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It's quite possible that Google's Chromebook launched ahead of its time. Is the world truly ready to embrace a cloud-centric operating system? Chromebook adoption has been sluggish for sure, but in the areas that Google is concentrating on, progress is still being made. Specifically, enterprise and education. In a recent report, Google has noted a surge in uptake in the latter department. As of now, 2,000 schools are using Chromebooks for Education, which is actually twice as much as just three months ago. The most recent schools to join the fray include: Transylvania County Schools in rural North Carolina deploying 900 devices; top Catholic prep school St.Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida... Read more...
You're not supposed to know this yet, but Hewlett-Packard is planning to launch a Chromebook model under its Pavilion brand. We wouldn't have known it either, had it not been for a short-lived document that inadvertently went live on HP's website. HP has since pulled it offline, but in the age of the Internet, once you put something out there, it's out there for good. So, what do we know about HP's Pavilion Chromebook? For starters, it will be a 14-inch model, the first of its kind, according to HP, which advertises "full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility." The world's first full-size Chromebook -- Pavilion Chromebook 14-c010us PC -- will sport an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core processor... Read more...
Lenovo added to its education portfolio with the release of the ThinkPad X131e, a Chromebook designed to withstand the substantial abuse doled out by kids in grades K-12.  The laptop includes a rubberized bumper around the top cover, reinforced corners for the inevitable drops, and strengthened hinges and brackets that are built to be opened and closed 50,000 times before giving out. "With the rugged features we added to the X131e, we've seen reduced failure rates in the field”, said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing for the ThinkPad Product Group. “This is a huge benefit to schools and students.” Being a Chromebook, this ThinkPad taps into Google... Read more...
Don't tell Microsoft, but the top selling notebook on Amazon isn't running Windows 8, or any flavor of Windows for that matter. It's not running Mac OS X, either. Interestingly enough, the biggest seller in the notebook category on the world's largest online retail site is a Chromebook. Samsung's Chromebook, to be exact. It's Samsung's newest Chromebook model, the one with a 1.7GHz Exynos 5200 processor and 16GB of eMMC storage, and for the past 76 days it's been in the top 100 of Amazon's best selling laptops. Currently sitting in pole position, Samsung's 11.6-inch Chromebook is ahead of Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (newest version), Dell's Inspiron i15R-1633sLV, Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Air... Read more...
With the recent introduction of upgraded and lower priced Chromebooks from Samsung ($249) and Acer ($199), the platform may finally live up to its potential, especially now that netbooks have fallen by the wayside. Some (us included) would argue that these are the price points Chromebooks should have been selling at all along. But what about performance? A user got his mitts on Samsung's new ARM-based A15 Chromebook, stripped it of Chrome OS, and loaded it up with Ubuntu. In doing so, he essentially unlocked a relative powerhouse in the Linux space. Before we get to some of the benchmarks, let's quickly run down the specs. Samsung infused its 11-inch (1366x768) Chromebook with its ARM-based Exynos... Read more...
More Chromebooks are coming, or at least they’re coming from Acer and Samsung. Samsung announced its latest Chromebook just a couple of weeks ago, and today Acer announced its C7 Chromebook line. Due to the nature of Chromebooks, specs between different manufacturers are only so compelling, so the most exciting feature of the Acer C7 series is the low $199 price point. That’s fifty bucks cheaper than the new Samsung offering, and it’s far less expansive than last year’s $299 Acer AC700 Chromebook (which is notable especially because it appears as though the new Chromebook line is in essentially the same chassis as the old one.) The premiere lappie in the new C7 line is... Read more...
Samsung's new ARM-based Chromebook is said to be "for everyone." Perhaps it's the $249 price point, or perhaps it's the 100GB of Google Drive storage that's included. Or, maybe it's a combination of excellent hardware, a slick design and a price that's just $50 more than a Nexus 7 tablet. Either way, the company's most convincing Chromebook yet is now up for sale directly through Google's Play store. It's a $249 dent to your own wallet, getting you a Wi-Fi-only Chromebook, and right now, it's showing as "in stock." Perhaps a bit of early holiday shopping? Something tells us these won't be discounted for Black Friday...... Read more...
There's a new sub-$250 notebook in town, and it doesn't run Android nor Windows. It's the "new Chromebook," built by Samsung and ushered into existence by Google. While Chrome OS has existed on machines in the past, never before has a brand new machines launched at such a delightfully low price point. The $249 (or 229 Pounds in the UK) asking price is wildly low, particularly when you consider the hardware within. It's an 11.6" machine (1366x768) running Chrome OS and relying on an ARM A15-based Samsung Exynos 5 Dual system-on-chip. There's also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a USB 3.0 port (as well as a USB 2.0 port), and a battery that'll last... Read more...
Hey look, Google and Samsung are throwing a Chrome OS party and you're all invited. Guests of honor include a faster, upgraded Chromebook model, and a Chromebox that's set to challenge Apple's Mac Mini to a dance off. Both of these products sport an updated flavor of Google's Chrome OS with a new user interface that purportedly makes it easier to find and launch apps, along with other changes that Google claims allows you to get more done and, above all else, have more fun. The new Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook is a 12.1-inch laptop with a 1280x800 resolution. It boasts an Intel dual-core Celeron 867 processor, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, 16GB SSD, Intel HD graphics, built-in 4W stereo speakers,... Read more...
