Nine more countries to get Chromebooks, says Google... with a poem

Say what you will about Chromebooks (and we're sure many of you have plenty to say on the subject), but they're certainly gaining popularity, thanks in no small part to their low cost. In recent months, there's been no shortage of manufacturers pushing out new Chrome OS laptops, including Acer, Toshiba, Samsung and HP, among others. 

As Google lines up more manufacturers, and those manufacturers continue to add new devices, Chromebooks are also expanding into new markets. Google has announced that a bunch of new countries will soon get some official Chromebook action in the days and weeks ahead. 

Buyers in Chile, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway and the Philippines will all be able to get their hands on a Chromebook soon. In the next few weeks, three European markets will be added too, with Belgium, Italy and Spain also joining the list of officially supported countries. 

Google's announcement deviated slightly (okay, significantly) from established norms by ditching the usual dry stats and marketing fluff that typically pads out a press release, in favour of a poem, posted by David Shapiro, credited as 'Director of Chromebook Marketing and Occasional Versifier'.

Behold, in all its horror glory:

Chromebooks are coming to nine more nations
to improve computing for all generations.

So we’d like to say our Hellos
to our new global Chromebook fellows:

Kia ora to our New Zealand mates,
where getting on-line will have shorter waits.

Kumusta to new friends in the Philippines,
a better way of computing is what this means.

Hallo to all the folks in Norway
Speed, simplicity and security are coming your way.

Hej Hej to the people in Denmark
Built-in virus protection will be your new computing benchmark.

To Mexico and Chile, Hola we say
Tons of apps and free automatic updates are starting today.

And in the coming weeks -- very soon, you’ll see --
Chromebooks will be in Belgium, Spain and Italy.

Chromebooks are easy to share, manage and use,
With lots of shapes, colors and sizes to choose.

Stay safe with your data stored in the cloud,
A smart pick like Chromebook will make your mom proud.

When Chromebooks in these countries alight,
We hope our new global friends find some computing delight.

We'll say no more. 

Source: Google Chrome Blog | image via Samsung

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I don't see myself buying web only device which is a paper weight in case there is no internet. I don't understand who keeps buying these Chromebooks.

Crap poems aside, seems like more and more are using Chromebooks or other Chrome OS products. Still would like to see how many were sold and sucks Google hasnt released those numbers.

techbeck said,
Crap poems aside, seems like more and more are using Chromebooks or other Chrome OS products. Still would like to see how many were sold and sucks Google hasnt released those numbers.

The numbers probably aren't that good. Even if they doubled or tripled their sales... they would still be barely a blip on the radar.

Weren't there stories about Chromebooks only having 0.01% of web traffic or something? Kinda sad for a computer that is BUILT for the web.

I think it's a cool product though. It's definitely not for me... but it has its place.

Yea...Chrome OS will never take a majority market share and if it even takes a sizable chunk, it will be a while. So far, really dont see much advertising from Google on them or from the OEMs. Then again, I dont watch much TV other than Netflix, movies, and whatever I download.

"Expensive computers are a thing of the past
With Chromebooks, you will have a blast!
Our products are cheap or free
Cause your privacy is the fee."

If the quality of their hardware is like the quality of their "poems" then I would stay well clear of this.

gb8080 said,
If the quality of their hardware is like the quality of their "poems" then I would stay well clear of this.

Actually, the hardware doesn't seem to be the issue, well, except for those that don't have much storage. But if someone ever gave me a chromebook I'd wipe it and install a full Linux distro on it at least. Probably Ubunto or Mint, and have a full system to work with.

George P said,

Actually, the hardware doesn't seem to be the issue ... .

You missed my point ;-)
This dreadful doggerel doesn't even scan - to put it another way, if it was code it wouldn't even compile!

"Built-in virus protection will be your new computing benchmark."
"Stay safe with your data stored in the cloud,"
These should be today's jokes of the day.