Chromebook is a type of computer designed to help us get things done faster and easier. A Chromebook is a cost-effective alternative to a Windows laptop or MacBook. It runs on the Google operating system Chrome OS which means that Windows and macOS programs do not work on this device. But it does not mean that Chromebooks do not have advantages over laptops.
Chromebook versus Laptop (or MacBook):
|Recommended for||Sending emails and playing games from the play store||All tasks: use internet and play games|
|Operating system||Chrome OS||Windows, macOS|
|Web browser||Google Chrome||All browsers|
|Storage||Online in the cloud||Offline on a drive or online in the cloud|
|Apps||Internet applications from the Chrome Web Store and Android applications from the Google Play Store||Almost all programs|
|Protected from virus||Automatically protected by Google||Antivirus software necessary|
|Battery||Energy-efficient||Differences per model|
Use of Chromebooks:
You can use a Chromebook for various tasks such as using the Internet and watching movies but also playing games. Either you can work directly from the Chrome internet browser, or you can install Android applications from the Google Play Store. Although you depend on the apps available for your Chromebook in the Play Store, there are thousands of apps, and the number is constantly growing, so you can always find an app in the Plays Store that is suitable for what you want.
Chromebook Update Finally Brings Document Scanning, Live Caption, And More:
- Google is moving upward a new update today for the best Chromebooks to add various new features to the machines. One of the most important additions to the update is Live Caption that has already moved upward on the Chrome browser for other desktop OSes. The feature will now move out to most Chrome OS devices soon and be available by the accessibility settings. For now, when you own machines with any other OS, then we can show you how to enable Live Caption in Google Chrome for desktop.
- More instant features are coming to Chromebooks which includes the updated Launcher, which now has a more useful Everything Button. Users may type in any query like weather, stocks, or calculations, and the results will pop up instantly instead of having to open the Chrome browser.
- In Chromebook, a new diagnostics tool is also moving to all Chromebooks and should come in handy whenever your device is not running quite right. Users can run tests on their devices to check the battery, CPU, or RAM status with the new Diagnostics app, and it will provide users with helpful support links and even save test results that can be useful when dealing with support illustrative.
- In the last, it is a bit of a head-scratcher, but the update will finally give Chromebooks the capability to receive scanned documents straight from a printer. The Scan app will permit users to select their settings, and when the document is received, then the users can save it in a dedicated folder or open and edit it in an image viewer. This functionality will only work through WiFi and USB at the moment, so that Bluetooth is unfortunately out of the question.
How are Chromebooks for offline use?
Chromebooks are designed to depend on the Internet, which means that many apps simply would not work when you are out of Wi-Fi range. There are more than 200 offline Chrome apps that can work without Internet connectivity, including Gmail, Pocket, and Google Drive, and tons of the Android apps will also work offline.
Chromebook apps: Can I use Android apps?
These machines were primarily developed for Google apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive, although every modern Chromebook now has access to the Play Store. This deep combination can be positive or negative, depending on how you use a PC. Chromebooks will be easy to set up when you already use those apps, and when you need help using incognito windows, then we have a guide for that too.
Android applications are available on all new Chromebooks, which gives Chromebooks access to more games, productivity options, and other apps to make these machines more versatile, though the apps run via an emulator with mixed results. Also, not all apps are optimized for a larger screen, so you might encounter some scaling issues.
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