Google writes a poem to herald Chromebooks in 9 new countries

The laptops are coming to New Zealand, Mexico and other countries, Google said

Acer's AC700 Chromebook

Acer's AC700 Chromebook

Google is bringing its Chromebooks to nine more countries around the world, and it's heralding their arrival with a flourish of verse.

"Chromebooks are coming to nine more nations, to improve computing for all generations," the company waxed lyrically in a blog post Monday.

The low-cost, Web-powered laptops are already available in many markets. They're now also coming to New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain and Italy, Google said.

"So we'd like to say our Hellos, to our new global Chromebook fellows. Kia ora to our New Zealand mates, where getting on-line will have shorter waits," the poem continues.

They'll be sold online and through a variety of brick-and-mortar retailers in those countries, including Office Depot in Mexico and Dick Smith in New Zealand. The retail outlets may eventually be listed on the Chromebook website.

The models offered will vary by country but include the Acer C720, HP Chromebook 14 and Toshiba Chromebook 13. Google said they will start to arrive in the coming weeks.

ABI Research has estimated that 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013, at an average price of US$338. That's a small drop in the overall market for PCs and tablets, but ABI still calls them a "disruptive force" in the laptop arena.

The devices are designed to run Google services and apps like Gmail, Drive and Docs. They depend somewhat on Internet access, though many of the apps can run in offline mode.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Internet-based applications and servicesconsumer electronicsGooglehardware systemssocial networkingsocial mediainternetacersearch enginesHewlett-Packard

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?