Yesterday, we brought you a story about the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chromebook making big waves in schools all over the world.
For quite some time, the Chromebook has been looking for a way to gain traction in a market that is crowded with competitors. Stepping up its game in the education space is a great start.
Now, it appears that things are looking even brighter for the search giant thanks to a partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Announced yesterday, HP plans to offer its own version of the Chromebook. As you can imagine, getting a company like HP on board is big news for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).
An article on Forbes.com explains what the new device will offer:
“The HP Pavilion Chromebook features an Intel Celeron processor, signaling low cost and only enough processor performance for task workers. The 16GB solid-state drive points to two things: a decent user experience, since fetching data from a rotating drive slows down task completion more than anything else, and cloud storage, since 16GB isn’t enough to store a serious amount of user data. Ports include HDMI, USB 2.0, Ethernet, audio jack, up to 4 GB of memory, a removable battery, a webcam, and 100 GB of storage on Google Drive, free for two years. HP is offering the Chromebook in the United States starting at $330 on its Website, HPDirect.com.”
Not only is the new HP Pavilion Chromebook loaded with features, but the starting price is quite competitive.
What is the problem then? Why has it taken so long for the Chromebook to catch on? While there is no definitive answer, the same Forbes article takes a stab at it:
“The problem with acceptance of Chromebooks in the past — a number of companies have tried them, Google itself and more recently, Acer, and Samsung — is that most people don’t believe that their communications are quite so perfect as yet.”
It will be interesting to see if the new HP Pavilion Chromebook gives Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) the boost it is looking for in this market. Nobody knows just yet what is going to happen, but the backing of HP can only help sales numbers in the future.
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