Google has announced Chromebook’s launch date which will be available to the public for purchase on June 15th this year.

Prices will start from around $349 to $499 USD (with UK prices still to be announced) and partner manufacturers, Samsung and Acer, will provide their own specially adapted models for the Chrome OS (Google’s relatively new operating system) to operate on.

In the UK purchasing a Chromebook will be available from Amazon and possibly other major online distributors such as Dixons and PC World.

So what is Chromebook?

Google numerously spells it out as a mobile device for people who live on the web.

google.com ~ “Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web, where you already spend most of your computing time. So you get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers.”

A Chromebook is a small laptop (notebook) which comes pre-installed with Google’s own operating system with the core focus based around the Chrome browser and using their Cloud (a system of networked computers working together) for storing data and accessing programs, so you can log in to your favourite programs and do your daily chores remotely over the Internet.

Mostly everything from emails, photos to documents can be viewed and worked on over the Web using the device.

No timely installations or head scratching

This will be inviting for home users who have a hard time maintaining computers or figuring out troublesome issues. This is because apps will be installed (or added) remotely on the user’s account.

Updates and fixes will be performed by Google or by the app’s developers themselves. This ensures anyone who uses an app will have a stable system with the most current fixes and updates available – all done behind the scene without the user noticing.

As it is a dedicated machine, having mostly all of the programs accessed remotely, it has a fast loading time of around 8 seconds. Virus protection is also done over the cloud, and if an individual Chrome tab crashes it will not affect other processes that you are currently working on, instead it will terminate only the affected tab.

Businesses and the education sector might find the new Chromebook interesting too as it removes the need for IT assistance which can be time-consuming and costly for some organisations, particularly for companies with a high turnover of staff – setting up a new account would be a simple sign up process.

Google heads for the home user market

It is Google’s latest challenge to increase their share of the home and office market, competing head on with Microsoft and their line of Windows operating systems and Office software.

On paper it looks like a forward-looking, promising product, fast loading, with none of the issues of the day-the-day handling of a common PC or laptop. Although the Chromebook may be restrictive for businesses and especially for power users, for the typical home user things are looking up.

References

http://www.google.com/chromebook/
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-kind-of-computer-chromebook.html