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ASUS is back in the premium Chromebook game
This week on The Chrome Cast, we discuss Google's latest Chrome OS update bugs, how to fix them, and why in the end these bugs aren't nearly as big of a deal on Chrome OS as they are on competing operating systems.  For the second half of the show, we dig into all the new hardware on the way from ASUS, including the new CX9 and surprise Flip CX5400.  Both of these devices add high-end, premium options from ASUS that are quite reasonably priced for all the hardware they possess and fill out ASUS' portfolio for 2021 Chromebook to include a little of something for everyone. NOTABLE LINKS How to fix your Chromebook with a reset and firmware revert [VIDEO] Google pushes a fix for the recently borked Chrome OS 91 update The already-excellent ASUS Flip CX5 is getting a higher-spec version The drool-worthy ASUS Chromebook CX9 is now up for pre-order A new monster ASUS Chromebook Flip emerges in the 14-inch CX5400 Don't take that update! Latest Chrome OS version locks users out of Chromebooks More confirmation that HP is making the Snapdragon 7c Chromebook tablet 'Coachz' ------ This episode is brought to you by Fresh Roasted Coffee, a coffee website that we have been using for a while now. We made the switch to FRC from the hand-roasting coffee method we had been doing for years and couldn't be happier. They offer great prices and they roast the coffee right before it is shipped to your doorstep! To check it out, go to https://chromeunboxed.com/coffee/ and use the discount code CHROMEUNBOXED for 15% off your initial purchase of coffee and/or tea. This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:07:39
July 23, 2021
A deeper look at the coming Chromebook gaming revolution
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re excited to welcome our contributing writer – Luke Short – who is well versed in the development that is ongoing with the gaming changes coming to Chrome OS in the coming months. Between ‘Mushu’ and a dedicated GPU in the works for a Chromebook, the Borealis project (which is bringing Steam games to Chrome OS), Proton (which brings Windows games to Linux for Steam), and the all new Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, we stick to gaming and gaming alone in this episode. All of these things are working together towards a gaming revolution that is on the way for Chromebook users. Better GPUs add to the custom Steam container (Borealis) and the combo will make Steam games possible in the near future. Proton opens the door for Windows games in this setting and the new Steam Deck only propels the impending availability of the 50,000+ Steam games with Valve hoping to have 100% compatibility for their library by December when the Steam Deck actually launches. It all works together to create a very compelling case for local gaming on Chromebooks by the end of 2021. NOTABLE LINKS What Steam Deck Means for Chromebooks and Borealis An AMD dGPU Chromebook is Coming! Gaming on Chrome OS in a pre-Borealis world Steam Deck landing page This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:19:03
July 16, 2021
New Pixel 6 leaks and Jasper Lake Chromebook speed boosts
This week on The Chrome Cast, we start the show off by discussing the most recent leaks surrounding the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro that give us more details on what to expect this fall along with a promise for 5 years of regular security updates from Google. In the second half of the show, we start by discussing Chrome OS 91's update issues and the current pause from the update server.  After that, we expand on the new Jasper Lake benchmark scores we're seeing and the impact this line of Chromebooks could have on the ecosystem as a whole.  That leads to talk about tablets, ARM processors, and Google's custom silicon eventually coming to Chromebooks.  It's a full show this week! NOTABLE LINKS Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro spec leak promises 5 years of update support Google pauses Chrome OS update, breaks Linux container Tested: Intel's Jasper Lake delivers big performance gains for affordable Chromebooks Chrome OS 91 busted? You're not alone Apple's M1 chip has us very excited for a Google ARM processor [VIDEO] Here's why MediaTek's new Chromebook ARM processors are so important [VIDEO] Why ARM processors are so important to the future of Chromebooks ------ This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:23:07
July 9, 2021
Zoom's PWA, Opera for Chromebooks, and Stadia nails it on Android TV
This week on The Chrome Cast, we discuss the new apps that have arrived for Chromebooks and why they are so important to the ecosystem. It isn’t just that Zoom has an official PWA or that Opera has optimized the Android-based browser just for Chromebooks, it’s the fact that larger entities are beginning to really take note of Chrome OS and are building experiences just for the platform. For the second half of the show, we discuss Stadia’s arrival on Android/Google TV and what it is actually like to use the service. With a great app on very affordable devices like Google’s new Chromecast and the ridiculously inexpensive Onn. streaming kit from Walmart, it feels like Stadia may get a big shot in the arm from the larger user base that could be inbound from this new platform. Oh, and we talked about this, too… NOTABLE LINKS Opera is now the first “alternative” browser optimized for Chrome OS Hands-on with Stadia on the Chromecast with Google TV [VIDEO] Zoom is releasing a PWA specifically for Chromebooks on the Google Play Store Google TV begins prominently advertising Stadia games on your home screen This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:13:08
July 2, 2021
Stadia on Google TV, Steam on Chromebooks, and no new Pixelbooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, we begin by discussing all the gaming news that is swirling in the Google/Chromebook world this week.  From Stadia finally launching on Chromecast with Google TV (and Android TV) to more news on 'Borealis' and Steam games coming to Chrome OS, there was a lot of great news in the gaming sphere this week. From there we move on to talking about my lost hope in seeing an updated Pixelbook anytime soon.  With the two boards 'Halvor' and 'Lindar' both being outed as decidedly not Google hardware, we really don't have anywhere else to look for a new Pixelbook in the near future.  That being said, there's hope on the horizon in the form of Google's custom 'Whitechapel' silicon that gives us hope that we may see another Pixelbook down the road. NOTABLE LINKS Borealis, a.k.a. Steam, will live in the Chrome OS settings menu Steam on Chrome OS is so close I can taste it Why I've lost hope for a new Pixelbook arriving anytime soon Google Stadia arrives on Google TV, expanding its reach to millions more Lenovo debuts 2 Tiger Lake Chromebooks ahead of MWC Seriously, affordable Chromebooks are getting really good [VIDEO] I canceled my Stadia Pro subscription and now I play Stadia more than ever This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:16:56
June 25, 2021
Google enters the retail space in New York City
This week on The Chrome Cast, we open the show by explaining a bit about our new, upcoming series simply called Upstream.  With audience-submitted questions and expert-driven answers, we hope Upstream will turn into a place for all our readers to get interesting, insightful answers to things that aren't always a Google search away.  We follow this up with in-depth discussion about Google's freshly-opened retail store in New York City and what that move could mean for the mostly-online search giant. For the second half of the show, we talk through the new Material You design language and what it could look like on Chromebooks in the future.  With mock-ups from our own Michael Perrigo, it is a lot of fun to consider what Chrome OS will look like after the next paint job.  As it tends to do, this discussion derails into talk of yet another Google-made Chromebook and what that could look like later this year. NOTABLE LINKS Say hello to the first-ever Google Store in NYC Welcome to Upstream: Your questions answered by industry experts [Video] Here's what Google's new productivity launcher could look like when it's finished [U: Video] Here's what Google's new 'Material You' design could look like on Chromebooks This episode is brought to you by VIZOR for Chromebooks! Are you a School or District with a Chromebook 1:1 program? If so, get ready for your summer intake today with VIZOR for Chromebooks. VIZOR is a Chromebook management solution that seamlessly integrates with the Google Admin Console and your Student information system. With VIZOR you can easily see which student has which Chromebook, manage repairs, and even automate disabling lost or stolen devices while notifying parents, all in one click. Listeners to this podcast get 2 months free, so be sure to tell them you heard about VIZOR on The Chrome Cast podcast to qualify. Click here to learn more about VIZOR for Chromebooks and qualify for 2 months free! This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! Click here to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month.
01:08:20
June 18, 2021
More Pixel Fold leaks and thoughts on the new Pixel Buds
This week on The Chrome Cast, we stay in a pretty #madebyGoogle sort of mood.  Starting with some early thoughts on the new Pixel Buds A-Series, we talk through all that Google is doing right in this space and - perhaps more importantly - all the things they are still basically missing on.  Yes, the new earbuds are pretty nice, but they are on the pricey side for a device that lacks many of the features seen in far cheaper headphones.  On sale and closer to $79, these new Pixel Buds could be just the right price, though. For the second half of the podcast, we delve into the recent reports on Google's foldable OLED screens beginning manufacture in October.  Samsung has been tapped for sourcing and The Elec says along with screens for VIVO and Xiomi, Samsung will be manufacturing screens for Google as well.  If this is the case, we're likely tracking an unveiling of the Pixel Fold in October at Google's hardware event and perhaps a release of this still-mysterious phone sometime in late 2021. NOTABLE LINKS Pixel Buds A-Series: unboxing and initial impressions [VIDEO] Google looks to be eyeing October production for foldable Pixel phone OLED screens Google is prepping a foldable device using Samsung's Ultra-Thin Glass This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:04:38
June 11, 2021
Chrome OS 91 arrives and a foldable Pixel is coming
This week on The Chrome Cast, we begin the show by covering down on all the new features available in Chrome and Chrome OS 91.  Between updates to the V8 JavaScript engine - dubbed Sparkplug - and the arrival of Nearby Share, version 91 of Chrome OS is a nice, incremental update that should improve performance across the board and provide a new, useful way for files to be shared across Google's growing line of Android and Chrome OS hardware. For the second half of the show, we focus in on reports surrounding the upcoming - and mysterious - Pixel Fold.  As it turns out, Samsung is now supplying Google with not only foldable OLED screens, but also the ultra-thin glass it uses in the manufacturing of devices like the Galaxy Flip and Galaxy Fold phones.  There are no additional details for now on what Google is planning or when we could see a folding Pixel, but this new news is definitely great fodder for discussion. NOTABLE LINKS Google is prepping a foldable device using Samsung’s Ultra-Thin Glass Chrome OS 91 feature highlight: Nearby Share is fantastic [VIDEO] Phone Hub could soon bring app streaming to Chromebooks Chrome OS 91 is now rolling out to most Chromebooks, newer models still waiting Nearby Share arrives as Chrome OS 91 begins rolling out Chrome 91 adds built-in screenshot tool on Android and it is awesome Chrome 91 has up to 23% faster performance as a result of its new JavaScript compiler This episode is brought to you by VIZOR for Chromebooks! Are you a School or District with a Chromebook 1:1 program? If so, get ready for your summer intake today with VIZOR for Chromebooks. VIZOR is a Chromebook management solution that seamlessly integrates with the Google Admin Console and your Student information system. With VIZOR you can easily see which student has which Chromebook, manage repairs, and even automate disabling lost or stolen devices while notifying parents, all in one click. Listeners to this podcast get 2 months free, so be sure to tell them you heard about VIZOR on The Chrome Cast podcast to qualify. Click here to learn more about VIZOR for Chromebooks and qualify for 2 months free! This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! Click here to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month.
01:03:55
June 3, 2021
More Pixel 6 leaks and tons of new Chromebook hardware
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re discussing further leaks regarding the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, including new renders that showed up and more details about what we can expect from the new Google-made processor inside. After discussing our excitement over what the Pixel 6 could mean for Android phones and for Google, we pivot to a discussion surrounding some new hardware that arrived this week. From Acer’s 4 new Chromebooks to new devices on the way from HP and ASUS alike, there’s a lot to discuss this week from a Chromebook hardware perspective. NOTABLE LINKS Pixel 6 Pro performance expectations, screen specs, and more emerge The Pixel 6 CAD renders have arrived: the smaller new Pixel in images and video New Pixel 6 Pro renders surface, showing off seriously beautiful hardware The upcoming ASUS Chromebook CX9 will feature an industry first for Chrome OS Budget to Beast: Acer unveils 4 new Chromebooks Acer Chromebook 317: hands-on with the world’s first 17-inch Chromebook [VIDEO] Acer Chromebook Spin 713: early impressions of Acer’s next big hit [VIDEO] The new Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 is official and not really worth getting excited for HP debuts Tiger Lake Pro c640 G2 Chromebook Exclusive: ASUS set to launch the world’s first 17.3″ Chromebook This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:09:26
May 28, 2021
Google I/O 2021 in review
Was there any question what would dominate our discussion this week? Google I/O 2021 came and went and in its wake, we’re left with all sorts of things to discuss. From new language AI like LaMDA to WearOS updates to Material You, there was a ton of new stuff that came from Google I/O that sparks the imagination and ensuing conversations. We try our best to stay on track and get through all the stuff that really interested us from I/O, and even in our 90 minutes of talking it feels like we only scratched the surface. It was fun to really dig in, so grab a snack and come along for our Google I/O 2021 recap. NOTABLE LINKS The Google Play Store will better surface apps and games built specifically for Chromebooks Exclusive: Lenovo is launching an 11th Gen Tiger Lake 13.3″ Chromebook Games made with Unity can now be directly built for Chromebooks Google wants Android apps and games to suck less on Chromebooks, and it’s about time they do ‘What’s New in Chrome OS’ at Google I/O makes a great case for developing for Chromebooks Google’s new Material You design language is coming to Chromebooks, too Google Workspace introduces Smart Canvas features to radically transform collaboration Google I/O Keynote shows Chromebook Phone Hub getting a great new feature Where to watch all the Google I/O 2021 keynotes and sessions without registration This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:15:37
May 21, 2021
Pixel 6 leaks and Q&A with EDU specialist John Sowash
This week's episode of The Chrome Cast is about as straightforward as they come.  Just last night, very convincing renders of the Pixel 6 showed up and as we tend to do, we prognosticated quite a bit about the legitimacy of those leaks, what they could mean, and when we might actually here something official from Google about the whole thing.  In the second half of the podcast, we're joined by John Sowash, an expert on all things EDU and Chromebook.  He's written a few articles here at Chrome Unboxed and this is his second time on the podcast.  We had some user-submitted questions he is kind enough to weigh in on and our conversations was both fun and informative: hope you enjoy it! NOTABLE LINKS John's Website (chrmbook.com) The Chromebook Classroom Podcast Teach With Chrome Class Registration Chromebook Minecraft: Teaching with Minecraft Pixel 6 and 6 Pro leak, reveal wild new design and evidence that Google is really trying Pixel Watch renders show a gorgeous wearable with clean, elegant software This episode is brought to you by VIZOR for Chromebooks! Are you a School or District with a Chromebook 1:1 program? If so, get ready for your summer intake today with VIZOR for Chromebooks. VIZOR is a Chromebook management solution that seamlessly integrates with the Google Admin Console and your Student information system. With VIZOR you can easily see which student has which Chromebook, manage repairs, and even automate disabling lost or stolen devices while notifying parents, all in one click. Listeners to this podcast get 2 months free, so be sure to tell them you heard about VIZOR on The Chrome Cast podcast to qualify. Click here to learn more about VIZOR for Chromebooks and qualify for 2 months free! This episode is brought to you by CTL.  Based here in the USA, CTL builds Chrome devices that are sturdy, well-made, and above all, affordable.  Whether it be for the classroom or enterprise deployment, CTL offers a wide variety of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes to meet any need.  Click here if you’d like to learn more about them.  This episode is brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! Click here to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month.
