Android tablets have unsuccessfully run their course. They were slow, expensive and clunky and somehow struggled to find their place in users’ mix of consumer devices. Google is finally putting an end to Android tablets replacing them with Chrome OS-powered ones.
Now most people might not know Chrome OS. That’s because Chrome OS has until now been essentially a Google Chrome browser on steroids running on low-power slimmer cheap laptops. These Chrome OS-powered laptops have mainly found usage in the education sector mostly in Elementary Schools in the US.
Google is now moving to run Chrome OS in tablets as well which have been powered Android, the same operating system that powered 81% of smartphones worldwide. Yesterday, Google announced Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first education tablet made for Chrome OS.
The iPad has been a big rival in the classroom and Google hopes to increase its stake education with the new breed of devices. Google says the devices give schools the easy management and shareability of Chromebook laptops. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes with touch and stylus functionality which could prove to be ideal for students creating multimedia projects and using AR-related applications.
The Acer Chrome 10 sports a 9.7-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, OP1 processor, front and rear-facing cameras, USB-C port, microSD card slot, a headphone jack and a battery that apparently has 9-hour battery life.
The tablet is expected to retail for $329, which is the same price as Apple’s current entry-level iPad. The announcement comes a head of Apple’s education-focused event happening later today.