Google has positioned Chromebooks as an excellent laptop to choose for educational purposes, and so far, they’ve sold fairly well. If you’ve been thinking about picking one up, you’re definitely going to want to check out Amazon’s pretty big sale on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes for back to school. Some models are seeing around $20 – $40 price drops, but others, like the HP 11-inch Chromebook, have dropped about $80 down to $199.
One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up.
Thought $199 was cheap for a Chromebook? Or how about $179 for a Chromebox? Get ready, because the race to the bottom for a Chrome OS device has not even started. Found within the code for the backbone of Chrome OS is support for a low-end processor with the source being MediaTek. Low-end means that the prices would drop; however, do know that performance would also drop. Currently, there are Chromebooks out there that experience problems with multiple tabs being opened at once. That is why Intel stepped forward to support the operating system with quality processors at decent price points. That company has backed Chromebooks with its Bay Trail, Celeron, and Haswell processors.
When Google Play for Education was announced last year at Google I/O, the focus was get tablets into the classroom due to their approachability. Fast forward to this year’s Google I/O and now Google Play for Education is bringing Chromebooks into the fold. Chromebooks are already being used across the country in many school districts due to their pricing, security, and simplicity. Google received feedback from many teachers feeling that having Chromebooks could open the door to an easier way to find content. For K-12 Chromebook schools, Google Play for Eduction is now available.
Sundar Pichai took the stage again at Google I/O to let us know what Google has up its sleeves for Chromebooks and Chrome OS.
Today, Google has 8 OEMs making 15 different Chromebook devices (with more coming), available in 28 different countries.
Pichai even noted that all 10 of the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. Not too shabby. There’s even been a 6x growth of use of Chromebooks in K-12 schools in the past year.
Google will be adding more to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in order to make sure these trends continue.
NVIDIA hasn’t yet had one of its chips in a Chromebook, but there’s a first for everything, right?
It looks like that first is coming now, as a listing for the Acer Chromebook CB5 has appeared on a Swedish retailer’s site — Komplett.se.
Multi-user support on Android tablets is a very attractive feature, allowing administrators to create accounts for others who live in their homes, and even restrict access to specific apps/settings on those alternate accounts.
Now, Google will be bringing a similar feature to Chrome OS, called “Supervised Users.” Chromebook and Chromebox owners will be able to set up secondary accounts on their Chrome OS devices. These secondary accounts will not require an associated Google account, and the administrator will be able to view the supervised users’ browsing history and put limits on web surfing.
Source: +Francois Beaufort
If you’re a Chromebook user with lots of pictures to store, don’t fret.
When you connect your phone/tablet, camera or storage card to your Chromebook, your photos will now be automatically stored to Google+ Photos. Of course the photos will be set to private, so don’t worry about “my eyes only” pics getting out for “other eyes.”
Folks in New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain, and Italy are welcoming Chromebooks. All but the people in Belgium, Spain, and Italy can purchase them starting today. Those three other countries can take start buying Chromebooks within the next few weeks.
On the official Google Chrome Blog, there is a heartwarming welcoming message that is tailored for each country. I recommend hitting the source link to check it out.
Source: Google Chrome Blog
For quite some time, there has been rumblings that Google would eventually merge Chrome OS (or Chromebooks) with Android. Fuel has been added to the fire as a Google patent shows a mystery laptop with a smartphone built-in that can be detached. The patent was submitted way back in September 2012 and granted just this February.
The idea of it all is very simple. The smartphone would send over its data to give the laptop some function, especially considering a Chromebook is designed for a wireless connection. Think back to the Motorola Atrix and things look familiar. The smartphone would dock into a laptop, but in that case the interface of the Atrix was mirrored. With this patent, it may simply mean a wireless connection transfers over.
Via: Patent Bolt