I was watching the video intro of the new Chromebook by Kevin C. Tofel and I saw him showing off something really interesting.
The new Acer Chromebook is the first Chromebook with a caps lock key, or without the dedicated search key.
Remember all that fuss about CR48′s keyboard, because it had a Search key instead of the Caps Lock? Then there was workarounds, keyboard shortcuts and even options to make your PCs caps lock key a search key like Chromebook.
So, No More Search Key?
Hmm, tough question to answer. The new ARM Samsung Chromebook had the search key just like previous Chromebooks, its just the Acer Chromebook that had this problem. But this is the latest Chromebook. Something new in the latest Chromebook does signal something but for Google, Samsung ARM Chromebook is more important than the Acer one. It always has been like that. Samsung Chromebooks received more media attention and Google made some good effort to promote them as well.
So, my assumption is this. Google is giving hardware partners some choice with Chrome OS and Chromebooks. Remember the recent change in code allowing OEMs to put their own wallpapers? Acer decided to put the caps lock key back on their Chromebook.
Update: A search key (with a search icon) is still there on the Chromebook.
What do you guys think?