By The Canadian Press - Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 0 Comments
Low-cost, web-centric laptops were rolled out in the U.S. more than a year ago
TORONTO – Google is continuing its march into the hardware business with a brand of cheap laptops designed for using the web — and not much else.
On Tuesday, the Internet giant announced its Chromebook concept was finally available in Canada, more than a year after being released in the U.S. and other countries.
Chromebooks look like standard laptops but don’t come loaded with a version of Windows or a Mac operating system. They run on Google’s Chrome OS, a streamlined platform with the web browser as the main attraction.
By Colin Campbell - Monday, October 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM - 0 Comments
Google’s Chromebook release went unnoticed after poor quarterly results
Google made two big announcements last week. The one that got the most attention was its accidental release of quarterly financial results hours before markets closed, with a space for comment from CEO Larry Page reading: “Pending Larry Quote.” The less-than-stellar numbers included sent Google’s stock falling nine per cent.
Google’s other news was mostly overlooked amidst the earnings embarrassment, but is likely to have a bigger long-term impact. It released a $250 laptop, the Chromebook. The ultra-cheap computer (made by Samsung and running Google’s Chrome operating system) is described in a punk-rock-themed ad as the laptop “for everyone”—a family- and student-friendly alternative to tablets like the iPad that cost closer to $600. It’s not just hated rival Apple that Google has its sights on. The Chromebook comes out just as Microsoft is set to release a critical overhaul of Windows and its Surface tablet.