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Google expands availability of Chromebooks

Google strikes deal with Walmart, Staples, Fry's and other stores to retail Chromebooks at their stores.

Google's Chromebooks have failed to garner much attention since their release last year, even with the high-resolution Pixel joining the family. One reason for the sluggish sales could be the low availability of the devices, which had previously only been available through Best Buy, Amazon and Google Play.

Now, according to the Google blog, Chromebooks will be making their way to over 6,600 stores worldwide, thanks to new partnerships with various retailers. Kicking things off, Walmart will be selling the 16GB Acer Chromebook starting today, although there is no mention of any other devices.

Staples will also be getting in on the action, as the company will begin offering the entire range of Chromebooks at their retail and online storefronts starting this weekend. Google also struck deals with Office Depot, Office Max, Fry's and TigerDirect, and sales are expected to begin over the upcoming months.

The expanded availability won't be limited to the United States either, as Google is also brokering partnerships with retailers overseas, including the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Australia. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2013-06-18 (Update: 2013-06-18)