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Wikipedia on a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook
Product typePersonal computer (notebook)
IntroducedJune 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)

A Chromebook (sometimes stylized in lowercase as chromebook) is a laptop or tablet running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. Initially designed to heavily rely on web applications for tasks using the Google Chrome browser, Chromebooks have since expanded to be able to run Android and full-fledged Linux apps since 2017 and 2018, respectively. All supported apps can be installed and launched alongside each other.[1]

Chromebooks can work offline; applications like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Drive synchronize data when reconnecting to the Internet.[2] Google Play video content is available offline using the Google Play Movies & TV extension with the Chrome browser.[3]

The first Chromebooks shipped on June 15, 2011.[4] Other form factors include Chromebox desktops, an all-in-one" called a Chromebase, a stick PC called a Chromebit and Chromebook tablets.

In 2020, Chromebooks outsold Apple Macs for the first time by taking market share from Windows laptops.[5][6][7]

  1. ^ Porter, Jon (May 20, 2021). "Chrome OS's Linux app support is leaving beta". The Verge. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Use your Chromebook offline - Chromebook Help".
  3. ^ Tofel, Kevin C. (June 5, 2014). "Grab the remote: Chromebooks can now watch Play Movies, TV shows offline". Gigaom.
  4. ^ Upson, Linus; Pichai, Sundar (May 11, 2011). "A New Kind Of Computer: Chromebook". The Official Google Blog. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Moore, Ben (August 3, 2021). "Rise of the Chromebooks continues". CRN. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Nagel, David (August 3, 2021). "Chromebooks Continue Massive Surge in Adoption". The Journal. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  7. ^ Protalinski, Emil (February 16, 2021). "Chromebooks outsold Macs worldwide in 2020, cutting into Windows market share". Geekwire. Retrieved August 13, 2021.

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