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LG Electronics announces Google Chrome OS powered all-in-one computer

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The LG Online Newsroom posted a news release on Wednesday announcing a new all-in-one computer powered by the Google Chrome operating system. The new computer known as the LG Chromebase will be introduced at next month’s 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The computer features a 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and 16GB of storage. The announcement describes the LG Chromebase as an "affordable computing experience" but no specifics on price are mentioned, nor or any details mentioned on when you will be able to purchase the new device.

If the LG Chromebase is similar to that of the current Chromebooks, starting at less than $300, they should be a low cost alternative to a low end tablet or computer.

The confusing Chrome operating system

Unlike a tablet or a traditional Windows notebook, Chrome OS applications reside on the internet, rather than traditional applications that reside on the computer. The Chrome OS is based on the Chrome web browser. Each app you launch opens as a tab in the browser window.

The news release describes the LG Chromebase as the "Simple and Easy to Use OS." It is simple and easy, as long as you are willing to surround yourself in a world of Google products, such as Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, Play or Google+ Hangouts.

Because the Chrome OS is developed by Google many people think that it is compatible with the Android OS. There are a variety of applications available for the Chrome OS, but it is no where near the number of Android apps. The Chrome Web Store is not the same as the Google Store.

Chromebase announcement short on details

The announcement states that, "LG’s Chromebase is an exciting new form factor that expands the options available to customers who want a fast, simple and secure computing experience for the home, school or office,” but it offers no details on specifics. The announcement also mentions a keyboard and mouse, but the photos only show an all-in-one base with nothing attached.

Just like the current Chromebooks, if your primary use for a small computer or tablet is to surf the web, update your Facebook or Google+ profiles, and answer a few emails, the LG Chromebase may interest you.

The news release was merely a teaser to draw interest for the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7 through January 10. We will be watching to learn more about the LG Chromebase.


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