01:18:04
May 14, 2021
Tiger Lake speed, Google I/O sessions, and Q1 Chromebook sales skyrocket
This week on The Chrome Cast, we begin the show by talking a bit in depth about the new ASUS Chromebook CX5 and, more importantly, about the difference Tiger Lake Intel processors are poised to make in the Chromebook market. This device is not only attractive and well-made, it is by far the fastest Chromebook we’ve ever had in the office and demolishes even the 10th-gen Core i7 in every benchmark across the board. What this means for the future of mid/high-range Chromebooks this year is incredibly promising. In the second half of the show, we talk through the updated Google I/O 2021 website and how simple Google is making it this year for those who want to take in some sessions. The site is easy to distill and navigate and it makes finding just the right content very intuitive. What we’ll see at I/O still remains a bit of a mystery, but with this session layout, we at least have a bit of a look at what’s coming. With one of those sessions again being centered on Android apps on Chromebooks, we’re hopeful the consistent messaging from Google on this paired with the huge Q1 sales numbers for Chromebooks combine to get more developers on board to make Android apps run well on larger screens. NOTABLE LINKS ASUS' MediaTek CM3 Flip and Detachable available in Canada Snapdragon 7c Chromebook tablet 'Coachz' is nearing production [U: Tweet pulled] Google accidentally announces its Pixel Buds A-Series a bit early Chromebook sales continue to surge in Q1 of 2021, up 275% Chrome OS 90 is still missing for a very important group of Chromebooks Google I/O 2021 sessions every Chromebook fan will want to watch This episode is brought to you by Fresh Roasted Coffee, a coffee website that we have been using for a while now. We made the switch to FRC from the hand-roasting coffee method we had been doing for years and couldn't be happier. They offer great prices and they roast the coffee right before it is shipped to your doorstep! To check it out, go to https://chromeunboxed.com/coffee/ and use the discount code CHROMEUNBOXED for 15% off your initial purchase of coffee and/or tea! This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:12:45
May 7, 2021
Google teases new hardware for I/O 2021
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend the first part of the show discussing the new Chromebook hardware that is in the office and on the way.  From ASUS, there is the new pre-order of the CM5, the impending CM3 Detachable, and the CX5 we have in the office and unboxed earlier this week.  On the Acer front, we talk quite a bit about our upcoming review of the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 and what the first Snapdragon Chromebook brings to the table. In the second half, we're in Google I/O 2021 mode, talking through all the teases that have us believing there will be some new hardware shown off at Google's return to their annual developer conference.  Though there aren't many leaks aside from the new Pixel 5a and Pixel Buds A, it seems Google may have other new hardware lined up to announce that hasn't leaked out prior.  It will be a fun few days in mid-May either way, and we're even more excited for it now. NOTABLE LINKS Google confirms new Google Assistant product announcements coming at I/O 2021 A Tiger Lake ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 successor could be on the way The Tiger Lake-powered HP Chromebook x360 14c is available and it's only $619! ASUS' AMD-powered Chromebook CM5 is up for pre-order at $499 Google CEO Sundar Pichai teases 'significant product updates and announcements' ahead of Google I/O ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 (Intel Tiger Lake) unboxing and initial impressions [VIDEO] First Look: Tiger Lake Chromebook benchmarks reveal monstrous gains Buy the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 at Walmart ------- This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
56:05
April 30, 2021
Chrome OS 90 arrives and new Chromebooks are on the horizon
This week on The Chrome Cast, we're delving into all the features that came along with the recent update to Chrome OS 90.  While not everyone has it just yet, you can rest assured the update is on the way and when it arrives, some cool new tricks are on the way along with it.  In the second half of the show, we get into some of the new hardware that is right around the corner and already arriving in stores as we speak. NOTABLE LINKS If you are still looking for the Chrome OS 90 update, you aren't alone Chrome OS 90 arrives with Everything Button 2.0, Scan Tools, Diagnostics and more Your Chromebook launcher can now give you quick answers and save you from opening tabs The world's first Tiger Lake Chromebook is now available for $569 Early hands-on impressions with the ASUS Detachable Chromebook CM3 are very positive Unboxing and mini-review of the very affordable HP Chromebook 11a The HP Elite Chromebook c1030 just arrived for consumers ------- This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:14:13
April 23, 2021
Nest Hub 2 review, Snapdragon Chromebooks and OLED screens
This episode is sponsored by VIZOR for Chromebooks. Schools, do you have Chromebooks? Get ready for summer intake with VIZOR, a Chromebook management solution that goes beyond Google Admin functionality. VIZOR integrates with the Google Admin Console and with your Student Information System. Track who has what, manage 1:1 check-out programs, and track repairs. Click here to learn more and qualify for 2 months free! This week on The Chrome Cast, we begin by discussing our recent review of the 2nd-gen Google Nest Hub and all the things that are great and not so great about it. From the sleep tracking to the updated speaker, we talk quite a bit about our experiences and why this version is definitely worth the current $10 uptick in pricing over the original. In the second half of the show, we dive into quite a few things going on in the Snapdragon Chromebook space. With the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 beginning to show up at retailers, ‘Homestar’ getting an OLED screen and a quad speaker setup and Sharp getting into the Chromebook game with its own Snapdragon-powered device, there’s a lot going on with Qualcomm and Chrome OS right now. Finally, we discuss NVIDIA’s pronouncement of intent to begin shipping their RTX GPUs alongside MediaTek ARM chips. This could be a big deal for Chromebooks down the road and will likely play a big part in the continuing move to a broader processor ecosystem for Chrome OS. NOTABLE LINKS Pricing for the Snapdragon-powered Acer Chromebook Spin 513 hits multiple retailers Nest Hub 2 Review: Worth the upgrade? [Video] NVIDIA RTX graphics in a Chromebook? Yes, please! Upcoming Snapdragon 7c Chromebook tablet ‘Homestar’ gets unique screen and speaker setup A new Snapdragon Chromebook from…Sharp? This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month.
01:11:27
April 16, 2021
Pixel Watch, Pixel Phone and Google I/O returns
This week on The Chrome Cast, our entire show revolves around Google hardware.  From the leaks of the Pixel Watch to the interesting saga of the Pixel 5a to the Pixel 6 and it's Google-made silicon, this week we're all-in on upcoming stuff that is made by Google.  In addition to talking through solid leaks from this week, we also spend a bit of time recapping the importance of ARM and custom silicon when it comes to Chromebooks, too.  Oh, and we can't forget: Google I/O is back this year, all virtual, and coming at us quick on May 18th. NOTABLE LINKS HP refreshes its premium Chromebook x360 with 11th Gen Intel Tiger Lake CPUs Pixel Watch renders show a gorgeous wearable with clean, elegant software Google's Pixel 5a is officially cancelled [UPDATE - not completely cancelled] Apparently we'll see some leaked images of Google's Pixel Watch later today On The Run To 200K: Another Big Giveaway [VIDEO] Google I/O 2021 is going virtual and the internet already uncovered the dates The new 'Pixel Buds A' just leaked in an email that Google sent out Yes, Google silicon is coming to the Pixel 6 phones and likely more ------- This episode is brought to you by Fresh Roasted Coffee, a new coffee website that we have been using for a while now. We made the switch to FRC from the hand-roasting coffee method we had been doing for years and couldn't be happier. They offer great prices and they roast the coffee right before it is shipped to your doorstep! To check it out, go to https://chromeunboxed.com/coffee and use the discount code CHROMEUNBOXED for 15% off your initial purchase of coffee and/or tea! This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:07:39
April 9, 2021
Google Pixel lightbars, Pixel Buds and an ultimate desk setup
This week on the Chrome Cast, we open the show with a more in-depth discussion over the recently-released Ultimate Desk Setup video. We go into a bit more detail about all the items in the video, why we chose them, and why this desk setup took so long to finally pull off. All told, the desk is now in its permanent home in the Chrome Cast studio where we’ll hopefully be creating podcast-centered video content in the coming weeks. The second half of the show is all about upcoming hardware and all the questions we have around these items. With new Pixel Buds hitting the FCC lately and the mysterious appearance of a Chromebook with the signature Google lightbar up top, things are really starting to heat up a bit in the Google hardware space as we move into the middle parts of 2021. NOTABLE LINKS My Ultimate Chrome OS desk setup [Video] Google’s new Pixelbuds look to be on the way as Pixel Buds A A new Chromebook with the Google Pixel lightbar is in the works New Merch on Cotton Bureau! Check out Fresh Roasted Coffee subscriptions here! ------ This episode is brought to you by Fresh Roasted Coffee, a new coffee website that we have been using for a while now. We made the switch to FRC from the hand-roasting coffee method we had been doing for years and couldn't be happier. They offer great prices and they roast the coffee right before it is shipped to your doorstep! To check it out, go to https://chromeunboxed.com/coffee and use the discount code CHROMEUNBOXED for 15% off your initial purchase of coffee and/or tea! This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:09:40
April 2, 2021
Android 11 makes its way to Chromebooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, we start the show by digging into Android 11 and its limited arrival on Chromebooks with 10th-gen Intel processors in the Beta Channel.  With this update, Android now finds itself inside a new container - moving from ARC++ to ARCVM - and your Play Store apps now scale to match the Chromebook's display.  While the move to an updated container for Android apps is realistically the bigger deal here, users will likely find more immediate value in the fact that their apps now look more native on-screen. From there we move on to 'Borealis' and the coming Game Mode that will be on Chomebooks likely later this year.  As another container on your Chromebooks - this time made specifically for Steam - we're very interested in how all this will play out later in the year on Chromebooks that have far better GPUs on board with Intel's Tiger Lake processors.  We wrap up by discussing Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook 2, our review process, and what we feel is the consensus opinion about Samsung's 'sequel' to the original Galaxy Chromebook. NOTABLE LINKS Check out our new T-shirts! Enter to win an exclusive Chromebook sleeve from Google The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook is outrageously affordable right now Google is adding a ‘Game Mode’ for Chromebooks as Steam gaming takes shape Every upcoming Chromebook in development we’re keeping up with right now [UPDATE: 3/24/2020] Google is adding a ‘Game Mode’ for Chromebooks as Steam gaming takes shape A new 5nm Snapdragon 7c with 5G is coming and already being tested for Chromebooks Another new Snapdragon 7c Chromebook is on the way Android 11 is arriving on some Chromebooks in Beta Channel with big fixes on board ------ This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:07:38
March 26, 2021
Unpacking all the goodness of Chrome OS 89
Last week on The Chrome Cast, we sat down (virtually) with Alexander Kuscher, Chrome OS Director of Product, and talked about the last 10 years of Chrome OS and what the future holds. With Chrome OS 89 so chock-full of new features, we realized this week that we’d not taken the time to talk through all of them with our podcast audience, so that’s what we’re doing this week. There’s a lot going on in M89, and we’re digging into all of it after having the update on all our devices for over a week at this point. Enjoy! NOTABLE LINKS Chrome OS turns 10 & we’ve partnered with Google for a very special giveaway to celebrate The Chrome Cast 103: An interview with Chrome OS Director of Product Alexander Kuscher Android Nearby Share is about to get a whole lot better to use Three things the Chromebook Phone Hub should have fixed before releasing Chrome OS 89 features: hands-on and walkthrough [VIDEO] Here’s how you can get the most out of your Chromebook’s virtual desks Google’s CEO may have just confirmed the split of Chrome and Chrome OS Chrome OS 89 is here with a hat full of tricks Here are some of the exciting things Google has planned for the future of Chromebooks ------ This episode is brought to you by Fresh Roasted Coffee, a new coffee website that we have been using for a while now. We made the switch to FRC from the hand-roasting coffee method we had been doing for years and couldn't be happier. They offer great prices and they roast the coffee right before it is shipped to your doorstep! To check it out, go to https://chromeunboxed.com/coffee and use the discount code CHROMEUNBOXED for 15% off your initial purchase of coffee and/or tea! This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:06:24
March 19, 2021
A special interview with Chrome OS Director of Product Alexander Kuscher
We are continuing our celebration of Chrome OS' 10th Birthday with a special guest! Alexander Kuscher leads the software product team for Chrome OS, overseeing product management, program management, and developer relations teams. Since joining Google in 2010, Alexander has built products & features across multiple products including Mobile Advertisement, Chrome, and Chrome OS. Alexander holds numerous patents in the areas of user interfaces, computer hardware, as well as advertising technologies. Alexander earned a Master’s degree in Advanced Computer Science with an emphasis on Human-Computer Interaction at Cambridge as well as a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany. Find Alex on Twitter: @afkuscher ----- Are you a school with Chromebooks? VIZOR for Chromebooks is a Chromebook management solution. It seamlessly integrates with the Google Admin Console and student information systems. With VIZOR for Chromebooks, you can easily see which student has which Chromebook, you can manage repairs, and you can automate processes for lost or stolen devices. Get 2 FREE MONTHS here: vizor.cloud/cast
41:11
March 12, 2021
Early Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 thoughts and 4-week Chrome updates
This week on The Chrome Cast, we start our conversation around the beautiful and slightly-confounding Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2.  As I thought when entering my review period with this device, this is a tough Chromebook to review.  With such a striking similarity to its predecessor, it is impossible not to draw comparisons between the two, and that leaves the new Galaxy Chromebook 2 in a bit of an awkward position.  Our review is coming, but tune in to hear my thoughts at this point in the process. For the second half, our conversation is dominated by Google's new 4-week update approach to Chrome.  While not clear what will happen with Chrome OS amidst this update, we have some thoughts on how things will progress once Chrome 94 hits in Q4 of 2021.  It has a bit to do with the maturation of Chrome OS and the continued work being done on the standalone version of Chrome that is being built for Chromebooks, currently code named 'Lacros'. NOTABLE LINKS Chrome will soon start getting milestone updates a lot faster Two new Snapdragon SC7280 Chromebook boards enter development Mysterious new Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in development for Chromebooks Here's the first flagship MediaTek MT8195 Chromebook in development - 'Cherry' Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 unboxing and first impressions [VIDEO] Why you should consider a Chromebox as your home PC ----- This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:11:31
