Google announces launch of Chromebook
Laptops run on Google Chrome OS
Google has announced that it will release a line of ‘Chromebook' laptops, which will be driven by Google's web-optimised Chrome OS.
The first Chromebooks will be manufactured by Samsung and Acer, and will be available from next month.
The notebooks will run on the Chrome OS, a Linux-based OS that is designed to work exclusively with web applications, to cut down on the amount of software on the device, for faster operation.
The Chromebooks will have automatic updates for the software to optimise the laptop and increase its operating speed over a period of time.
A user's personal files, music, movies, photos and games are stored on the web, meaning that they are available at any time, any where. This also means that users do not need to back up their files.
According to Google, Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge and come with optional 3G so users can access the web on the go.
Chromebooks are designed with several layers of security built into the system, meaning users do not have to buy or maintain anti-virus software.
Using the Chrome web browser gives customers direct access to millions of apps and developers can embed and mash-up applications to create new products and services.
The company also announced Chromebooks will be available directly from Google for both business and education on a rental basis. The Chromebooks will come with a cloud management console to administer and manage users, devices and applications. The enterprise and education Chromebooks also include enterprise-level support, device warranties and replacements as well as regular hardware refreshes. Monthly subscriptions will start at $28/user for businesses and $20/user for schools.
Chromebooks will be available online 15th June in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain and will sell for prices of between $349 and $499.
Chromebooks will be available from Amazon and Best Buy in the US and internationally from leading retailers.