Google in talks with Arunachal govt for Chromebook laptops in schools

Affordable Chrome devices launched in India

May 15, 2015 04:40 pm | Updated 08:55 pm IST - New Delhi

The HP Chromebook 11, left, is displayed with a Chromebook 14. File photo.

The HP Chromebook 11, left, is displayed with a Chromebook 14. File photo.

Global tech giant Google is in discussions with the Arunachal Pradesh government to run a pilot for deploying Chromebook laptops for school students.

The pilot is proposed to be run in schools in two cities — Itanagar and Ziro.

“We are in discussions with Arunachal Pradesh for giving Chromebooks to students as part of our focus on the education sector. Chromebooks along with Google Apps for Education can play an important role in helping students create, collaborate and learn,” Google Global Product Manager Chrome OS Smita Hashim told PTI.

Also, with Chromebook Management Console, administrators can manage the Chromebooks from a computer or phone, and over a period of time, reduce school’s maintenance and software costs, she added.

Chromebook is a laptop running Google’s Chrome Operating System. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the internet with most applications and data residing “in the cloud”.

The company is also in discussions with other states for similar partnerships.

Ms. Hashim, however, declined to offer further details.

Meanwhile, Google announced the launch of a Chromebook range in the country targeted at the education sector.

The XOLO Chromebook will be available in the next few days on Snapdeal at Rs. 12,999, while the Nexian Air Chromebook is available on Amazon at the same price.

In the coming months, Chromebooks from ASUS (Chromebook Flip and C201) and Samsung will be available on local retailers.

Asked how the device will work in remote corners of the country where connectivity is a major hindrance, Ms. Hasim said since launching Chromebooks in India, Google has been working on the issue.

“We have 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.

Ms. Hashim said a lot of applications like Google’s Drive and Gmail as well as others like VLC player are being made available offline so that they can be used without being connected to the internet.

Google on Friday also launched Chromebooks for businesses and Chromebox for meetings.

Chromebox for Meetings brings together Hangouts, Google Apps and easy-to-manage Chromebox to allow companies conduct high-definition video conferences. The device from Asus will be priced at Rs 90,000.

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