We’ve all heard the advertisements and the anecdotal stories of Chromebook users. In fact, some regular Chromebook users know what our trusty machines can do at heart, as we use it to optimize our daily tech lives. But you know what? The year 2015 may just be even better for Chromebooks then before, for some special reasons:
One of the most important advantages of Chromebooks is its relative efficiency when both its cost and its hardware/software capabilities are equated. In essence, you would almost always get more performance for each penny you pay on a Chromebook, at least compared to what you can get by default on other systems.
The last couple of years introduced some different innovations in microprocessing technology that just might boost this advantage even further. Spearheading this is Intel’s newest “Skylake” architecture for its 6th generation Core chips, which will set a new standard for today’s processors. Shortly, the baseline requirement for processing efficiency and energy consumption is expected to be raised slightly higher due to adjusting standards. For us consumers, it means that you might just be able to pinch even more pennies out of future Chromebook models.
The 2-in-1 Factor
Portability is also one of the essential characteristics of a Chromebook. This may usually refer to most Chromebook models’ minimalist form factor, or just having a sleek and neat design that can fit any closed office space. The introduction of 2-in-1 convertible Chromebooks might just change the entire identity of Chromebooks as handy laptops, adding another dimension of “portability” for future models.
If you need proof, then look no further to the upcoming Asus Chromebook Flip, which is regarded as the first ever Chromebook to have a 360-degree adjustable 10-inch touchscreen. Technically a PC/tablet hybrid in design, this very model may just inspire a new branch of Chromebooks that will fall under the same category. So while regular laptop Chromebooks are here to stay, newer consumers will have another option that will vie for Chromebooks’ ever solid portability factor.
The “cloud” nine of cross-platforms
Extensions are to Chromebooks as apps are to Android mobile devices, in terms of hardware. Nowadays, however, Android apps are slowly trickling their way into Chrome browsers, and in fact you can even brew a few apps of your own for Chrome use. What does that say about the future of Chromebooks? Well, it might just be part of an integration process to which it could become a vital part.
The idea of cross platforming in several Google devices might sound a sleazy attempt at copying Apple’s default device-syncing services, but with Android essentially taking part on Chrome’s browser and OS now, then we have to say that this is inevitable. Heck, we even do that regularly on several standard Google services already, such as the ever common Google Drive. Chromebooks are web-based productivity machines, and how better it would be to integrate your entire set of hardware than to put the one machine that is single-mindedly optimized for this very important function? From cloud storage, live messaging, online calls, to multi-email access, all of these are becoming more and more important for now Chromebooks than ever before.