Chromebook

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Chromebook

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook

Product type

Personal computer – Notebook

Owner

Google

Introduced

June 15, 2011

Website

www.google.com/chromebook/

A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed
to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing in
"the cloud". A Chromebook is an example of a thin client.[1][2][3]
The first Chromebooks for sale, by Acer Inc. and Samsung, began shipping on June 15, 2011.[4] In
addition to laptop models, a desktop version, called a Chromebox, was introduced in May 2012, and
an "all-in-one" device was introduced in January 2014, by LG Electronics.
Chromebooks are primarily sold both directly from Google and from the company's retail partners.
By 2012, schools had become the largest category of customer. That October, Google broadened its
marketing strategy to include first-time computer users and households seeking an additional
computer.

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[15][16] Enabling developer mode allows the installation of Linux distributions on Chromebooks.32. were announced at the Google I/O conference in May 2011. an operating system that uses the Linux kernel and the Google Chrome web-browser with an integrated media-player. With an initial retail price of US$499. Asus. [20] Instead of installing traditional applications such as word processing and instant messaging. Lenovo. Hewlett Packard and Google itself entered the market in early 2013.[4] Support for many USB devices such as cameras. Crouton is a script that allows the installation of Linux distributions from Chrome OS.12 in materials and US$12. Like the prototype Cr-48. Google announced and began shipping the Chromebook Pixel.Qualcomm. shipping. That complaint dissipated later in reviews of machines from Acer and Samsung that were priced lower. which can be turned on to install and boot Linux distributions directly. Texas Instruments. [4]Lenovo. The Pixel C is based on Android. and research and development. and Samsung.[14] Chromebooks ship with Google Chrome OS. users add web apps from the Chrome Web Store. such as then New York Times technology columnist David Pogue. and began shipping on June 15. estimated a total cost of $334. as well as a Web search button which replaces the caps lock key (caps lock being activated by pressing both alt+search). Toshiba. [22] An analysis of the Samsung Series 5 components by iFixit in June 2011. In December 2013. 2011.[12][13] and Dell. . Chromebooks are primarily designed for use while connected to the Internet. Hewlett-Packard.99 that also pays for retail margins. a higher-spec machine with a high-end price tag. was introduced in May 2012.The first Chromebooks for sale. Freescale. utilizing a feature similar to plug-and-play on other operating systems.[8] unfavorably comparing the value proposition of Chromebooks with that of more fully featured laptops running the Microsoft Windows operating system.[11] Samsung. by LG Electronics.[17] Some Chromebooks include SeaBIOS.20 in labor.[18][19] With limited offline capability and a fast boot-time. called a Chromebox.[10] Intel. marketing.[7] In addition to laptop models. representing US$322. Adobe. Samsung launched a Samsung Chromebook specifically for the Indian market that employed the company's Exynos 5 Dual core processor. Critical reaction to the device was initially skeptical. and an "all-in-one" device was introduced in January 2014. external keyboards and flash drives is included. by Acer Inc. Chromebooks have a specialized keyboard complete with buttons for opening and controlling multiple browser-windows.[9] In February 2013. Design[edit] Samsung Chromebook Series 3 with bottom panel removed Initial hardware partners for Chromebook development included Acer. a desktop version. mice. and running both operating systems simultaneously.[21] Google claims that a multi-layer security architecture eliminates the need for antivirus software. with some reviewers.

