In case you didn’t know, the first Google Chromebook made its appearance in 2010, but so far it didn’t impress: according to the research company International Data Corp., Chromebooks sales worldwide fell under 1% of the total PC international market in 2013. If you also take into consideration that last year, over 80% of the sales in the PC market belonged to Windows – powered machines, you realize that on a global scale, the Google Chromebook is just a drop of rain in an angry ocean. But things are about to change drastically, as Google announced a new wave of Google Chromebook laptops to hit the stores this summer and the new promised features are indeed compelling.
The newest line of Google Chromebook personal computers was unveiled yesterday and the first thing that strikes is that they are powered by a new generation of Intel microprocessors that are more powerful than the previous models, while more economical, as they don’t deplete the life of the battery as much as they used to. While users weren’t too happy with the Google Chromebooks because they lacked a traditional hard drive for data storage, since four years ago, the tech giant worked very hard to compensate for this and provided the Chromebooks with long lasting batteries, faster chips and a lot of online services. Now, according to the news, the new generation also allows the users to do their tasks and have some fun even in the absence of an Internet connection:
the ability to watch movies and TV shows while offline will be included in a free update to the Chrome operating system that will available within the next few weeks.
Which are the major personal computer makers that embraced Google’s vision and ship around the world the new operating system? All the big players in the field: Lenovo Group, Acer, Dell, ASUS and Toshiba.
Will this be a hard blow for Microsoft? Analysts say that the company, a long time partner with Intel, may see troubles in the future, as Google is set to dominate the tech world in every way that it can.