Tuesday 19 March 2013

Chromebooks go global; now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and more

Waiting for Chromebooks, well if you live in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland or Netherlands, you are in luck. Google today announced that its partners HP, Samsung and Acer will now start selling the Chromebooks in six new countries.

“Many of you around the world have told us you’re eager to get your hands on a Chromebook, so we’ve been working with our partners to make this possible. Today we’re happy to say we’re one step closer to making Chromebooks truly “for everyone”–or rather, pour tout le monde, für alle, and voor iedereen,” Google noted in a blog post.

To remind you, Google Chromebooks have been until available only in US and UK.

The search giant has also revealed that it will further expanding the availability of Chromebooks in the United States, where now more than 1,000 Best Buy stores will sell the Chrome OS powered laptops.

There is still no word on availability in India or any other country apart from the eight mentioned above, but given the expanding availability, we have hope that many more countries will get these Chrome OS devices by the end of 2013.

“It’s been rewarding to work with our partners to make Chromebooks available to more people around the world, and we’re looking forward to bringing Chromebooks to even more countries in the months to come,” Google added in the blog post.

Country-wise availability details:

Australia: Samsung Chromebook ($349) and the Acer Chromebook ($299)  are now available in select JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores and the HP Chromebook is on its way.

Canada: Samsung ($269.00) and Acer ($249.99) Chromebooks will be available at both BestBuy.ca and Futureshop.ca online and will soon be available in store. The HP Pavillion 14 Chromebook ($329.99) will be available at HPshopping.ca.

France: Samsung Chromebook is priced at 299 euros (excluding shipping) at Fnac.com, Ticketmaster, Amazon and Pixmania, as well as 10 Fnac stores in the Paris region.

Germany: Samsung Chromebook will be available at Amazon, Cyberport and Saturn online and in the Saturn store on Hamburg’s Mönckebergstraße for 299 euros. The Acer Chromebook C7 can be bought from Saturn, Cyberport, and Amazon online for 279 euros.

Ireland: Samsung Chromebook (279 euros) is now available PC world and Amazon online.

Netherlands: Acer (269 euros) and Samsung Chromebook ( 299 euros) are now available at mediamarkt.nl, saturn.nl and laptopshop.nl and in the store at all 41 Mediamarkt and Saturn stores.

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