March 5, 2021
Google SVP's tweet stokes the Chromebook hardware flame
This week on The Chrome Cast, we start our conversation out by highlighting the very-excellent Simplify Gmail Chrome extension that just hit version 2.0.  We reported on this earlier in the week and many, many people seemed very interested in the service and we get into a few of the reasons why this take on Gmail isn't just a good-looking change to the messy Gmail inbox, but a real productivity booster with tons of extra features for end users, too. In the second half, we delve into the tweet from Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer that teased upcoming hardware and software for Chrome OS fans in the 2021 calendar year.  As Hiroshi doesn't tend to tweet without quite a bit of thought going into what he has to say, I think we're safe to assume the things he mentioned in the tweet will likely come to pass.  Devices and software that are "fire" are on the way and we expect to see them soon.  There's obviously good reason to think this already with all the hardware we're currently keeping track on on the horizon, but this tweet just re-lit the flame. NOTABLE LINKS Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer's tweet has us very excited for 2021 Chromebooks Expect an absolute avalanche of Chromebooks in all shapes and sizes in 2021 [VIDEO] Simplify Gmail v2 is here, it's beautiful, and you should be using it right now After feedback, Simplify Gmail v2 has a simple pricing structure that looks great There's another detachable Snapdragon 7c Chromebook tablet in the works The ASUS Chromebook Detachable CM3 gets huge landing page and more official details Chrome OS desperately needs a unified App Store This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:29:51
February 27, 2021
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is upon us
This week on The Chrome Cast, we're celebrating 100 episodes with a little giveaway.  You can find details below on how to get entered beneatht he embed where we're  talking quite a bit about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2, the reservations, the pre-orders, the release dates, and the expectations that come along with this unreleased Chromebook.  With a March 1st launch date now set, we're ready to finally find out if Samsung's choices to pull things back from the bombastic Galaxy Chromebook are worth it. In the second half of the podcast, we spend some time talking about the upcoming ARM-powered Chromebooks like 'Coachz' with its Snapdragon 7c chipset and what MediaTek's new MT8192 and MT8195 processors could be like in real world use.  With the MT8195 finally starting Chromebook development in the past few weeks, we know these ARM-powered Chroembooks are closer than they've ever been. NOTABLE LINKS Why Lenovo's attractive P11 Pro tablet could be similar to what 'Coachz' will become The upgraded Lenovo Flex 5 is putting serious pressure on Samsung's new Galaxy Chromebook 2 Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 gets unboxed…by Samsung [VIDEO] Snapdragon 7c Chromebook tablet 'Coachz' shows fast scores in Geekbench results Right on queue, a new mid-range MediaTek ARM Chromebook starts development Check out these deals on the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 w/8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and accessories New flagship MediaTek Chromebooks enter development Samsung announces Galaxy Chromebook 2 availability and pre-order dates Why Lenovo's attractive P11 Pro tablet could be similar to what 'Coachz' will become ------- This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:12:03
February 19, 2021
'Works With Chromebook' & USI pens that copy colors from the world
This episode is sponsored by VIZOR for Chromebooks. Schools, do you have Chromebooks? Are you using PowerSchool’s SIS? Introducing VIZOR for Chromebooks, a Chromebook management solution that goes beyond your Google Admin functionality. It integrates with the Google Admin Console and PowerSchool. Track who has what, track check-out programs, and manage repairs. Schedule a product demo to see if VIZOR for Chromebooks can help your school. ------- This week on The Chrome Cast, we begin our discussion around the growing 'Works With Chromebook' initiative from Google.  Though it seems nearly everything you plug into a Chromebook works these days, Google is going the extra step to ease consumers' minds about peripherals that they may come across in a store like Best Buy or Walmart.  If it is marked 'Works With Chromebook', then it just works. We also get into the crazy new USI pen tech that we're now seeing being tested on Chromebooks with Ufro's color-picking pens that simply work with Chromebooks.  No additional steps are needed to touch an object in the real world and replicate it almost instantly on your Chromebook. Finally, we tackle the long-standing issues we've had with YouTube Music, app confusion, lacking cast support, and the fact that Google understands where it has failed here and has officially stated that they are on the road to fixing not just the casting woes with YouTube Music, but the offline access as well. NOTABLE LINKS Google is listening: YouTube Music native casting and offline listening headed to Chromebooks Google releases a dedicated YouTube Music Chromebook PWA in the Play Store Works With Chromebook: explained and tested [VIDEO] Watch these crazy demos of a USI pen and a Chromebook picking colors from the real world Native cast button disappears from the YouTube TV web app ------- This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month.
01:03:18
February 12, 2021
New Chromebook hardware on the way & Stadia's uncertain future
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re diving into the tough news of the week regarding the shut down of Stadia’s in-house game studio. The move definitely comes with some indications about the future of Stadia and what the service could morph into over time, so it’s worth quite a bit of discussion on our part this week. For the second half, we get into a few new devices that are on the horizon in the upcoming ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3000 and the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2. Both devices are intriguing in their own ways and we’re hopeful that both become available by the end of the month. NOTABLE LINKS Why I’m getting excited for the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 shows up at Best Buy HP Elite C1030 Chromebook review: premium comes with a price ‘Stadia Games & Entertainment’ is shutting down, but Google Stadia is alive and well Exclusive: the ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3000 tablet is the first real Lenovo Duet contender
01:13:55
February 5, 2021
Chrome OS 88 arrives and the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga impresses
This week on The Chrome Cast, we dig into many of the new features that have arrived in the Chrome OS world with version 88 of the operating system.  With the new screen saver, WebAuthn, and the updated screen capture tool, there's a lot to love about the latest update for your Chromebook. Additionally, we spend some time talking about the recent arrival in the office: the Lenovo Thinkpad C13 Yoga Chromebook.  That's a big title and it's affixed to a Chromebook that brings a whole lot to the table.  Sure, it's aimed at the enterprise market, but that doesn't mean it's not a fantastic device that brings some seriously unique features along with it and could potentially be a great fit for many users. NOTABLE LINKS How to enable the new screen recording tool in Chrome OS 88 Unboxing and first hands-on with the Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook [VIDEO] Chrome OS 88 offers a faster way to sign in to websites - by using your fingerprint or PIN code Upcoming Chromebook Snapdragon tablet 'Coachz' may have a sibling in 'Strongbad' - - - - This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:15:21
January 29, 2021
New Chromebooks at BETT 2021, a Stadia Hailstorm, and Manifest v3
This week on The Chrome Cast, we were excited to dig in a bit on the 9 new Chromebooks announced at BETT 2021 that range from the latest small-core Jasper Lake Intel devices to ARM-powered Chromebooks with MediaTek and Snapdragon internals. The yearly education-focused show always follows closely behind CES and, like it always does, comes replete with a slew of new classroom-ready Chromebooks. The second half of the podcast features commentary from our very own Michael Perrigo as we dive a bit deeper into Stadia, what the mysterious ‘Project Hailstorm’ could end up being, and further explain what Google is up to with the long-awaited Manifest v3 that is arriving in Chrome and Chrome OS 88. There’s a lot to unpack here, so we hope you can give it a listen! NOTABLE LINKS BETT 2021: HP debuts 5 Chromebooks with Jasper Lake, MediaTek and a unique stylus Chrome 88 introduces the controversial Manifest v3 which seeks to fix the ‘extensions problem’ Join me on the Stadia Source Podcast and enter to win a Stadia Premiere Bundle Stadia’s ‘Project Hailstorm’ could be used to bring the service to millions of TVs rapidly Chrome 88 is rolling out now with a heavy focus on security, web app features, and more BETT 2021: Acer unveils 4 new Chromebooks for the classroom Facebook finds four Chrome extensions scraping user data – Sues two developers Stadia launching ‘Playable Scenarios’ via State Share so your friends can pick up where you left off - - - - This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:15:33
January 22, 2021
CES 2021 came and went with more Chromebooks than we expected
This episode is sponsored by VIZOR for Chromebooks. Schools, do you have Chromebooks? Introducing VIZOR for Chromebooks, a Chromebook management solution that goes beyond your Google Admin functionality. It integrates with G Suite and with your Student Information System. Track who has what, track check-out programs, and manage repairs. Schedule a product demo to see if VIZOR for Chromebooks can help your school. - - - - Just like that, another CES is in the books and though we weren’t in Vegas this year for the annual tech show, things were still getting announced left and right. That includes quite a few Chromebooks this year, totaling 5 new official announcements and one teaser. We sincerely feel like this is just the tip of the iceberg for Chromebooks in 2021, but it was a great start to a year we’re convinced will be chock-full of new Chrome OS hardware. Specifically today, we spend quite a bit of time talking through the big ASUS Chromebooks that were unveiled and how after a year of not much from ASUS in 2020, it feels like they are back in the game and offering up a wide range of Chromebooks that should find a place in just about any budget. There was a lot to cover and we’re excited about CES, but it’s just the beginning. Trust us: there’s much more coming. NOTABLE LINKS CES 2021: It’s time to get excited about ASUS Chromebooks again [VIDEO] Best of CES 2021: our favorite tech from this year’s show All 3 new ASUS Chromebooks get awesome landing pages CES 2021: Hands-on with the Acer’s Ryzen-powered Chromebook Spin 514 ASUS unveils 3 new Chromebooks at CES 2021 with Intel Evo and AMD on board Our reaction to the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 [VIDEO] CES 2021: Intel Evo Chromebooks made official at with one Acer model teased Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 receives praise from early hands-on reactions - - - - This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:00:05
January 15, 2021
It's CES 2021, we're not in Vegas, and there are new Chromebooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re talking CES 2021 and about a couple Chromebooks that were released via the yearly tech show. Sure, we’re not in Vegas this year and yes, we’d love to actually be there with our hands on new hardware amongst the energy of CES, but that’s just not in the cards with the pandemic continuing to do its damage. In fact, we’re completely quarantined ourselves as a person in our shared co-working space at the office tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Don’t worry, we all tested negative today at 5 days out from our exposure, but we’ve not been in the studio or office all week and it has been a bit inopportune with CES getting ramped up. Either way, we’ll be back next week and sharing some video content about what we’ve seen from the show so far and we got to spend the entirety of the podcast this week talking through our thoughts on the new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 and Acer Chromebook Spin 514 that have already both been announced as part of CES 2021. For now, we hope you enjoy our reactions via this fully-remote podcast and do forgive the compromised audio this week as we’re all working from our homes for now. NOTABLE LINKS This is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 Acer unveils AMD Ryzen-powered Chromebook Spin 514 This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:07:51
January 8, 2021
Looking back at 2020 and ahead to 2021
This week on The Chrome Cast, we are taking a bit to discuss some of our favorite things from 2020 and taking a look towards what we're most looking forward to in 2021.  For the past year, the mid-range Chromebook emergence takes up the bulk of our discussion time and looking forward, devices like the Snapdragon Chromebook tablet 'Coachz', Chromebooks with GPUs and ARM processors dominate the things we are most anticipating in the new year. NOTABLE LINKS 2020 and the rise of the mid-range Chromebook [VIDEO] Expect an absolute avalanche of Chromebooks in all shapes and sizes in 2021 [VIDEO] As we predicted, Apple TV is officially arriving on Chromecast with Google TV Native Steam (Borealis) on Chrome OS likely arriving mid-2021 All articles on the upcoming ‘Coachz’ tablet This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:32:55
January 2, 2021
Stadia PWA on iOS impresses and Google buys up Neverware
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend the first portion of the show discussing the incredible job the Stadia team has done in bringing the Stadia experience over to iPhone and iPad via an impressive PWA. With so much happening in Stadia from game streaming to messaging to chat and Wi-Fi controller pairing, it is amazing to see a PWA do so much completely contained in a browser tab. In the second half, we discuss Google’s recent acquisition of Neverware, makers of CloudReady OS. If you are not familiar, this company has be repurposing old Windows and MacOS laptops with a custom version of Chromium OS for years, and now they are officially part of the Google team. The ramifications could be wide, here, and we’re not entirely sure what Google is up to with this move, but we have some thoughts. NOTABLE LINKS Stadia’s arrival on iPhone and iPad shows the wild potential of PWAs Millions of users have had their data stolen by these 15 Chrome extensions – remove them right now! Google acquires Neverware bringing official support to Cloudready OS Enter to win the Acer Spin 713 (before 4PM on 12/18/2020) This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:06:01
December 18, 2020
Chrome OS 87 arrives with some nice upgrades & Google Cloud Print is going away
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend much of our time talking through a ton of the new features on board in Chrome OS 87. From new wallpapers to Bluetooth battery reporting to ALT+TAB keyboard navigation, there’s quite a bit in this update to digest. From there we move on to talking about some of the features that are nested behind feature flags in Chrome OS 87 like holding space, the new global media controls and more. Finally, we wrap things up by talking a bit about printers, the death of Google Cloud Print, and how Chromebooks are actually quite adept at printing these days. NOTABLE LINKS Chrome OS 87 adds two very useful upgrades to the Files app Grab this 1TB “Works with Chromebook” portable SSD and save $90 Migrate from Google Cloud Print with these 12 Alternatives How to print from your personal Chromebook without Google Cloud Print Chrome OS 87 is here with Tab Search, BT battery level and more How to enable wireless printing for your students or employees and survive the death of Google Cloud Print SHOW NOTES This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community.
