During the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, Google discussed the future of its “Chrome OS” platform, as well as some future products that will soon hit the market. Google has improved the performance of Adobe Flash playback within the browser, and the OS will now recognize I/O devices — such as cameras — when they’re plugged into the computer. Other new features include Google Music integration, a new photo manager that allows you to send directly to Picasa, and an option to upload files directly to Box.net. Google’s bread and butter, Gmail, Calendar, and Docs are all now accessible while offline. Hackers will also appreciate a new built-in jailbreaking feature. Samsung and Acer will both introduce “Chromebooks” on June 15th for $429 and $399, respectively. Samsung will also sell a 3G version of its Chromebook for $499. Those prices sound a bit high to us considering that you can get a full-fledged Windows 7 netbook for that price, but we’ll see if the market agrees.
Google's ChromeBook Pixel announcement took many by surprise even when there were all indications that something of this sort was bound to land, it was not known that it would arrive so quickly. Of course, the ChromeBook Pixel, is not only Google’s first proper laptop, but it is a marvelous example of industrial design molded with an incredible display. Google says that the 12.85-inch touch-display on the ChromeBook Pixel has a resolution of 2560x1700 converting to the most pixel dense laptop display with pixel count homing in at 239ppi. Of course, when we talk about pixel dense laptops then one cannot keep out the MacBook Pro with Retina display out of the game. This time we compare the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display with the ChromeBook Pixel. Read on to find out the differences. More →
When it comes to business centric notebooks, then Lenovo’s ThinkPad brand is perhaps the first and foremost option for most. Lenovo already has a number of products under the iconic branding including an 11.6-inch model – the ThinkPad X131e. Today, ZDNet is reporting that Lenovo has announced ChromeBook variant of the same that is powered by Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS. More →
Google and Samsung have again joined hands to create a new Chromebook and Chromebox and as usual both run Google’s cloud based Chrome OS. The new Samsung Chromebook - the Series 5 550, flaunts a 12.-inch display, an Intel Core series processor, 4GB of RAM, an HD camera, two USB 2.0 ports, and a rated battery life of six hours. On the other hand, the Chromebox which admittedly, is a Mac Mini look alike now get four USB 4.0 ports and gets built-in dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Gigabit ethernet. More →
Apart from showing a slew of Ultrabooks and OLED televisions Samsung sneaked in its latest series 5 Chromebook and series 3 Chromebox at CES. Both the devices boast of identical specs namely dual-core Celeron processors, 2GB of RAM and 16 gigabytes of solid state memory. The series 3 Chromebox is very different from the one Google had unveiled back in May 2011, though the new Chromebook series 5 shares more or less the same design as its predecessor. More →