Google Chromebooks land in Spain at the height of remote study and work

In 2011, Google started flirting with the idea of ​​a computer based on Cloud. It was then when launched Chrome OS , an operating system based on the Google Chrome browser, and it allied with different companies to bring computers based on this system to the market: Chromebooks.

Over the years, the idea of ​​Chromebooks has progressively matured . The boom in cloud work tools (such as Office 714 has contributed to this or Google Drive), the expansion of high-speed networks (4G, fiber optics, etc.), the evolution of Chrome OS as an operating system and, of course, the launch of versatile and inexpensive devices on the market .

This proposal, despite its growth in countries such as the United States, never officially spread to Spain . From some online distributors , equipment could be purchased with relative ease. But neither Google nor the associated OEMs were promoting this type of machine within the Spanish market.

This situation, however, will take an important turn in the coming weeks . The North American company has formalized today its commitment to the Spanish market, where multiple Chromebooks will be put on sale over the next few weeks. For this, in addition, they will rely on different manufacturers (HP, Acer, Lenovo …), suppliers (FNAC, El Corte Inglés, Media Markt …) and a new online portal within the Spanish Google Store.

A Chromebook for each user

Google Chromebooks Chrome OS
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The journey of Chromebooks in Spain will officially start on 18 of May with a reduced selection of models . However, the brand plans that, before July, the available catalog will grow and include the following models:

  • Acer Chromebook CB 311
  • Lenovo C 340 – 11
  • HP Chromebook x 360 – 12
  • Acer Chromebook R 13
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 13
  • Asus Chromebook ZI 400
  • Acer Chromebook CB 314
  • HP Chromebook 14
  • Asus Z 3400 CT
  • Lenovo S 345 – 14
  • Acer Chromebook 514
  • HP Chromebook x 360 – 14 b
  • Asus Chromebook Z 7400
  • Lenovo Yoga C 630
  • Acer Chromebook 714
  • Asus Chromebook Z 3400 FT
  • Acer Chromebook CB 315
  • Asus Chromebook Z 1400
  • Lenovo C 340 – 15

None of the Chromebooks made by Google

are included in the list . Neither the Pixelbook nor the Pixelbook Go will be available in Spain at the moment. This does not mean, however, that the North American brand has ruled out its launch in the future.

Chrome OS, a system based on Google Chrome

Google Chromebooks Chrome OS
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Chromebooks with Chrome OS, due to the nature of its operating system, are easy to use , are updated regularly without interrupting the user, protect the information stored inside through various layers of security, they are fast and can run most of the applications designed for Android – available on Google Play -.

The axis of Chrome OS is the cloud. The system architecture is developed for people to use online tools such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Office 365, etc. However, these machines can also function without an active internet connection. Some services have offline modes (such as Gmail or Google Docs) that allow you to work locally and, when the computer recovers the connection, synchronize the changes with the cloud. Similarly, users can install Android applications with which to work without the Internet (such as Adobe Lightroom).

In the United States, Chromebooks constitute a significant percentage of total computer sales . Many of these computers are destined for educational environments, where Google has managed to make an important place for itself thanks to these inexpensive computers that are also easy to use, share and maintain over time.

Chromebooks to fight the coronavirus

Google Chromebooks Chrome OS
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The coronavirus has caused many companies and schools to have to adopt telework in order to continue operating normally. In many cases the transition has been easy, since the structures were already prepared to take the step towards that reality (they used tools in the cloud, employees or students have laptops that they can take home, etc.). However, also there are many cases of people, companies and schools that did not have the necessary tools to face this scenario.

The arrival of Google Chromebooks, therefore, comes at a time when many people are looking for inexpensive equipment, easy to use and, above all, with very limited maintenance. In other words: This is a scenario where Chromebooks, given their nature, may have a lot to offer.

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