Google Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop

Earlier today, our buds over at Chrome Unboxed spotted a new progressive web app by Google called Chrome Canvas. It’s a very simple sketching/doodling app that works best on devices like Chromebooks with stylus-based input, but it will also run on your desktop or phone. The new app is showing up as an installed app on some Chromebooks running Dev and Canary channels, but you can pull it down manually on other devices right now. Read MoreGoogle Chrome Canvas PWA brings low-latency doodling to Chromebooks, Android, and even your desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members

Update 1: 2018/12/12 4:36pm PST

The price has dropped even further to $1,234. This is the lowest price we’ve seen the i7 Pixelbook at by far, so it might be worth consideration if you’ve been

The vast majority of Pixelbook buyers out there won’t need a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage, but if you’re one of the few who do, you’re in luck. Amazon is currently offering the highest-end Pixelbook for just $1,275, a discount of $374 from the $1,649 MSRP. Read More[Update: Now $1,234] The high-end Google Pixelbook (Core i7/512GB) is just $1,275 ($374 off) on Amazon, extra 10% discount for Prime Student members was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Asus Chromebook Flip C302 is $400 ($99 off) on Amazon for Black Friday only

As far as Chromebooks go, the Asus Flip C302 is still one of our favorites. It has an awesome feature set and is still one of our top picks for a Chrome OS device that isn’t a Pixelbook. And it is Amazon’s deal of the day: $399.99, or a $100 off.
The C302 sports a solid unibody chassis, the Intel m3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 12.5″ 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen with a 360° hinge, and 64GB of storage. Read MoreAsus Chromebook Flip C302 is $400 ($99 off) on Amazon for Black Friday only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Asus Chromebook C423NA drops to $230 ($40 off) at Costco and B&H

Chromebook deals abound this holiday season, so this one isn’t too surprising. Asus’ recently-announced C423 is down to $229.99 at Costco and B&H from the $269.99 MSRP, with some other outlets asking a tad more.
For a bit over $200, the C423 isn’t all bad. It has a 14″ 1366×768 display, two USB-C and two USB-A ports, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack. It’s got pretty good battery life and a passable keyboard, even though it has the underwhelming Intel N3350 CPU, plus 32GB of eMMC storage and 4GB of RAM. Read MoreAsus Chromebook C423NA drops to $230 ($40 off) at Costco and B&H was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Will cost $270] ASUS announces its first 15-inch Chromebook, the C523

Update 1: 2018/11/10 10:48am PST

Asus has now revealed that the main variant, the ‘C523NA-DH02,’ will cost $269.99. It has an Intel Celeron N3350 processor with 4GB of RAM. Product listings are now live on

There aren’t many Chromebooks larger than 13 inches across, with the current leader being the Acer Chromebook 15. There will soon be at least one more option, because Asus just revealed its first 15-inch Chromebook — the C523. Read More[Update: Will cost $270] ASUS announces its first 15-inch Chromebook, the C523 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now available] Samsung reveals new LTE-equipped Chromebook Plus V2

Update 1: 2018/11/02 8:25am PDT

Samsung sure doesn’t want anyone forgetting about the retail debut of its new LTE-equipped Chromebook, and this morning sent out a new press release reminding us of the start

Earlier this year, Samsung revealed a refresh of its well-regarded 2017 Chromebook Plus. The new Chromebook Plus (V2) had an unadventurous name, but it had most of what made the original great, sadly sacrificing its incredible display for a faster Y-series Celeron (read: not one of the bad ones). Read More[Update: Now available] Samsung reveals new LTE-equipped Chromebook Plus V2 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ASUS Chromebook 12 C223NA review: A step backwards

In my opinion, Asus makes the best Chromebooks on the market, second only to Google. Last year’s Chromebook Flip C302 is still one of the best Chrome OS laptops you can buy, especially considering its competitive price point. The company’s lower-end C101PA is also a fantastic 10-inch convertible. I think you can easily make the argument that without Asus, Chromebooks wouldn’t have the mainstream appeal they enjoy today.
That being said, both the C101PA and C302 are nearly two years old and long-overdue for a replacement. Read MoreASUS Chromebook 12 C223NA review: A step backwards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google reinvents the Chromebook with the Pixel Slate

Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebooks have been around for years, but Google is hitting the reset button with the unveiling of the Google Pixel Slate. The new tablet offers a completely new experience, giving users productivity in a more mobile form factor. The Slate is thin and light with rounded edges and a balanced bezel on all sides, making it the perfect device for surfing the web or sitting back and enjoying your media. It’s a far cry from the utilitarian Chromebooks of the past and feels significantly friendlier than last year’s Pixel Book.
The body of the Pixel Salte is a bit thicker than 7mm and weighs 1.6 pounds which is thinner and lighter than most other 12-inch tablets on the market. The display features a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 pixels with a new technology which allows electrons to move 100 times faster than they do in a standard display. The Slate also features stereo speakers which direct the audio directly at the user. You also get 2 USB-C posts so that you can plug in multiple accessories (in addition to the keyboard port on the bottom. Unfortunately, there’s no 3.mm headphone jack, so you’ll need to use Bluetooth or USB-C headphones if you want to enjoy your music or video without disturbing others, but Google is kind enough to include a 3.5mm to USB-C headphone adapter in the box. And for extra security, the power button on the side also doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The official Pixel Slate keyboard features full-sized backlit keys which are round and quiet. It also includes a full-sized trackpad. The folio design of the keyboard allows you to use the Slate at different angles thanks to a magnetic connection between the tablet and the keyboard. And when you’re done with your work, the keyboard then folds over the front of the Pixel Slate to act as a protective cover.
The cheapest Pixel Slate model starts at $599 with an 8th Gen Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That being said there are a lot of configuration options available which max out at $1599 with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Needless to say, the pixel Slate can pack a punch, as long as you’re willing to spend the cash.

With its front and rear 8MP cameras, the Pixel Slate also uses Google’s computational photography tech so that you can take amazing images. Users will also be able to take portrait shots an have the background of the image digitally blurred. The front camera also comes with a wide angle lens and improved low light photo and video capture making ideal for video conferencing.
The software experience is pretty much what you’re come to experience with new Chrome OS devices. You have split screen support, integrated Google Assistant. And App launcher which suggest which apps you might be looking for, Android and Linus app support. That being said, the Pixel Slate will jump into a “tablet” mode when the keyboard is not connected. This means that your windowed apps expand to full-screen mode, but things switch back to the standard windowed view as soon as you’re docked with a keyboard again.
Google’s official Pixel Slate Keyboard will set you back $199 and the tablet is also compatible with the $99 Pixel Pen. Google will start selling the Pixel Salte and its accessories later this year in the US, Canada and the UK.

Chrome OS v69 stable introduces Linux app compatibility, finalized Material Design changes

The long-awaited Linux support for Chromebooks has just hit the Stable channel. According to the Chrome Releases blog, the consumer-facing release channel is in the midst of being updated to v69, which includes Linux application support — at least, on supported devices. The update also includes other features, such as a refreshed UI for browsing the filesystem, expanded dictation support for text entry, red-tinted Night Light, and some tablet-centric tweaks (among other smaller changes). Read MoreChrome OS v69 stable introduces Linux app compatibility, finalized Material Design changes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.