Google today announced that its cheap and cheerful Chromebooks are now available in Canada.
In an announcement on its blog today, Google Product Management Director Caesar Sengupta said the laptops, which are produced by various manufacturers, have hit BestBuy.ca, Futureshop.ca and HPshopping.ca, and will later be available in stores.
In Canada, the Samsung version will retail for $269.99, the Acer model for $249.99 and The HP Pavillion Chromebook for $329.99.
The laptops are already a hit in the In the U.S., says Google, where the Samsung version of the Chromebook has number one on Amazon’s best-selling laptop list for 149 days since its launch. In the U.K., electronics retailer Dixons says Chromebooks make up more than 10% of laptop sales in its Currys and PC World stores.
“All Chromebooks deliver a hassle-free computing experience with speed, built-in security and the simplicity of automatic updates, said Sengupta. “They’re easy to share with others because each person can have a separate account where all of his or her stuff is kept safe. Chromebooks also come with 100 GB of free storage on Google Drive*, so you can get to all of your stuff anytime, anywhere. And finally, if you’re an active Google user of products like Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, or Google+, everything just works seamlessly.”
The low-cost Chromebook, which was created to run apps that reside on the web rather than pre-installed software, are popular in the education market, and with first time computer users. The devices run Google’s open-source Chrome OS, which uses the Linux kernel.