A new report suggests that Google will conclude the development of its 2-in-1 Chromebook project by the end of first quarter (March). A device like this allows customers to use the device as a standard Chromebook as well as an Android tablet. We can expect devices sporting this form factor to hit the markets over the coming months. Read more
Google has released its guide to help schools integrate new technology into classrooms in an effort to boost engagement with Google Apps for Education and similar services. Many schools are bringing Google services and Chromebooks to the classroom, and Google wants to use them as an example for how other schools can enhance how they teach students with technology. Read more
For the first time ever, Chromebooks surpassed iPad sales to U.S. schools. According to IDC, 715,000 Chromebooks were sold to U.S. schools in the 3rd quarter as opposed to 702,000 iPads for the same period. It might not be by much, but the spread is likely to grow.
It’s obvious the lower costs that Chromebooks enjoy is a big factor. Schools can buy Chromebooks for as low as $199 vs the iPad Air, which runs $379 after educational discounts. Let’s also not forget the full keyboard that makes things a lot easier. Last but not least, Chromebooks are easier to manage.
In a new post on the Google for Work blog, Hal Friedlander is given a guest spot to discuss the New York City Department of Education’s decision to add some Google tools to their official list of solutions available for teachers and students. Friedlander is the Chief Information Officer for the school system. The NYC Department of Education recently gave official approval to the use of Google Apps for Education and for the deployment of Chromebooks for use in the system. Read more
Earlier in the year, Samsung released the Exynos powered Chromebook 2 in both a 11.6-inch and 13-inch variety. The Exynos powered device however met with much criticism regarding its ability (or lack thereof) to multitask well compared to Intel based Chromebook options. Today, Samsung is adding a new Chromebook 2 option that’s powered by an Intel processor. The chip under the hood, the fanless Celeron N2840 chipset running at 2.58GHz.
There has been quite a bit of speculation about whether the mobile-focused Android would replace the PC-focused Chrome at Google, or vice versa, but so far Google hasn’t taken any major steps to make that happen. According to Sundar Pichai, (who is the senior VP of both Android and Chrome) the search giant doesn’t want to force any type of convergence between the two.
We’ve seen a little bit of overlap between both platforms, including the Chromecast running a specific version of Android and being able to run Android applications on Chromebooks. Pichai clarified that if any type of convergence between the two happens, it’s going to be an “organic” process. That leaves plenty of interpretation for if Google plans on organically moving Android into a position to replace Chrome or anything similar, but as of right now, Google is happy to let both pieces stand successfully on their own. Read more
One of the benefits to Google’s Chromebook line is that with their often sub-$300 pricing, the education sector pounced all over that. As such — according to Google’s Sundar Pichai — Chromebooks account for nearly 50 percent of the educational market. Pichai spoke at Google’s work-focused Atmosphere Live event, and besides the education fact, he also mentioned that Drive has passed 240 million active users.
Chromebooks continue to gain in popularity, and Toshiba has no interest being left at the alter. They just announced the Chromebook 2 which appears to be pretty solid for the price.
There will be two versions. The economical version will sport a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display, a 2.16 GHz dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip (Celeron N2840), and 2 GB of RAM, HDMI out, headphone jack, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi 802.11ac. This one will go for $249.99.
Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.
Imagine getting hardware-accelerated graphics, and at the same time, enjoying the flexibility of a virtual environment. With the flexibility of the Chromebook, manufacturers can design complex 3D models and share them with engineers around the globe. Applications such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office will have no trouble running smoothly in this virtual environment.