Samsung/Acer Chrome OS "Chromebooks" released June 15th [Update]

The second day of Google I/O featured some great announcements in the Chrome ecosphere, including an interesting focus on the fact that Angry Birds is going to be available in browsers from the Chrome Web Store. The Cr-48 prototype device, announced 6 months ago, was shipped to thousands of applicants to the Chrome OS pilot program. Some updates to the platform were shown off, including the new media player and integration with the new Google Music Beta.

An interesting new feature is immediate cloud uploads for imported files. For example, if you install Picasa from the web store, it registers itself as a local file handler, allowing you to immediately upload pictures on import. This is yet another way Google wants users to be more constantly connected to the cloud. The same functionality will be available for Google Docs out of the box.

Finally, Google announced a Samsung Chromebook ($429 Wifi/$499 3G)and an Acer Chromebook ($399 Wifi/3G price TBA). Both have integrated 3G and WiFi, instant-on, 6-7 hours battery life. The devices will become available through select retailers on June 15, and the same date will apply to a number of international inline outlets. The devices will ship with the kernel unlocked, allowing developers to tweak as they see fit.

Update: â€‹Google has released the product page for the new hardware.

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Expensive? We live in a WiFi world! No one needs the 3g model, and Acers model is $350. I'm a college student and even I think that that's affordable.

I don't want to try to be smart or criticize other products. But, THIS thing is even stupid than the iPad. At least the iPad can run awesome software with high price. But THIS. a computer for surfing web at 500 USD? I will pass.

Why would a person with a right mind that go out and buy this just to use the browser and play Flash or HTML5 game while they can have the full power on a Windows machine with same price? Web Apps? Seriously, it is not even an app. No matter they call it. It is a WEB PAGE. It can serve the kid but not the professional.

I thought they sell it at 100 usd. but 500 usd for that Linux hiding under Chrome OS ?? pass that.

satus said,
I don't want to try to be smart or criticize other products. But, THIS thing is even stupid than the iPad. At least the iPad can run awesome software with high price. But THIS. a computer for surfing web at 500 USD? I will pass.

Why would a person with a right mind that go out and buy this just to use the browser and play Flash or HTML5 game while they can have the full power on a Windows machine with same price? Web Apps? Seriously, it is not even an app. No matter they call it. It is a WEB PAGE. It can serve the kid but not the professional.

I thought they sell it at 100 usd. but 500 usd for that Linux hiding under Chrome OS ?? pass that.

No all the Web Apps are Web pages . and the fact you figured they sell it @ $100 is a joke oh sure they could have but put like a 500mhz Arm in it with 256mb of ram and a 7" screen

WOW...I want whatever Samsung and Acer were on when they decided these prices. These things need to be less than $300 to ever have a chance.

These aren't tablets... They are useless netbooks with some huge Google tax on them...seriously you can only browse the web and you seriously price it at 400-500 dollars?! WTF is wrong with them...

These netbooks should cost 100-150 dollars, not even 200... They are as good as a huge iPod Touch, except even that can be used offline and hold music, etc! Definitely too expensive...

the420kid said,
tablets are stupid and useless. when will Earthlings wake up?

Just the use of the word "earthlings" proves my point so much that I dont even have say a thing about your post.