A Chromebook (styled on the basis of the Chromebook) can be described as a tablet computer or laptop which runs Ubuntu-based Chrome OS for its operating system. Chromebooks are used for various purposes by using Google Chrome. With Google Chromebook 12 inches, you do not need to keep Google Chrome Browser on your computer. It is because it is relocated in the cloud. All Chromebooks launched since the end of 2017 also have the ability to run Android apps as well as certain Chromebooks are also able to run Linux applications.
The first Chromebooks available for purchase, made by Acer Inc. and Samsung launched on June 15th, 2011. In addition to laptop models, there was a desktop version, dubbed the Chromebox and the desktop model was released on May 12, 2012. While talking about an all-in-one machine called Chromebase, came on the market in January 2012. LG Electronics took the responsibility for launching this machine.
Simon Phipps found the Chromebook the most successful laptop based on Linux in 2013. That year, more than 1.76 million Chromebooks were sold in the United States. It was a huge number initially because it was only the start.
In March 2018, Chromebooks like Google Chromebook 12 inches comprised 60% of computers bought by schools across the United States. In April 2017 the Electronic Frontier Foundation accused Google of making use of Chromebooks to gather and mine “personal information from school-age children, including their Internet searches,” without parents’ permission, two years following the time that EFF made a federal complaint against Google.
Acer and Samsung were the first companies that started selling first Chromebooks back in 2011. Google, Hewlett Packard, and Lenovo joined this group in 2013. Samsung also took a bold step in 2013 by introducing Chromebooks to the Indian market.
The reaction of critics to the device was initially skeptical with some reviewers, including the then-New NY Times tech columnist David Pogue, comparing the advantages of Chromebooks negatively to fully-featured laptops that run the OS, Microsoft Windows. The issue was later resolved in the reviews of Chromebooks that came from Acer and Samsung priced less.
Chromebook Pixel was the mobile version that Google announced in February of 2013. It was available at the most amazing rates although was launched as a higher-spec device.
Models that aren’t mobile
In addition to laptops, various devices also use Chrome OS. Samsung launched the Chromebox, a desktop version of the OS, the Chromebox on May 12, 2012. The Chromebase was the “all-in-one” device, was launched on January 1, 2014, in the company of LG Electronics.
In March of this year, Acer and Google announced the first Chromebook tablet, The Chromebook Tab 10. The tablet was expected to rival a less expensive Apple iPad tablet in the education market. Its 9.7-inch 2048 x1536 resolution screen was identical to the iPad’s. It also came with pencils, but neither of the devices included the keyboard.
Google announced in May 2016 that it would try to make android apps available on Chromebooks. For that, it would use the Google Play app distribution platform. At the time, access to Google Play was scheduled for ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R 11, and the latest Chromebook Pixel, with other Chromebooks planned over time. In partnership with Google, Samsung released the Chromebook Plus and Pro in early 2017, the first Chromebooks to come with the Play Store pre-installed.
There are more Chrome OS platforms that can support Android apps that are in the beta or stable channel is growing. Linux Integration in May, Google announced it would launch Linux desktop apps accessible via the virtual machine that was codenamed “Crostini”. It was launched in beta in 2021.
Chromebooks come complete with Google Chrome OS, an operating system that utilizes the Linux kernel as well as Google Chrome, a Google Chrome web browser with an integrated media player.
The developer mode option allows to install Linux distributions on Chromebooks. Crouton is an application that can help install Linux distributions using Chrome OS and run both operating systems at the same time.
Unique and unmatched features
Certain Chromebooks like the Google Chromebook 12 inch include SeaBIOS which is a software that can be activated for installation and boot Linux distributions straight. With limited offline capabilities and a fast boot speed, Chromebooks are primarily designed for use when being connected to the Internet and logged in to an existing Google account.
Instead of installing conventional applications like word processing or instant messaging, consumers can install applications through Google’s Chrome Web Store. Google states that its multi-layered security structure will eliminate the requirement for antivirus software. Support for numerous USB devices, such as cameras as well as mice, external keyboards as well as flash drives is available, as is a plug and play feature that is available in different operating systems.
Although Chromebooks and, in particular, the Google Chromebook 12-inch are designed to be used with access to the Internet users are able to use Google apps such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep along with Google Drive offline. Chromebooks also include a camera editor, local player for music as well as PDF and Microsoft Office document viewer that can be used even without Internet access.