[38] In addition to these marketing strategies. at the Google I/O developer conference. except the first three. One stated that "If I just need to stay connected for emergencies. Google Chrome has created several "Chromebook minis" that demonstrate the ease of use and simplicity of the devices in a comical manner. when the question "How do you back up a Chromebook" is asked. Vaughan-Nichols faulted the devices for lack of virtual private network capability. were unveiled on May 11. users are able to access Google applications such as Gmail. the Netherlands." showing how all data is stored on the web. and a PDFand Microsoft Office document-viewer that are functional without Internet access. Other apps with offline support include Amazon's Cloud Reader. inside the Currys and PC World superstore in London. boot with the help of Coreboot. They were to begin selling through online channels. the Samsung Series 5 and the Acer AC700. and Google Drive in offline mode. per month. Google launched the Chrome Zone. respectively for a three-year contract.[37] The concept was later changed to a broader instore Google shop. entitled "Five Chromebook concerns for businesses".the profit margins on the Chromebooks are quite thin. reported on their initial testing of 600 Chromebooks as part of a broader study related to accessing virtual desktops. 2011. not supporting some Wi-Fi security methods. Early indications show potential value in reducing IT support costs. 2011. "You don't have to back up a Chromebook. France. Steven J.[27][28] Sales and marketing[edit] The first two commercially available Chromebooks. Verizon offers models equipped with 3G/4G LTE connectivity 100–200 MB of free wireless data per month. Chromebooks also come with a built-in local music-player. He also noted that its file manager does not work. depending on the model and 3G option.[23] While Chromebooks are designed to be used when connected to the Internet. for two years. it is implied to refer to data backup. [24] [25] Google Play video content is available offline using an extension to the Chrome browser. including replacements and upgrades. Germany. End users have indicated that the Chromebook is easy to travel with and starts up quickly. Acer's AC700 was not available until early July. the New York Times App. Orlando does plan to continue to use the Chromebooks. in particular Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) Enterprise with Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS) or Cisco’s Lightweight Extensible Authentication Protocol (LEAP). however. but instead. a photo editor. requiring a large production run to make a profit. which has not expanded beyond the PC World on Tottenham Court Road." but when traveling for business she would still take her laptop. For example.[31][32] Google's early marketing efforts relied primarily on hands-on experience: giving away Samsung machines to 10 Cr-48 pilot program participants along with the title Chromebook Guru and loaning Chromebooks to passengers on some Virgin America flights. I take my Chrome. Italy and Spain starting June 15.[30] Google also offered a monthly payment scheme for business and education customers at $28 and $20 per user. Google Calendar. This is followed by the statement.[41] . a "store within a store".[26] All Chromebooks.[39] In an article published on ZDNet in June 2011.[36] The store had a Google-style look and feel with splashes of color all around the retail store front. the need to use the undocumented crosh shell to accomplish basic tasks such as setting up a secure shell (SSH) network connection as well as serious deficiencies in documentation. Florida. Google Keep. the United Kingdom.[33][34][35] At the end of September 2011. including Amazon and Best Buy in the United States. and Angry Birds. shows two hands pushing a Chromebook back to the end of a table. the City of Orlando. [40] In one of the first customer reviews.[29] The first machines sold for between $349 and $499. a fast-booting BIOS.

