Google has announced what it calls “the next step” for the Chrome OS platform. Earlier this afternoon they unveiled a new line of Chrome OS computers manufactured by Samsung. The new line includes three new Chromebooks and the Chromebox, the first ever Chrome OS-based desktop computer. All four run the latest version of Chrome OS, which includes a variety of new features designed to vastly improve the user experience.
All four new Chrome OS machines are pretty reasonably priced. The most expensive model – the elegantly-named Series 5 550 Chromebook (3G) – will set you back $549.99. All four are currently available on Amazon and Newegg. Check out their prices on Amazon below:
The latest release of Chrome OS brings a bunch of new enhancements. First and foremost is a user interface that has been completely overhauled. As we reported back in April, the new Chrome OS now has a desktop environment like you’d find on, well, every other computer operating system (though it’s most reminiscent of Windows). It also brings deep Google Drive integration.
The new Chromebooks and Chromebox are available on Amazon and Newegg in the U.S. and PC World and Currys stores in the U.K. If you want a more hands-on experience, you may be in luck. Google is planning to increase the number of Chrome Zone centers they have in Best Buy retailers across the country.
For more information, you can check out Google’s announcement here. You can also check out their video introducing the new Chromebooks below: