Two ex-Googlers explain why Chromebooks don’t run on Qualcomm processors

There are a lot of Chromebook models on the market, but the vast majority use Intel’s various processors. We’ve seen some other chipsets used, but we’ve yet to see an option packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors which are more than capable of running the lightweight Chrome OS. Why is that?

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Google releases Android Samba Client app for mounting SMB file shares in Files app

In what is not exactly a common occurrence, Google just released a completely new app of its own on the Play Store. The app’s called Android Samba Client, and in Google’s own words, it “allows users to mount an SMB file share in their Downloads/Files app in Android.” I’m not sure if I could word it better than that.

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Android app industry expected to surpass iOS App Store in terms of revenue this year

Mobile app analytics firm App Annie is today out with its latest report. As usual, the data shows that Apple’s App Store has a significant lead in terms of revenue when compared to Google Play, but this report notes of a change. The firm estimates that Android will overtake iOS in terms of app revenue this year…

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Opinion: Google’s forthcoming Android Wear rebirth will be similar to the Pixel launch

Google’s Pixel event has come and gone. With it, Google introduced its first solely self-branded smartphone, claiming that the Pixel and Pixel XL bring the very best that Google has to offer — for the moment, at least — in both hardware and software. It’s a refreshing move from a company that has traditionally only sold hardware built in partnership with OEMs, and it’s finally a sign that Google wants to take a serious top-to-bottom design approach with its future products.

But what about its other product lines? Google replicated the Android strategy with Android Wear a couple of years ago, and in that case the company has yet to release any Android Wear hardware that has its name on it. The company never even did a “Nexus” Android Wear device to give OEMs an idea of what Android Wear would look like if Google did it themselves. That’s about to change according to recent reports, perhaps as soon as the first quarter of next year…

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Android Experiments winners include an autonomous tracking robot, notification cards game and 3D controller

A couple of months ago, Google launched an Android Experiments competition. Three winners would win a trip to this year’s Google I/O conference, including a ,000 budget towards lodging and food, while five runners-up would each receive a Nexus 6P. Google has now announced who those winners are, and updated its Experiments page with the winning projects…

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Honor 6X goes official with dual cameras & affordable price tag, MediaPad 2 and Watch S1 also announced

Following the success of the Honor 5X, Huawei’s sub-brand has today officially announced the Honor 6X in China (via Fonearena). Just like the Honor 5X, the 6X packs an all-metal build, mid-range specifications, and much more, all at a very affordable price tag.

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Google Translate adds Tap to Translate chathead on Android, iOS gains offline mode

Google Translate is getting a bevy of new features today that will make translating on mobile easier. Android gets a new feature that will get rid of the need to manually copy and paste into the Translate app, while iOS finally gets an offline mode. Additionally, the Word Lens instant visual translation feature now works on both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

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