Google plans to make Jamboard part of its G Suite, so that users will be able to integrate Docs, Sheets, Slides, and photos stored in Drive, directly into Jamboard. As of now, there are no plans to have these apps run natively on the Jamboard itself, officials said. Instead, they'll use companion smartphone and tablet Jamboard applications (for iOS, Android, and Chrome OS) to participate in Jamboard "jams," which are backed up to Google Drive. Jamboard uses Google Hangouts and Google Cast for setting up collaborations and broadcasts.
The Jamboard hardware consists of a 55-inch, 4K, 60Hz Ultra HD Touch display, which will run a variant of Android Marshmallow. (Google is not yet disclosing which processor is inside.) The device will support passive stylus and finger recognition; 16 touch points; USB 2.0, 3.0, Type C, HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth, and NFC; and comes with a built-in wide-angle HD camera, mic, speakers, and Wi-Fi.
Surface Hub, which runs a custom version of Windows 10, comes with custom-designed versions of OneNote, Skype for Business, and Microsoft's Office apps (for which subscriptions are required) and is able to download additional custom apps from the Windows Store for Business. Both the 55- and 84-inch models, which feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, respectively, support 100 multi-touch points, two wide-angle cameras, mics, speakers, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, 3.0 and Ethernet 1000 Base T, and come with two pens,
Surface Hub is a standalone touch-computing device; Jamboard is a touch display. But both Microsoft and Google are targeting business customers who want to collaborate with these devices.
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised -- but I am, given Jamboard's business focus -- that in the product's initial release there won't be a Windows Jamboard companion app, though Windows users will be able to view (but not create/edit) jams using the Chrome browser via a shareable Drive link, Google officials confirmed.