01:21:35
December 11, 2020
Chrome OS tablet and high-end Chromebook conundrums
This episode is sponsored by VIZOR for Chromebooks. Schools, do you have Chromebooks? Introducing VIZOR for Chromebooks, a Chromebook management solution that goes beyond your Google Admin functionality. It integrates with G Suite and with your Student Information System. Track who has what, track check-out programs, and manage repairs. Schedule a product demo to see if VIZOR for Chromebooks can help your school. This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend our time talking through two confusing segments of the current Chromebook market: tablets and high-end Chromebooks.  Both of these categories have great current and upcoming options, but both are likely confusing for consumers on the outside looking in.  For tablets, the issue is the lack of options with only one notable upcoming device worth getting hyped about.  For high-end Chromebooks, the problem comes down to the fact that great Chromebooks are coming down in price and justifying the extra expense is simply getting tough to do these days. NOTABLE LINKS A quick look at Parallels and Zero-Touch Enrollment on Chrome OS [Video] Motorola is the latest to start shipping an Android desktop, and that’s good news for Chromebooks HP Chromebook Elite c1030 unboxing and hands-on [VIDEO] A bug report just leaked a Core i7 Tiger Lake Chromebook, likely Acer New Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is reportedly in the works Google’s Pixel Slate may have been discontinued and why it’s not that big of a deal We may know the manufacturer for the upcoming Snapdragon Chromebook tablet ‘Coachz’ This episode is also brought to you by NordVPN. Get a VPN that takes your privacy seriously. NordVPN is our VPN of choice and will secure your browsing on your Chromebook or on any device. Use NordVPN to keep your private data to yourself whether you are at home or on the go! CLICK HERE to try it out and get a 3-year deal for $3.49/month. Join our Patreon community and get access to things like behind-the-scenes footage, early access to videos, private Discord server access, an ad-free experience on the mobile and desktop versions of the website, your name listed on all our YouTube videos, and monthly live stream Q&A. CLICK HERE to be a part of our community. 
01:14:08
December 4, 2020
Big deals, great gear, & all the Chromebooks we expect in 2021
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend a bit of time talking through our latest, favorite deals as well as our picks for 2020 Gear of the Year.  From $200 Lenovo Duet's to big sales on AirPods Pro, there are so many deals going on it is a bit dizzying.  Between those deals and discussing some of our favorite tech from 2020, it makes for a fun first half of the show. After the break, our discussion shifts to the future as we explore all the Chromebooks we are expecting in 2021, and let me tell you: it's an absolute avalanche.  While we expect a few more devices could debut before the end of 2020, 2021 looks like a more likely target for nearly every Chromebook we're keeping tabs on right now.  With 7 distinct groups/families of Chromebook on the way, increased interest in Chrome OS, and more manufacturers getting in on  Chromebooks than ever before, 2021 is looking like it will be a crazy ride for Chrome OS fans. NOTABLE LINKS You can get Apple's AirPods Pro for $80 off right now, but you need to act fast Black Friday: Grab a brand new Lenovo Chromebook Duet for $204! Upcoming Snapdragon Chromebook tablet 'Coachz' screen details, size, and more emerge Upcoming Chrome OS Snapdragon tablet 'Coachz' may steal this Apple Pencil feature AMD's unannounced 5000U-series Zen 3 APUs coming to Chrome OS Lenovo's Ryzen-powered C13 Yoga Chromebook turns up in online listings Today's the day: $250 off the premium HP Chromebook x360 14c 2020 Chrome Unboxed Gear of the Year Holiday Gift Guide [VIDEO]
01:19:35
November 27, 2020
As Chromebook deals abound, Apple's M1 silicon delivers
This week on The Chrome Cast, we start things off by covering our current giveaways (both a Lenovo Chromebook Duet and Acer Chromebook Spin 713), tons of other great deals out there on Chromebooks for the holiday season, and we follow it all up with an overview of the Best Chromebooks of 2020 video that we published just this week.  Simply put, whether you're in it to get a Chromebook for free or just looking for a great deal on one, the first half of this week's show is for you. In the latter section, we shift gears to Apple's new M1-powered Macbooks and Mac Mini.  These devices have been reviewed and the resulting reactions to Apple's new silicon is very, very good.  What we see as a result is a shift in mainstream computing that could end up producing better quality Chromebooks in the long run that are powered by more-custom ARM chips built and bread for use on Chromebooks.  Perhaps we'll even see Google's own silicon sometime in 2021. NOTABLE LINKS See all the deals at Chrome Unboxed The Best Chromebooks of 2020 [VIDEO] Apple M1-optimized version of Chrome is now ready for installation Even Apple struggles to bring mobile apps to the desktop with their M1 powered Macbooks
01:17:47
November 20, 2020
ARM, MediaTek, Apple M1, and Chromebooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, we're talking about ARM yet again.  There's a reason we find ourselves in this lane week in and week out, and it is because ARM is finally emerging in the market as a viable counterpart to Intel's desktop dominance.  We see this more clearly than ever with both the announcement of Apple's first line of M1 ARM-powered devices and MediaTek's new Chromebook-specific ARM chips.  While there's a long way to go yet in the ARM vs. x86 (a.k.a Intel and AMD) conversation, ARM is coming into its own on desktop like never before.
01:30:59
November 13, 2020
New MediaTek Chromebook chips and the open web wins for video calls
This week on The Chrome Cast, we're getting prepped and excited for a few reasons as we approach the MediaTek Summit next week.  For one, we know there is going to be some Chromebook-specific news in regard to the upcoming MT8195 chips we expect to see in Chromebooks beginning in 2021.  More exciting is the swag box MediaTek sent over that had some fun stuff inside, but most notably contained a brand-new Lenovo Chromebook Duet that we're ready to give away in the next couple weeks. The second half of the podcast this week focuses in on the open web, why it is important, and how video calling has been distilled in the last 6 months to the point where our knee-jerk reaction to starting or joining a video call is looking for that sweet, simple URL.  When pushed to choose the most effective, most productive way to get work done via video, humanity looks to have chosen services like Zoom and Google Meet that function and exist via the open web.  That's a pretty significant thing. NOTABLE LINKS Unboxing the MediaTek Summit 2020 surprise box [Giveaway] Google Meet will soon let you accept knocks in bulk With the pandemic and video calls, the open web won Dell's upcoming Snapdragon Chromebook could have support for multiple pen input types Hands-on with the new web-based Google Meet custom backgrounds and blurs on a Chromebook Another MediaTek Chromebook In The Works: Where Are You Qualcomm?
01:09:04
November 6, 2020
The strange arrival of Chrome OS 86 and the return of Chromebook inventory
This week on The Chrome Cast, our conversation is as varied as the week's content has been.  From a new version of Chrome OS arriving, rolling out slowly, being not-really-delayed, and finally landing for nearly everyone, it has been an odd release cycle to be sure.  Additionally, we've seen the confident return of Chromebook inventory in stores, leading to pre-Black Friday sales on all sorts of devices that we've simply not seen for quite some time. NOTABLE LINKS Check out all the latest deals on Chromebooks and Google Assistant hardware Google confirms Chrome OS 86 is on the way for the rest of us by week's end Google is testing "Side Panels" for Chrome's upcoming Reading List feature The Chromebook launcher key is now officially called the 'Everything button' Hands-on with the new Chrome OS Dark/Light Mode [Video] Hosts: Joe Humphrey, Gabriel Brangers and Robby Payne
01:07:41
October 30, 2020
Acer's new Snapdragon Chromebook and better Android app support
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re diving into the new ARM-powered Chromebook that Acer just unveiled this week (the Chromebook Spin 513) that just so happens to be running on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Compute platform. Though this device is still clearly a work in progress, the inclusion of Snapdragon chips in the Chrome OS story is notable as more high-end ARM chips are slated for 2021 from MediaTek as well. It should make for a very interesting fight. Beyond the Acer Chromebook Spin 513, we spend a bit of time talking through the recent upgrades to the experience of PUBG Mobile on the humble Lenovo Chromebook Duet and why it matters that a huge game developer has clearly taken a shine to Chromebooks for once. As more developers realize the nascent potential of the Chrome OS user base, we really feel like Android apps on Chromebooks have only scratched the surface thus far. NOTABLE LINKS Hands-on with the Acer Spin 513, the world's first Snapdragon-powered Chromebook [VIDEO] PUBG Mobile shows app developers are starting to take Chromebooks more seriously MediaTek is bringing the first 6nm ARM chips to Chromebooks in 2021 Parallels videos show off seamless Windows and Chrome OS integration HP announces Parallels Desktop to bring Windows to Enterprise Chromebooks Why ARM processors are so important to the future of Chromebooks
01:10:26
October 23, 2020
ARM is coming for your laptop
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re peeling back the onion a bit to take a deeper look at why the laptop industry’s transitions over the ARM-based chips is so important for Chrome OS. While Chromebooks have run fine on both ARM and x86 processors alike for years, it’s never quite felt like Google has been all-in on the idea. As Apple readies itself to fully unveil the new Macbooks with ARM processors inside, it is beginning to feel like the entire industry is at the edge of a pretty big shift from a general reliance on Intel to an ARM-focused future. The next few years will be very interesting as it develops, but Chromebooks stand to benefit the most from this shift and we’re ready to see the fruits of change. NOTABLE LINKS Why ARM processors are so important to the future of Chromebooks Google can now tell me the song I’m whistling and I’m so happy Google to host a mysterious ‘Search on 2020’ event tomorrow at 12PM PST Need a haircut? Google Duplex can now book it for you through Maps and Search Upcoming AMD-powered Chromebooks will have LTE options In Q3 of 2020, laptop sales were strong and Chromebook sales boomed Lenovo unveils AMD Ryzen ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Microsoft brings Visual Studio Code to ARM-powered Chromebooks
01:17:59
October 16, 2020
There's new Google hardware in the office and we have thoughts
Google’s new hardware has dominated our site, YouTube channel and podcast for a few weeks now. We had preliminary leaks of the new gadgets followed by a virtual event and now we have the actual hardware in our hands here at the Chrome Unboxed office. If you missed them, we have unboxing videos of both the new Chromecast with Google TV and the new Nest Audio speaker and both items have impressed thus far. Our podcast this week ends up being an at-length look at these two new pieces of affordable, effective hardware. At $49, the new Chromecast is a no-brainer in the media streaming game and the $99 Nest Audio becomes an easy-to-recommend, full-bodied speaker that won’t hurt your bank account too badly. After having both around and using them for a bit already, we obviously have some thoughts and are excited to share them with our listeners. NOTABLE LINKS The new Chromecast with Google TV will be pretty awesome for gaming, just not yet One night in a hotel completely sold me on the new Chromecast with Google TV Nest Audio unboxing and initial impressions [VIDEO] Chromecast with Google TV unboxing and initial hands-on [VIDEO] Google’s all-new Nest Audio is available today, here’s where you can pick one up
01:03:14
October 9, 2020
Unboxing Google's 'Launch Night In' hardware event
There’s no real reason to fight it, right? This week has been totally dominated by Google’s latest hardware unveiling and we’re here for it. From new phones to a Chromecast with a remote to a beautiful new smart speaker, there was a lot to take in and react to. We spend the entire podcast unpacking each piece and our reactions go from excited to dubious: pumped for the new Chromecast, anxiously anticipating the sound quality of the Nest Audio speaker, and questioning the legitimacy of the Pixel 5’s price tag in light of the Galaxy S20 FE and upcoming OnePlus 8T. It’s a packed show and we hope you enjoy every bit of it this week. NOTABLE LINKS New YouTube TV subscribers can score Google’s new Chromecast w/Google TV for free 87 Seconds: Wrapping up all of Google’s newly announced hardware Google Play Movies and TV updated to reflect Google TV branding – web interface deprecated [Update: In-store Oct. 15] Where you can, can’t and should buy the new Chromecast with Google TV Chromecast with Google TV to officially gain support for Stadia next year Nest Audio: The proper Google Home successor has arrived Google’s All New Chromecast with Google TV just stole Roku’s spotlight Google makes the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G official Greet Michael Perrigo over on Twitter
01:20:48
October 2, 2020
Google's hardware has all leaked out
This week on The Chrome Cast, we stay in one lane: Google's.  Specifically, Google's upcoming hardware.  Over the past few days, leak after leak has happened and pretty much everything is out in the open about new phones, a new Chromecast, a new smart speaker, and a new Wi-Fi router.  Between this week's podcast and last week's episode, we've learned a whole lot. There's a ton to be excited for and a bit to be bummed by, too.  While the Chromecast looks absolutely stellar, the new Wi-Fi is a head-scratcher and the possible $699 price tag of the Pixel 5 feels like a complete miss for a compromised Pixel phone for 2020.  We're talking about it all in our lead up to Google's hardware event, so sit back and enjoy the conversation. NOTABLE LINKS Snag a free Nest Mini while you wait for new Google hardware on September 30th Pixel 5 for $699 will be a massive failure if leaks are accurate Here's the new Chromecast with Google TV in action Google's new Chromecast box doesn't mention Stadia and that is odd Google's new Chromecast and Nest Audio speaker are hitting store shelves early Google may launch a new, lower-cost Nest Wi-Fi router at its hardware event next week Google's new smart speaker gets a name, leaked pics, and will likely cost less than $100 Google's new Chromecast with Google TV shows up a bit early in new photos
