Monday, May 6, 2013

Reports Hint At Upcoming Chromebook Models

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Following the reports of the addition of the Linux kernel into Chromebook support, reports have emerged indicating the popularity of Linux-based Chromebooks will continue until the end of the year.

A number of device manufacturers have already thrown their hats into the ring including Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. It also appears that some devices using the Chrome OS may be unveiled before the end of the year. Another manufacturer that may enter the fray is Asus, while Acer may unveil a new Chrome OS-based device into the market.

Acer and Asus are supposedly optimistic in the market of the Chromebook in the future. Digitimes reported that new models may be introduced by the two manufacturers before the end of the year.

The Chrome OS-based device of Acer was able to perform well in the market despite the sluggish sales for Windows 8 devices along with cancellation of deliveries in the latter part of the year. Digitimes revealed that the cancellations were mainly due to the reduction in volumes of the device.

Recent reports have revealed that the company is aiming at releasing an 11.6-inch model designed for students by July. Asustek currently does not have its own Chromebook in the market, but reports have hinted at the possibility that it will release its own device before the end of the year.

Digitimes also revealed that HP, Lenovo, and Samsung will launch their own Chrome OS-powered devices.

Despite the cooperation between Google and device manufacturers, sources cited by Digitimes have indicated Microsoft has reportedly put pressure on these manufacturers. This has resulted to some caution on their part. These manufacturers are careful in their marketing strategies in connection to licensing and producing the hardware itself.

Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, had positive reviews of the Google Chromebook Pixel which is being sold at around $1,299.

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