Asustek, Acer To Offer New Chromebooks

A pair of Taiwanese firms are working with Google to make inroads into the United States. Computer suppliers Asustek Computer Inc. and Acer Inc. are deepening their collaboration with Google by selling new Chrome-based computers and devices starting this quarter.

The companies are among several global PC brands that have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops in the past few years. At a Google Chrome launch event in San Francisco this week, Asustek and Google unveiled the products, including the all-metal convertible 10-inch Chromebook Flip that costs $249, and the Chromebook C201 that boasts 13 hours of battery life. The Flip will be available late this spring.

Unlike most computers, Chromebooks do not have hard drives, depending on Internet connections to get most work done. Nonetheless, Chromebooks have become more popular as cloud computing reduces the need for hard drives.

About 6 million Chromebooks were sold worldwide last year, almost twice as many as the previous year, according to IDC, which is forecasting that 8 million Chromebooks will be sold this year.

As for Asustek, its PC shipments this year are forecast to grow 15 percent to almost 26 million units from last yearEUs 22.5 million, due mostly to new product launches.

Versatile OS

Acer this week launched its new all-in-one Chrome desktop, the Chromebase, which will be available in the North American and Asia-Pacific markets this quarter. Acer is the worldEUs leading Chromebook brand, boasting more than 36 percent market share last year, according to Gartner Inc.

We reached out to Gurpreet Kaur, an industry analyst at Gap Intelligence Inc., who told us Google is making a point to ensure Chrome is as versatile as possible, hence its installation in various machines.

"I feel like Google's Chrome OS is moving beyond the traditional notebook form factor to a variety of different form factors and expanding...

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Asustek, Acer To Offer New Chromebooks

A pair of Taiwanese firms are working with Google to make inroads into the United States. Computer suppliers Asustek Computer Inc. and Acer Inc. are deepening their collaboration with Google by selling new Chrome-based computers and devices starting this quarter.

The companies are among several global PC brands that have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops in the past few years. At a Google Chrome launch event in San Francisco this week, Asustek and Google unveiled the products, including the all-metal convertible 10-inch Chromebook Flip that costs $249, and the Chromebook C201 that boasts 13 hours of battery life. The Flip will be available late this spring.

Unlike most computers, Chromebooks do not have hard drives, depending on Internet connections to get most work done. Nonetheless, Chromebooks have become more popular as cloud computing reduces the need for hard drives.

About 6 million Chromebooks were sold worldwide last year, almost twice as many as the previous year, according to IDC, which is forecasting that 8 million Chromebooks will be sold this year.

As for Asustek, its PC shipments this year are forecast to grow 15 percent to almost 26 million units from last yearEUs 22.5 million, due mostly to new product launches.

Versatile OS

Acer this week launched its new all-in-one Chrome desktop, the Chromebase, which will be available in the North American and Asia-Pacific markets this quarter. Acer is the worldEUs leading Chromebook brand, boasting more than 36 percent market share last year, according to Gartner Inc.

We reached out to Gurpreet Kaur, an industry analyst at Gap Intelligence Inc., who told us Google is making a point to ensure Chrome is as versatile as possible, hence its installation in various machines.

"I feel like Google's Chrome OS is moving beyond the traditional notebook form factor to a variety of different form factors and expanding...

Comments are closed.