Google Releases New $150 Chromebook and “Computer on a Stick” Chromebit


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In March of 2015, Google debuted a set of new product lines with Chrome operating system technology, bringing the number of offerings with built-in Chrome OS to over 20 devices. The newly introduced devices include two laptops, with hardware manufactured by Hisense and Haier (China-based electronics OEMs), which are both priced at $150 USD (the cheapest Chromebook offering thus far). Also released was the Asus Chromebook Flip, a convertible laptop and tablet device developed by Asus. The Chromebook Flip is lightweight at just under two pounds and costs $250 USD.

The most noteworthy release however is the new Google Chromebit. Developed in collaboration with Asus, the Chromebit is just slightly larger than a typical USB thumb drive but has the ability to turn any LCD display or television into a personal computer with the ability to access internet, send and receive emails, and run word processing software. Available in summer, the Chromebit will be priced at less than $100 USD. The Chromebit is not the first entry into portable operating system devices. Intel has begun shipping its Intel Compute Stick which would enable displays to run Microsoft Windows operating systems. Also similar and already brought to market is the Wyse Cloud Connect, developed by Dell.

Google also announced in the same press conference that Android Apps will soon be available on Chromebooks, starting with the newly released Hisense and Haier models. The move marks Google’s first step towards integration of the company’s two operating systems – Android and Chrome OS.

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