Google reveals new Chromebook, the €200 computer 'for everyone'
Google’s push to encourage users to adopt laptops that rely on the internet continued last night with the launch of the $249 Chromebook from Samsung. It offers six hours of battery life, 100GB of online storage, weighs 2.5lb and measures .8" thick, the search giant claimed. Google Mail, Calendar and Docs, Google hopes, will supply users' main needs.
Chromebooks have recently been upgraded to include a more familiar computing environment, adopting a desktop and a series of windows based on the Google Chrome web browser.
Sales, however, have remained sluggish despite ambitions for the laptops to take one in ten sales.
Writing on the Google blog, Sundar Pichai claimed “As a kid growing up in India, I was fascinated with computers and the endless possibilities they presented. I had to wait until college to finally get my hands on one in the computer lab and since then began dreaming of a world where everyone could have access to one. We’re not quite there yet, but every day we get a bit closer.”
He conceded that “For folks living entirely in the cloud, the Chromebook is now a primary computer”, implying that most users were not yet ready for the new machines. “Many people use the Chromebook today as the perfect additional computer for their home,” he said.
Google emphasises that Chromebooks automatically install security updates and require minimal maintenance from users. The new model boots up in less than 10 seconds, Google claimes, and offers 1080p video.
The new Chromebook is available in online stores from next week.
Matt Warman, Telegraph.co.uk