Google employees getting free hardware for Christmas

In September, Microsoft announced that each of its full-time employees would be given a new Microsoft Surface tablet as well as a free Windows Phone 8 smartphone for work or home use. Microsoft held a massive company meeting in Seattle to announce the free swag to its team members. Now it looks like Google has some free hardware to give to its team members just a few days before Christmas, although it's apparently doing it more quietly than Microsoft.

The Next Web reports, via unnamed sources, that all Google employees have been informed they can pick from one of three Google-branded hardware products. One is the $249 Samsung Chromebook, running on the Chrome OS, while another is the $199 Nexus 7 tablet.

The final choice is the Motorola RAZR M smartphone, which is perhaps an unusual choice considering that Google is also selling its Nexus 4 smartphone to the public. However, the company has had issued keeping up with the demand for the smartphone, which may be the reason why employees have not been given that option

As of the third quarter of 2012, Google's employee head count totaled 36,118. Last year, Google team members received a free Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Source: The Next Web | Image via Google

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Uhm, mmm, a Chromebook or Android smartphone/tablet or a Surface and a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Which one would everybody chose? The last I guess.

Probably, Google want to keep it's employees happy with doing the same thing for them as Microsofts employees get, but a little bit "light" version of it. Can't they do something original?

Google has been giving their employees free stuffs for years. MS just copied that trend.
MS should start something original. Google employees use to get free Nexus phones every year.

Studio384 said,
Uhm, mmm, a Chromebook or Android smartphone/tablet or a Surface and a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Which one would everybody chose? The last I guess.

Probably, Google want to keep it's employees happy with doing the same thing for them as Microsofts employees get, but a little bit "light" version of it. Can't they do something original?

You now they have to hand back their hardware if they leave the company, they are essentially getting a free rent on the Surfaces. This article indicates Google employees get to keep their tech. If anything MS' version is the lite version as the tech doesn't become their own.

Studio384 said,
Uhm, mmm, a Chromebook or Android smartphone/tablet or a Surface and a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Which one would everybody chose? The last I guess.

Probably, Google want to keep it's employees happy with doing the same thing for them as Microsofts employees get, but a little bit "light" version of it. Can't they do something original?

That's just stupid. No company is required to give its employees anything for Christmas. Besides, you can read all these positive stories about working for Google. I personally wouldn't mind working for either company.

I've also heard Google are to reward their Motorola employees too. In 2013 all Motorola employees can use Google apps for free! Merry Xmas Moto!

I was considering getting a Chromebook and putting Windows 8 on it. I really wanted to get that Samsung until I saw it used an ARM CPU. If somebody built Android for it or found a way to put Windows RT on it I'd be all over it; for $250 that is one sexy looking notebook.

Wow, you're not a douche or anything. In this case I'm looking for an extremely cheap laptop to do some writing on that isn't so cheap as to be completely unusable. The specs on these chromebooks are better than my daughter's 1st gen netbook, which was perfectly usable but not as fast as these and $100 more. Junk, indeed. For $250 it will serve just fine. I'm not looking for something to play Crysis, *******. Also, the Samsung has a SSD and the screen meets the minimum requirements for the Windows 8 metro environment. The only thing stopping you from putting Windows 8 on it is the ARM CPU and limited space on the SSD, which you could easily swap out for a larger one.

False. The laptop does not require a constant internet connection to use it. Documents can still be edited, media can be consumed, and plenty off apps work offline.

nvllsvm said,
False. The laptop does not require a constant internet connection to use it. Documents can still be edited, media can be consumed, and plenty off apps work offline.

Dude stop trying to stand up for chromebooks, we all know that they suck ass.

ingramator said,

Dude stop trying to stand up for chromebooks, we all know that they suck ass.

You lost creditability when you showed that you're just a plain old troll.

Pow said,
Exact same thing you would do on normal laptop without Internet.

Wrong! Games require an Internet Connection to load your profile. Social apps needs constant Internet Connection to load latest feed. And only few of the apps is offline.

Well I would like to see someone load a social application or load the latest feed on a normal laptop without an Internet connection. If its Internet based or requires a connection it applies to both.