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Samsung Chromebook Plus Now Supports Linux apps

The Chrome OS ecosystem is finally changing. This comes after Chromebooks, and the Chrome OS, in general, are now supporting Linux apps. This means that Chromebooks could now actually run more applications. By doing so, tech-savvy users claim that Chromebooks would become eventually a major competitor to both Mac and Windows laptops.

 

But not so fast! You might be asking what type of Chromebooks would support Linux apps. Search giant Google has earlier announced that only the Pixelbook has the feature to support Linux apps.

 

 

To date, Google’s Pixelbook is considered to the most expensive Chromebook on the market. However, several Redditors have discovered that Samsung Chromebook Plus also supports Linus apps. The aforesaid Chromebook is cheaper when compared to Pixelbook.

 

How to use Linux apps?

 

To use the various Linux apps in your own Samsung Chromebook Plus, you should opt-in to the developer’s build of Chrome OS. If you are done, you should install the Linux apps using Terminal. You just only need to complete all the instructions.

 

With this, tech users claim that in the coming years, the process would also be simplified and could apply to a more stable version of Chrome OS.

 

Accordingly, Google is planning to make a wide roll out of the support to Linus apps. Right now, the search giant is testing the waters with Linux apps running on Chrome OS.

 

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Why the Pixel C Retired in Favor of Pixelbook

Out with the old, ring in the new – even before we can mourn the demise of the 2-year-old Android tablet Pixel C, Google has already sprung Pixelbook! Phaseouts of older models are not uncommon, as is “slowing” them down. After all, technology developments are evolving rapidly and client needs are continuously changing – making the next big thing obsolete even before it gets packed and shipped.

As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C, and it is no longer available for sale. Our newly-launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device.”                                                                                                                                 Google quoted on CNET

Launched in 2015, the Pixel C debuted at $499 (32 GB) and $599 (64 GB) and was the “little engine that could”. The aluminum casing echoed the currently popular industrial look and made it seem like the high-end android that it was. It boasted of the powerful Nvidia Tegra X1 octa-core system-on-a-chip and run on Android Marshmallow. Long story short, more cores is better so 8 cores running when most full-sized laptops were just on 4 cores was good. Plus 3GB of RAM LPDDR4, storage of 32-64 GB, 10.2″ touchscreen (308 ppi resolution, brightness up to 500 nits) and an optional self-aligning keyboard which magnetically connects to turn it into a “laplet” made it a popular buy. With all this power, 4 microphones and 2 speakers, what’s not to like? This graph from PC Mark shows how Pixel C performed in benchmark tests:

Just last March there was no indication that it Google was going to pull the plug as it upgraded the Pixel C to have more phone capabilities. We know of enthusiasts in China doing this a while back but this was a different game altogether. However, it still lacked multi-window capabilities, had no pen option and failed short, productivity-wise.

Which is why Google killed it in favor of the 3-month old Pixelbook which promises the best of laptop and tablet features. In short, Pixelbook, a $1000 baby is going to be the “laplet” of your dreams. This challenger to iPAD supremacy runs on Chrome OS and uses Android apps that address productivity issues. Plus, it uses a pen – something that Samsung mastered early on. Does it measure up? Let Google do the talking:

 

 

Fuchsia OS: Being Tested By Google on the Pixelbook

With so many developers worldwide, so many OS are launched in different times. One is the Fuchsia OS.

Fuchsia OS to be Tested by Google

Google is a well-known company and it is about to expand more services to its users. They’ve been experimenting with this new operating system for more than a year now. And recently, they are going to test it in Pixelbook.

Created by Google and open-sourced for a developer community to contribute to, Fuchsia is still a mysterious operating system that the search giant hasn’t detailed at all.

The company now released documentation so that developers can use the said OS in Pixelbook.

But since it’ still  the experimenting stage, using the OS is still a bit complicated. You would need two machines to host and target Pixelbook in order to run the operating system.

Google was reportedly working on a Pixel laptop that would merge Android and Chrome OS.