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Google wants to persuade end users, corporations and school that Chromebooks represent a new and better way of computing. But what about netbooks, Android devices and strapped school budgets? Chrome VP Sundar Pichai answers the question on everyone’s minds: Why should we buy a Chromebook?

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“No one else is doing what we are doing,” said Chrome VP Sundar Pichai when I interviewed him about Google’s new Chromebook offerings at the company’s I/O conference on Wednesday. He added that Chromebooks represent a totally different vision of computing.

But how do Chromebooks really differ from netbooks, why wouldn’t users simply buy an Android tablet with an external keyboard — and how do you explain all of this to the corporate and educational market? Check out the video embedded below for Pichai’s answers.

  1. Sorry. Sad moment for Google. He doesn’t understand Android at best if he is trying to tell me that I am not to manage my cloud data on my Android. How about my mail, music, docs, etc.
    I must share my opinion here – the Tablet market is the problem. They could have made Android for mobile only up to 7″ and then make Chrome the OS for everything bigger and avoid the honeycomb tablet changes. Or they can pass on Chrome. This thing is a flop. And it will hurt on Android too. Bad strategy and messaging.
    What they need to do is to incorporate Chrome into Android! Make chrome an underlying component in Android and have the Android SDK run on top of it. I may sound crazy – but I am also willing to bet that it will be their only way out in a year or so.

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    1. Lucian Armasu Thursday, May 12, 2011

      I disagree. I think it will take off at the very least in companies. HTML5 is still in early stages and Chrome OS is here right from the beginning, and should even accelerate the arrival of HTML5 apps.

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    2. Lucian, what troubles me is that its a dual monster this Chromebook. On one had its a completely different OS platform than Android. And on the other hand its a business proposition with low prices that can attack just about anyone.
      Why couldn’t they take that business proposition and build it over Chrome-Android solution? Technology wise its silly in my eyes. But I totally respect your opinion too.

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  2. Trivia: Start at 3:26 – look who is walking behind !

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    1. I’m glad you spotted that :)

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  3. Thin client computing is not new obviously but the real demonstration of value will be when Google employees give up their coveted Mac laptops and start eating their own dog food. Until they live it 100%, it’s just more hype.

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  4. this is GOOGLE we’re talking abou

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