are second after Windows based devices (with Android tablets. They are fighting an enemy that is so insidious and so cunning that it's actually hurting the company more than anything else. and Iowa.. Google announced price reductions on all Chromebooks. Intel said that its Bay Trail chips will be used in a series of inexpensive touchscreen laptops primarily running Google's Android operating system.S. according to Acer president Jim Wong. Illinois.09 TB of Google Drive cloud storage and 12 GoGoWiFi passes. by sales volume (to companies in the US). He noted that although Chrome OS is free to license for hardware vendors. the Wi-Fi-only Samsung Series 5 was reduced to $349.[46][47][48][49] While the two lowest cost Chromebooks emerged later in the fall: the $249[50] Samsung Series 3 and the $199[51] Acer C7. the 3G Samsung Series 5 was reduced to $449. 2011. 1.A Paradise Valley Unified School District student using a Chromebook as part of the organization's pilot project On November 21. including "one-on-one" programs. [42] Since then. He called those numbers sustainable. Chromebooks. which allocate a computer for every student. The following February. it has required greater marketing expenditure than Windows. commercial sales for Chromebooks were flat.There is no sign that things are slowing down and Microsoft really needs a win. include 100 GB–1. By January 2012. were released by Samsung in May 2012. the product category had not gained traction. Acer's Chromebook sales were being driven by "heavy Internet users with educational institutions".000 Chromebooks in schools across 41 states.000 units and had a negligible market share.S.[43] As of August 2012. corporations and government facilities. Chromebooks sold 400. in South Carolina. contrasting them with low Windows 8 sales which he blamed for a slump in the market. The move would create a direct competitor to Chromebooks (as well as Windows 8 laptops) using Google's other operating system. over 500 school districts in the United States and Europe were using the device. and the platform represented 5-10 percent of the company's U. Wong said that the company would consider marketing Chromebooks to other developed countries. the first ChromeOS desktop machines.[44][45] The updated Series 5 550 and the Chromebox. He said "Microsoft is engaged in a silent war and it's actually losing. During the same period in 2012.[57] During the first 11 months of 2013. with a starting price of $1299.[52] All models released after May 2012. helping to keep overall B2B PC and tablet sales from falling.. their Chromebook Pixel. [6] In January 2015.76 million Chromebooks sold in the United States. as well as to corporations. Google introduced the most costly machine. Google had placed nearly 27. [55] In April 2013. Silviu Stahie noted in Softpedia that Chromebooks were eating into Microsoft's market share." [58] In 2015.[53][54] By January 2013. B2B channels increased 43 percent during the first half of 2015. representing 21% of the U.S.. with the exception of the education market.] Sales of Google OS-equipped (Android and Chrome) devices saw a . [. The enemy is called Chromebooks and they are using Linux. [56] A year later. and the Acer AC700 was reduced to $299. as well as universities. offsetting the licensing savings. overtaking Apple's devices in 2014): "Chromebook sales through the U. and soon if it wants to remain relevant. commercial business-to-business laptop market. shipments.

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or USB storage.[80][81][82] Google announced the Chrome OS Pilot Program.[84] and the participants were named Cr-48 Test Pilots. demonstrated an offline version of Google Docs. completely unbranded although it was made by Inventec. press briefing.[93] Adding further hardware outside of the previously mentioned items will likely cause problems with the operating system's "self knowing" security model. The device was named after Chromium-48. an unstable isotope of the metallic element Chromium. not retail sales. Kodak Hero. but not a printer.[94] Users instead were encouraged to use a secure service called Google Cloud Print to print to legacy printers connected to their desktop computers. or to connect an HP ePrint. but falls short for more intensive tasks.000 Cr-48 Chrome Notebooks between December 2010 and March 2011[85][86] for free to participants and in return asked for feedback such as suggestions and bug reports. mouse. gaming. 2010. the Cr-48 Chrome Notebook.[91] which can be changed back to caps lock in the OS's keyboard settings.Architecture Game series Characters Google[edit] Cr-48[edit] Cr-48 At a December 7. or Epson Connect printer to the Google Cloud Print service for a "cloud aware" printer connection. Google distributed about 60. and personal productivity. with additional paid plans available from Verizon.[95] The Cr-48 prototype laptop gave reviewers their first opportunity to evaluate Chrome OS running on a device. [20][92] The device's USB port is capable of supporting a keyboard. [90] such as the function keys. Google addressed complaints that the operating system offers little functionality when the host device is not connected to the Internet. Ethernet adapter. a prototype. and replacing the caps lock key with a dedicated search key. to test the Chrome OS operating system and modified hardware for it. The Cr-48 was intended for testing only. Ryan Paul of Ars Technica wrote that the machine "met the basic requirements for Web surfing.[87][88][89] The Cr-48's hardware design broke convention by replacing certain keys with shortcut keys. and announced a 3G plan that would give users 100 MB of free data each month. The device had a minimal design and was all black." He praised . a pilot study and the first Chromebook. Kodak ESP. as Chrome OS offers no print stack.[83] and had a rubberized coating.

