At the Bett education technology meeting in London this week, Google announced a new generation of Chromebooks intended specifically for the education segment.
Google states that a new generation of Chromebooks accomplished of running Android market will start to become obtainable in the late spring from Asus, Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Dell.
Schools that have been purchasing Chromebooks for educators and students in recent years will soon have a chance to refresh their technology with latest models featuring support for Android apps.
At the Bett education technology meeting in London this week, Google announced a new generation of Chromebooks intended specifically for the education segment. The laptops will start available in the market in late spring from several merchants including HP, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell.
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Google featured 2 of the recently announced Chromebooks at the Bett event—an Asus and an Acer model. Both devices support new Android apps as well as stylus and touch capabilities that, according to Google, have been intended for the specific needs of schools.
The styluses on the new Acer Chromebook Spin II and the Asus Chromebook C213 models, for instance, are designed to resemble the typical two pencils that students use and come equipped with an eraser for correcting mistakes. The stylus that comes with each device does not need to be paired with a specific Chromebook or charged, which makes them easy to share and to replace if lost, according to Google.
“These Chromebooks use an input forecast model built using Google’s machine learning to confirm writing is enormously responsive,” Google product manager Naveen Viswanatha shared on Google Keywords blog this week. They also support optical character appreciation, making it simple to search for handwritten notes.
The camera on the new Chromebooks has been fixed on the keyboard side, so when a Chromebook is flipped, the camera points external making it possible for customers to hold the device like a tablet computer, Viswanatha stated. Starting with the newly announced set of products, all Chromebooks will also come standard with USB-C charging so schools will find it simple to charge the devices, he stated.
The company also previous year announced that it would bring Android apps to Chromebooks so customers would be able to do more with these notebooks. Among other things, the company has hyped the fact that Android offers more offline options and touch-optimized applications than Chrome does.
Administrators of managed Chrome devices in schools will be able to make a library of approved Android applications and confirm that students only download and use those apps. Between the Android applications that have been enhanced for Chromebooks in schools is the latest suite from Adobe that includes products like Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Mix, Creative Cloud Mobile and Lightroom Mobile.