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06
Jun

How we Benchmark Flint OS

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With the recent news that Google is retiring the Octane benchmark now seemed like the perfect time to post some thoughts on the state of benchmarking and how we decide what to optimise for. When optimising Flint OS we have always looked to ensure the best overall experience not just maxing out a particular benchmark. […]

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09
Jan

Update on Flint OS RPi v0.2 based on Chromium OS r55

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Hi Everyone, I wanted to do a quick blog post to help set the scene and explain the work that has gone into v0.2 “Beetle” of Flint OS for Pi. There have been two streams of work to v0.2; the Kernel upgrade and Chromium upgrade. Our goals were to reach at least Chromium version r53 […]

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17
Aug

Chromium 53 is bringing big performance boosts!

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Chromium 53 is on track to hit stable in September and there are some big performance boosts incoming according to Android Police. The motionmark benchmark on a Pixel C running Android M were seeing over 1000% increase in SVG rendering vs Chrome 51. We have done some  benchmarks of Chrome 52 and 53 running on […]

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19
May

Google Play comes to Chrome OS

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So the rumours were true! Android apps are coming to Chromebooks. With the roll out of v53, the Asus Flip , Acer Chromebook R11 and 2015 Pixel will be able to run Google Play allowing them to download Android applications. There is also a list of other models that will be supported sometime in 2016. […]

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19
May

Play Store on Chrome OS Official?

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Yes, the question mark is supposed to be in the title. After yesterday’s keynote and no news on Google’s plans for Chromium and Chrome people were desperate to find out if the play store would be coming to Chrome OS as had been heavily rumoured. We are on site at Google I/O and had planned to […]

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11
May

The best Web based Workflow Boosters

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Since setting up Flint Innovations and having the freedom to move to productivity tools of my choosing I have been searching for the ultimate Pomodoro app to structure my workflow. Having tried everything from a traditional notepad and pen to dedicated apps I think I have found a set of tools that combines timing , […]

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10
May

Is Chromium becoming the platform for the web?

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With Chrome becoming the most popular web browser on desktop recently, Chromium the open source project that powers it is going from strength to strength. The rapid release cycle of stable updates every 6 weeks and security updates when required, all silently in the background, has enabled Chromium to adapt to user feedback. We all […]

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09
May

Native Chrome OS support for Displaylink Products

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The inevitable rise of the 1 or 2 USB C ported Chromebooks and Chromium devices will soon have a universal docking station enabling them to connect to a variety of displays all through one USB port. Displaylink recently announced native Chrome OS support for their technology which allows multiple monitors to be powered by a […]

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06
May

Chromium for SBC V0.5 is avaliable!

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The guys over at Chromium for SBC have been making fantastic progress on their build of chromium for the pi 2 and pi 3. The project has been going since December 2015 and includes a core team of 4 developers led by Dylan Callahan. V0.5 “Sam Kinison” is the first release with a build dedicated […]

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22
Apr

The Premium Chromebook are coming

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It looks like the consumer Chromebook portfolio is finally expanding outside of the lower end of the market (excluding the excellent pixel!)! We had the Dell Chromebook 13 released back in October 15 which set the bar high but aimed itself at business buyers and availability through consumer channels hasn’t been great. We now have […]

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