Yesterday Google unveiled its Chrome OS devices - the Chromebook. While opinions seem divided, most people I’m hearing from don’t see the Chromebook as something that they would want. But why?
At its Chromebook Pixel event yesterday, Google didn’t just launch its new premium Chromebook. It also announced that it is porting Quickoffice, the mobile productivity app that brings Microsoft Office to iOS and Android to the web through Native Client and Chrome.
If you were planning on purchasing a Chromebook with a touchscreen, you previously only really had one option: at $1,299, Google’s Chromebook Pixel was the only laptop running Chrome OS with a touchscreen.
However, for only $299, you’ll soon be able to get Acer’s C720P Chromebook which features a touchscreen.
Wait! Belay that order for the $249 Samsung Chromebook! There’s a 3G model coming and it’s just $329. That’s a great deal.
For some reason Samsung and Google did not announce this upcoming model alongside the $249, WiFi-only model yesterday. The 3G model was found within the bowels of Amazon.
Google is announcing a new $249 Chromebook manufactured by Samsung, which you’ll be able to order starting next week (at least, that’s the official launch date, although some vendors may start taking preorders before then).
When Google launched its Linux-based Chrome OS in early 2010 and its Chromebook pilot program later that year, most pundits didn’t quite agree with our own MG Siegler’s premise that Google had dropped a “nuclear bomb on Microsoft.” A few years later, it sure doesn’t look like Microsoft has much to fear from Chrome OS.