15 Dec
2019

HP Makes A Chromebook: What Does It Mean?

first_imgTags:#Chromebook#Hewlett-Packard#HP#Microsoft What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … When the world’s largest PC manufacturer starts making Chromebooks, what does it mean? Does it reveal a degree of uncertainty about the direction of the PC? A response to the perceived complexity of Windows 8 machines? An underserved market it can exploit?Why not all of the above?Early Monday morning, Hewlett-Packard announced the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, a $329.99 netbook boasting both a larger screen – 14 inches – than rival Chromebooks, as well as a new pricing tier. HP’s Pavilion 14 brings the total Chromebook count to four: the $229 Samsung Chromebook, the $199 Acer C7, the $449 Samsung Chromebook 550, and the Pavilion 14. HP’s screen may be the largest of the bunch, but its processor – a dual-core Intel Celeron – sits below the Chromebook’s 550’s Intel Core processor.More Of The SameThe new HP Chromebook is essentially the same as the others: it runs Google’s Chrome OS, a bare-bones operating system that, on the surface, does little more than launch a Web browser. (Some games, such as the indie hit Bastion, also have been ported over to the OS.) Each of the four Chromebooks, aside from the C7, includes a 16GB solid-state drive, and connects to the Web via a Wi-Fi connection. HP said that the battery life  for its version is a disappointing 4.25 hours, rather than the 6 hours or so offered by some of the other Chromebooks.Google has positioned the Chromebook as “companion devices,” the same tack HP took as it launched the Pavilion 14. In my own use, I’ve found that Chromebooks and Chromeboxes are a simple, easy and effective way of accessing the Web – although a dearth of apps and a complicated approach to printing mean it can’t quite compete with full-fledged PC functionality. But there’s something to be said for a “PC” that boots up and resumes almost instantly, downloads patches in the background and offers a managed computing experience better than anything Apple or Microsoft offer. A Slap To Microsoft?Still, the fact that the largest PC maker in the world began offering a Chromebook just months after Microsoft launched Windows 8 might be seen as a slap in the face to Microsoft. And long-term, HP’s Chromebook may blossom into something more. For now, though, analyst Bob O’Donnell with IDC saw the announcement as nothing more than HP dipping its toe into a new market. “I think they’re trying to offer an even lower-cost notebook option with this and trying to stand out with a larger-size screen,” O’Donnell wrote in an email. “But ultimately, I think it’s testing the waters and filling out their price range.”ReadWrite reached out to both Microsoft and HP for comment, but we haven’t heard back. In the meantime, a statement from HP indicates that it believes the market for Google’s ChromeOS is growing. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement “Google’s Chrome OS is showing great appeal to a growing customer base,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, Printing and Personal Systems, HP, in a statement. “With HP’s Chromebook, customers can get the best of the Google experience on a full-sized laptop—all backed up by our service and brand.”HP & Chromebook: An Odd Couple When It Comes To PrintingIt might be a bit odd to think of Hewlett-Packard and Chromebooks together, if only because of the awkward approach Google takes toward printing. You can’t connect a USB printer directly to a Chromebook or Chromebox; instead, you either need to connect to a network-connected printer through a service called “Google Cloud Print” or use a Chrome extension to a traditional PC or notebook that is itself connected to the printer via a USB cable. (Of course, if your home doesn’t have a dedicated desktop PC hooked up to a printer, the latter approach may not work so well for you.) Apparently, wirelessly connected PCs and multifunction printers are now common enough so that HP felt that there’s enough of a critical mass to make this approach feasible.But as far as the direction of the PC market is concerned, the impact of an HP Chromebook is clearly muddy. That is, no one quite knows the direction the venerable PC will take over the next few years. The conventional thinking seems to be that minicomputers gave way to desktops, desktops to notebooks, and notebooks to… where, exactly? Tablets are one answer, and HP’s Windows 8 convertible notebooks fill that niche. But there may still be profits to be extracted in cheap netbooks, and Google’s Chromebooks may answer that call.Market Research?In addition, by offering its own Chromebook, HP can gain invaluable market information. Instead of hiring IDC or Gartner to provide  sales forecasts on the expected success of the Chromebook category, HP can use the Pavilion 14 to generate real data on which way the wind is blowing. If over time we see HP announce a refreshed or additional Chromebook, we’ll know that the Chromebook’s sails are filling out.Images courtesy of HP.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts markhachman The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Ferrer, Wright join Gilas training

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Also present were Ray Parks, Raymar Jose, Ed Daquioag, Von Pessumal, Fonzo Gotladera, and Almond Vosotros.Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu continued to show up in the sessions, while Mac Belo mingled with his fellow pool members at the sidelines as he showed up in street clothes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas had to make do with only 10 players for Thursday’s evening sessions for the national team’s second practice at Meralco Gym.Kevin Ferrer and Matthew Wright were the new faces to attend the sessions since its resumption on Tuesday, joining seven others who broke a sweat on the hard court.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken D-League: Ebondo shines as CEU stings Zark’s Burgers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

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