Chromebooks launching in 6 countries and all Best Buy stores

Chromebooks launching in 6 countries and all Best Buy stores

Summary: Chromebooks from Acer, HP, and Samsung will soon be coming to a country near you.

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Google is spreading its wings with Chrome OS with the announcement that Chromebooks will begin rolling out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. This includes Chromebooks from HP, Acer, and Samsung.

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Chromebooks are currently only available in the US and the UK so this greatly expands the market for the laptops running Chrome OS.

In addition to the consumer market, Chromebooks are also sold to schools and businesses in the US and the UK. These market segments will also have Chromebooks available in the six new countries.

Google is also expanding retail availability of the Chromebook in the US as all 1,000+ Best Buy stores will offer them. Chromebooks are now sold in half the Best Buy locations, and they will be coming to all Best Buy stores over the next two weeks.

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  • Con game to spread to 6 more countries

    I doubt people over there will pay 200$ to buy a free browser.
    LBiege
    • Con game to spread to 6 countries

      I would buy the arm version and load Ubuntu. I would then Have a netbook that would last all day
      frank0-3f91e
      • Isn't the battery only rated for 4-5 hours?

        or is there another model that has 8+ hours of battery.
        Emacho
    • Con game to spread to 6 countries

      I would buy the arm version and load Ubuntu. I would then Have a netbook that would last all day
      frank0-3f91e
    • Obviously that is incorrect

      We have two of them in my household. We have the Samsung ARM versions. My children love them. My wife is a windows user recently helped my 10 year old build a presentation with google slides, and they had no problem. My daughter presented using her Chromebook and got a perfect score, oh and she was not connected to a network when she presented so it does work offline. The other kids in her class were asking her what kind of 'laptop' she had because they really liked it. For $250, it was a bargain. Better purchase for education than the kindle fires that we bought them over a year ago. :)

      I must admit that they are really fast, light, lightweight, and simple. I am typing this up on one now. Netflix added support for the Samsung recently and I must admit that the picture is better than I would have thought. It has exceeded my expectations. And yes, if I run into a large enough problem, I will indeed load up a Linux distro on it, but so far I have found ways to do what I need to do.
      sys_engineer
      • You post on ZDNET

        Eric Schmidt you have time to post on ZDNET?
        ammohunt
  • I can't wait...

    ...to see total sales and return figures for these vs. Windows 8 systems vs. Macs. It ought to be interesting.
    Sir Name
  • Looking at android share

    UK and the USA are not the markets more favorable to Google.
    I believe chromebooks can have better penetration in the rest of Europe.
    It's time for Google to stop the "experiment" and start pushing chromebooks forward - I still believe it's a long shot for now but the future seems to be the cloud - not always, but more often than now.
    AleMartin
  • The server-side chicken and egg issue

    I've been waiting for Google to bundle with the ChromeBooks access to e.g. Desktop-as-a-Service offerings. That'd open up the SMB market even more than today.
    daboochmeister
  • Chromebooks launching in 6 countries and all Best Buy stores

    Wasted retail space at the Best Buy stores. I went into the local Best Buy and they had some chromebooks on display. No one was looking at them. No one even touched them. The customers were too busy playing with the new Microsoft Windows 8 PCs and All in Ones. There was a stack of the chromebooks sitting on the shelf desperately pleading to be picked up but no customers actually did. It was this real world experience that told me chromebooks are going to fail.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • Because of telnet, right?

      Isn't your problem telnet like you keep saying?
      slackdragon