Acer offers convertible Chromebook for $299

In today's open source roundup: The Acer Chromebook R11 offers tablet and laptop functionality for $299. Plus: Acer announces Predator 8 gaming tablet. And Google announces Android Wear for the iPhone

The Acer Chromebook R11

Chromebooks have been burning up the sales charts on Amazon. And now convertible Chromebooks seem to be where the market is headed. Acer has jumped on the convertible bandwagon by announcing the Chromebook R11. This new model offers notebook and tablet functionality built into one Chromebook.

Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports for OMG Chrome:

The Acer Chromebook R11 is an 11.6-inch notebook with a touchscreen display. The screen can rotate a full 360 degrees to function as a tablet, or be manoeuvred into ‘tent’ and ‘display’ modes. It is powered by a speedy Intel Celeron N3050 dual-core processor (Braswell, 1.6GHz) and comes with 2GB or memory and 16GB of flash storage. Acer say a slightly more expensive model will a marginally faster processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB of flash storage will also be available.

The IPS display pushes a standard HD (1366 x 768) resolution. Not fantastic but worth remembering that a higher FHD resolution would likely make the touch capabilities more fiddly given the small screen size.

The R11 does have a better HD webcam than previous Acer models. It offers HDR technology for better lighting and contrast. There’s also dual-antennae MiMo Wi-Fi for improved connectivity and a smattering of USB 3.0 ports.

With a price tag of $299, the R11 is more expensive than the ASUS Chromebook Flip but with its larger screen and far more powerful processor, it’s easily better value for money.

More at OMG Chrome

Acer launches Predator 8 gaming tablet for Android

Speaking of Acer, the company has also announced an Android tablet geared toward gamers called the Predator 8. This new tablet should be available in the US in November.

Brand Linder reports for Liliputing:

...the Acer Predator 8 is a tablet with an 8-inch IPS display, an Intel Atom x7 Cherry Trail processor, and a $299 price tag.

The tablet features a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, Intel HD graphics, 802.11n 2×2 MIMO WiFi, and four front-facing speakers which offer virtual surround sound. The company calls the audio system “Predator Quadio.”

The Predator 8 features 2GB of RAM, an Intel Atom x7-8700 processor, 32GB to 64GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for removable storage. The tablet will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop software.

Other features include a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and a battery that should provide up to 8.5 hours of run time.

More at Liliputing

Android Wear for the iPhone

Google has been very busy working on bringing Android Wear to Apple's iOS operating system. And now the company has finally announced that Android Wear for iPhone is ready to go.

The official Google blog has details:

When you wear something every day, you want to be sure it really works for you. That’s why Android Wear offers countless design choices, so you can find the watch that fits your style. Want a round watch with a more classic look? Feel like a new watch band? How about changing things up every day with watch faces from artists and designers? With Android Wear you can do all of that. And now, Android Wear watches work with iPhones.

 Android Wear for iOS is rolling out today. Just pair your iPhone (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) with an Android Wear watch to bring simple and helpful information right to your wrist.

Today, Android Wear for iOS works with the LG Watch Urbane. All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawei (pictured above), Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS, so stay tuned for more.

More at Google Blog

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