Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer promises big things for Chrome OS, Chromebooks in 2021

Google is promising big things for Chrome OS and Chromebooks in 2021. (Image: Google)
Google is promising big things for Chrome OS and Chromebooks in 2021. (Image: Google)
Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer has tweeted his excitement at the Chrome OS and Chromebook pipeline for 2021. It comes in the context of an IDC report showing that Chrome OS device sales surpassed macOS device sales in 2020 for the first time.

There have been many interesting technology trends to emerge from the global pandemic. With people forced to work from home and ultimately settling into a pattern where they will be working remotely more often, WFH (work from home) tech has been flying off the shelves. A beneficiary of this includes Google Chrome OS-powered devices with an IDC report showing that Chrome OS devices outsold macOS devices for the first time in 2020.

While part of this could be put down to the fact that Apple is transitioning its range to Apple silicon and customers might be holding off an upgrade as they wait for the right Mac, there is no doubt that Chrome OS is starting to come of age. The rise of Chrome OS devices can also be put down to the numbers of students forced to do their schooling remotely in recent times with Google's online services favored by many schools. Now, Google SVP of Platforms and Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, has tweeted about his excitement and what is in the pipeline for Chrome OS and Chrome OS-powered devices in 2021. 

In his tweet, Lockheimer hints that we will be able to see what he is talking about “soon”although he doesn’t give any more details about exactly when that will be. Nor does he give away anything about what we might see. While Google itself could be plotting new Chrome OS hardware, likely a Pixelbook Go refresh, we’d love to see the company revisit the high-end Pixelbook. That said, the main attraction for Chrome OS-based devices is the price and there have been some excellent recent entries like the Lenovo Chromebook Duet that offer excellent bang-for-buck.

Naturally, we will keep our eyes peeled for any Chrome OS and Chrome OS-powered device announcements for Google in the coming weeks.

Buy the Lenovo Chromebook Duet from Amazon.

(Image: Twitter)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-02-19 (Update: 2021-02-19)
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