Google Placing Hundreds Of Chromebooks In 41 U.S. States

Chrome is doing great. Android is doing great. Google is doing great. But what about Chrome OS? And what about Chromebooks? These machines were set to revolutionize the notebook industry, and we've heard radio silence on them ever since Google I/O 2011. But it sounds like Google's working overtime behind the curtains in order to get these positioned in places where adoption is going to be easier than in the consumer market. According to TechCrunch, reporting from the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Google has placed "hundreds" of Chromebooks across schools in 41 U.S. states. Even today, hundreds of schools are already using them, but few specific figures were given beyond that.

It was reported that three new deployments of these machines will soon his various schools, with 27,000 students provided with Chromebooks on a 1:1 ratio. It's quite possible that digging into consumers from the school is truly the way to go. Apple too started with education years back and worked outward; perhaps if students grow used to Chrome at school, they'll want it at home.

Either way, these machines feel like a good fit in education; perhaps more so than in average, every day use of consumers. We're just glad that Google's not shelving the whole thing. The company has been killing faltering initiatives left and right lately, so it's good to hear Chrome OS is a dream that's still alive.
Via:  TechCrunch
cowboyspace 2 years ago

Chromebooks are primarily designed to be used while connected to the Internet---- that's why those laptops are placed in education , and of course they will like one at home he he he

JOliver 2 years ago

There are two real problems with the Chromebooks: the off-line (non)functionality and the speed for certain apps. Both could be resolved by using a very simple approach: allowing native applications, managed by or within Chrome tabs, verified by Google before reaching the WebStore. The management within tabs means independent process(es), while the native code means speed. I guess...

dejasoul100 2 years ago

Well the chromebook idea is a good one. They just need to improve a few things like JOliver said.

It's good that Google are finally placing these books where they should have been first placed. The chromebook was always going to be a hard sell for the consumer who are used to having domestic storage in addition to cloud storage. Corporations and schools are different as the users there are more comfortable with the idea of non-local storage of info.

cowboyspace 2 years ago

when  you first release a product  it comes with  some goods and a lot of  cons.So hope that they will make some improvements and add more features later.Don't just think cuz a well-known company releases a product it won't bring cons.

dangerrenegade 2 years ago

Yeah they really have limited usage scenarios, but do seem pretty cool for schools.

omegadoom13 2 years ago

I agree with you Ray. The Chomebook seems to have a found a nice home in the school system.

Cerf 2 years ago

It'll be interesting to see how this Chromebook thing will go, will it be a sucess or a failure.

The move to education is pretty smart...

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