Asia has Chromebook jealous, but PC makers noncommittal


Consumers in Asia are willing to get their hands on Google’s Chromebook laptops if they finally landing light in this part of the world, saying the devices could make good tools travel or gifts for the older generation who use computers to surf Internet simple.

Creator of Google and its partners PC maker, however, said there are no plans for such devices to enter Asian markets in the short term.

The Chromebook is a thin client device that runs on Google Chrome OS, and was first introduced in 2010. While adoption of the device was slow initially, interest and demand for these devices seem to be having a surge in both sales markets, namely the United States and the United Kingdom. In fact, the Samsung Chromebook he was named the best-selling portable by Amazon ahead of Windows 8 or Mac OS devices during the recent winter in the U.S.

Acer CEO Jim Wong, also testified to the growing popularity of the Chromebook when laptop revealed that launched in late 2012 will contribute 5 percent to 10 percent of total shipments in the United States a few months later.

Despite the lack of availability in Asia, some consumers in the region told ZDNet Chromebooks are excited and are waiting to be put up here.

Akemi Iwaya, a Japanese technology blogger, said “definitely like to get one”, particularly the model with Ethernet capabilities. “With integrated Ethernet, I can run a wired or wireless network while working from home.’s The best of both worlds,” he said.


Others say that the device is well suited for their parents. Headquartered in Singapore Jerome Chan said he would like to get one for their parents, because they are infrequent users of Internet. Similarly, India Gouthaman Karunakaran said his father only uses the browser when you connect to the Internet, so the Chromebook “would be perfect” for your usage pattern.

Asked if Chromebook dependence on Internet connection to be functional is a deal breaker, Karunakaran said with many smartphones now equipped with Wi-Fi hotspot, this is no longer as big a challenge as it used to be.

Iwaya added limited offline capabilities used to be one of the biggest drawbacks to the Chromebook original. However, Google has improved the functionality of their connection to productivity tools of Google Apps, such as Google making slides available online in early January.

Stephanie Phua, editor, said that despite the improvements and growing interest for Chromebooks, you do not see the need to get one for herself. Phua said he already has a lightweight laptop as Apple’s MacBook Air, and its features and functionality that will stick to your existing equipment of choice.

Chromebook not yet come to Asia
Despite the apparent interest and enthusiasm among the majority of consumers interviewed, Google and its hardware partners are not staggered.

When contacted, the search giant said: “Chromebooks are available mainly in the U.S. and the UK expect to be available in other countries, but is not sharing any specific launch plans right now.”

PC maker Hewlett-Packard Top added it will begin offering its HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook in the U.S. initially, and will “increase over time” to other markets.

Acer Wong said in the interview that he expects January sales Chromebook is sustainable in the long term, so that the company is considering offering this type laptops in other developed markets. He went on to state that although the regions.

Iwaya said it was a “shame” PC makers are not bringing the device to Asia as she believes there will be a good market for it.

Chan was more accommodating, saying it is understandable Chromebooks are not in the area yet. “The Chromebook is a totally new concept for PC makers, naturally, would be wise not going to take off ,” he said.(via: ZDNet)


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