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Google launches three Chromebooks and its video streaming device Chromebox

Google today showcases three new Chromebook models for Indian market by new OEMs Xolo and Nexian . Besides this, the company also announced the Asus Chromebook Flip, C201 and a model by Samsung which will be available in the coming months.

The Mountain View based company also announced the launch of Chromebooks for education, Chrome OS for business and the Chromebox for meetings.

The new models by the Xolo and Nexian will be available today onwards. The Xolo Chromebook costs Rs.12,999 via e-commerce website Snapdeal. The Nexian Air Chromebook will be available via Amazon India for the same price. Google claims that the Nexian model even has a rugged splash proof construction.

Both the Chromebooks come with 16GB of internal storage. Google also showed the Google Now predictive virtual assistant for Chrome OS at the event. Google Now is a key feature found on Android based devices.

“When we introduced Chromebooks 4 years ago, we wanted to build a laptop for the way people use computers today – always fast, easy to use and secure by default,” said Smita Hashim, Global Product Manager, Chrome OS, Google.

“Since launching Chromebooks in India, we’ve been working to ensure that Chromebooks work in an environment where connectivity can be spotty and many people’s first experiences with technology are through a phone rather than a laptop,” she added.

Google pushed home the fact that Chromebooks for education will enhance education in India and offer better collaboration between students. Google claimed that a Chromebook could be converted for the sake of examinations.

Google also launched the Chromebook management console for administrators.The Chromebox for meetings is made by Asus and costs Rs.90,000. It comes with the speakers cameras, basically the entire package.

Lastly, the company also focussed on the offline capabilities of Chrome OS, which is essentially just a web browser in the form of an operating system. The company showed Android apps that work on Chrome OS. The company demoed the popular VLC media player, in addition to other applications.

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