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Chromebooks Coming to 9 New Countries, Including Spain, New Zealand and Norway

Cloud centric computing to be available to millions more users


Google is bringing Chromebooks to nine new countries over the coming weeks in a move that will swell the total number of nations selling the devices to over twenty.

New Zealand, Norway and Denmark are among the newly anointed locales where consumers will be able to buy Chrome devices, with Belgium and Spain also set to follow suit shortly after.

It’s been almost a year since the last glut of territories were announced. Then Chrome users in Sweden, Germany, Australia and Canada were among those welcomed into the portable cloud computing club.

Mountain View’s announcement means the total number of countries where Chromebooks are officially sold swells to well over 20. This figure doesn’t include countries that offer devices through educational programmes or through imports.

What, Where and When

Precise details on which notebooks will be available in retail and where has been left to Google’s national press teams to share.

The Google New Zealand blog, for instance, says that the Acer C720 and C720P and Toshiba Chromebook 13 will be available among the devices available to buy from Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi and Noel Leeming, as well as online.

The same models will also be available in Norway from Elkjøp and Lefdal , and for Spanish consumers to nab from online retailers like Amazon and Media Markt.

It hasn’t yet been mentioned whether the respective countries are eligible for the 100GB Google Drive promotion offered on unboxed devices in other countries. My guess is that where Google Play is accessible the offer will stand.

  • I’m still waiting to see new Chromebooks being available in India…

    • Celso Rodrigues

      I’m still waiting for them to be officially released in Portugal…

      • calden74

        It’s part of the EU, just buy one form Amazon, what’s the big deal?

        • Denis

          I think regional keyboard is the main issue. Ok, we can just change the layout on the OS but, I’d be nice to have it all.

          I guess no news for Italy again.

          • calden74

            Ah, even though I’m Swiss and Swiss German ChromeBooks are available I still prefer the English layout. I actually use a WASD V2 88-Key keyboard which is completely blank, no key markings of any kind. I use stickers on my laptop to hide them as well as it makes me a faster typest. This company also sells language sets, so it’s not such a big deal buying a ChromeBook with a English keyboard.

          • Denis

            Oh my!!! That’s brilliant!

        • Celso Rodrigues

          Yes, like Denis said, it’s mainly the keyboard.

          I know there are ways around it, like the stickers and such, but still…

          Also, until now i basically had two options:

          – buy the UK version (which has a qwerty layout), but then i would also have to buy a power adapter or cable because the mains plug is different.

          – buy the german version, which has the same type of mains plug but a qwertz layout, so it’s also a compromise.

          But now that Chromebooks will be released in Spain, the mains plug is the same and the keyboard is at least more similar…

    • calden74

      ChromeBook’s have been available in India since their beginning, you need to look a little harder or just use Google.

  • Boothy

    26 Countries now I believe.
    What’s interesting is that the Pixel is not coming to them, not is the Samsung Chromebook 2. They seem to be restricted to the US, UK and possibly a few select others.
    The Pixel is not surprising but the lack of Samsung interest (they did kick off Chromebooks) is a little strange.

    • calden74

      Actually, Acer was first to ship, even though Samsung and Acer announced their Chromebook’s at the same time.

      The Pixel was never intended to penetrate any markets then it already has. The fact that they are still selling them tells us that Google has large stocks available and even though it costs a small fortune their not making a dime on them. It will be discontinued the second they run out. The Pixel was intended as a demonstration to Googles partners on how far they could push the hardware for Chrome OS.

      The Pixel is my favorite laptop of all time, not because of it’s functionality but the absolute attention to detail that went into producing it, a labor of love for the engineers behind it. I was fortunate enough to purchase one at a fraction of the cost. I attended a bank foreclosure auction for one of my favorite local computer stores. During the action they presented 14 Acer 710C’s up for bid, out of those 14 only 2 sold for 50 CHF (55 USD) a piece, I bought them both unchallenged. The next lot was for two Pixel ChromeBooks LTE versions, the auctioneer made it very clear that these machines couldn’t run Windows, just ChromeOS. The starting bid for the first one was 200 CHF, someone came in at 250 CHF and I immediately went to 400, thinking that this machine would fetch at least 1,000, well, no one else bid after that and I got it for 400 CHF. The next one came up and I did the same thing, starting bid was 200 and I raised it to 400, I got it. The person next to me whispered, you know it’s just a glorified browser, I smiled and simply replied, “really, oh my gosh what have I done”. After the auction was through I had a quite the collection of tech, including a Canon iPF650 24″ wide format printer that is still one of my favorite things that I own. Anyway, I decided to open up one of the two Pixels that I now owned, when the bidder of the first Pixel saw it and I swear turned a white. “I thought ChromeBook’s were cheap plastic laptops worth no more than 300 new”, I replied “well normally yes but this is a Pixel, worth 1800 CHF (2000 USD, it’s Switzerland, everything here cost more, UK dwellers know my pain as well)”. He almost puked after looking it up on his mobile. He offered me 600 for one of them, I turned him down which infuriated him so much that he went to the auctioneer to complain, stating that I was intimidating other buyers and demanded that they redo the auction. This of course was far from the truth and the auctioneer backed me up, all sales are final sir, please f**k off, well he didn’t actually say that but it was defiantly the gist.

      I sold one of the Pixels later to a friend of mine for the price I paid for it. I don’t know if the Pixel is worth the price that Google is asking for it but after owning one I would gladly pay it. It’s a work of art. when ever I take it to the local café or coffee house I am bombarded with questions and statements, every single time without failure; what is it, it’s gorgeous, wow it’s also touch screen, love that glowing light thingy, who makes it, what is it ChromeOS, etc. I have converted at least 12 people to ChromeBooks because of the Pixel, now they didn’t buy a Pixel, well one did but the Pixel was defiantly the spark that ignited their interest. If any of you have a chance to buy one I would jump on it, they pretty friggen awesome. To those that don’t get, you really need to see one up close to understand, it’s not just a computer but a statement.

      • Boothy

        So, the Acer was released before the Cr-48?

        • calden74

          I was replying to your statement about Samsung kicking off the ChromeBook, “They did kick off Chromebooks”. The CR-48 wasn’t made by Samsung but by a company by the name of Inventec and it was only available to developers. Although Google’s criteria for getting one was pretty laxed.

  • Soon, Chromebooks shall conquer the world. Onward fellow Chromiums!

  • Filippo Corti

    mmm no news yet?