Google this week announced a second generation Chromebook model from Samsung, the Series 5 550, which dispenses with the previous generation Chromebook's Atom N570 processor and replaces it with a dual-core Celeron B867 chip sporting Sandy Bridge DNA. That's well and good if you're into Chromebooks, except that companies like Asus and HTC aren't tripping over themselves trying to launch second generation Chromebook models of their own.
Unfazed by the general public’s poor response to first-generation Chrome OS hardware, Google and Samsung have introduced a couple of new devices featuring the cloud-based OS. The Series 5 550 is an update to last year’s Series 5 chromebook, whereas the Series 3 Chromebox is the first of its kind.
The latest Chrome Beta features the ability to sync tabs across multiple devices, Google revealed in a blog post Tuesday. The ability to sync tabs has been a long time coming as far as Chrome is concerned, with Firefox having had it as an integrated feature since the release of version 4 last year. More after the jump.
If Acer and Samsung thought that they were forever going to have the Chromebook market all to themselves, we’ve some seriously bad news for the two companies. A Japanese rival seems to be gearing up to invade what has essentially been their collective fiefdom till now. Hit the jump for more.
Google tried to change the way we think about computing when it launched its Chromebook platform. These devices are the result of a three-way between a laptop, netbook, and the almighty cloud, the end result of which is an 11.6-inch or 12.1-inch notebook with just enough lower end components to scrape by living in the cloud. The next generation of Chromebooks, however, will be better spec'd for improved performance, among other things.
While Microsoft is all about its Windows Phone platform, Google's Android OS is proving a profitable nugget for the Redmond software giant. What some people don't know is that Microsoft collects license fees from several manufacturers who use Android in their products, and in exchange Microsoft agrees not to sue them for infringing on its IP. LG is the newest company to ink an Android license agreement with Microsoft, whose patent portfolio now covers nearly three quarters of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S.
The Chromebook is nice, but is it $500 nice? Is it really better than spending a few bucks to upgrade an old netbook into a comparable browser-based portable PC?
We took a year-old Samsung NF310 netbook with a dual-core Atom CPU, upped the RAM to 2GB, and replaced its hard drive with a 20GB Intel Larson Creek SSD, then installed Joli OS 1.2. We pitted our creation against a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook to see whether a homebrew 'Jolibook' can hang.
If you’re the type of PC user who lives with your head in the cloud, Google’s Chromebooks might have caught your eye. Chromebooks have their share of drawbacks, however – their heavy reliance on the ‘Net being the biggest example – that may scare away potential buyers who are hesitant to dive headfirst into the “Always online” pool. Well, Google’s doing its best to convince folks that the water’s fine, rolling out price cuts, new models and a spiffy new level of spit-shined polish to Chromebooks.
When Google launched its Chromebook initiative for business and education customers, potential clients weren’t given very much flexibility when it came to financing. Basically they either chose to agree to a three-year subscription fee, or they could look for something else. In a rather rare change of heart, Google has reversed the three-year requirement, and are now giving both sets of customers the option to buy the machines outright with one year of support instead. Clients will have the option to renew web-based admin, phone support, and hardware for years two and three, but it is no longer required.
If you’ve used the Chrome web browser, you’ve used Chrome OS. Google’s latest netbook operating system is little more than a very, very thin client underneath the Chrome browser, and a Chromebook is a netbook-like object that runs Chrome OS instead of a full Windows or Linux-based operating system. Chromebooks have finally hit retail (in the form of sleek netbooks from Samsung and Acer), and it’s time to find out whether “nothing but the web” is enough computer for anyone.