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One reason why Asus may have taken a while with their Chromebooks is that they were waiting to do a Bay Trail solution.  It seems the next generation of Lenovo Chromebooks are pursuing that as well.  Is Haswell architectures suddenly out of the picture for the future of Chromebooks, and instead we will be seeing a seesaw between ARM vs. Atom architectures?  Is the Chromebook concept refining itself towards the concept of the Ultramobile?  

The Ultramobile seems to be in the mouth of the press these days but their definitions of it tends to vary.  The original is called the UMPC (Ultramobile PC) and seems like an odd collection of PDAs and tablets with keyboards.  Nowadays some extend the definition towards tablets.  Some considers hybrids (aka Transformers and Yogas) to be ultramobiles.  

My definition of an ultramobile is simple.  Ultrabook form factor aka ultrathin notebook factor + mobile processor (10w and under power draw).  Other characteristics are solid state storage and fanless.  Are hybrids and convertibles like the Asus Transformers, ultramobiles?  I personally prefer to put them into another category, hybrids, since they are true tablets as well once you remove the dock.  ARM tried to push the concept before of the Smartbook (Smartphone + Notebook), which ARM powered notebooks are running some mobile OS, namely Android.  That concept seems to have died out in favor of simply tablets and to a lesser extent hybrids.  The Ultramobile distinguishes itself from Netbooks and Ultrabooks because of the processor power draw and fanless operation.

In a sense the first true successful Ultramobile might be the Samsung X303e Chromebook.  I believe Samsung examined it to themselves that their Chromebook won't be as successful if it had followed the Netbook and Ultrabook template, which their previous Chromebooks did.  Thus, they are pushing into this category.  Asus and Lenovo seeing the signs of this are going into this as well.  HP on the other hand, puts a foot in one and a foot in another, in both ultramobile (the HP 11) and the ultrabook (HP 14) category.  If any thing for the future, the next Acer design I suspect may also be ultramobile (a new model), along with an ultrabook one (new model), but still keeping the C720 (netbook form factor).  

I believe that for a new OS to truly break ground in the market, it must not compete in a form factor that is already dominated by an earlier OS (Android and iOS in smartphones and tablets for example, Windows in notebooks).  The case does show when another OS tries to enter the form domain already dominated by another OS (Android in hybrids and all in ones vs. Windows, Windows vs. Android/iOS tablets), the intruder will have trouble fighting the entrenched incumbent.  Thus the new OS contender has to encapsulate, become integral and then associate itself with a new hardware form factor, and that the ultimate break for ChromeOS has to come from these new breed of Ultramobile notebooks, not tablets in one side and netbooks/ultrabooks on the other.
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There is always something better to wait for. At least with Chromebooks it does nor coast you a house payment to upgrade.
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Hmm.  This seems to be interesting, though I just do a Google Search on one topic and just hit the News button.
Google Trends already provided a useful way of keeping up with what is hot at any given time. Trends offers details on current topics, as well as what had been hot at any given time dating back to 2004. And ...
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The teeth is starting to bare out in the hypercompetitive Chinese market.
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A Yoga competitor?  Going after Lenovo and the tablet market is a logical extension for Xiaomi.
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What is the point of being fanless to be quiet but hear the clickety clack of your keyboard and trackpad?  Its for this reason I like the school optimized Chromebooks, their keys and trackpads are meant to also operate quietly.
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I want one to be quiet. While it's true I could hear my typing the fact is that when I'm surfing the web I go long periods without much typing.
At any rate it's not like I'm involved in some Zen meditation and will be unhappy to hear the sound of my own actions. I would just be very happy not to have the constant white noise of a fan or machine on all day long.
What really bothers me is that I often don't even notice it until I turn the computer off (my current unit is far from silent). Then I realize how truly noisy it was the entire time.
When I bought my last computer the amount of noise it made never crossed my mind. For my next computer it's pretty high on the priority list that it is at least near silent if not completely silent.
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Great analysis of why a London borough decided to upgrade from its defunct Windows XP infrastructure to Chrome OS, with 3500 chromebooks and chromeboxes. 
Summary: The withdrawal of support for XP helped one organisation decide its best option was a move away from Microsoft Windows as its main operating system.
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HTC snags one from Samsung.
HTC has reportedly snagged up Paul Golden, a former Samsung US marketing executive who helped turn the Galaxy brand into a household name (or at least the... by Bertel King, Jr. in HTC, News
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About time👏
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Lately I think Sony has been hitting the right buttons.
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Looks like Apple will also follow this model with their iPhone. Compact and larger models with same specs. Probably, Sony should copyright this. Hehe. 
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There seems to be some rumors of a Mediatek powered low end Nexus, and this might probably be the one and the same.  But then, it might just be a rumor.  Going for a low end seems to be a natural extension of the Nexus line and in sync with Google's goals.
Remember that rumor that Google might soon release a $100 Nexus? Well, a new lower spec'd Motorola phone is reportedly coming soon. Could these rumors hint to the same device?
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A report recently released by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows Google’s Android operating system dominating the U.S. market. Android grabbed 53 percent of all smart...
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