Thursday 21 November 2019

Google launches ‘Chromebook’ computers

Google Chrome OS relies on all your services being accessible via the cloud
Google Chrome OS relies on all your services being accessible via the cloud
Samsung's Series 5 laptop will be the first on the market to run Google's Chrome OS

Matt Warman

Chrome OS laptops will launch in the UK on June 15 and challenge Microsoft for domination of home and office computers

Google has unveiled the first two computers that will use its own operating system, Chrome OS. Made by Samsung and Acer, the devices will launch in seven countries including the UK on 15 June.

“A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we’re announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks,” wrote Linus Upson, Vice President of Engineering and Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Chrome on the Google blog.

The new laptops build on the CR-48 laptop that Google has been trialling with users. They will cost from $349, and UK pricing is set to be announced shortly. They will be available online only from Amazon and Dixons.

Google’s Chrome OS is based on the Chrome web browser that is now used by 160m people around the world.

Its aim is to encourage people to use web-based applications, and Google claims that most tasks can be accomplished online. For those that cannot, Google has worked with Citrix and VMWare to allow access to other software.

Chrome OS emphasises its speed, simplicity and security, with software updates beings rolled out immediately and automatically.

Photos and music can be uploaded directly to the internet and then accessed across a range of devices. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, described it as “a new model of computing”, although he added that he didn’t think “there’s anything inherently wrong with Windows”.

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