms.

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Android apps running on Chrome OS

The addition of Acer’s R11 and the 2015 Chromebook Pixel brings the total number of Chromebooks able to run the Play Store to three.

Keeping everything in perspective, this is a great glimpse into the future.

What I found was generally a mixed bag when it comes to usability, built on a base of great potential for the future. Here’s how it all works in the real world.

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