Google Chromebook coming June 15

Google Chrome OS logoToday, at Google I/O, Google revealed that the first Chrome OS laptops, or Chromebooks, will be available for order on June 15 in the United States. Prices will start at $349 for an 11.6-inch model. Additionally, Google announced a sweet deal for students -- a Chromebook for 20 bucks a month. Assuming a nine-month school year that works out to $180. Businesses can subscribe for $28 per user/a month.

Chrome OS is a cloud-dependent operating system requiring a persistent Internet connection -- or so it seemed before today's Google I/O keynote. The user's Google account ID allows syncing of browser bookmarks and passwords with computers running Chrome and opens access to server-side Google services like Apps, Gmail and Reader.

Today Google revealed some new enhancements -- a file manager and media player for Chrome OS, which allow users to access some local files. Additionally, at launch, Chromebooks will be able to access Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs offline. Google also is providing developers with the means of associating cloud services with Chrome OS for offline use. Angry Birds, which debuted today at the Chrome App Store, supports this capability.

The First Chromebooks

Acer and Samsung will be the first manufacturers selling Chromebooks, starting June 15. The Chrome OS laptops will be available from Amazon and Best Buy in the United States. They also will be available in six European countries -- France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom.

The Samsung Chromebook will have 12.1-inch display and 8-hour battery life. It will be available in WiFi-only and WiFi/3G versions for $429 and $499, respectively. The Acer model will have an 11.6-inch display, starting at $349. Could this be the MacBook Air killer?

Samsung Chromebook specs:

  • 12.1" (1280x800) 300 nit Display
  • 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
  • 8.5 hours of continuous usage
  • Intel® Atom Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise canceling microphone
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • Mini-VGA port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

Acer Chromebook specs:

  • 11.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD
  • 2.95 lbs. | 1.34 kg.
  • 6 hours of continuous usage
  • Intel® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
  • Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
  • HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
  • High-Definition Audio Support
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4-in-1 memory card slot
  • HDMI port
  • Fullsize Chrome keyboard
  • Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

Subscription Computing

Besides direct sales, Google will offer subscription programs for businesses and schools, something more commonly seen for software than hardware. Student subscriptions will cost $20 per month, while businesses can get a Chromebook for $28 per user per month. Google' business subscription program has some hugely appealing attributes. The search and information giant will provide a Web console so that IT organizations can centrally manage the devices. Google also will provide warranty and replacement services -- and, get this, hardware upgrade replacements. Since users' files and settings are synced to the cloud, upgrades would be hugely simplified. Swap and sync.

For this story, I'll highlight more of the benefits to students and get to businesses in a later post:

1. Most campuses have ubiquitous WiFi, so cloud connectivity shouldn't be a problem. A cloud computer is best used with constant connection to the Internet.

2. Younger consumers are more likely to be Google users. For example, the kids at my daughter's high school primarily use Google Docs for assignments, particularly those where they collaborate. Irony: The school received an endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seven years ago.

3. College students (and even high schoolers) presumably would be more flexible trying something new.

4. Lock `em in young is a tried-and-proven marketing approach, that's why student software is so cheap. Companies like Adobe and Microsoft understand that if people use something and get accustomed to it in high school or college, they're likely to stick with it.

5. Chromebooks should have some cool factor -- for being geek and different from Macs (or Windows laptops). PCs are so yesterday, while Google's cloud computer is so tomorrow.

6. This week, Google introduced YouTube movie rentals and music streaming from the cloud. But that's more a benefit to students who also have Android phones.

Source: Betanews

Tags: Chrome OS, Google, netbooks

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