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As Chrome Unboxed continues to expand, we want to offer updates and news in a variety of categories, including articles, videos and audio. Podcasts are a great way to take in a lot of info in a simple, streamlined way. We're happy to be offering a weekly podcast and look forward to where The Chrome Cast is going! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chromeunboxed/support

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As Chrome Unboxed continues to expand, we want to offer updates and news in a variety of categories, including articles, videos and audio. Podcasts are a great way to take in a lot of info in a simple, streamlined way. We're happy to be offering a weekly podcast and look forward to where The Chrome Cast is going! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/chromeunboxed/support

    Q&A leads our discussion through Google's current hardware mess

    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!

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    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




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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Google's upcoming hardware and the importance of the Acer Spin 713

    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.

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    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)


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Windows apps are coming to Chromebooks

    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.

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    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


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Pixelbook 2 speculations, affordable Chromebooks, and a new Chromecast

    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.

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    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?


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Lenovo is on another level in the Chromebook space right now

    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.

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    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


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Chrome OS 83, Desktop-class apps, and tons of Chromebooks in the works

    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.

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    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


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    • 1 hr 17 min

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