Google has offered an inexpensive laptop Chromebook as its rivals Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their latest gadgets. The lightweight computer will sell for $249 and is being made in a partnership with Samsung, the makers of smartphones and tablets that run on Google's Android software. The laptop will run on an operating system revolving around Google's Chrome Web browser.
Like other Chromebooks, this laptop too lacks a hard drive. It works like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to access information and applications in large data centers run by Google or other tech providers. Google and Samsung had released a slightly costlier Chromebook priced at $449 earlier.
The model will go on sale early next week in the US and on various websites. Google hopes to begin accepting online orders at its Playstore by this weekend. Google seems to be trying to beat Microsoft and Apple to the punch with the discount Chromebook.
Microsoft is poised to release Windows 8, a drastic makeover of its famous operating system, on October 26. The much-awaited makeover is designed to run on touch-based tablets, as well as laptop and desktop computers.