01:14:27
September 25, 2020
Google's upcoming hardware event and decoupling Chrome from Chromebooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend quite a bit of our time talking through all the things we’re excited to see at Google’s event in just under two weeks from today. Between a new Nest speaker, a couple new phones, and the all new Chromecast with Google TV, there’s a lot of solid hardware getting ready to become available. While I’m happy to see the phones in the flesh and think the speaker will be a nice addition, I’m most excited by the price and functionality of the new Chromecast. We’re also equally sad that there’s no apparent Chromebook for this year’s event. On the Chromebook front, our discussion about Lacros and what it could mean for Google to decouple Chrome from Chrome OS rounds out the podcast this week.  There are some parts of the whole thing that have us all a bit dubious about what the end game is, but it's a fun discussion to have either way. NOTABLE LINKS Snag a free Nest Mini while you wait for new Google hardware on September 30th Google’s hardware event goes virtual on September 30th: new Chromecast with Google TV and more Google’s new Chromecast has a new name and a solidified low price First Look: Lacros splits Chrome from Chrome OS to extend the life of your Chromebook Microsoft Surface Duo unboxing and hands-on [VIDEO]
01:11:43
September 18, 2020
Dual screen Chromebook dreams with the Surface Duo
This week on The Chrome Cast, we fully expected to talk about quite a few things, but we started in on the Surface Duo and just couldn't stop chatting.  While we did end up talking a bit about the news that MediaTek has announced a new ARM chip just for 2021 Chromebooks, the bulk of our time was spent dreaming a bit about what Chrome OS on a dual-screen folding device would look like.  While the Duo is full of first-gen issues and bugs, the premise is crazy-interesting and the more we consider it, the more we all agree that Chrome OS would be an amazing fit on such a device. NOTABLE LINKS MediaTek is bringing the first 6nm ARM chips to Chromebooks in 2021
01:12:17
September 11, 2020
An exclusive interview with USI Chairman Peter Mueller
Whether you know all about USI (universal stylus initiative), have never heard about it, or are itching to know more, you really need to tune in for this episode of The Chrome Cast.  We were fortunate enough to have a fantastic and detailed conversation about the history, current status, and future of USI with none other than the Chairman of the Board for USI, Peter Mueller.  Through a series of questions and discussion, Peter talks in depth about the technology that drives this new stylus standard and why it is the folks behind USI hope it can become the single, standardized stylus protocol for nearly all tech gadgets. We had a preliminary call with Pete before setting up the podcast recording and even though I knew quite a bit about USI going into today's episode, I still left our discussion even more excited by the potential of USI pens across all aspects of the tech community.  We sincerely hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did making it. NOTABLE LINKS Hands-On: USI pens for Chromebooks are finally arriving and they are awesome [VIDEO] [Update: Sold Out] This certified USI stylus is available once again for $49 Behold, ASUS and Lenovo USI pens surface online Upcoming AMD-powered Chromebooks will internally stow and charge a USI stylus
53:46
September 4, 2020
Our Pixebook 2 hopes have been revived
This week on The Chrome Cast, we talk about a handful of things in the lead up to our main topic of conversation: a renewed hope in a Google-made Chromebook for 2020.  Presumably the successor to the Pixelbook, 'Halvor' is in possession of a Google-only feature that we've only seen in the Pixelbook, Pixelbook Go and Pixel Slate up to this point in the #madebyGoogle era of Chromebooks.  Obviously there's a lot to unpack on this subject and its a fun discussion to have as we consider Google moving from a position of setting the bar for the ecosystem to simply being an active participant in it. We also spend a bit of time in this podcast talking about USI pens and the duo of test pens we now have in the office that confirm how good USI compatibility will be once these accessories finally start shipping in the coming months.  We're hoping to have Pete Mueller - USI Chariman - on the show next week to discuss more about USI and the potential of this universal standard. NOTABLE LINKS Proof that Google may be making a Pixelbook 2 for 2020 after all Chrome 85 update brings tab-focused productivity features and more speed 'Kaleidoscope' for Chrome may become a single media hub for all your streaming services Here's the first USI stylus you can buy on Amazon that we can actually recommend Learn more about supporting us by joining our Patreon Community
01:28:17
August 28, 2020
GeForce NOW is just impressive on Chromebooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, our conversation is quite a bit more nuanced than the title says, but the number of things we discussed simply can’t be conveyed in a few words. The first half centers around Google’s changes to Meet, their cooperation with Zoom, and the improved focus across the board for messaging and home-related goods. It feels like Google is proactively trimming the fat in many areas of their software and hardware both, and those types of moves are encouraging. The second half of the podcast centers around GeForce NOW for Chromebooks. As a completely web-based solution to game streaming for Chromebooks, it is not just a rival to Stadia, but a champion in most respects. With a buttery-smooth performance right from the browser-based player, GeForce NOW has tons of games and tons of players to go along with its fantastic playback experience, and its arrival for Chromebooks this week is well worth talking about. NOTABLE LINKS Stadia and PGA Tour 2K21 have a failure to launch From Zero to Hero: Zoom nabs official support for Google Smart Displays Why you should probably ignore NVIDIA GeForce NOW Chromebook hardware requirements Google Store Easter egg foreshadows demise of the Nest App First Look: NVIDIA GeForce NOW on a Chromebook runs like a dream Chromecast will bring Google Meet video calls to your TV just in time for back to school NVIDIA GeForce NOW is finally available on Chromebooks Did NVIDIA just tease GeForce Now coming to Chrome? Chromebooks? Google may kill Duo in favor of Meet, and I think that is the right move The Google Assistant can finally make device-specific broadcasts and I couldn’t be happier
01:23:58
August 21, 2020
Coffee habits, Surface Duo vibes, and Fortnite's app store battle royale
If you took a second to read that title up there, you can probably guess: this is an odd-ball episode and we talk through some very interesting news from the past few days. Sometimes this just happens, right? The week is going along like you expect and then out of nowhere, a few things happen that you can’t seem to escape no matter what you do. For us this week, two very monumental things occurred: the release of the Surface Duo and Epic’s big battle with Google and Apple over app store fees. For the Surface Duo, the angle Microsoft is taking by making a pocketable computer that happens to make phone calls is something that is not only interesting as a new device type, but also intriguing as a potential form factor for a Chrome OS device, too. With the Fortnite drama, our conversation leans towards PWAs and web apps in general as the way forward for many app makers as a potential path that keeps them from being tied down to semi-monopolistic app stores like Google Play and Apple’s App Store. NOTABLE LINKS Surface Duo official press unveiling Apple has finally met its Fortnite match freshroastedcoffee.com
01:21:10
August 14, 2020
Google's Pixel 4a reality and Chrome OS phone dreams
This week on The Chrome Cast, we reflect a bit on the early success of Google’s new Pixel 4a and what may come with the announced Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. With Google now firmly planted in the mid-range phone space with no clear indication that a flagship device is coming anytime soon, I suppose it is time to get used to the idea of Pixel phones that have far more mass appeal and far less attraction for high-end phone lovers like myself. That being said, there was a leak this week that outlined the possibility of a foldable Pixel phone that may come into reality next year. Armed with that news and the recent unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, we spend the second half of the podcast letting our minds wonder a bit about what that Google-made foldable could be and how a device like the Galaxy Fold could make for a very awesome Chrome OS device if and when the day ever comes that a foldable tablet/phone running Chrome OS does ever emerge. NOTABLE LINKS Reader’s Choice: Here’s Pop!_OS running on a Chromebook Goodbye Pixel 4 – we barely knew you Forget Windows, I just installed Elementary OS on my Chromebook and it’s awesome Need a free Lenovo Chromebook Duet for Back to School? We got you! Well, I went and installed Windows 10 on my Chromebook What a Pixelbook with Google’s Pixel 4a approach to hardware could look like We may see a Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 announcement alongside the Pixel 4a today [UPDATE: confirmed]
01:19:23
August 7, 2020
Back to School and Google's Pixel 4a announcement
This week on The Chrome Cast, we were honestly all over the place. This week’s news cycle was a veritable mixed bag, but we tried to stick to the most relevant bits and pieces. Probably top of everyone’s mind is the impending back to school season we’re about to enter. With the pandemic looming, this will be a return to education unlike any we’ve seen before. With some tips on Chromebook buying and a Lenovo Chromebook Duet to give away, we’re hoping to help in that transition a bit. After that, though, the discussion goes in a ton of directions as we talk about Google’s long-anticipated official announcement of the Pixel 4a reveal date (August 3rd), a bit about the upcoming Phone Hub feature for Chromebooks that will further unite Chrome OS and Android, and the current state of USI pens that are just now showing signs of real market arrival. It’s a packed show, for sure, so we hope you enjoy this week’s episode. NOTABLE LINKS Google confirms an August 3rd launch for the Pixel 4a with a fun puzzle Minecraft returns to Chromebooks but there is a catch Google’s ‘Phone Hub’ will deliver deeper integration for Android phones and Chromebooks Snapdragon Chromebook ‘Lazor’ shows Pixel 4a-like speeds in Geekbench Back to School: 3 Chromebooks to buy, 3 purchasing tips, 1 giveaway Behold, ASUS and Lenovo USI pens surface online
01:22:24
July 31, 2020
Chrome OS 84 arrives and Chromebooks are getting better screens
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re talking through all the goodies that came along with the surprisingly-full Chrome OS 84 update. Right on schedule and overflowing with new features, Chrome OS 84 feels like the most well-thought-out update in a long time from the Chrome OS team and has us very excited for what is changing in the OS and all the things we think are on the way. Speaking of those new features on the way, we spend a lot of time discussing screens in this podcast as well. From Samsung’s QLED screens coming to a Chromebook in the near future to HDR content handling for current and upcoming Chrome OS hardware, there’s a ton to be excited about with Chromebooks down the line. Add to that the development of dual-screened Chromebooks in the testing phase and you have a podcast that is packed to the gills with new software and hardware updates across the board. NOTABLE LINKS HDR-capable Chromebooks are coming with brighter, better displays Samsung is working on a QLED Chromebook ‘Nightfury’ At long last, you can finally watch Netflix on your Nest smart display Chrome OS 84 feature spotlight: Files app visual overhaul Chrome OS 84 update is rolling out, highlighting better clarity and focus from Google Chrome OS 84 is coming and this update HUGE Don’t miss this chance to score a free Logitech keyboard and mouse Dual-screen Chromebook in development signals the maturation of Chrome OS
01:18:45
July 23, 2020
Pixelbook 2 dreams and custom Google silicon
This week on The Chrome Cast, our conversation is a tad more focused than usual, and the central focus is Google hardware. No, we aren’t talking about the upcoming Pixel 4a, 4a 5G or 5.  Instead, we're focusing on why the current crop of Pixel phones is such a mess and why we don’t think there’s any Google-made flagship Chromebooks on the horizon. With a move to make and utilize their own custom processors likely happening, Google’s shifts could be occurring just under the surface and we’d likely not see the fruits of that labor until sometime in 2021 at best. While we don’t know exactly how all this will look, it is fun to put the pieces together and speculate a bit about what Google may have up their sleeves from a hardware perspective in both the Android and Chrome OS spaces. NOTABLE LINKS: The Apple Master Plan (Mr. Who’s The Boss video) Why it’s time for Google to make their own processors for Pixel, Android and Chrome OS The Pixel 4a officially arrives on the Google Store (sort of) Why we wish Google would give us the Pixelbook 2 and why we think they might not Google’s brilliant new Slack competitor is based in Gmail, right on time, and looks amazing
01:14:31
July 17, 2020
An interview with Chrome OS Head of Product Management John Maletis
This week, we had the opportunity to do something very special during our podcast. We were able to get an exclusive interview with John Maletis – Chrome OS Head of Product Management, Engineering & UX. As you can tell from his title, John heads up much of the engineering and user experience parts of the general Chromebook experience. We got to enjoy a 5-question interview with John, asking him about the current state of Chrome OS development, the trajectory moving forward, and how Chrome OS has grown and helped millions of users amidst the ever-changing landscape of our current pandemic. We loved getting to chat with John and feel his insights were very interesting not only for us, but hopefully for you as well. Enjoy this very special episode of The Chrome Cast and make sure you are subscribed: there’s definitely more of this coming!
