HP unveils first Chromebook

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Feb 042013

HP Pavilion ChromebookHewlett-Packard is jumping into the Chromebook market. Joining Samsung and Acer in offering inexpensive devices powered by Google’s Chrome OS, it announced the HP Pavilion 14-c010us Chromebook. It is the first Chromebook to come with a 14-inch display.

The HP Pavilion Chromebook gives you fast and easy access to the things you love and depend on, from a world of Google apps and services to your photos and social networks. The OS and built-in security stay up to date automatically. And since it’s the first Chromebook with a 14-inch diagonal design, you get full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility.

HP Pavilion 14-c010us Chromebook specifications:

  • Processor: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847
  • Operating system: Google Chrome OS
  • Cellular connectivity: None
  • Other connectivity: 082.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth
  • Display: 14-inch LED-backlit HD (1366×768)
  • Input: Full-size QWERTY keyboard
  • Memory: 2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB)
  • Storage: 16GB SSD and SD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: Yes
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port, RJ-45 port
  • Battery: 4-cell (37WHr) Li-Ion
  • Dimensions / weight: 347 × 238 × 21 millimeters / 1.8 kilograms
  • Colours: Black

HP is offering the HP Pavilion Chromebook for US$329.99. Available in the U.S., there is no word on whether we will also see it in Canada or elsewhere.

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What a Chrome OS phone might look like

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Nov 182012

Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome OS, have had very different fortunes. One now dominates the smartphone world while the other continues to struggle to establish itself as a cloud-centric operating system powering a few Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. But what would happen if Chrome OS began to power mobile phones as well? That’s the question that apparently kept Google employee Zach Alcorn up a few nights ago, culminating in a concept image of a Chrome phone.

This still needs some work, but I liked the direction it was going and decided to share it with you all 🙂 What do you think? I’d love to see an Android skin that emulates this look.

Google Chrome phone concept image

Google has already indicated that its long term plan is to merge the two operating systems into one. So it is unlikely that the Chrome phone will move beyond the concept stage as more than an Android skin.

Would you be interested in a Chrome OS phone?

Read more: Zach Alcorn [via Google+](Source: Phandroid)

Samsung launches second generation Chromebook and new Chromebox

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Jun 032012

Google’s Chrome OS has been languishing since its launch. Samsung last week launched new devices powered by Samsung’s struggling Chrome operating system. The new devices are a second-generation Chrome OS powered notebook, the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550, and a new small form-factor desktop, the Samsung Chromebox.

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 and Chromebox

Both devices are powered by Intel Core processors and the latest version of Chrome OS. They both come with 4GB RAM, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, USB ports, and a DisplayPort. The Chromebook also comes with 12.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) display and a 3G modem (with 100MB of free data per month through Verizon).

According to Digitimes, both ASUS and HTC have decided to pass on Chrome OS devices due to low sales of first generation devices. HTC had been rumoured to be working on devices running both Android and Chrome OS. Acer, which produced the first generation AC700 Chromebook, is said to be “still evaluating the project,” suggesting it has yet to decide whether to continue with Chrome OS.

Samsung is offering the Chromebook starting at US$449 and the Chromebox starting at US$329. Both will available in the U.S. and in a number of European countries starting on June 15th. There is no word on whether they will also be available in Canada but more countries are promised in “the coming months.”

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Google: Android and Chrome OS to eventually merge

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Jun 032012

Google AndroidGoogle today offers two operating systems: Android for smartphones and tablets and Chrome OS for desktops and notebooks such as its Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. While Android has established itself as the world’s most used operating system, Chrome OS has not been as successful. While the two will remain separate for some time yet, they will slowly but eventually merge into a single operating system according to Google’s vice president of engineering, Linus Upson. “We have our hands full in delivering a wonderful experience on dektop and laptop and the Android team have their hands full bringing a great experience on phone and tablet. But the two teams are working together even more closely,” he told TechRadar.

Evidence of that convergence can already be found in functionality such as web browsing. “With Chrome on Android and Chrome OS and Chrome on Windows or on Mac you get the same web browsing experience everywhere,” said Upson.

At the same time, Upson points out that different types of devices still need different experiences. “The use cases in technology stacks on phone and tablet are very different to desktop and laptop, as are the user expectations, and the types of things you do are also very different,” he said. He also pointed out that both Apple and Microsoft support this dual strategy, Apple with iOS and Mac OS and Microsoft with Windows and Windows Phone.

Upson also refuted rumours of a Chrome OS tablet: “We are not working on a Chrome OS tablet.”

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Google I/O pushed out but extended to three days in 2012

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Nov 282011

GoogleGoogle today announced that Google I/O 2012 will take place from June 27th to 29th, one day more than it has been in the past. It is also taking place later than originally announced. Google made the move in response to customer feedback:

After Google I/O 2011, you consistently told us you wanted more time to attend sessions, visit our partners in the Developer Sandbox, and meet 1:1 with the engineers behind Google’s developer platforms and APIs. We recently received an unexpected opportunity to extend Google I/O to three days, so as we announced on our +Google Developers page, we are moving the conference to June 27-29, 2012.

Another interesting change is that the new application process will require a code submission. Google adds, “That’s all we can tell you for now, but we’d advise against making travel arrangements until then.” Is Google I/O set to become a more exclusive event?

The event will still take place at Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

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HTC to offer both Chrome and Android on upcoming Internet-access devices?

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Nov 262011

HTCHTC could be the latest manufacturer to offer a Chromebook. According to Digitimes, the company is considering building “Internet-access devices” that fall somewhere between tablets and netbooks. They would run both Chrome OS and Android.

Both Acer and Samsung currently offer Chromebooks and sales appear to be quite poor so far. Digitimes expects total sales to reach only 25,000 to 30,000 units by the end of the year. Could HTC have something up its sleeve to give this market a short in the arm?

HTC has taken some gambles with some products in the past. Do you remember the HTC Shift, the 7-inch slate running Vista with slide-out keyboard? Could HTC resurrect it with upgraded hardware and Chrome and Android as its operating systems? Perhaps we will see a few new gambles from the manufacturer especially as it promised to try to stand out from the crowd in 2012.

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