The latest products from Google and Samsung that make use of the internet firm’s Chrome OS platform have been unveiled.
Samsung introduced the second-generation Series 5 Chromebook laptop, as well as the Series 3 Chromebox – the world’s first desktop PC using Google’s web-based operating system.
The first machines running off Chrome OS were released last year, but Google has stated the new models demonstrate how far the technology has evolved in the last 12 months.
Caesar Sengupta, director of product management at Google, said: “This is the next step in our journey toward an always-new computing experience focused on speed, simplicity and security.”
The streamlined operating system at the heart of the products allows the Series 5 Chromebook to boot up in around seven seconds, while a new app-centric interface offers thousands of available applications to download.
Google noted speed is integral to the Chromebook experience, which should be improved by the new products as they are said to deliver nearly three times the performance level of first-generation machines.
One of the key elements of the Chromebook is how it integrates with cloud-based services from Google. The machines can automatically synchronise files stored locally with the cloud, while compatibility with Google Drive allows many common file types, included Microsoft Office documents, to be viewed and edited.
Individuals can also take advantage of Google Cloud Print functionality, which allows consumers to use printer supplies to produce documents on any Cloud Print-ready Samsung device.
Todd Bouman, vice-president of marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division, added: “The new Samsung Series 5 Chromebook and Series 3 Chromebox provide the rapid, convenient and ever-improving computing experience that was so well-received in our first Chromebook.”
The machines are on sale now to consumers in the US and the UK, with the rollout to be extended to other nations in the coming weeks.