26:06
July 9, 2020
Q&A leads our discussion through Google's current hardware mess
This week we’ve tried out a Q&A format where we let the questions guide our discussion. From additional colors for the Pixel Buds to odd, questionable decisions Google is making in the phone space, we spend quite a bit of time talking about all the ways Google is fumbling through hardware right now. The Pixel line of phones is on life support and now the Pixel 3a has been discontinued without a public roadmap to explain what the next move will be with both the Pixel 4a and the rumored Pixel 5. After getting past some of those frustrations, we get to our ‘Best of 2020’ video/post/landing page and talk through some of the fantastic shifts we’re seeing in Chromebook hardware right now towards the mid-range. Additionally we get into ARM-powered Chromebook tablets and how they work with Android apps better than other tablets with Intel chips inside. It’s all based on listener questions, and we loved using this format this week to discuss. Enjoy! NOTABLE LINKS Pixel 3a is officially discontinued: time for the Pixel 4a to finally launch What I’d change about the Lenovo Duet to make it my perfect Chromebook New Chromecast and Google Home announcement possible at upcoming “Hey Google” event The best Chromebooks of 2020 so far [VIDEO] Mark my words, Chromebook makers are missing the Chrome OS tablet boat
01:14:39
July 3, 2020
Google's upcoming hardware and the importance of the Acer Spin 713
This week on The Chrome Cast, we kept things relatively tight from a discussion perspective. The show really stays in two main sections: Google’s upcoming hardware releases and Acer’s excellent new Chromebook Spin 713. First up, for Google’s hardware, we get into some of the upcoming features like group calls on the Nest Home Max, FCC approvals of the Pixel 4a, Google’s hard-to-discern hardware release plans, and why the cancellation of Google I/O seems to have disrupted more than just the event itself. For the second half of the show, we spend a lot of time talking about the fantastic Acer Chromebook Spin 713. With a high-end build, top-notch internals, and a very excellent user experience, this Chromebook is hitting all the right notes and sits at a far more reasonable asking price when compared to comparable Chromebooks released this year. This device is one to watch for sure. NOTABLE LINKS Duo group calls head to Assistant smart displays, Google Meet for Nest Hub Max One step closer: Android 11 Preview reveals Google’s Android/Chromecast TV dongle Google is finally fixing one of my biggest complaints about Assistant speakers The excellent new Acer Chromebook Spin 713 can be purchased right now New Acer Chromebook Spin 713 hands-on and first impressions SNL Celebrates Father’s Day (you’ll need to listen to the pocast for reference, here)
01:16:20
June 26, 2020
Windows apps are coming to Chromebooks
This week on The Chrome Cast, our discussion is mainly dominated with the news of Windows applications finally becoming available on Chrome OS via a partnership with Parallels. This move, aimed squarely at the enterprise sector of Chrome OS for the time being, is sending pretty big ripples through the Chromebook ecosystem. While we think it is a big step and an important move for Chrome OS, it still is best to see the arrival of Windows apps in Chrome OS as a stop gap or bridge as we continually move towards a more modern, web-based reality. We also spend some time talking through the upcoming addition of the updated, locally-stored Google Assistant for Chromebooks and the rumored/leaked new Google Home that we now expect to see in the near future. NOTABLE LINKS Chromebooks are getting on-device Google Assistant Everything we know so far about Google’s new Chromecast dongle Google is working with Parallels to bring Windows applications to Chromebooks New leak hints at Nest-branded replacement for the original Google Home After buying Fitbit 7 months ago, Google is bringing the Assistant to the Versa 2
01:09:37
June 19, 2020
Pixelbook 2 speculations, affordable Chromebooks, and a new Chromecast
As always, this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast is simply jam-packed with fun stuff. It has been a busy week around the Chrome Unboxed office, but a few stories were worth some more in-depth discussion. First up, we talk about a couple upcoming Chromebooks: one that was falsely rumored and one that is highly-speculative at this point. With the Pixelbook 2, there’s simply no facts behind the rumors and we go into depth on why this keeps happening with Google-made Chromebooks. The other device – a possible XPS Chromebook from Dell – is being speculated with much more factual basis, but still positioned alongside some heavy guess work and assumption. From there, we talk a good bit about how good affordable Chromebooks are getting now that Intel’s mobile chipsets are actually quite decent performers in Chromebooks. With more of these Gemini Lake devices hitting the market, the lower-end of the Chrome OS spectrum is becoming a very interesting place, indeed. Finally, we chat through the highly-rumored new Chromecast we expect Google to launch soon. What will it be called? How much will it cost? How will Google market it to users? These are all the things we weigh in on during our time on the show this week, so come along for a fun ride this week on The Chrome Cast. NOTABLE LINKS Dell has multiple Chromebooks in development, and one could be an XPS As new Pixelbook 2 release rumors swirl, let’s take a look at some actual facts Why Google’s new Chromecast/Android TV dongle could be a massive hit Here’s the current list of Premium Play Store games that work well on your Chromebook Google’s new Android TV dongle could fix one of Chromecast’s biggest shortcomings Unboxing the $169 Lenovo Chromebook 3: worth the money?
01:21:15
June 11, 2020
Lenovo is on another level in the Chromebook space right now
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend a bit of time talking through the current streak Lenovo is on, delivering great device after great device all at prices that are lower than expected. With the Flex 5, Duet, and the Chromebook 3, Lenovo seems to be making the clear decision to offer better hardware at lower price points than other manufacturers have managed prior. If it seem like our site has been covered in Lenovo Chromebook coverage, that’s for good reason: Lenovo is simply crushing it right now. We also spend some time talking about gaming in a few different forms. For one, the release of Doom and Doom II for free to Chromebook users is a big deal because these are two examples of Android apps working on Chromebooks in the way you would expect. Android games on Chromebooks have been notoriously bad, so seeing Doom and Doom II work just as you’d expect on a Chromebook is an encouraging change. On the Stadia front, we cover the new games available to Pro subscribers for June and there are some great ones including SUPER HOT, our current favorite. NOTABLE LINKS Lenovo Chromebook Duet appears at Walmart stores for only $249 This could be the first $170 Chromebook actually worth buying Doom and Doom II showcase what Android games should be like on a Chromebook Chromebook Perks adds three premium games including the iconic Doom and Doom II Lenovo quietly launches Chromebook Flex 3i 2 new listings for the Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook appear at Best Buy Lenovo releases smaller, better-equipped Chromebook 3 for only $229 NVIDIA GeForce NOW Android app may not be coming to Chromebooks after all Why the Lenovo’s Flex 5 and Duet Chromebooks are primed to disrupt the Chrome OS landscape The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has a big problem, but it has nothing to do with its specs or hardware Lenovo Chromebook Duet Review: unreal value A very unique unboxing video from Chrome Unboxed
01:27:21
June 5, 2020
Chrome OS 83, Desktop-class apps, and tons of Chromebooks in the works
This week on The Chrome Cast we have so much to talk about that we actually had to bump a few things over to next week’s episode. We’ll obviously be discussing those things and more next week, but for this week we talked about the impact Krita could have on desktop-class applications on Chrome OS moving forward. With the beta arrival of the popular painting application making its way from Windows, MacOS, and Linux over to Chrome OS via Android, there’s room to dream about more productivity apps taking the same route to Chrome OS in the near future. We also spend some time talking through the new Chrome OS devices we see on the horizon, and there are tons of them. We’ve put up a post we’ll keep updated over time that holds all the boards and devices we’re tracking along the way. At this time last year, we began tracking both ‘Hatch’ and ‘Kukui’ that have brought us most of the new, interesting devices in the early parts of 2020. We’d expect that to continue into 2021 in much the same way, only with more devices this time around based on some different boards. Additionally, we are talking through all the great updates that showed up this week in Chrome OS 83. There are tons of nuggets in this update, so we’ll surely be posting more in-depth looks at some of them over the next couple weeks. Lastly, we spend some time talking about Gaming Unboxed, a new site that we’ve launched that focuses primarily on the mobile gaming experience. With more and more gamers utilizing phones, tablets, and streaming services like Stadia, this is a category we felt deserved its own space. So, if you haven’t already, head over to Gaming Unboxed and check it out. NOTABLE LINKS Stadia will deliver a whopping six new free games for Pro Subscribers in June Chrome OS 83 has arrived and it’s chock-full of updates All the upcoming Chrome OS devices and boards we’re tracking right now Check out our new site Gaming Unboxed and win a custom Chromebox [VIDEO] With Krita, it may finally be time for desktop-class Android apps to arrive on Chromebooks
01:16:10
May 29, 2020
Affordable Chrome OS hardware for the win
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend a bit of time discussing an upcoming project from Chrome Unboxed (coming very soon) and then shift to talking through both the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and the upcoming, newly-shipping Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook. With Lenovo’s approach in the Chromebook space right now, we’re seeing great effort being put forth to build great devices while keeping prices low and it feels like this will be a winning formula. We have a Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook on the way already and we can’t wait to get started on the review. NOTABLE LINKS Hands-on with the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 [VIDEO] Looks like the Lenovo Chromebook Duet won’t get the display output fix we were hoping for Core i3 Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 available, ships next week It turns out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a lot more unique than we first thought Key feature missing in the Lenovo Chromebook Duet keeps it from being a true Chromebook replacement
01:16:03
May 22, 2020
Pixel 4a's arrival, lower price and some Lenovo Chromebook Duet thoughts
On this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast, we set out to cover quite a few items that were pretty disconnected at the outset. Instead, we talked for quite some time about gaming on phones and then a particular, upcoming phone in a more detailed and specific way. The Pixel 4a has been rumored and leaked as much as we can expect, so it’s time for it to just get here already. There’s now an arrival date suspected and additionally, a bit of fresh rumor that it will be cheaper than initially expected and doubled-up on the storage, too. The second half of the show revolves around the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and its interesting storyline surrounding the inability to extend the display in the way you would expect from a Chromebook. This current deficiency leads to all sorts of thoughts about this device that delivers in so many other key ways. NOTABLE LINKS It turns out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a lot more unique than we first thought Chrome’s “Live Caption” feature will get customization controls Key feature missing in the Lenovo Chromebook Duet keeps it from being a true Chromebook replacement Yes, the Lenovo Chromebook Duet will run Linux apps Google Pixel 4a might be released in early June at Android Beta event Unboxing the Lenovo Chromebook Duet [VIDEO]
01:16:35
May 15, 2020
Thoughts on the Pixel Buds and new Chromebooks announced
This week on The Chrome Cast, we delve into what its been like using the Pixel Buds for a week. From the sound quality to the fit and finish, the Pixel Buds deliver a top-notch experience that is unmatched in the Android space in many ways. But there are some down sides as well, and we talk in detail about our collective time with the new earbuds. We also take some time to talk about Chromebooks new and old, discussing the latest announcements from HP, the upcoming mid-range Lenovo Flex 5, and some fixes possibly on the way for the terrible battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. It’s a packed show as always, so enjoy! NOTABLE LINKS Pixel Buds will get ‘Feature Drops’ just like Pixel phones How to link and use your Stadia controller over WI-FI on the web The Pixel Buds are great, but this flaw is seriously hurting the experience Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook goes up for pre-order and signals impending launch HP launches 3 new 10th Gen Intel Chromebook for Enterprise The Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 could be the must-have device of 2020 Tested: Android Fast Pair is great on phones, non-existent on Chromebooks Samsung acknowledges Galaxy Chromebook battery issues and is working on a fix
01:29:06
May 8, 2020
Lenovo Chromebook Duet and Pixel Buds can be ordered and the Chromecast gets a remote
This week has been pretty insane around the Chrome Unboxed office. From the arrival of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet at Best Buy to the Pixel Buds official launch to PUBG on Stadia, there has been something new every day for us to try, talk about, and digest. We expect this type of action in the fourth quarter of each year, but in late spring and early summer, we’re usually on the hunt for things to talk about. That is just not the case at all right now. In a nutshell, we’re talking through the release of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet on May 6th from Best Buy, the arrival of the Pixel Buds and our first impressions with them, the rumored Chromecast Ultra 2 with a remote, PUBG showing up for Stadia, and a new way Chromebooks might get a much longer lease on life. All that and we only covered half of all the stuff that went down this week. Check the show notes below, but also browse the main feed on the website to catch up on everything that has happened in the Google world this week. NOTABLE LINKS Lenovo Chromebook Duet preorder is back with a new shipping date A new Chromecast Ultra with remote running Android TV could be coming very soon New feature could greatly extend the life of your Chromebook’s browser I took a break from playing PUBG on Stadia to tell you PUBG is now on Stadia The official Pixel Buds app is available on Chromebooks with a specific spec Boom! Clearly White Pixel Buds now available from Google, Best Buy and T-Mobile The full Pixel Buds 2 experience won’t be limited to just Pixel users thanks to the Pixel Buds app After using the Lenovo Chromebook 10e tablet for a few days, I have one big request
01:28:32
May 1, 2020
Chromebooks deals are scarce, Lenovo 10e impresses, and the open web is awesome
This week on The Chrome Cast, we have a pretty packed show from this week’s news. As the weeks begin to pile up in our new-normal pandemic lives, one of the results is a massive dip in available Chromebooks for purchase. From supply chain halts to international commerce stalls, it isn’t surprising that huge discounts on rapidly-depleting Chromebook inventory are basically gone. It may be MSRP for a while on most Chromebooks, but there are new devices on the horizon that will help alleviate the lack. One of those new devices we are all awaiting is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. In its stead, as a bit of an appetizer, we have the Chromebook 10e in the office since Thursday afternoon and are starting to get a feel of how life with a solid 10-inch Chrome OS tablet will be. In a word, it’s pretty awesome. We’ll share more on it soon, but as a precursor to the Lenovo Chromebook Duet, this thing has me quite excited for this form factor. Finally, we spend a good bit of time talking about the new tricks PWAs have that come directly from the Play Store on Chromebooks. Their abilities have impressed me more than they even did initially, and this leads us to talk about the ever-growing potential of web-based tech and all the possibilities that come with it. NOTABLE LINKS [Update] It’s not you, Chromebooks are getting hard to find Opinion: Chromebook makers need to launch devices as soon as humanly possible right now Unboxing & hands-on with the rugged version of the Lenovo Chromebook Duet Numerous new Lenovo Chromebook Duet landing pages signal massive, widescale roll-out You can buy the Lenovo Chromebook Duet’s rugged brother right now from multiple retailers Amazon’s “Most Wished For” list foreshadows massive success for Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet tablet PWAs installed from the Play Store have a few tricks up their sleeve that add to their native feel This PWA is a simple Apple Airdrop replacement built for the web
01:34:04
April 24, 2020
Lenovo's new Chromebook Duet is going to be a big deal
This week on The Chrome Cast, our discussion largely circles around the imminent arrival of everyone’s favorite Chrome OS tablet: the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. With signs pointing towards a release in the next few weeks, we’re increasingly excited by what seems more and more likely to be a game-changing device. From the sheer portability factor to it’s on-the-go productivity, we really think this tablet will introduce many new usability scenarios to the Chrome OS scene that we’ve simply not had before. We also talk a bit about Google’s messy messaging situation and the recent un-branding of the G Suite Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. With the removal of Hangouts from the equation, it seems likely the consumer-facing version of the aging messenger is on its final legs. Finally, we also discuss the arrival of PWA installs on Chromebooks via the Google Play Store and what makes this new app type both highly unique and extremely flexible. NOTABLE LINKS This new camera feature will be very useful for the Lenovo Chromebook Duet The Lenovo Chromebook Duet will be more widely-available than most Lenovo Chromebook Duet tablet listings show up at multiple resellers The Lenovo Duet Chromebook will launch in at least these 5 markets How the Play Store could become Google’s one-stop-shop for all your Chromebook apps YouTube TV is another Chromebook PWA you can install directly from the Play Store Twitter’s Google Play Store app now installs the PWA by default when on a Chromebook Google Meet is adding email integration, Zoom-like grid view and more Nod extension brings simple, silent reactions to your Google Meet rooms Hangouts takes another step towards the Google Graveyard
01:43:52
April 17, 2020
The new wave of Chromebooks is here and we have thoughts
This week on The Chrome Cast, our conversation largely revolves around the new generation of Chromebooks that arrived in the past couple weeks in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook and the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436. Between the review of the ASUS and the unboxing on the Samsung, there’s a lot to talk about as this new wave of devices has finally started arriving. While there are clearly more of these Chromebooks coming, the first two to arrive are worth a ton of our time. We also talk a bit about the timely release, pause, and re-release of Chrome OS 81 for all Chromebooks and the big news that the Chrome Unboxed YouTube channel finally hit 100,000 subscribers this week as well. It’s been a pretty exciting, crazy and busy week across the board, so we hope you enjoy the episode. NOTABLE LINKS The Chrome Unboxed YouTube channel has passed 100,000 subscribers OK, let’s talk about that Samsung Galaxy Chromebook battery Chrome OS 81 has arrived…again Chrome OS 81 rollout paused because all the things are broken Chrome OS 81 is rolling out for most Chromebooks right now, right on time ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 Core i3 & i5 models both officially available Samsung Galaxy Chromebook unboxing and hands-on [VIDEO] The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook’s screen is calibrated for video editing, so Adobe Premiere Rush needs to get here [Update] At long last, you can finally purchase the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 Review: the first of the next generation
01:46:59
April 10, 2020
The highs and lows of Chromebook launches
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re taking some time to talk through the upcoming launch windows for two very exciting, very anticipated Chromebooks in the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 and Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. Both devices are top-tier flagships and both have had rocky arrivals on the scene from a communication/availability standpoint, but their time to shine is coming and we’re excited about that. In these troubling times, it’s nice to have little things to still get excited about, isn’t it? In the second half of the show, we talk at length about the rise of video conferencing apps; most notably Zoom, which has had a meteoric rise and an equally-large amount of criticism and attacks as well. While Zoom looks to right the ship, other players are equally viable if not as popular right now, so its worth talking about what those options are and which is best for you. NOTABLE LINKS Zoom is a dumpster fire. Try these two alternatives for video meetings Android’s Upcoming Airdrop-like feature is being worked on for Chromebooks Monday’s Samsung Galaxy Chromebook launch is a light in otherwise dark times [Update] The ASUS Store has the Core i3 Chromebook Flip C436 in stock Samsung continues the trend of fumbled Chromebook launches by big companies Zoom users take heed to prevent uninvited guests in your meeting rooms On The Run to 100K level-up: and down the stretch we come!
