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Acer and Samsung announce first Chromebooks

On the second day of the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, PC makers Samsung and Acer announced that they will be shipping “Chromebooks” that run Google’s Chrome Operating System.

Instead of running traditional PC software, Chromebooks will boot into the Chrome browser to run web-based applications like Google Docs and Spreadsheets.  The devices don’t have much storage, but the Internet has infinite storage.

Starting about $349, the devices are going to be less expensive than most laptop PCs and, according to Google, will boot up in a few seconds since they don’t have to load a large operating system. Some models will have Wi-Fi only while others will have 3G cellular connectivity.

For more:

Mike Swift’s report in the San Jose Mercury News

CNET: “Samsung to unveil details of Chromebook

CNET: “Acer Chromebook: A sold-state Netbook for $349

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