New LG trademarks point to possible upcoming ChromeOS devices

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LG recently filed a few new trademarks in Australia that could indicate that the company plans to launch ChromeOS devices in the near future. The terms being trademarked include “ChromeOne,” “ChromeDesk.” and “ChromeStation.” All three trademarks were filed last week, though they seem to be moving through the approval process much faster than other trademarks filed the same day, which could mean we’ll be seeing these names soon. Google has scheduled a Google Play event for October 24th, but it’s not expected that any new hardware will be announced at that time.

LG has worked with Google on hardware in the past, including on the upcoming Nexus 5, so the idea of LG collaborating with Google on new ChromeOS hardware doesn’t seem that far-fetched.

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Acer ups the ante with Haswell-powered Chromebook for $249 – but only pre-order for now

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Just a day after Google announced a new HP-made ARM-powered Chromebook for $279, Acer has upped the ante with a Haswell-powered one for $249.

The Acer C720 offers the same 1366×768 resolution screen as the HP. The Acer screen is anti-glare, which offers easier viewing when used outside at the expense of slightly poorer contrast. The machine has 4GB RAM against the 2GB of the HP, and the Haswell processor gives it a claimed 8.5 hours battery life, against 6 hours for the HP …  Read more

Google announces new 11-inch HP Chromebook starting at $269

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Google has just made things official on its blog for a new Chromebook model from HP that will be hitting stores later today both online and in brick-and-mortar retail stores in select locations. The HP Chromebook 11 will sell for $279 (although it’s listed for $269 through HP), which puts it somewhere between Samsung’s 11-inch $249 Chromebook and HP’s recently announced Chromebook 14. It doesn’t, however, sport a touchscreen like the Pixel or incoming Chromebooks from Acer.

As for the design, HP says it worked with Google to come with a design inspired by the Chromebook Pixel but at a more affordable price point. It’s including a variety of colors as pictured above, but its specs are similar to other Chromebooks including a Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM processor.

The new HP Chromebook 11 focuses on a super light and portable design, according to Google. It comes in at just over two pounds, making it one of the lightest laptops available, and also powers up using a micro-USB charger opposed to your traditional power cable. That makes it even more ideal for people that are on the go or traveling. The Chromebook includes an Samsung Exynos 5250 ARM processor, full-sized keyboard and trackpad, optional LTE connectivity, two USB ports, and features an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display. You’ll also get 16GB of onboard storage (+100GB Drive storage) and 2GB of RAM. HP ran down some of the specs on its website: Read more

More Chromebooks will get touchy-feely starting with Acer C720

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In February Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, a touchcsreen laptop powered by the company’s Chrome OS. At a whopping $1,299 for what was essentially a glorified netbook, the Pixel’s price tag was a big turn-off for many. Now it seems Acer is poised to release a new Chrome OS-powered machine sporting a touchscreen and a much lower price point.

According to a Google+ post spotted by GigaOM, Acer’s upcoming C720 Chromebook will be available in several configurations, including one with a touchscreen. The laptop will also be available with a variety of hard drive and RAM options, up to 4 GB of RAM with a 32 GB solid-state drive. The computer’s internals won’t be user-modifiable, so whichever model you buy is the one you’ll be stuck with.

The C720 is set to go into production later this month. More photos are available after the break.

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Upcoming Google Chrome release to bring Chrome OS design and features to Windows 8

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An OS within an OS? We have to go deeper!

The latest developer builds of Google Chrome for Windows 8 feature a completely redesigned experience when running in Microsoft’s “Metro” view, according to a report by The Verge. The upcoming release features a design very similar to that of Google’s Chrome OS, a free operating system geared toward netbooks.

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On the 5th birthday of Chrome, Google plans to take on Windows with ‘Chrome Apps’

png;base641fb12124ed7e3e51Chrome has offered ‘Apps’ – bookmarks to web pages – to Mac and PC users for a long time. There is even a Chrome App store that gets little fanfare.  But today Chrome is getting serious about desktop apps.  In a post on the company’s blog, Google says that improved access to the computer, including USB/Bluetooth, full screen mode, desktop notifications, less ‘chrome’ (Tabs, bookmarks, browser bar, etc) and power off features will make the Chrome apps act more like real apps. So real, in fact, that most people won’t be able to tell the difference.

Today we’re unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet.) These apps are more powerful than before, and can help you get work done, play games in full-screen and create cool content all from the web. If you’re using Windows or a Chromebook, you can check them out in the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store (Mac & Linux coming soon).

Here’s what you can expect with new Chrome Apps: Read more