First it was the laptop, then the netbook, then the tablet; we briefly had the smartbook, but now Google has coined a new word for you to remember - the Chromebook.
Google has announced that that’s the moniker it wants to attach to the bevy of new devices coming out this summer (15 June to be precise) that run its Chrome OS operating system.
So far Samsung and Acer have confirmed plans for the new Chromebooks, building on efforts from Google with its own dev unit the Google Cr-48 (catchy we know).
At the heart of each Chromebook will be Google’s Chrome OS operating system and that promises, as it has previously faster boot up times, better security and the ability to work in the cloud.
But here’s the exciting bit. Google has confirmed that the first batch of Chromebooks will be available online 15 June in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain with more countries following in the coming months.
Hoping to lure businesses away from Microsoft, Google says that companies will be able to get a Chromebook for a monthly subscription rather than having to pay up front. Prices will start at $28 per user for businesses and $20 per user for schools.
This service from Google includes Chromebooks and a cloud management console to remotely administer and manage users, devices, applications and policies. Also included is enterprise-level support, device warranties and replacements as well as regular hardware refreshes.
In the meantime Samsung and Acer have confirmed specs for their Chromebooks.
Acers will feature a 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit LCD, weigh 1.34 kg, come with 6 hours of continuous usage, and be powered by an Intel Atom dual-core processor. Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and world-mode 3G (optional) lets you connect to the cloud, while a HD webcam with noise cancelling microphone will let you be seen and heard on your travels. There's high-definition audio support, USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 memory card slot, and HDMI port for connecting it to a projector or TV.
The Samsung offering will pack a larger screen - 12.1 inches - and a battery life of 8.5 hours.
Neither device has pricing details as yet.