Android apps arrive on Chromebooks with Chrome OS Dev 53, Play Store live on ASUS Flip

Announced at Google I/O 2016, Androids apps and the Play Store are now officially on Chromebooks. Chrome OS 53 is rolling out now to all devices in the developer channel, but the Play Store is only showing up on the ASUS Chromebook Flip. Early users are reporting bugs, but reactions are generally positive with performance improvements over Android apps installed via ARC Welder.

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Lenovo ‘seriously thinking about’ a Yoga Book with Chrome OS

One of the highlights of IFA 2016 last week, at least from Lenovo, was the company’s very unique 2-in-1, the Yoga Book. Running your choice of Android or Windows, the Yoga Book brings a 10.1-inch display on one side, with a special touchpad which doubles as a keyboard on the opposite side. Lenovo has put a skin atop Android to let it take better advantage of the hardware, but at first glance, the Yoga Book seems better suited to run on Chrome OS, and apparently, Lenovo has the same idea…

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Google expanding Chrome OS to more form factors, including convertibles & tablets

In addition to the spate of Chromebook news this morning, Google is also reportedly opening Chrome OS to an “even wider variety of form factors.” The Mountain View company alluded yesterday to the possibility of convertibles and tablets running Chrome in the near future…

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Hate the Facebook app? You can now get push notifications thru Chrome on Android

If you’re someone who loves Facebook but hates the Android app, using a browser just got better – at least, if you’re using Chrome. Chrome users on Android can now opt-in to push notifications from Facebook, reports TechCrunch. So now you can see when someone likes your cat video without having to run the app.

Google expects browser-based push notifications to be most popular in developing markets, as Chrome uses less data than the Facebook app.

Facebook is also working on its own Google Now competitor, built into the Messenger app.

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Google announces 2 billion active Chrome installs at Chrome Dev Summit, watch live here [Video]

Google’s Chrome Dev Summit kicked off today, and while there isn’t usually anything actually newsworthy out of developer events like these, the keynote did feature one interesting number. According to Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher, there are currently about 2 billion active Chrome browsers in existence…

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Chrome OS will finally get a storage manager in an upcoming update

Chrome OS has always been pretty bare bones, but as an avid user and fan of the OS, even I have to admit it’s missing features it really shouldn’t be. With the limited storage available on most Chromebooks, you’d think a storage manager would be available, but you would be wrong. Thankfully, that will be changing very soon.

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