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Newer Chromebook were unveiled at this month’s CES in Vegas, and true to their nature, they maintained their affordability yet give premium productivity and practicality; without the premium price tag.

The newer Chromebooks come with access to the Google Play Store in its entirety. That means whatever app you run on your Android smartphone; now you can run it on your desktop on a Chromebook.

Traditionally, Chromebooks can fully be utilized while connected to the internet, as much computing is done in the web browser or some document editing and social sharing. However, in these newer model, a lot more can be done while offline, but nothing close to what you can do on a PC or Mac while offline.

How the Chromebook is coming of age | Chromebook Plus & Chromebook ProAt the 2017 CES, Google and Samsung unveiled the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. They are both 2-in-1 devices that pivot from being a tablet to being a notebook thanks to a 3600 hinge. Both the Chromebook Plus and Pro support stylus pen have more processing power and RAM capacity under the hood. They are still, Chromebooks, and that means for a richer user experience, you will need an internet connection.

The VP of Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, Alanna Cotton, said, “Since launching our first Chromebook over five years ago, we have continued to improve the product, developing a computer that not only fits into consumers’ lifestyles but makes their lives easier, more mobile and more productive.”

Chromebook lacked the hardware to match a PC or Mac

While it is true Chromebooks have evolved immensely since the first versions, up until recently, they still lacked the hardware capability to rival traditional PCs and Macs regarding applications availability.

That has however changed with the new release of the Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro. Google has enabled all 2017-released Chromebooks full access to the Play Store. Giving you the ability to run whichever apps that run on your Android phone or tablet run right on your Chromebook desktop.How the Chromebook is coming of age | Chromebook Plus & Chromebook Pro

Google is also working on making earlier versions of Chromebooks have full access to the Play Store. If and when they succeed, your old Chromebook will natively run Android apps, just as good as your smartphone or tablet do run them.

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