It’s not easy being a Chromebook supporter these days. Since the launch of the Pixel on February 21st, Google has not had much to say on the topic of new Chromebook products but Microsoft is about to change all of that.
ASUS Officially Withdraws from Windows RT
A couple of weeks ago, ASUS CEO Jonney Shih announced the company has officially decided to pull out of the Windows RT market. Shih stated in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, “It’s not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful.”
Filling the Enterprise Void
Forrester: Enterprises should seriously consider Chromebooks.
ASUS already has an Android solution on their roadmap named the “Transformer Pad Infinity”. This is a refresh of their current product and the specifications include a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS display, a Tegra 4 processor, and 2GB of RAM. Asus promises the tablet will have enough power to output 4K video through its HDMI-out port. It will also include a USB 3.0 port, 32GB of storage, an SD card slot in its base, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. As is normal for the company’s Transformer series of laptops, the dock will feature a full QWERTY keyboard, additional ports, and a battery designed to extend the tablet’s life.
ASUS should move this solution to the enterprise as a dual OS Chromebook convertible. Samsung will offer something similar in the Samsung ATIV Q which runs Windows 8 and Android. Its important to note Acer is also looking to expand its Chromebook offerings.
Why does this make sense?
Using Android on the tablet when its not docked is a no-brain-er. Leveraging Chrome OS when the keyboard is attached adds additional value. Providing a “hot key” option to switch between the two empowers the user to use what ever meets their needs at the moment.
This solution also has the potential to leverage resources. I’m not just referring to hardware, but applications as the entire Google Play store becomes available for download (Chrome OS + Android)!
All agree this is a transition period for the PC industry and if manufactures are looking to get back into the game, they need to think out of the box.