Google has been looking to make a statement with its Chromebook line for some time now, and it's continuing its push for affordable laptops by announcing a new Chromebook from Samsung that's just $249. The laptop has an 11.6-inch display and features an ARM processor, which is certainly a rare thing to find in laptops these days.
Remember Google’s Chromebox? The company is giving attendees at I/O one of the machines absolutely free. That’s not a bad present on top of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Q, and Nexus 7s that were given away yesterday. If you recall, the Chromebox is running Google’s Chrome OS and is designed to be a lightweight PC for basic multimedia and productivity tasks.
The Google Chromebook experience has been boosted this week to physical retail stores all across the United States with Best Buy and in the UK as well. This is the next generation of Chromebooks because before now it was essentially only online that you'd be able to purchase such a notebook. This news comes amid Chrome OS updates that would in the very near future bring on more speed, smoother action, and much more cloud workability with Google Drive.
This week the Google Chrome browser has been introduced for the iPhone. The Chrome browser started up Google I/O's 2012 keynote on the second day of the event, with Chrome as a browser connecting with Chrome as a browser as an operating system being shown to connect across any number of devices. Of course we'd seen much of this in the past as Google Chrome has been connected in this Google accounts way for several months. This browser is able to rather able, as its been demonstrated today, to work from a laptop to a Chromebook to a smartphone to a Nexus 7 tablet and back.
It's time again for Google's own developer conference, and SlashGear is here to bring you the whole set of events as they happen. We'll be bringing you everything from Android to Chrome as an operating system to Chrome as a browser and back again, and right from the show floor as we do it. The big events begin tomorrow morning, bright and early, and they last all week long!
This year at All Things Digital's D10 conference, Google's Senior Vice President of Chome and Applications Sundar Pichai was interviewed by Walk Mossberg, speaking about both Chrome and Android in one. The main object of their discussion, which also included Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising Susan Wojcicki, was indeed Chrome OS but also Chrome as a web browser, and how it's overtaken the former king Internet Explorer in world browser share. Perhaps the most interesting bit of the conversation, on the other hand, sat squarely in the world of Android, and how Pichai saw mobile and not-so-mobile Google operating systems converging.
Google will use Google Drive integration to attempt to reinvigorate adoption of Chromebooks, closely tying the cloud storage service into the Chrome OS-based ultraportables. The new online drive will in effect be used as the default local drive on Chromebooks, Chrome chief Sundar Pichai told Wired, with seamless blending of the local system with internet-based storage space.
This year's Google I/O has sold out in just a bit over 20 minutes, the fastest it's ever done so, and Google is well prepared for the "overwhelming" interest with video feeds galore! In addition, Google will be having Extended locations so you can get hands-on time with all of the hot Google action! What we've got below is details on all three days of technical Input/Output with streaming video sessions for all the most important moments!
There are few Google Chromebooks floating around out there already, but the machines haven't exactly been super popular. As it stands now, all the current Chromebooks run Intel Atom processors. There have been some indications that Chromebooks running ARM processors are coming. The latest Chromebook we have seen was the Sony Chromebook that crossed the FCC last week.
Sony's flagship Chrome OS-powered computer has just been given the green light by the Federal Communications Commission. This means as far as the regulatory paperwork goes, the device is ready to go on sale in the US, and obviously Sony wouldn't have submitted it to the FCC unless it was essentially ready for production. So hopefully we'll start seeing it on store shelves soon.