Chromestory reported that Google may giveaway free 100GB storage space on Google Drive to Chromebook and Chromebox users. This offer is, however, said to limited to second generation Chromebooks and Chromebox by Samsung only.
François Beaufort, our learned friend who had discovered many Chrome OS/Chromebook secrets from Chrome OS codes, had once again unearthed something interesting. The text string ‘Get 100 GB free with Google Drive’ was found in the source code of Chrome OS. It was also found that this offer may be available to second generation Chrome devices only. So Cr-48 Chromebook users like me, or first generation Chromebook owners may be out of luck this time. The value of 100GB Google Drive storage $4.99 / month according to current price.
Second-gen Chromebook users, are you excited about this news? First-gen owners, would you be disappointed to know that you are not taken care of?
Google announced in Google I/O that they would bring Chromebook to Best Buy retail stores in the US and Dixon’s in the UK. This is the first time the Chromebook family officially be sold in brick-and-mortar retail stores. 100 Best Buy stores in various locations in the US will join this campaign. We are unsure about the number of shops covered in the UK. This is certainly a big move because the Chrome device family has not been a mainstream choice (many ordinary computer users don’t actually know what Chromebook is). I believe this is part of Google’s plan to make Chromebook more popular. Google also announced that a new round of Chromebook models should be available from more manufacturers by the end of 2012 (holiday shopping season), signaling Google’s strong belief in Chromebook’s attractiveness.
By the way, it was reported that Google provided all Google I/O attendees a new Chromebox. I’d very much love to be part of this conference, but unfortunately I don’t!
Last year before the release of the 1st generation Chromebook I wrote a guest post for Chrome Story, Why You Should Not Buy A Chromebook – 9 Reasons. In that post I outlined the disadvantages of Chromebook from a user’s point of view. Today, I found a review of the latest Samsung Chromebook by liliputing, with a section named “What Chrome OS can’t do”. Here are the major points I got from this post:
- No internet, 2000 percent less useful
- Limited local storage
- Cannot run apps that have no web version (Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Stata, Final Cut Pro, Diablo III, Portal 2…)
- Not all hardware supported (e.g. printers)
- Only DisplayPort output, no VGA, HDMI, or DVI port
I cannot agree with everything said above. Points 2 and 5 should be hardware limitations only. And the “2000 percent less useful” claim seems to be exaggerated. Nowadays if you have a smartphone without internet connection, you could probably enjoy around 40% to 50% of the power of the phone. The figure may be even lower for Chrome OS, but with more and more offline support built into web apps (mainly Google Apps), I think Chrome OS is a nice computer with basic function when offline.
Point 3 is also irrelevant because Chrome OS is not designed for playing Diablo III, right? Making such a statement is like complaining the lack of World of Warcraft on iPhone. Remember Chrome OS is made for casual daily use or lightweight office use (in my opinion), we certainly shouldn’t expect to do everything on a Chrome OS device.
I do agree with liliputing’s final verdict about Chrome OS, “you can do many of those things better with a Chromebook if the web browser is your most important app“. This simplicity of Chrome OS, the peace of mind thanks to auto-update and virus proof design and the responsiveness make Chrome OS an outstanding cloud OS. No matter Chromebook or Chromebox, I believe Chrome OS device could make surfing the internet much more easier and funnier. It is not an almighty machine but a handy and helpful tool for all internet animals.
Original review by liliputing
Today (30 May 2012), Google formally announced the new Samsung Chromebook and Chromebox. Customers from US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea and Spain can find links to online purchase from Google’s official page. US customers can directly buy Chromebook and Chromebox from Amazon and Newegg.
The price of Chromebook is $549.99 for 3G version and $449.99 for WiFi only version. The price of Chromebox is $329.99, as listed on Amazon. The 1st generation Samsung Chromebook is still available for purchase in Amazon with a price tag of $349.99 (3G).
It was once expected that these new Chrome devices would be released during the Google I/O 2012, but it looks like Google and Samsung wish to see them in the market not later than June. What do you think about the price? Do you think they are expensive? Share your view here!