Google and Samsung have announced a Chromebox desktop PC and an overhauled Chromebook laptop running the Chrome operating system (OS).
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The Chromebox is an Apple Mini-style desktop box and was revealed in a Google blog post on Tuesday. It will plug into any TV or monitor and enable punters to use Chrome OS.
Google said that both the Chromebox and the refreshed series 5 Chromebook are based on Intel Core series processors and will be almost three times faster than its first generation of Chromebooks.
“Support for hardware-accelerated graphics, a built-from-scratch multi-touch trackpad and an open-source firmware stack provide a much faster and more responsive computing experience,” the Google blog post said.
“The new Chromebook boots in less than seven seconds and resumes instantly. With the Chromebox, you can be on a video conference while continuing to play [games] on the side.”
Chrome OS has been popular with schools and businesses due to its automatic upgrades to the latest version and reduction in the need for IT departments to manage anti-virus systems. The Chromebox could integrate even better with businesses than the Chromebook has so far due to its potential as a desktop PC replacement.
Earlier this year, Japanese electronics giant Sony revealed that it has been working on a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome OS, according to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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