Google Drops A New Chromebook And Chromebox

If you haven't paid attention to Google's Chrome OS in a while, you might not recognise it after today's update: the cloud-based OS UI has been revamped and now has multitouch trackpad support. Coinciding with that release is an updated Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and a Series 3 Chromebox. The emphasis here is nearly singular: speed, speed, speed.

The updated OS has a new app-focused user interface that lets you choose which programs you use most often for easier access. Google Drive will serve as the data storage system, and deeper integration should be coming in the next few weeks. Also included is a revamped media player, a brand new photo editor and uploader, along with remote desktop support for both Windows and Mac. Additionally, Chrome OS now supports hardware-accelerated graphics.

And then there's the new hardware. According to The Verge, the Chromebook has a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 867 processor and 4GB of RAM to go with a 12.1-inch, 1200x800 display, multitouch trackpad, Wi-Fi and 3G, two USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 card reader and more than eight hours of battery life. The Chromebox is a diminutive box with a 1.9GHz Intel Celeron B840 processor and 4GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi, six USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit ethernet, and two DisplayPort++ for an HDMI, DVI or VGA connection. And it's worth noting that despite their Celeron designation, Google says the computers are part of the Sandy Bridge family and are about three times faster than their predecessors. [Google]

Google said both computers are about three times faster than their predecessors, with Intel Sandy Bridge processors. They're also deeply integrated with Google Drive, which serves as their data storage system. [Google]



    Any more details on how they work offline? Google Docs, Email etc aren't exactly offline apps as of yet.

    New, more powerful chips and other improvements should make Chromebooks even more attractive to potential buyers. As more people adopt Chromebooks more will also want to use them to access their Windows applications, especially for work.

    One possible solution for this requirement is Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP client that enables tablet users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server, physical desktops or VDI virtual desktops – and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

    Ericom‘s AccessNow does not require any client or other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices – an HTML5 browser is all that is required.

    You can choose to run a full Windows desktop or just a specific Windows app, and that desktop or Windows app will appear within a browser tab.

    For more info, and to download a demo, visit:

    Note: I work for Ericom

    I noticed Australia is not on the list for releases. Any reason the Chromebox/book would not work (read: need work arounds) in Oz?

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