As we noted this morning, Chrome OS 53 is rolling out to Chromebooks, bringing with it Google Play and Android apps. Three devices are scheduled to receive that access this month and the ASUS Chromebook Flip just so happens to be the first to go live. Since we have one in house, it’s only fitting that we take it for a spin to show you just how this whole Android-on-a-Chromebook thing is going to work.
Keep in mind that this is Chrome OS 53 in the developer channel and it is running on the Chromebook Flip, which isn’t exactly the most powerful of computers (2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Rockchip 3288-C). What I’m trying to say is that there will be bugs and slowness – lots of both. Not only that, but things aren’t going to be the smoothest or quickest just yet, since this is the first release and all. Still, this is pretty cool stuff.
In the video below, you’ll see how to get setup with Google Play on your supported Chromebook and take a tour of the store, install an app or two, and then enter a quick walk-through of apps and games up and running on the device.
Back at Google I/O, as Google was announcing to press that Android apps and Google Play were soon coming to Chromebooks, they told us to expect the first dev builds of Chrome OS with support for the new feature during the month of June. Here we are in June and 53 has arrived with Android app support. Well, so far, only on one of the three devices scheduled to receive early support.
Last night, just as Team USA was dispatching Ecuador and LeBron was pummeling the Dubs, our Chromebook Pixel (2015) and ASUS Chromebook Flip both saw the update to Chrome OS 53. Unfortunately for me, the Pixel (2015) does not yet get Google Play. However, the Flip has it! (more…)
Computex is currently in full swing this week and ASUS has done their typical big production for the event. That, of course, means lots of new products in all of their categories, but it also means new ZenFone models. Today, we have the ZenFone 3 family, which includes three phones with massive screens and what I would consider to be rock-bottom prices. (more…)
This time last year, ASUS unveiled the ZenFone Zoom, a smartphone with its focus solely on being one of the best mobile cameras you could purchase inside of a smartphone. At the time, it was announced that the Zoom would launch sometime in Q2 of last year, but as 2015 pressed on, no Zoom ever launched. Now, in 2016, ASUS is back, announcing official availability set for February 1. (more…)
To celebrate all of the things in life we have to be thankful for, we are teaming up with ASUS to giveaway 10 ZenFone 2 smartphone devices. If you need a new smartphone that comes carrier unlocked and features enough power to get you through any type of mobile computing task, then you are in the right place.
Recently through social media, ASUS has been gifting free phones to those in need, and now, we are working together to hook up 10 of our readers. The ZenFone 2 features a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom processor with 4GB of RAM, plus 64GB of built-in storage. In fact, we did our own unboxing and hands-on with the ZenFone 2 shortly after it was released for the US. (more…)
ASUS has a new device for sale this week, the ZenFone 2 Laser, starting at just $199. For that low price, buyers will get a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera with “laser” auto focus, 16GB of storage 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” For $50 more, priced at $249, you can purchase a 32GB model. (more…)
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google would soon fold Chrome OS into Android and unveil a single operating system to rule them all within the next two years. Google, since the report first stole headlines, has come out to deny such claims. Well, they have at least said that they have “no plan to phase out Chrome OS.”
In a blog post penned today to the Chrome Blog, SVP of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast, Hiroshi Lockheimer, states that they are certainly working to bring together the best of both operating systems, but that’s about as far as he would go. He also didn’t exact deny much, other than the quote above about not phasing Chrome OS out. (more…)
Google introduced a new OnHub WiFi router this morning, this time produced by ASUS. The other OnHub router, currently available for $199, is made by TP-Link. The ASUS OnHub will be available for sale on November 3 for $220, from what should be a solid list of retailers. (more…)