Chromebook: A new kind of computer

Google announced at its Google I/O conference yesterday that its new computer, Chromebook, will go on sale in June in the United States and six European countries.

The first models will be made by manufacturers Samsung and Acer and will be available online from Amazon and Best Buy from June 15 in the US. Chromebooks will be available from leading retailers in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with more countries to follow.

Chromebook will run on Google’s Chrome operating system and the company claims they will boot up in 8 seconds and run for a whole day on a single battery charge. With built-in wi-fi and 3G, they are also designed to get faster over time as updates are released.

"Ultimately the most precious resource is the user's time. I think the complexity of managing your computer is really torturing users out there. It is a flawed model and I think Chromebooks are a new model and this is the way things are going to be," said co-founder Sergey Brin.

Google said that later in the year it expects a number of other manufacturers to offer Chromebooks at a number of different price points.