[The rumor mill] Xiaomi said to work on Linux-powered laptop

Xiaomi is rapidly becoming one of the most popular OEMs on a global level, and it is accordingly spreading its wings outside the mobile spectrum. It appears that the Manufacturer is seriously planning to get on the laptop business with a Linux OS powered device that should launch in 2016.


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The rumor mill does not go in deep detail yet, but it appears that Xiaomi will get a laptop out in the second quarter of 2016. It may be a Chromebook or a Windows-powered laptop but it could have an all-metal build for all we know. The image above shows a possible device similar to Apple’s MacBook Air. It will probably be targeted at the budget spectrum of the niche market since that would be the best move the manufacturer could do right now.


The Xiaomi laptop is rumored to have a 12.5 to 13.3-inch display and it should be an ultra-thin portable laptop with a metal finish. Some rumors say it will run on a Linux OS version , but things can change. The Chrome-OS laptop could be a better choice since it would appeal to a larger audience.


In the meantime, Huawei, Xiaomi’s biggest Chinese rival, is said to work on its own laptop destined for business professionals. We are not sure these rumors about laptops coming from OEMs renowned for their mobile devices are real but we can only wait and see. We shall know for sure when either of the two companies decides to make some official statements regarding these rumors.


Source: GIZMOCHINA via AndroidCommunity


Google to combine Android with Chrome OS in the near future

The world is changing and evolving and so are operating systems. This day marks the beginning of an new era because an announcement made by Google execs. puts the world’s most popular operating system in jeopardy. Android and Chrome OS will become one in the near future! According to the Wall Street Journal, the two will combine and create a new OS that will be revealed as soon as next year.


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The change is mostly an incorporation of Chrome OS into Android OS simply because we all know Android is bigger, better and more popular. This also means that Google’s current mobile OS will also work on computers and laptops, and this will mean that things will change. But this does not necessarily mean that Chrome OS is gone forever, but it does mean that Chromebooks will get rebranded to reflect their new statuses.


The Verge confirms that Android and Chrome OS will indeed combine and a first impression/ preview of this new operating system will be shown at I/O next year. This move is an effort in reducing the range of independent platforms that Google has to maintain every year; plus, Chrome OS is not THAT much of a success on its own.


The new Google operating system is expected to release sometime in 2017. Sundar Pichai, the current leader of Google, was put in place two years ago and, since then, he made moves towards integrating Android apps into Chrome OS. Support is limited at the moment, but some apps are working on Chromebooks.


What do you think about this news? are you excited to see a new and improved Android/Chrome OS? Let us know in the comments below!


Source: TheVerge


HP enters the Windows-Chromebook battle with two affordable devices powered by Microsoft

HP is entering the low-budget market with two interesting devices. The said items are a $99 Windows tablet and a $199 laptop that look pretty good and have a not too shabby hardware spec either!

HP’s Stream 7 tablet is accompanied by an 8” tablet sold for $149 coming in November. The tablets are powered by Intel chipsets and share a one-year sub to Office 365 Personal which offers 1 TB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls given each month. The 8” version also offers 200 MB of free LTE data a month without contract for as long as you use the device.

HP moves in on the Chromebook department with its Windows 11.6” Stream laptop and a 13.3” version with possible touchscreens. The laptops have Intel Celeron processors with a fanless design, 32 GB of flash storage and a one-year subscription for Office 365 Personal. Stream 11 costs only $199, whereas the Stream 13 costs $229 and essentially they are both low-cost devices destined to basic needs. The laptops are available in magenta and blue and they will start shipping starting the holiday season.

Source: The Windows Blog

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Acer Chromebook CB5 – a new Tegra-powered notebook hitting the market this summer

A new Tegra-powered device will hit the market this August and some photos have already been leaked online. We’re talking about Tegra K1-powered notebook Acer Chromebook CB5 that appeared on the Swedish site and is packing a Tegra K1 processor with 4 GB of RAM memory and a 32 GB SSD. To top it off, the device has a 13.3” display.

The device also has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a pretty sexy design. Its possible launch date, at least according to the Swedish site, is August 1st. No other details were given but this proves that we will soon have a Chromebook running a Tegra processor. This may just well be one of the most powerful Chromebooks that hit the market this year, apart from Chromebook Pixel, and its HD screen makes us hope it will have a 1080p resolution.