“Chromebooks have always been about making computing more accessible for everyone, and by bringing together the best of Android and Chrome OS, we are taking a big leap forward,” wrote Dylan Reid and Elijah Taylor, Chrome OS Software Engineers, in the blog announcement.
This includes Android apps such as Skype or Office, meaning that developers and companies can now easily build apps that are usable across smartphones, tablets and laptops.
First announced at the Google I/O conference in May 2011, Chromebooks run on Chrome OS.
They are notable for generally being considerably cheaper than a standard laptop, with HP, Acer and Asus models currently priced between £150 and £200 on Amazon.
The machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, as the majority of the applications and documents live in the cloud, rather than on the device.
There is typically very little storage space on a Chromebook. The advantage of this is that it makes the device light to carry around and quick to start, as they use solid state drives.
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