01:35:26
April 3, 2020
Google I/O cancelled, Chrome OS development resumes, and more ARM-powered Chromebooks are coming
On this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast, we’re talking about a wide range of news in the Chrome and Google worlds. From Google I/O 2020 being completely cancelled for both in-person and virtual versions to the pause and resumption of Chrome and Chrome OS development, COVID-19 continues to play a large roll in the way we all handle business as usual. We also take some time to talk about the imminent release of the Google Pixel Buds and the developments around ARM Chromebooks both from MediaTek and Qualcomm alike. Despite the quarantine and general craziness that we’re living in presently, there’s still much to talk about in the Google and Chrome worlds. NOTABLE LINKS New baseboard ‘Lazor’ signals development beginning to expand on Qualcomm 7c Chromebooks The Pixel Slate is priced to sell, but here’s why I’m waiting on Lenovo’s Chromebook tablet And we’re back! Developers unpause Chrome and Chrome OS releases Google Pixel Buds pass through FCC on their way to public release ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 Unboxing [VIDEO] Chrome OS is adding support for more-powerful 8-Core processors In light of delays, Chrome is skipping version 82 It seems even virtual events are not immune as Google fully cancels I/O developer conference A more powerful version of the Lenovo Flex 5 10th-gen Comet Lake Chromebook shows up at Amazon
01:33:50
March 27, 2020
Working from home to 'Works with Chromebook'
On this week's episode of The Chrome Cast, we talk briefly about our collective experiences of working from home and how that has changed not only the way we get work done, but also our perpsectives on how well-positioned Chrome, Chrome OS, and the web are to handle the present crisis. We go on after that to discuss the new 'Works with Chromebook' initiative, the new Logitech mouse/keyboard combo, updates on AUE policies for Chromebooks, a pause in Chrome OS Stable Channel devlopment and a few new devices making their way onto the scene. NOTABLE LINKS Kensington announces “Works with Chromebook” certified peripherals Google Pixel 4a leaked billboards confirm $399 starting price Logitech’s new keyboard and mouse are the best Bluetooth accessories for Chrome OS I’ve ever used Google halts upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases Lenovo’s 10th-gen Intel Comet Lake Chromebook shows up early in Amazon listing Turns out Google isn’t extending AUE end of life on older Chromebooks after all “Works with Chromebook” officially launched for certified Chrome OS accessories Monday was the biggest day for video chats in history
01:21:07
March 20, 2020
The Chrome Cast 52: Chrome OS 82, AUE updates, and Chromecast remotes
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re all over the place. From a slew of new features coming in Chrome OS 82 (there are many) to the extension of the Google Chromebook Auto Update Policy possibly on the way for many more devices to a possible Chromecast Ultra with controller support, there was a ton to talk about this week. With everyone’s anxiety on the rise, we chose to focus on the future and new developments as a change to the news narrative we all seem to find ourselves in presently. It’s been an odd week for everyone, so we hope this week’s episode can be a bit of a detachment as we dream about future things together. NOTABLE LINKS Older Chromebooks are starting to get Google’s new 8-year Auto Update Policy Google may be launching an Android TV-powered Chromecast Ultra with a Remote Chrome OS 80 makes graphic intensive Linux apps so much better This upcoming feature for Chromebooks will make app removal much more seamless Oh, Glorious Day. Chromebooks are getting Print and Scan management Here’s a first look at the redesigned next-gen Files app for Chrome OS Chromebooks getting a full refresh to the out of box experience The Linux terminal is getting a major overhaul and new features in Chrome OS 82
01:13:46
March 13, 2020
Android App overhaul on Chrome OS and Google Assistant reads the internet
This week on The Chrome Cast we discuss the state of Android Apps on Chrome OS and what ARCVM means for the future of the platform. Before we dig into that, we cover Google's cancellation of the annual I/O conference and the effect that the Coronavirus is having on the tech industry in general. After the break, we go into some great detail on a new Google Assistant feature that could drastically change the way we consume web content. The quietly announced update gives users the ability to have the Assistant read web pages from their mobile devices. We wrap up by discussing the imminent release of the highly-anticipated Pixel Buds and how upset Robby will be if they have lag issues. We hope you enjoy this week's episode and don't forget, you can still enter to win a Pixel 4 bundle or an ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 in our Run to 100K giveaway. Notable Links Chrome OS prepares for Android 11 Google cancels I/O 2020 Google Assistant reads the web Pixel Buds pass wireless certification Run to 100K Giveaway
01:23:12
March 6, 2020
Linux on Chromebooks and the future of Chrome OS tablets
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re exploring a couple seemingly-unconnected ideas that actually tie into one another quite well. First up is the heightened interest in Linux apps on Chrome OS. While we’ve been tracking along with the development of Crostini since before it was actually a thing, it’s been a while since we’ve really dug into what Chromebooks are capable of with Linux. As part of that renewed effort, we’ve launched Command Line, where we are focusing more on what users can do and get done with Linux apps on their Chromebook. In the second part of the show, we get into the upcoming tablet renaissance that looks to be on the horizon for Chrome OS. Sure, there have been attempts at Chrome OS tablets and detachables before, but they never quite worked out. What Lenovo (and likely many others after them) is offering up in the IdeaPad Duet Chromebook could fundamentally change the conversation around productive tablets when paired up with all the tweaks Google is making to the OS in terms of tablet-focused features. Notable Links The Command Line: Getting started with Linux apps on your Chromebook On the run to 100K: the biggest giveaway in Chrome Unboxed history Linux apps on Chromebooks may be reason enough for external GPU support Installing a Linux desktop on your Chromebook [VIDEO] The iPad Pro’s trackpad-wielding keyboard tells me Lenovo’s upcoming Chrome OS tablet is onto something Chrome tabs are getting a huge overhaul for Chromebooks in tablet mode How to perform a quick app switch in Chrome OS tablet mode
01:35:50
February 28, 2020
New devices around the corner & Chrome OS phones
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re discussing all the latest devices that have shown up in various places around the internet, including the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436, and the Pixel Buds. We have a release date for the Galaxy Chromebook, updated release info for the ASUS Flip C436, info about a pen attachment, and the appearance of the Pixel Buds over at B&H Photo to talk about this week. The second half of the show, we talk about ‘Bubs’ and why this baseboard being tested with a phone screen is odd, intriguing, and gives us a reason to dream again about the idea of a Chrome OS phone. Finally, we talk a bit about our upcoming giveaway that will be launching in the coming days! NOTABLE LINKS Samsung Galaxy Chromebook gets a new landing page, release date and LTE option Google Pixel Buds 2 show up briefly at B&H, signaling imminent release User manual for the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 reveals magnetic USI pen holder Snapdragon Chromebook ‘Bubs’ being tested with phone-sized display
01:11:36
February 21, 2020
Google, Microsoft, Apple and the benefits of cloud computing
This week on The Chromecast, we talk quite a bit about why we feel like Chromebooks are great tools for tons of people. From their ability to leverage cloud services with aplomb to their rock-solid security, its easy to become a fan of Chrome OS once you understand its limits and learn to really leverage its benefits. We also spend a bit of time talking about Stadia’s recent fumbles and where the game streaming industry could be headed as Microsoft’s xCloud eventually exits all its beta trials. Though Stadia is a beautiful platform, the lacking game library and player base are starting to hurt in light of the recent launch of NVIDIA GeForce NOW. NOTABLE LINKS The free Stadia Base tier may not arrive for a few months, and that is a problem A factory reset of a Microsoft Surface Go reminded me why I love Chromebooks TESTED: NVidia GeForce NOW runs like a dream on cheap and expensive hardware alike [VIDEO] Can I install the Brave Browser on my Chromebook? Microsoft’s Edge browser is speedy on Snapdragon, and that’s good news for Chromebooks As Macbook malware continues to rise, Chromebooks remain a safe & secure bet
01:46:18
February 14, 2020
NVIDIA GeForce Now arrives and to challenge Stadia
This week on The Chrome Cast, our sights are set on NVIDIA’s suprisingly-good game streaming service – GeForce NOW – that came out of beta status and took the tech world by storm. In the Face of Stadia’s current doldrums of waning player engagement and lacking new game announcements, it seems that NVIDIA has launched at just the right time. With apps for Android, Windows, and MacOS, GeForce NOW is widely accessible and quite good at doing what matters the most: delivering cloud-based gaming without lag. NOTABLE LINKS We installed the NVIDIA GeForce NOW Android app on a Chromebook so you don’t have to Upcoming NVIDIA GeForce Now Chromebook support could be trouble for Stadia NVIDIA GeForce Now aims to take on Stadia with unique $5 approach to cloud gaming ‘Mushu’ could be the first Chromebook to utilize a discrete GPU Chrome 80 arrives for Android and desktop: Check out what’s new Pixelbook vs. Pixelbook Go: choosing the best Google Chromebook [VIDEO]
01:45:12
February 7, 2020
Google's new attempt at messaging for G Suite could be great
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend the vast majority of the episode talking more in depth about Google’s possible collaborative messaging platform we’re now all expecting to see for G Suite customers. Less of a new platform and more of a melding of existing things, this new collaborative tool could be Google’s real Slack competitor and may just be what Google Wave wanted to be so many years ago. We also spend a bit of time towards the end of the podcast discussing Dieter Bohn’s latest video about the Surface Pro X and his success using it as a web-centric tool. Though it runs Windows and he was leveraging Microsoft’s latest version of Edge (running on the Chromium engine), the parallels to a cloud-centric OS like Chrome OS are quite clear. Chromebooks aren’t a new version of old ways of thinking. They are a new computing paradigm altogether. NOTABLE LINKS Google is taking another stab at a messaging service, and this one could work It turns out Microsoft’s pricey Surface Pro X makes a great ‘Chromebook’
01:26:30
January 31, 2020
2020 Chromebooks get an extended lease on life
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend quite a bit talking through some of the potential impact the new 2020 Chromebook lineup will have on the ecosystem. Apart from the beautiful and powerful and rugged devices we’ve already had hands-on time with, the entire group of new Chromebooks released in this calendar year will be the first devices to ship with Google’s new expanded AUE (auto update expiration) policies in place. They will all get updates through June 2028, and that makes a big difference in the way these Chromebooks can be marketed to consumers, enterprise customers, and schools alike. We also spend some time talking about the crazy journey the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 has taken over the past week. From showing up on Google’s Chromebook page with a price attached to actually going up for pre-order with two distinct models and a February 24th release date to completely disappearing from Amazon altogether, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster keeping up with the new ASUS flagship. NOTABLE LINKS Citing longer lifespan, Google bumps price of Chrome Management License Hands-on first impressions with the incredibly durable Acer Chromebook 712 [VIDEO] Google and Verizon team up to give Stadia Premiere Editions to new Fios customers HP debuts 4 new EDU Chromebooks at BETT 2020 BETT 2020: Google extends Chromebook Auto Update Policy to 8 years for new devices We’re giving away a Google Stadia Buddy Pass ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 listing mysteriously vanishes from Amazon Google announces timeline for the end of Chrome Apps on Chromebooks Acer announces durable and powerful new Comet Lake Chromebook for education ASUS Chromebook C436 gets a release date and multiple models up for pre-order [UPDATED]The new flagship ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 gets an official price tag thanks to Google
01:35:09
January 24, 2020
Next-gen Chromebooks, Stadia and Steam on Chrome OS
As always, it was a packed week on The Chrome Cast this week. Coming off a crazy, busy, and exciting time in Las Vegas last week for CES 2020, we’re still buzzing about all the new Chromebooks we saw. While you’ll need to listen to last week’s podcast to get all the info on those devices, we spend quite a bit of time this week talking more about the overall impact of these next-gen Chromebooks. The second half of the show is focused a bit more on gaming, specifically covering all the new stuff coming from the Stadia camp and the breaking news that Google is actively working to bring proper support for Steam on Chromebooks. Let’s just say it was a fun show! NOTABLE LINKS Google announces more games and features on the way for Stadia in 2020 Official Steam support could be headed to Chromebooks How Intel’s Project Athena is powering the future of Chromebooks Lenovo launches second Chrome OS Tablet alongside refreshed EDU Chromebooks Google testing non-Pixel phones for use with Stadia ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 gets a beautiful landing page and promo video 4 Samsung Galaxy Chromebook models pass through Bluetooth certification Samsung Galaxy Chromebook gets dedicated Best Buy & Samsung landing pages Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 pricing, specs and release date
01:32:50
January 17, 2020
Chromebooks invade CES 2020
This week, we're excited to bring you a very special episode of The Chrome Cast from CES 2020 in Las Vegas. We had the chance to check out some incredible new products and we'll be bringing you more CES news in the coming days but in this episode, it's all about the Chromebooks. This year's CES saw the debut of the first Galaxy-branded Chromebook, ASUS' latest premium model, the Chrome OS tablet we've been longing for and more. NOTABLE LINKS Samsung Galaxy Chromebook hands-on ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 first look Lenovo Chromebook Duet Tablet hands-on Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 hands-on USI Stylus initiative for Chromebooks breaks loose at CES Belkin SoundForm Elite w/Google Assistant and wireless charging
02:25:59
January 11, 2020
CES 2020, here we come!
