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Google Ships Last Cr-48 'For Now'

David Gilbert


Google Ships Last Cr-48 'For Now'

When Google launched its own laptop last December, there was a lot of speculation surrounding the cryptically-named Cr-48 - especially considering the fact that you couldn’t buy one no matter how much money you had.

Google launched the notebook as a way of trialing its own Chrome OS and a tweet over the weekend confirmed that the last of the notebooks has now been shipped. However, there was also some good news for those looking to get their hands on the new operating system with the confirmation that laptops running Chrome OS from Acer and Samsung will be coming this summer. Reports at the time suggested that Google took delivery of up to 60,000 units from manufacturer, Inventec. The notebooks were distributed through the Chrome OS Pilot Project where anyone was able to apply to get one of the machines to test out on behalf of Google.

The black, brandless laptops have been whizzing their way around the world in the past few months and according to the tweet from Google Project Management VP Sundar Pichai the reserves have been fully depleted: “Sorry we have shipped all units for now. Thanks for your interest and we will have partner devices out mid-year.” With quite a bit of positive feedback from several sources since the laptop launched, it will be very interesting to see if Samsung and Acer manage to translate that success into their machines.

Though we will have to wait a few months to get our hands on the Samsung and Acer models, has anyone out there got their hands on a Cr-48 and what did you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Twitter


March 14, 2011, 3:04 pm

The black, brandless laptops have been whizzing their way around the world in the past few months? Unless I am missing something here, the pilot program was for the US and the US alone. I tried applying after all. :{

James Reckitt

March 14, 2011, 8:48 pm

Agree with @Armin there, I thought it was US only! I even sent them a nice email offering to pay for trans-atlantic postage via paypal...


March 15, 2011, 3:49 am

Good riddance is all I can say. We don't need computers that can only run a web browser made by Google, on a machine made by Google, using Google's applications and search engine, with all your files on Google's cloud.

If you're into the deeper tech kind of thing, check out how these web applications really work: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

The whole thing is just stupid.

Tony Young

March 15, 2011, 3:49 pm

@Gk.pm Aren't you knocking it before you've tried it?

This is evolving technology and although we all know that Google can make mistakes (your best teacher is your last mistake) I believe this is one small part of the future for many people. It. Just. Works. Eventually.

Just like we'll all be talking to our tellies in 5 years time (or less) - in place of pounding on a keyboard.

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