Google Chromebooks have focused on education ever since the first ones were released back in 2011. Since that time Google has enjoyed excellent success in the education market. By some accounts, in the United States, Chromebooks now account for over half of all K-12 education portable computers. With the release of two more Chromebooks, Google is looking to expand its already dominant position.
The first of these two Chromebooks is the Acer Chromebook Spin 11. The Spin 11 is a convertible version of the Chromebook 11 N7, which was announced earlier this month. As with the N7, the Spin 11 contains an 11.6 inch touch screen, an Intel Celeron processor and is highly durable. Wireless connectivity will be achieved through 2X2 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. For wired connectivity, it has two USB Type-C ports, two type A USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD card reader. Also included is support for the Wacom stylus and “World View Camera.” Students will be able to use the camera as a microscope. Functionality like this really demonstrates what a versatile and powerful tool Chromebooks can be for education.
The other Chromebook that has been announced is the Asus Chromebook Flip C213. While the Chromebook Spin 11 is quite durable, the Flip C213 takes things a step further. The C213 contains rubber bumpers and is modular in construction so that should a piece break it can be replaced. The Asus Chromebook Spin 213 also contains an 11-inch Gorilla Glass 4 display, dual HD cameras and a 46Wh battery. Neither Chromebook have pricing information available.
Google also has recently announced that Chromebooks will soon be compatible with Android apps. Additionally, Google is releasing software better software to help manage these Android apps. This could really help drive Chromebooks to sell even better than they already have, as there are a tremendous number of excellent Android education apps available today. As the user base for Android apps grows on Chromebooks, many developers will be sure to refresh their apps to better take advantage of these Chromebooks. This will further strengthen the case for purchasing Chromebooks. With such dominant positions with both Android and Chrome OS operating systems, Google will likely have a dominant market position for many years to come.