The first laptop operating on Google's Chrome operating system will go on sale from June 15. This is considered to be the latest move by the world's number one search firm that is challenging both the "giant" Microsoft and Apple.
Laptops in light weight will appear on the market after nearly two years Google embarks on working on this web-based operating system. Since then, Apple's iPads and other tablets have been actively sold in the market. The rise in popularity of tablets has raised doubts about how interested consumers will be with Google laptops dedicated to surfing the web.
Samsung and Acer are making the first Chromebooks. They will sell this product for between $ 349 and $ 499 in the US market, cheaper than Apple's iPad ($ 499).
Acer's Chrome computer, priced at $ 349, will come with an 11.6-inch screen and a 6-hour battery. Samsung versions cost from 429 to 499 USD, equipped with 12.1-inch screen and battery power up to 8.5 hours. Both models have a keyboard but no hard drive for storage. These devices will act like a terminal depending on the Internet connection. The laptops will have 16GB of flash memory - the kind of memory commonly found on smartphones, tablets and iPods. They also have slots with external storage devices.
Chromebook will also be sold in UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
To attract users to use Chromebooks, Google will offer a 3-year subscription plan to businesses and schools with subsidies and collection of service contracts. The cost per month is about 28 USD per user in business and government organizations, while 20 USD per user at school. In return, Google will provide the laptop, technical support, and warranty for that period. Google will replace the Chromebook at the end of three years.
The long-awaited arrival of Chromebooks will create huge competition with rival Microsoft, whose operating system is at the foundation of most personal computers today.
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have long felt that Windows computers are too long to power up and too cumbersome to function. Windows restrictions, they believe, are preventing people from spending more time on the Internet.
To solve cognitive problems, Google announced their plan in July 2009 for the Chrome operating system to allow computers to start up in seconds and encourage more web surfing.
"The complexity of computer management is really frustrating for users," Brin said. That is the wrong model ”. The Chromebook model solves that problem.
Besides attacking Microsoft's Windows, Google's Chromebook also challenges Apple, the maker of Mac computers and iPads. Google and Apple have entered into fierce competition in the smartphone market over the past two years.
It was Google who created the tablet craze by creating a specific version of the Android operating system for this particular device. Apple sold nearly 20 million iPads during the first year the tablet came on the market. Analysts predict that users will buy tens of millions of tablets from Apple and from other manufacturers over the next few years.