Google announced that the Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Chromebooks Series 5 and Acer Chromebooks will drop by 50 USD to to 300 USD.
Apparently the Chromebooks sales are not going so well. This may be improving however, as the Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi 12.1-Inch Chromebook currently ranks 25 in Netbooks (Amazon US) and Acer AC700-1099 Chromebook (Wi-Fi) ranks quite well (maybe after the discount) at position 9 in Netbooks.
Still, even after this discount, it seems difficult to justify the price compared to a “real” netbook with hard disk (the Chromebooks use the cloud for storage) and a few other extra features. I have an Acer Aspire One AOD255E that now costs 279 USD on Amazon with a 250 GB hard disk running Windows 7 starter. Unless the Chromebooks price is reduced to about 200 USD I don’t really see it selling like hot cakes even though they offer 8-second boot and do not require configuration.
Google also released a new version of the Chrome operating system used in Chromebooks with a new login page and a revamped New Tab page that offers new shortcuts such as the File Manager as well as music apps and games links to the Chrome Web Store.
They’ve also changed the look of Chrome Web Store so that users can easily scan the wall of images to discover apps and extensions.
Google is also working on the beta with support for synchronization (bookmarks, passwords, history…) between devices (like it can be done with Firefox Sync).