Yes, the latest and greatest Bluetooth standard is completed and devices are slowly becoming available this year. What’s the big deal? Should we run out and get BTv5 devices?? Chris Hoffman at HTG provides the details in his tech blog.
- Much better power mgmt
- Much better distance (800 feet versus 200 for BTv4.2)
- It’s backwards compatible
- Dual-Audio (get sound to two different outputs simultaneously)
But . . . the pros only apply if both devices are BTv5 compatible (so, new headphones, speakers, audio/video systems, yada,yada,yada).
More details here: HTG Bluetooth 5 Article Link
Now you can get the best of all major computing platforms on a 3rd generation Chromebook. You can run:
- ChromeOS (an enhanced flavor of the Chrome Browser),
- LinuxOS’s (Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Solus and others – by just switching tabs in the Chrome Browser) (uses the “Crouton” environment)
- Android Apps (will run on ANY 3rd gen Chromebook, e.g., Intel or ARM),
- MS-Windows Apps (several methods including VM’s (requires min of 4 GiB of ram). This works but is more challenging than just running Android Apps or Linux . . .
For those adventurous enough to give it a try . . here’s more info from Cameron Summerson at HTG:
PS: one of the “really” nice features of ChromeOS (unlike any other OS that I’m aware of) . . . is the ability to EASILY restore a pristine factory setup INCLUDING automagically restoring your personal files (photos, media etc.)!!
App restorations are also simple via the official online repos. (Google or Samsung Store, . . etc.).
Another good read from Chris Hoffman: (lots of $ involved for certain parties . . however, users still allowed to uninstall these apps . . for now)
Good move by Cisco . . and Firefox to enable greater use of the h264 family of codecs:
Google does “excellent” mapping (streetview, crowview, driving GPS) . . . BUT, there are other map applications worth checking out for phone or tablet (ios/android). Some top-end services require annual subscriptions.
Shell no longer maintained . . . unless it’s forked you might want to consider removing it sooner than later so it doesn’t become a “malware magnet.”
Here’s the link for more info: Class Shell – Status Update