We’re excited to be back in the podcast chair again as we ring in the new year and we’ve spent the entire show this week talking through all the various things we expect to see at CES 2020 in just a few days from now. There are new Chromebooks from Samsung, ASUS and Lenovo that we expect and a few long shots we’re hoping for. Pack that on top of all the crazy other stuff that makes it to any given CES and we have a busy week ahead of us. NOTABLE LINKS ASUS Chromebook Flip C436 passes through FCC just in time for CES 2020 All the new Chromebooks we are expecting to see at CES 2020 ‘Krane’ confirmed as a pure Chrome OS tablet coming soon by Lenovo Why we feel confident a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Chromebook is in development
01:24:04
January 3, 2020
A month with Stadia, Chrome OS hits 79, and smart home tech giants ally together
In this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast, we spend a good bit of time rehashing all that has changed and been added to Stadia in the month since it launched. Though it feels like it has been here longer, Stadia has only been in our hands for just over 30 days, and Google has done a good job of continuing to add features that were promised and addressing issues that have come up along the way. We also spend a bit of time talking though the new developments in Chrome OS 79 along with the recent development that sees smart home tech giants Google, Amazon, and Apple joining forces to create the first ever smart home standards. NOTABLE LINKS Dieter Bohn’s take on the all-in-one device and the cloud The CLAW – a clip to make playing Stadia better on your phone – sold out in 24 hours Stadia to introduces a new way to get players up to speed Google, Amazon, Apple and others will work together to sort out the smart home mess they’ve made Chrome OS 79 fixes the only real issue I had with the Pixelbook Go Chrome OS 79 is rolling out, here’s what’s new Google adds 3 new big games to Stadia this week Google is gifting Stadia Founders an additional Buddy Pass – why it matters This episode is brought to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time!
01:25:57
December 20, 2019
More new Chromebooks appear and our staff picks for best gift ideas
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend the first half of the show discussing yet another group of new devices on the way.  These new boards mostly fall in line with the things we discussed last week, so if you haven't already, catch up on episode 39 to get up to speed.  These new Chromebooks mostly stay in the vein of the other 'Hatch' and 'Kukui' devices we've been tracking, but there's one real oddball in the group. The second half of this rather-long podcast was a highlight of our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.  We've put this together for our readers to highlight the things we use personally and around the office on a daily basis.  These items range anywhere from an espresso machine to the Google Home Max, but they all do their job exceptionally well, have stood the test of time, and are well worth your consideration as a great gift idea for your loved ones. NOTABLE LINKS 2019 Chrome Unboxed Holiday Gift Guide Chrome OS begins support for Intel’s Jasper Lake processors What the upcoming Snapdragon Chromebook ‘Trogdor’ could look like Upcoming Chromebook ‘Jinlon’ getting a mysterious feature we’ve not seen before Upcoming Chromebook ‘Dratini’ spotted in Geekbench with monster specs on board This episode is brought to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time!
01:48:40
December 13, 2019
So many Chromebooks are coming in 2020
This week on The Chrome Cast, we’re discussing the absolute tidal wave of Chromebooks coming our way in 2020. We fully expect to see a few of them at CES in January and a solid portion of the rest in the weeks to follow. With devices in the ‘Hatch’ and ‘Kukui’ families dominating the scene, we’re in for more new Chromebooks than we’ve ever seen prior. We spend a bit of time discussing Qualcomm’s probable role in all this as well with the upcoming Snapdragon 7c looking quite likely for the future of Chrome OS. Though we’ve been tracking ‘Cheza’ as the first Snapdragon-powered Chromebook for almost 2 full years, it looks like that future will give way to the Snapdragon 7c and a baseboard only known right now as ‘Trogdor’. Finally, we pay a bit of homage to Sundar Pichai’s promotion to CEO of Alphabet and how his presence at Google throughout the years is likely responsible for the growth and longevity of Chrome OS as a whole. NOTABLE LINKS Why we feel confident a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Chromebook is in development The new wave of Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets we are expecting in early 2020 At $399, this is 100% the Chromebook I would buy right now Sundar Pichai is now CEO of Google and Alphabet, and that is great news for Chromebooks Lenovo Chrome OS Tablet testing confirmed and it won’t be alone A lucky few are getting a mysterious HP Chromebook x360 with a Core i5 in place of the i3 they purchased This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time!
01:25:30
December 6, 2019
Stadia smooths out as holiday Chromebook deals abound
On this week’s episode of the podcast, we talk quite a bit about Stadia and how some of the early hiccups with the platform have now been smoothed out. From Buddy Passes rolling out to simple fixes in the input lag, we’ve all come around on the fledgling gaming service and can confidently see a bright future in store. We also talk quite a bit about our ongoing promotion with online retial giant Rakuten, new Chromebook perks that include Disney+ free for three months, and the craziness surrounding the Pixel Slate’s latest price slash. Is Google just positioning it as a more competitive option or is it a full liquidation of the tablet? Hope you enjoy this week’s episode! NOTABLE LINKS Enter to win a $250 Visa Gift Card from Rakuten and Chrome Unboxed Chrome Unboxed Deals Page Share Stadia with a friend via Buddy Pass right now Here’s how you can easily return a Stadia game purchase Google adding two more free games for Stadia Pro users Stadia input lag on your Chromecast Ultra could be fixed with one quick trick How to choose the right Chromebook with 5 simple questions [VIDEO] Get 3 months of Disney+ for free and other deals on Google’s new Chromebook Perks page At these prices, I can totally recommend the Google Pixel Slate This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time!
01:09:56
November 29, 2019
Stadia's rocky arrival on the gaming scene
In this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast, we are (not surprisingly) talking all about our first few days with Google Stadia. From the iffy shipping schedules to launching without getting invite codes into user’s hands, there were quite a few things that were less-than-stellar about Stadia’s grand entrance on the scene It’s not all bad news, though, as there are some parts of the Stadia experience that are not only playable, but downright fun. Destiny 2 with a group of friends on a Chromebook simply wasn’t possible just last week, and yet that exact experience just this week sealed the deal on making us here at Chrome Unboxed firm believers in what Stadia is capable of. NOTABLE LINKS Thoughts after a day using Stadia on Chromecast, Chromebook, and Pixel 4 XL [VIDEO] Google admits issues and has fixed the broken Stadia invite code rollout This Core i3 Chromebook is WAY too good to be $279 Stadia is late for its own ‘launch’ party More power, less money. The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is $300 off, again Google Store shows off Black Friday deals early Google begins new ‘Works With Chromebook’ initiative for accessories Shop Soundpeats wireless earbuds on Amazon Shop Razer Hamerhead True Wireless earbuds on Amazon This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started.
01:29:00
November 22, 2019
One week in November 2019 will reshape the way we stream media
This week, right in the middle of a 7-day stretch between November 12th and November 19th, we sit down to discuss the way the streaming media landscape is poised to change in massive ways during this relatively nondescript week on the calendar. With Disney+ now officially launched and Google Stadia only days away, the way we approach streaming media will be fundamentally changed over the next year, and a lot of that impact will start with these two giants getting up and running in this 7-day window. NOTABLE LINKS Adam Savage’s Tested: Stadia Stadia launches Nov. 19th: how to know when you can ACTUALLY start playing One final Stadia AMA is happening tomorrow so get your questions ready The games actually available with Stadia on launch day are fewer than expected How to fully leverage Chromecast with Disney+ How to fix the Disney+ Android app layout on a Chromebook The pros and cons of Disney+ on your Chromebook This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started.
01:31:59
November 15, 2019
A conversation with Chrome EDU Expert John Sowash
This week on The Chrome Cast, we are joined by John R. Sowash, a seasoned, experienced expert on the world of Chrome and Chrome OS in the education sector. John’s resume speaks for itself and when it comes to educators, there’s no better point of reference than John Sowash. Our conversation goes from current education trends to upcoming expectations in the market. We also talk a bit about the humble and accidental beginnings of Chrome OS in education and how a misstep actually led to Chromebooks in the classroom dominating the ecosystem as we see it today. We’re excited to get to share this conversation with you this week as a bit of a departure from the normal routine and really think you’ll enjoy our time with one of the leading voices in Chrome for EDU. NOTABLE LINKS The Chrome Classroom Website The Chrome Classroom Book John Sowash on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time!
01:01:02
November 8, 2019
Google's new hardware is growing on us
On this week’s episode, we’re talking though some deeper reactions to Google’s newer hardware. From the Pixelbook Go (review is coming soon, I promise) to the Pixel 4/4XL and the new Nest Home Mini, Google’s new hardware is the type of stuff you really start to appreciate more as you use it. We’ve all been using the Pixelbook Go, the Nest Home Mini, and the Pixel 4 off and on, and there’s a bunch to talk about. NOTABLE LINKS ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 Review Opinion: Why I haven’t bought the Pixel 4 yet [VIDEO] Nest rebranding brings the Google Assistant to Amazon 3 things I love about Pixelbook Go after 1 week [VIDEO] This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started.
01:27:21
November 1, 2019
Pixelbook Go impresses, Pixel 4 disenchants
We’re now a week removed from the arrival of all the new Google Hardware for the Fall 2019 season. The show was great and now that we’ve had some time to reflect and decompress a bit, our feelings and reactions have become quite a bit more clear about all we saw at the event. The main thoughts in this episode surround the Pixelbook Go and the Pixel 4/4XL. The Pixelbook Go has arrived in the office to pretty rave reviews by anyone who’s spent a few moments with it. We have a couple videos up already of the unboxing and the pre-review, but we can say it is easily one of the best Chromebooks of 2019 and we spend quite a bit of time explaining exactly why that is. For the Pixel 4, however, the reception has not been good. As a matter of fact, we actually have a video coming out about this phone and why no one at Chrome Unboxed has actually ordered one yet. There’s a lot that goes into this, so stick around for the whole show and see why we’re so high on the Pixelbook Go and so ‘meh’ on the Pixel 4. NOTABLE LINKS 3 things I love about Pixelbook Go after 1 week [VIDEO] The ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 is officially available and it’s on sale Exclusive: ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 unboxing & hands-on [VIDEO] Unboxing the Pixelbook Go This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started.
01:20:35
October 25, 2019
Let's talk about our time at Google's hardware event
We won’t beat around the bush on this one: this whole podcast is about the Google event and all the fun stuff we got to test and see while we were there. There’s just so much to talk about right now from the Pixelbook Go, Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel Buds, new Nest Home Mini, and Nest Wifi that it simply took over the entire show this week. This is the first time we’ve been dialed in for all the products on offer from Google, not just the Chrome OS stuff, so we have a ton to talk about from both a hardware and software perspective. Hope you enjoy it! NOTABLE LINKS No, you can’t use the Pixelbook Pen with the Pixelbook Go, and you wouldn’t want to Pixelbook Go: Pricing, specs, release date and where to buy Google Stadia gets a surprise release date reveal at Google’s hardware event Google Pixel 4 Hands-On: Zero surprises make for an excellent first impression [VIDEO] Logitech quietly sneaks in rumored Chrome OS keyboard and mouse at Google event [VIDEO] Nest Wi-Fi and Nest Mini: Small changes make all the difference [VIDEO] Google’s new truly wireless Pixel Buds look amazing while they break my heart [VIDEO] Pixelbook Go hands-on and initial impressions [VIDEO] This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your brows