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February 15, 2012

So where’s our Google Chromebook now?

About 10 months ago, I wrote a short entry on why I think Google’s Chromebook will fail. Some readers told me it was too early to tell back then, so I patiently waited. It’s more than a year now since the announcements of Chromebooks and I haven’t really seen one yet.

Acer and Samsung had their own models of the Chromebook released in the US ranging from $350 to $450 (almost the same price as the netbooks).

Yet, until now, we have not seen these Chrome-powered netbooks land in the Philippines. In contrast, Samsung, Lenovo and Asus even had Meego-powered netbooks released in the country many months ago. We’re not sure though if those netbooks sold well.

Can we now agree that the Chrome OS project has failed? Or, are some of you still waiting for a Chromebook to land in our shores? In my case, my interest has already faded.

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25 Responses to “So where’s our Google Chromebook now?”

  1. JC dela Cruz
    Twitter: jcinwinupd8
    says:

    With the current competition in the software industry especially if we are talking about the OS, it is very safe to say that Chrome has failed. Software companies are more focus now on how OS will work on all form factors.

  2. aron says:

    it is safe to say that chromebook failed to penetrate in the market. its just a netbook without the windows os. tablets mostly runs on android and ios. windows market still the king on pc an laptops and has very wide range of uses. limitation on applications on chromebook justified its output reaction of market.

  3. Alexus Pastrana says:

    Competition in operating systems is really tough, and it’s really hard to replace Windows as it is the widely used platform of all apps..
    Wish they have an Ubuntu netbook..:-)

  4. garz says:

    Cloud is not future proof. You lose connection it loses its purpose, just like a cellphone. But getting an internet connection is different than getting a phone signal.

  5. Henry Mayores
    Twitter: OurPhilippines
    says:

    There must be something missing with their marketing strategy or there are other reasons why they didn’t pursue marketing it any further. For me, it could be a failure for Chromebook.

  6. JM says:

    Once upon a time, there was a Chromebook, then it flew away. then users live Happily ever after. xD

  7. Mark
    Twitter: iAmMrHands
    says:

    IMO, the smartphone/tablet boom destroyed the chromebook. We must remember that chromebook was announced during the time when laptops were the norm and smartphone/tablets were not that mainstream. Essentially, most(if not all) of the capabilities that chromebook were offering were already present in tablets and smartphones, and the need for a separate cloud OS seemed unnecessary.

  8. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    Devices that *require* constant internet connectivity won’t catch on in countries like ours, not at least in the next decade or so. Heck, maybe not even for a few decades.

  9. GhostHunter says:

    Any cloud based or internet reliant OS will not work well in our country. I tried the ASUS MEEGO netbooks and its all fun while the internet connection was fast. BUT the fun pretty much stops dead when the connection gets slow or gets cut off totally.

    Eventually I installed Windows 7 on it. Better familiarity and no need for any internet connection to get basic functionality from the applications.

  10. radioactive_balut says:

    Do we have any internet infrastructure available in our country? Yes? None yet? Last time I checked were still complaining how Globe, Smart, PLDT, etc. suck at their services. Just because we didn’t see one Chromebook here doesn’t mean it’s already a failure. Admit it the Philippines is not its primary target market yet.

  11. radioactive_balut says:

    Do we have any “stable” internet infrastructure available in our country? Yes? None yet? Last time I checked were still complaining how Globe, Smart, PLDT, etc. suck at their services. Just because we didn’t see one Chromebook here doesn’t mean it’s already a failure. Admit it the Philippines is not its primary target market yet.

  12. Mark
    Twitter: llegomark
    says:

    @radioactive_balut yeah you’re right!

  13. Roegan Taron
    Twitter: rogsonline
    says:

    It’s a failure. And it’s all because of Android. Google’s trying to implement Android across all platforms which leads to the cannibalization of Chrome OS. They’re just confusing their users and potential users.

  14. kapitan
    Twitter: keywordspeak
    says:

    yup, it will be useless here in pinas because line providers are punishing their subs with lowest data plan possible. Lawmakers should pass a bill that would cap provider with a 500kbps limit – at least!

    anyone agree?

    • GhostHunter says:

      I think there is a law now which requires a certain minimum bandwidth percentage as compared to the advertised maximum speed.

    • Soul Annihilator
      Twitter: soulannihilator
      says:

      Yes there is. May fine print na ngayon bago ka magkapagsubscribe sa mga internet services ng mga ISP natin. Even if you’re subscribed to something like 20 Mbps, ang minimum na makukuha mo ay 24 Kbps. Huwaw.

    • radioactive_balut says:

      24 kbps ba? Akala ko 14.4 kbps lang parang fax machine. :D

  15. Bon says:

    I think even Google themselves have lost interest in the Chromebook.

  16. gago says:

    ANG AUTHOR NITO NANAY NYA NAGPAPAKANTOT SA MGA CONGRESSMAN TAHAHA

  17. it will not be successful here in the Philippines, because data plan here are not cheap, chromebooks will only be useful if your always connected to the web, and besides if i need a small and secured notebook that i want to carry, i’ll just buy a netbook and install linux.

  18. GhostHunter says:

    You don’t even have to install Linux. Just spend a bit more for a licensed copy of Windows 7 Starter.

    Solves most the problems for non-techie user.

  19. LOL yeah this is a lost cause for google…

  20. Lani Garcia says:

    The Meego powered netbooks are selling very well as they are the cheapest in the market, except people were wiping out the OS and loading Windows and Linux in them.

    Google is too busy with very lucrative Android stuff to bother much about the Chromebook.

  21. SuccessMonitor
    Twitter: SuccessMonitor
    says:

    Chromebook OS must have been free to download during launch like WIN7 in the beginning. It gave end users a chance to experience it and decide whether it will be useful for them or not. Chromebook never gave end users a chance to try it, they want it sold right away.

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