A handful of companies are said to be preparing new Chromebook models that will launch later this year. According to a report from Digitimes, both Acer and ASUS are optimistic about the long-term prospects of Google’s Chromebooks and are working on low-priced computers that will debut in the second half of 2013. Acer is reportedly planning to target students with a new 11.6-inch model to be released in July, while new Chrome OS-powered computers are expected from ASUS, HP, Samsung and Lenovo later this year. Of note, ASUS never planned to enter the market but has apparently rethought its strategy. Google is also said to be working with ASUS, Acer, HP and Samsung on so-called “Androidbooks” that could debut in the near future.
If Windows RT is a “lemon” as some have suggested, then what does that make the Chromebook? ZDNet’s Ed Bott took a look at the latest numbers from NetMarketShare and found that there’s absolutely no mention of Google’s Chrome OS anywhere in its statistics for the most-used desktop operating systems. When Bott asked NetMarketShare why Chrome hadn’t made an appearance in the rankings, the firm replied that Chromebooks accounted for “0.023 percent weighted worldwide usage,” which put them below the minimum 0.1% threshold required to make an appearance on the charts. To put this into perspective, Bott notes that “in nearly two years on the market, all of those Chromebooks have achieved a smaller percentage of usage than Windows RT earned as of January 2013, after only three months on the market.”
Chromebooks haven’t exactly taken the world by storm so far, but that doesn’t mean Google (GOOG) is giving up on its vision for browser-centric notebook computers anytime soon. In a new piece over at Time’s TechLand blog, Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin says that Google’s upcoming merger of Android and its Chrome operating system makes it much more likely that Chromebooks will become attractive to consumers going forward. More →
If sales of the Surface have been disappointing so far, then where does that leave sales of Google’s (GOOG) Chromebooks? Unnamed sources have told Digitimes that sales of Google Chromebooks have only totaled around 500,000 so far, which gives the Chrome OS less than a 1% share of the notebook market. Digitimes‘ sources also say that Chromebooks could struggle to gain any traction against Windows-based notebooks for at least the next two years because Google “will still need some time to integrate” Chrome and Android in order to broaden Chromebooks’ appeal for consumers. Google recently tried to generate more hype for Chromebooks by releasing its own Chromebook Pixel that features a 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700-pixel touchscreen display and hefty $1,300 price tag.
Like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) is in a period of transition. Both companies cut their teeth in software and grew to lead their respective industries, but then they came to a realization: unless a company controls all aspects of the user experience — software and hardware — a product will never take shape in the manner they intended. On Microsoft’s end, the company is changing that with its Surface lineup. Google, on the other hand, bought Motorola for $12.5 billion. More →
Since the Windows-based PC market hasn’t been doing so hot lately, HP (HPQ) has apparently decided to give Chromebooks a shot. 9to5Google on Monday found a new specs sheet posted on HP’s website detailing a not-yet-announced Pavilion Chromebook that features a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, a 1.1GHz Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD. There’s no word yet on when the pricing or release date for the new Chromebook, but it’s hardly surprising that HP has decided to try its own hand at selling Chromebooks since rival manufacturer Samsung (005930) has had some success in selling the low-cost laptops in recent weeks.
Executives at Acer (2353) have had some harsh words for Microsoft (MSFT) regarding its Windows 8 operating system. CEO JT Wang was fuming after the software giant unveiled its Surface tablet and even issued a warning to the company, while other executives have blamed Microsoft for confusing would-be Windows 8 buyers. President Jim Wong said in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday that Windows 8 has not been successful and the company has explored alternatives to increase revenue, such as Google’s (GOOG) Chrome OS. More →
Now that Google (GOOG) has released smartphones and tablets under its own name, it was only a matter of time before it started releasing its own self-branded Chromebook computers as well. Unnamed sources have told the Chinese-language China Times that Google plans to launch a 12.85-inch Chromebook with touchscreen capabilities by the end of the year. And unlike with the Nexus 4 smartphone or the Nexus 7 tablet, Google isn’t going to a big-name OEM to produce the new Chromebook either, as China Times’ sources say Google is directly employing Taiwan-based Compal Electronics as its OEM, while tapping Wintek to supply touch panels.
What’s better than a $249 Samsung (005930) Chromebook? How about a Chromebook from Acer (2353) that sells for just $199. Google (GOOG) announced on Monday that Acer’s new C7 Chromebook would go on sale starting Tuesday for just $199 on Google Play and on Best Buy’s (BBY) website. The C7 Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768, 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage and a 320 GB hard disk drive, while weighing in at three pounds. Google’s first super-cheap Chrome-based laptop, the Samsung Chromebook, quickly sold out of stock when it went on sale last month, so it will be interesting to see if the company has similar success with the even-cheaper Acer model.
Google’s (GOOG) new 11.6-inch Chromebook built by Samsung (005930) might finally be the notebook that helps it get Chrome OS off the ground. Initial stock of the $249 notebook sold out shortly after it was made available for purchase on the Google Play Store. The Chromebook has been generating buzz not only for its low price, but because Google chose an ARM processor – a CPU normally used for smartphones and tablets – to power it. More →
Google’s (GOOG) newly announced Samsung (005930) Chromebook is getting quite a bit of attention for its ARM-based processor and low $249.99 price, but there’s another new Chromebook that comes with 3G connectivity for people who want to take it on the road with them. Samsung is listing a 3G Chromebook with Verizon Wireless (VZ) 3G WWAN connectivity including two years of data capped at 100MB per month that costs $329.99. All other specs remain the same: 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM processor, 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 resolution), 16GB of flash storage, 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, 2GB of RAM, 6.3 hours of battery life, an SD card slot, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out port and a VGA web camera.
Google (GOOG) isn’t giving up its dream of putting a Chromebook in everyone’s hands yet. The company announced on Thursday a brand new Samsung (005930) Chromebook that weighs 2.5 pounds and measures 0.8-inches thick. Touted as the “Chromebook for everyone,” the notebook has an 11.6-inch display (1366 x 768 resolution), 16GB of internal storage, 100GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, 6.5 hours of battery life, 2GB of RAM, an SD card slot, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port, VGA webcam and an HDMI out port. The most interesting part about the new Chromebook is its processor: a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM, a CPU normally reserved for smartphones and tablets. Google is selling the Chromebook for $249 and it’s available for preorder starting today.
Acer (2353) will reportedly launch a second-generation Chromebook computer in mid-October, according to a report from Digitimes. The company hopes the device will be able to replace its dying netbook line, which is expected to be phased out of the market in the coming months. Acer was initially hesitant about promoting a new Chromebook due to low sales of its earlier model, the report claims. After Microsoft (MSFT) announced the Surface tablet, however, the company was outraged and decided to “aggressively” push its new Chromebook. According to Digitimes, the 11.6-inch computer has already entered mass production and monthly shipments are expected to reach as high as 200,000 units. In addition to Acer, it has also been reported that Lenovo (0992) may be developing a Chromebook product. More →