It looks like Google won’t be eating the very low end market share lunch all by itself as Microsoft & HP have announced two new Windows models that aim to compete with the Chrome OS.
First is the HP’s Stream laptop, which comes with an 11.6 inch screen, HD display, a fanless design, Office 365 and the 32GB of storage, all for $199 while the HP Stream 13 (an 13.3 inch version) will cost you $229. There is also another, 14 inch version, which is coming later.
Now here’s something pretty awesome if you own one of the Chromebooks.
As revealed by the recent announcement, the search giant, as a part of its App Runtime for Chrome, has brought first few Android apps to the Chromebook near you, and they are:
Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way
Earlier this year, Microsoft has launched a plan to attack Chromebooks with the killer Windows laptop offerings such as $199 HP laptop.
Now, it looks like the software giant has some explaining to do (or the OEM) as the long awaited HP’s Stream laptop will cost a whopping $100 more.
Correction: Not all hope is lost yet as it’s only one of “many” Stream laptops, hopefully, they are cheaper than $299.
Offers various alternatives.
During Chrome OS announcement, former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, just laughed at Google. Now, it looks like the software giant is getting more and more aggressive towards Chromebooks, with the latest tactic being a new section in its store.
What is it all about? Basically, it matches Chromebooks against Windows machines on the similar price level, such as Dell Inspiron 15 ($249), ASUS X551MAV ($249), Acer Aspire E 15 ES1 ($249).
Promises great battery life.
Today, Google and Acer have announced what they call “a new type” of Chromebook, which focuses on one thing only: battery life.
Thanks to the NVidia’s Tegra K1 processor, newly revealed Acer Chromebook 13 is said to have a battery life of up to 13 hours, a pretty decent number indeed.
Consumer is the winner.
Even though Chromebooks prices aren’t that big of a deal anyway (unless you are buying Chromebook Pixel), it looks like you might be able to get one even cheaper in the future.
Recently, MediaTek made some code contributions to the Chromium OS and tested an entry level ARM Cortex A7 processor, which is a big step down compared to the already inexpensive, Samsung Cortex A14/A7 SoC.
If you got about an hour to spare then Opera has recently posted a Google Hangouts video with Opera Max lead Sergey Lossev, where he answers questions covering the future plans, and so on.
Wants to attract more customers by lowering the price.
If the budget computer is what you’ve been looking for then you’ll be happy to learn about the latest HP Chromebook attempt to lure in more people into purchasing one, which is exactly they are doing right now. How so? The company has introduced new and colorful Chromebook models with the same internals as Chromebook 11 yet at a lower price point, which starts at $279 for an 11 inch model.