while you surely enjoy the dedicated cloud computing capabilities occasionally. also writing in Conceivably Tech.Google's approach to security."[98] Pixel[edit] Main article: Chromebook Pixel Chromebook Pixel (WiFi) Launched by Google in February 2013.[101] The machine received much media attention. 2010. and an exterior design described by Wired as "an austere rectangular block of aluminum with subtly rounded edges".[97] "It's difficult to use the Chromebook as an everyday device and give up what you are used to on a Mac/Windows PC. "The biggest complaint I heard was its lack of performance in Flash applications. The laptop has an unusual 3:2 display aspect ratio touch screen featuring what was at its debut the highest pixel density of any laptop. "Its 15 second startup time and dedicated Google user accounts made it the go-to device for quick searches. the Chromebook Pixel remains the high-end machine in the Chromebook family. Wolfgang Gruener. email as well as YouTube and Facebook activities. and two more for general use.[100] A second Pixel featuring LTE wireless communication and twice the storage capacity was shipped for arrival on April 12. 2013."[85] In reviewing the Cr-48 on December 29. but wondered whether mainstream computer users would accept an operating system whose only application is a browser.[99] a faster CPU than its predecessors in the Intel Core i5." [96] In ongoing testing. But the operating system was "decidedly not a full-fledged alternative to the general purpose computing environments that currently ship on netbooks. two for the kids. He thought Chrome OS "could appeal to some niche audiences": people who just need a browser or companies that rely on Google Apps and other Web applications.[102][103] Samsung[edit] Samsung Series 5[edit] ." But the device did not replace other five notebooks in the house: one for gaming. Kurt Bakke of Conceivably Tech wrote that a Chromebook had become the most frequently used family appliance in his household. said that cloud computing at cellular data speeds is unacceptable and that the lack of offline ability turns the Cr-48 "into a useless brick" when not connected." Paul wrote that most of Chrome OS's advantages "can be found in other software environments without having to sacrifice native applications. with many reviewers questioning the Pixel's value proposition compared to similarly priced Windows machines and the MacBook Air.

where Transformer-like Win8 tablets aren't on the way and where there aren't some solid budget Windows machines to choose from. as well as the long battery life and the fact that all models are priced below theiPad. But the price "seems to exist in a vacuum—a place where tablet apps aren't growing more sophisticated." He noted that the new models sell for more than their predecessors. iFixit noted that the "mostly-plastic construction" felt "a little cheap". but we'd still prefer more media storage space. iFixit dismantled a Samsung Series 5 and concluded that it was essentially an improved Cr-48. iFixit's Kyle Wiens wrote that the Series 5 "fixes the major shortfalls of the Cr-48 and adds the polish necessary to strike lust into the heart of a broad consumer base: sleek looks. there are plenty of lower-cost options. praising the improvements in speed and trackpad sensitivity over the CR-48 prototype. "by the specs.[106] Reviews generally questioned the value proposition."[105] Samsung Series 5 550[edit] In May 2012. including the solid-state drive would be easy to replace."[47]On the other hand. On the plus side they stated that the screen was easy to remove and most of the components. Dana Wollman of Engadget wrote that the Chromebook's keyboard "put thousand-dollar Ultrabooks to shame" and offered better display quality than on many laptops selling for twice as much. 8+ hours of battery life. Scott Stein of CNET was unimpressed with a machine with a 12-inch screen and just 16 GB of onboard storage. with a Wi-Fi model and more expensive 3G model.Samsung Series 5 Reviewing the Samsung Series 5 specifications. predominantly because the case has to be opened to change the battery and because the RAM chip is soldered to the motherboard. and while the price-performance ratio is quite favorable compared to the MacBook Air. you could also get an 11. "Chrome OS might be lighter than Windows XP.6-inch (290 mm) Wi-Fi AMD E-350-powered ultraportable running Windows 7. Samsung introduced the Chromebook Series 5 550.[104] In June 2011. and optimized performance. At this price." [107] Joe Wilcox of BetaNews wrote that "price to performance and how it compares to other choices" is "where Chromebook crumbles for many potential buyers. They rated it as 6/10 for repairability."[108] Samsung Series 3[edit] . MG Siegler of TechCrunch wrote a largely favorable review.

