Chrome OS Beta Gets Google Play Access Today

At Google I/O, Google first announced that Google Play and Android apps would make their way to Chromebooks via an update to Chrome OS v53. The initial rollout came in the unstable developer channel and is expected to be stable later this year as availability widens. Today, Google Play access has graduated to the beta channel and is rolling out to the Chromebook Pixel (2015), Acer Chromebook R11, and Asus Chromebook Flip.  (more…)

NVIDIA Partners With Acer to Launch Tegra K1-powered Chromebook 13

Cheapness, not performance, continues to fuel the popularity of Chromebooks. Their inexpensiveness relative to Windows and Mac laptops makes them an attractive proposition for light tasks such as document processing and web browsing. But NVIDIA wants to change that perception. Announced this morning, the Acer Chromebook 13 packs a Tegra K1 processor, the same found in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet.  (more…)

Acer C720 Touchscreen Chromebook Unveiled in White Moonstone Color, Hits the U.S. This Month for $299

Acer announced a new colorway for the C720 Chromebook this afternoon, a Moonstone White, which will be on display next week during CES. Besides the color, the specs for this touchscreen device are the same as the original model – 11.6″ LED HD backlit display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor based on the Intel Haswell micro-architecture, and a webcam built into the bezel.  (more…)

Amazon France Faux Pas: Unannounced Acer C7 Chromebook With Touchscreen Detailed


Thanks to Amazon, we now know that Acer is looking to introduce a C7 Chromebook that features an 11.6″ touchscreen display. This laptop, once officially announced, will be the second Chromebook to feature a touchscreen after Google’s own Chromebook Pixel. What’s great about the C7 with a touchscreen is that it appears Acer is pricing this one quite affordably, right around $400. Compared to Google’s $1300 offering, this is dirt cheap. (more…)

Acer Announces C720-2848 Chromebook, Pre-orders Start at $199

Acer C720

A new Chromebook is soon to hit Amazon, made by Acer and based on their already-impressive C720 offering. The newly-announced $199 C720-2848 is almost identical to the $250 C720, but Acer decided to cut this model’s RAM offering in half from 4GB to just 2GB. Both models feature identical 11.6″ 1366 x 768 displays, as well as the same Intel Haswell Celeron processor. (more…)

Acer Gives Their C7 Chromebook a Bump in Specs, Battery Life and Speed Improved


One of the biggest selling points of the Chromebook lineup was supposed to be the dependable battery life, thanks to the light Chrome operating system and hardware. When Acer launched their take on the Chromebook a few weeks back, it was criticized for the fact that it only came with 3-4 hours of advertised battery life. Acer took that criticism to heart and is now releasing an upgraded C7 laptop with better specs.  (more…)

Acer Exec Hints At Low-Priced, Quad-Core 8 and 10″ Tablets Coming Soon


Acer made a bit of a splash at CES this year by announcing the Iconia B1, a $150 7″ tablet that comes equipped with Jelly Bean. Acer has their sights set squarely on the Nexus 7’s low price point and is looking to do them one better, but there might be more tablets coming down the pipe sometime soon. Linxian Lang, from Acer’s China division, said that a 8 and 10″ tablets with “aggressive pricing” should be expected from them.  (more…)