By this summer, Google and Intel will have 20 Chromebooks on the market including touch-screen versions and at least one tablet convertible, executives say. And nearly all of them will be priced under $350. Microsoft should be getting nervous indeed. In a press conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, executives shared some updated statistics on how well Chromebooks are doing.
The growing popularity of Google Chromebooks doesn't directly translate into more revenue for Google. Google executives reminded Wall Street analysts of that fact on the company's conference call on Thursday.
Google's Chromebooks have proved to be an attractive option for those seeking a simple, cheap laptop on a budget. Microsoft wants that to change very soon. During the company's Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday, Microsoft announced that extremely cheap Windows 8.1 notebooks will be coming soon from HP, Acer, and Toshiba.
Google's digital assistant, Google Now, will soon be available in Chromebooks. Plus, Google will soon be delivering an app that will allow you to watch movies and TV offline on your Chromebook, via Google Play. Google says offline movies will be available in the next few weeks.
The laptops made by Acer and Samsung will be loaded with Google's Chrome operating system, which stores all files on the Web rather than on the computer.Google Inc. launched an ambitious challenge to rivals Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.