"It's fine for many tasks." [109] HP[edit] HP introduced the Chromebook 11 on October 8.[109][110] The lower price proved a watershed for some reviewers.000 chargers due to overheating. worse than the Samsung Chromebook with the same Exynos processor. USB 3. even less than an iPad Mini or an iPod Touch. due to its simple operating system (Chrome OS) and affordable price. second computers in homes and businesses who deploy hundreds of machines. its battery life is good. Google Drive.[114] with an Intel Haswell Celeron processor. Google marketed the Series 3 as the computer for everyone. writing that "$250 changes everything.[112] Sales were halted. and Gmail. New York Times technology columnist David Pogue reversed his earlier thumbs-down verdict on the Chromebook. "In other words. resuming with a redesigned charger the following month." The review subtracted points for performance. The 11-inch models included an Intel processor while the 14-inch models featured a fanless design powered by a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor." The price is half that of an "iPad. saying the machine largely delivered as a computer for students and as an additional computer for a household—especially for users who are already using Google Web applications like Google Docs. Target markets included students and first-time computer users.0 ports.[116] Desktop variants[edit] Two types of desktop computers also run Chrome OS. Google and HP recalled 145." He wrote that the Chromebook does many of the things people use computers and laptops for: playing flash videos. thinner and lighter than the Chromebook 550. 2013. HP Chromebooks are available in several colors. Google is correct when it asserts that the Chromebook is perfect for schools. it switches on quickly.[115] An updated version of the Chromebook lineup was announced on September 3. in the US. The device was cheaper.Samsung Series 3 Chromebook In October 2012. 2014. and 4G broadband. And you’re getting a laptop. and opening Microsoft Office documents. "It's got workable if not standout hardware.[113] The HP Chromebook 14 was announced September 11. 2013. as well as households looking for an extra computer. Engadget praised the computer's design and convenient micro-USB charging.[111] In December 2013. the Series 3 Chromebook was introduced at a San Francisco event with the Samsung Chromebook XE303. . but power users accustomed to having more than a couple dozen browser tabs open should steer clear. and the $249 price tag means it's not as much of a commitment as the $550 Samsung Series 5 550 that arrived in May. but criticized a sticky trackpad and short battery life." [8][9] CNET's review of the Series 3 Chromebook was even more favorable.

but require an external monitor. at International CES in Las Vegas.Chromebox[edit] Main article: Chromebox Classed as small form-factor PCs. 1. . and audio. The company unveiled the product in January 2014. DVI-D.7 kg) Chromebase. Chromeboxes typically feature a power switch and a set of ports: local area network.3-megapixel webcam and microphone. When placed in the HDMI port of a television or a monitor. integrates a screen. 2 014 Bra nd Model Code name Proces sor RA M Scre en Resolu tion Weig ht LG LG Chromeb ase Monroe[ 62] > Celeron 2955U 2 GB 21. and pointing device.5 in (54. speakers. an "all-in-one" device proprietary to LG Electronics. Chromebit allows adding a keyboard or mouse over Bluetooth or via the USB port.8 lb (6. with a suggested retail price of $350. USB. DisplayPort.[118][119] Dongle variants[edit] Chromebit[edit] The Chromebit is a dongle running on Google's Chrome OS operating system. As with Chromebooks.[117] Chromebase[edit] Availab le Earli est EOL April 28. keyboard. this device turns that display into a personal computer.6 c m) 1920×108 0 14. mouse. keyboard. Chromeboxes employ solid-state memory and support Web applications.