Chrome is doing great. Android is doing great. Google is doing great. But what about Chrome OS? And what about Chromebooks? These machines were set to revolutionize the notebook industry, and we've heard radio silence on them ever since Google I/O 2011. But it sounds like Google's working overtime behind the curtains in order to get these positioned in places where adoption is going to be easier than in the consumer market. According to TechCrunch, reporting from the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Google has placed "hundreds" of Chromebooks across schools in 41 U.S. states. Even today, hundreds of schools are already using them, but few specific figures were given beyond that. It... Read more...
Google’s Chrome OS hit the ground running well over a year ago with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped out to a handful of early adopters who put the very first Chrome OS builds through their paces. It was new. It was refreshing. It was different. But was it cut out for mainstream use? In Google's mind, the answer was always "yes." They then took the next year to respond to criticisms from the CR-48 launch, and at this year's Google I/O conference, out popped two more Chrome OS-based laptops, dubbed Chromebooks. Acer's AC700 and Samsung's Series 5 were first out of the gate, eager to take on the public and give them a taste of what it's like to live in the cloud.... Read more...
Google's Chrome OS came close to being labeled vaporeware after its highly publicized initial announcement, at least by some. But at Google, there was never any doubt about its future. Just as they have done with the Chrome Web browser, Google has poured tons of resources into Chrome OS. It's a radical system, no matter how you slice it. It's the world's first commercially available desktop operating system that relies almost entirely in the cloud. That alone takes a moment to digest. This whole thing started last year with the introduction of the CR-48. That little black laptop shipped out to a select group of early adopters (around 65,000 machines) who put the very first Chrome OS... Read more...
Well, if there's one way to really showcase your product, it's doing something radical to get it in the hands of consumers. And this, is radical. Virgin America has just teamed up with Google (and presumably, Samsung) in order to get Series 5 Chromebooks onto Virgin America flights. The test run gives flyers the ability to "test-fly" the Chromebook with no charge. From July 1-September 30, 2011, Virgin America flyers will have the exclusive chance to check out a Chromebook at their departure airport gate and take the new notebook computer out for a spin onboard select Virgin America flights. In addition, flyers who check out a Chromebook will receive a free WiFi session onboard Virgin America... Read more...
Last month at Google I/O 2011, a pair of commercial Chromebooks were introduced. The Samsung Series 5, and the Acer AC700. As of yesterday, only one of those had started to ship to customers, and that award went to Samsung. But now, Acer's playing catch-up. The company just announced that their AC700 Chromebook would be shipping to the US by the end of this month, bringing their first taste of Chrome OS stateside. It's only the first in a planned series of Chrome OS notebooks. It offers Wi-Fi, optional 3G, a 10-second boot time, "always-on" footprint and easily access to Gmail, Google Docs and Calendar, and a host of other Google apps. Acer claims that their machine will last up to six hours... Read more...
Hello, Europe! That's what Chrome OS will soon be yelling, as they cross the pond from America to the shores of the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook will make its debut across the pond on June 24th for €399 for the Wi-Fi model (£349 in the UK) and €449 for the 3G-enabled model (£399 in the UK). They will also be available in other countries over the next few months. Outside of being available elsewhere (and probably sporting a different AC adapter and a few different keys), the machine is identical to the US counterpart. Still, getting a new OS into this many new nations should do great things for adoption, and the real question... Read more...
Do you know what today is? You could answer 'Wednesday' or 'June 15, 2011' both of which would be correct responses. But it's also the day that, at long last, the first notebooks built around Google's Chrome OS are shipping. We're of course talking about Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook, and if you missed out on ordering through Gilt a couple of weeks ago, now's your chance to jump on the Chrome OS bandwagon. Samsung's Series 5 Chromebook is available at Best Buy and Amazon.com, and will set you back $430 if all you want is Wi-Fi connectivity, or $500 if you want the 3G radio. The relatively high price (compared to low end 15.6-inch notebooks) will put Google's Chrome OS to the test. The Chromebook... Read more...
In just two short days (June 15, 2011), Acer and Samsung will launch the long awaited Chromebook based on Google's Chrome OS software, which potential buyers will be able to purchase from Amazon.com and Best Buy. Or at least that's how the script is supposed to go. Trying to throw a cog in the wheel is ISYS Technologies and subsidiary Xi3 Corporation, who filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the search giant is infringing the trademark for its ChromimumPC Modular Computer. The suit not only wants all companies involved to stop marketing the Chromebook and Chromebox PC products, but also seeks an expedited temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Google and its partners... Read more...
Ever wondered what was deep, deep within a Chrome OS-based machine? Google's Cr-48 has been cracked open before, but what about the newest duo? Acer and Samsung announced their respective Chromebooks at Google I/O this year, and a few of the earlier ones have started to ship out. The Series 5 3G Chromebook has fallen into the hands of the folks at iFixit, which have never turned down the chance to crack open a product for the sake of doing so. And, truthfully, for the sake of uncovering the specifics underneath. It's always interesting to take a look at what makes certain things tick, and Samsung's first Chromebook is no different. The Series 5 looks fairly easy to crack open, but there's a few... Read more...
In what's likely a hint of things to come, limited quantities of Samsung's Chromebook running Google's Chrome OS went on sale yesterday a full two weeks ahead of the official launch and quickly sold out. The Chrome Team sent out emails to select users with a link to the Gilt Groupe, an online retailer that offers instant access to top designer labels at big discounts. Gilt doesn't often deal with tech, but apparently worked out a deal to deliver a select number of trendy Chromebooks. If you didn't receive an email, you can still get through by registering here. Unfortunately, whatever stock Gilt had is now depleted, though you can add your name to the "Wait List" in case more units become available.... Read more...
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