Google isn't finished making laptops — officially, at least.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced noting that Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh had said in a recent meeting with journalists at Mobile World Congress — an annual mobile industry conference held in Barcelona — that the search giant was pumping the brakes on its line of “Pixel”-branded Chromebooks. That led to some speculation that the company will stop producing laptops in general.
Business Insider/Jeff DunnGoogle is ready to push Android’s presence on Chromebooks — and Samsung is making some new hardware to help.
Samsung on Wednesday announced a new pair of Chrome OS machines, the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro, which Google says were designed to better accommodate Android apps from the Google Play store.
Google has opened the floodgates on cheap Chrome devices, announcing three brand-new ways you can use a browser-only PC without breaking the bank —from a tiny stick that plugs into an HDMI port to a laptop that flips over to become a tablet to $149 computers that are cheaper than most smartphones. With today's announcements, Google wants to show that no matter what you need a computer for, Google can meet those needs for a much lower price than Microsoft's Windows partners or Apple's Macs.
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.
On paper, the future of laptops looks disappointing. A few days ago, we learned Apple's new MacBook is about four years behind in terms of performance. It has a gorgeous new design and a sharp display, but costs more and isn't as powerful as the entry-level MacBook Air.
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.