Google announces the Chromebit, Chrome OS for less than $100
Android is definitely dominating the smartphone space but Google's own Chrome OS is ever so making progress every now and then. Google even showed off their second generation Chromebook Pixel which is just a beauty to look.
Today, the company is taking the wraps off a totally new type of Chrome OS product called the Chromebit. It's basically something like a PC on a USB stick but the difference here is that the dongle will instantly make the screen you plug this into a Chrome OS system. The Chromebit is about the size of a candybar and connects through HDMI.
Hardware wise, the Chromebit is manufactured by Asus and is powered by a quad-core Rockchip processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, built in Wi-Fi and bluetooth as well as a full sized USB port. The chromebit will interface through HDMI and the you will need to connect a keyboard and mouse to actually use the Chromebit.
Google expects the Chromebit to launch in the Summer and hardware partners are also expected to release their version of a Chromebit. For the expected $100 price Google is imposing, the Chromebit looks to be quite a compelling deal for a simple home theater system but then again there are android powered USB PCs like this which is about the same price.
Either way, don't expect this to sell millions given the popularity of Chrome OS hasn't taken flight in the past years. Expect to hear a little more about Chromebit during Google I/O in May