Google isn’t content with overtaking Apple in the cell phone race. Nor are they resting on their automated vehicle laurels. Despite a sluggish start with their tablets, they are expanding into the PC arena.
Google is known for their search engine and Chrome internet browser. They will now offer a line of laptops utilizing their new Chrome operating system (OS). Samsung and Acer will introduce their “Chromebooks,” utilizing Intel processors, on June 15. They will be available at BestBuy.com and on Amazon.com.
The web-centric OS is somewhat Spartan, and actually moves users away from PC-based software, storage and programming. The goal is to steer users to web-based applications. Google executives claim users will save time by moving daily functions onto the internet; it eliminates the need to install software and updates, back up files and worry about viruses.
“The complexity of managing your computer is torturing users,” Google cofounder Sergey Brin told reporters. “It’s a flawed model fundamentally. Chromebooks are a new model that doesn’t put the burden of managing your computer on yourself.”
Google has already begun to lay the foundation for moving files into “the cloud.” They launched an online music service earlier this week, similar to the one Amazon announced last month, but with some limitations.