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What Chrome OS Needs to Expand Adoption

Jan 29, 2014, 14:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

At the current price, Chromebooks have what it takes to be popular – sub-$300 is pretty compelling to those of us on a budget. Yet even with the demand we've seen with Chromebooks on Amazon and other vendors, it's still limited to a few models from which to choose from. For the lower cost machines, you're basically looking at only two brands – Acer and Samsung. On the plus side, other big names are building Chromebooks of their own, so this may become less of an issue down the road.

Based on the sales trends, Google might hope that the Chromebook can one day unseat Windows and OS X in the marketplace, at least with casual computer users. I beg to differ, however. While it's true that most people live within their web browsers these days, the idea that a computer built entirely around the Chrome browser is a stretch.

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