Google I/O: Chromebook announced, available from June 15
The Google Chromebook has become a reality. The CR-48 notebook with Google Chrome OS was announced in December 2010, but the version for mass production, called simply Chromebook, has been revealed only to the Google I / O 2011. The idea presented is similar to the original, a pure and simple computer with the OS from Google. The philosophy does not differ from that of the Apple iPad, the hardware is secondary to the experience of use. Google sells primarily a platform for interaction, not a classic notebook.
The hardware relies on security and battery life (a day) and possibility of multiple connectivity. The version in production has an Intel Dual Core and it works more smoothly than the CR-48 prototype. The external storage is finally working and it is possible to use a camera with a plug. The product is still something in the post-beta, but Google announced updates to come in every few weeks. Users will have access to the cloud and the file manager works directly from the OS. The Chromebook does not have to be always connected: there are offline versions of Gmail, calendar and documents.
Google works with Acer and Samsung at the hardware level. The first Chromebook Samsung promises 8 hours of battery life, 12.1-inch display while Acer version has a 11.6-inch display and 6.5 hours of battery life. The Samsung will cost between $ 425 and $ 499, depending on who has the wifi, and the Acer will start from $ 349.