Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 21:32 UTC
Google Two interesting reviews of the new Chrome OS and new hardware. The general gist? While we're all busy focussing on Android, Chrome OS keeps getting better and better - even though it's not there quite yet. Nuance is in the final verdict - The Verge claims it's almost there: "Google is closer than ever to convincing the world that we can live online, that we can do away with the old hard drives and local apps and spend our lives on the web." ReadWriteWeb is already convinced: "The point is, Chrome OS is ready for the market." I have to admit that, for the first time, I feel somewhat compelled by Chrome OS.
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RE: How convinced?
by pgeorgi on Wed 30th May 2012 07:04 UTC in reply to "How convinced?"
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$350 convinced? $450 convinced?

I think I'm $250 convinced, but for the price couldn't we just get a nettop and use one of Hexxeh's builds?

Google seems to target larger institutions with that hardware, at least that's what I understand from their offers (subscription option, support contract).

Institutional customers will prefer the unified hardware (ie. tested platform, simple to replace), automatic updates with quality controls on exactly that hardware, recovery mechanisms from boot (it's really hard to kill the software side of these devices) over setting up things themselves, even at a $150 premium. The selling point is "barely any (or 'no') administration required" (the cloud promise, in hardware).

Custom ChromiumOS builds won't provide this.

I think Google targets these customers because it's easier to work with them to get feedback (there's generally more patience in an institution than in a private customer), easier to provide support for (there is _some_ support infrastructure on the customer end), and a more clearly defined scope (institutions can define a-priori what use cases they have, so they'll know if a ChromeBox is a good match).

Once Google gained confidence with this part of the market I'd expect them to push into the personal computing market (and adapt volume and pricing accordingly).

tl;dr: These systems aren't for endusers yet, so they don't need enduser pricing at this time.

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