Chromebooks are finally getting serious about penetrating the mass market. No, it’s not better offline capabilities, though that would help greatly. And no, Minecraft is not making an appearance any time soon.
Chromebooks are getting serious because finally, Acer is releasing a 15.6-inch version of its Chromebook, supposedly on March 2015.
Months ago, I wrote about how the most popular computing device of the future will be a 15-inch tablet weighing less than 1.5 pounds with a keyboard accessory. While we are a good three to five years away from that getting there, the rationale is that the 15-inch display size is actually the most popular category of laptops.
It’s hard for the rest of us to relate because we usually get 11-inch or 13-inch laptops when we want to go mobile, and go with desktops with huge monitors when we don’t.
However, for the average household, the 15-inch laptop represents the one computer for the home and so has to be large enough for general use.
Of course, there’s still a big question whether Chromebooks are truly ready for the average, non-techie adult — as I argued here — but this Acer Chromebook will give it a fighting chance.