Will You Buy An Ad-supported (Cheaper) Chromebook?

An ad-supported Chromebook you ask? Okay, read this excerpt from an Interview  with Sundar Pichai, who heads Chrome and Apps division at Google.

During the Q&A session, ABC News‘ Joanna Stern questioned the (relatively high) price points of Chromebooks today, to which Sundar followed with:

“I think it’s a good question. Just like with Android, we’re in early stages of enabling an ecosystem. This year, we’re working very closely with Intel, and there are many OEMs working with Chromebooks. You’ll start seeing Chromebooks spanning many price points. There are a variety of user scenarios; we picked the middle point to start at. It’s not lost on us that we can use advertising to provide better value propositions as well.”

We can not make out a lot from that one sentence but, Google is definitely considering many options to bring cheaper Chromebooks to market, including ad-supported devices.

Where Will They Put Those Ads?

My guesses: When you use a Chromebook, your operating system is actually on the cloud. That makes it possible for Google to serve ads on your operating system. They can use most of their Adsense algorithm, I guess? So, where will see ads?

Can you think of any other places where Google can show ads on your Chromebook?

Will You Buy One?

Now, to the most important question, will you buy an ad-supported Chromebook? I think there will be a lot of takers. Two reasons.

  1. Amazon Kindles did really well with ad supported version.
  2. There are many people who would like to get a Chromebook but thinks that current price is too much for what it does.

People are very used to seeing ads on their browsers. So, seeing some ads on Chromebook won’t make a big difference because Chrome OS is Chrome, to the most part.

What do you think?

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

Show 10 Comments
  • Sean 03/06/2012, 9:47 pm

    For the most part, Google does a very good job with not shoving ads in your face. I would be very interested in an ad supported Chromebook.

  • Guest 03/06/2012, 10:40 pm

    If it’s a good device with a good price, I can life with the extra ads (or try to disable them).

  • M 03/06/2012, 11:47 pm

    OS is actually in the cloud? I think not- it is still located on local bytes. The machine boots to a full os even if the net is inaccessible. Updates are from the cloud and quite simple to complete, but still just change the local bytes…

    Your user environment with all of your apps, extensions & add-ons is in the cloud and follows you in your Chrome experience if you login.

  • Greg 04/06/2012, 12:12 am

    I’d get one

  • Wall Sam 04/06/2012, 12:59 am

    Will I get to install ad block extension? 😛

  • shle896 04/06/2012, 1:40 am

    I guess I need to know HOW much cheaper ad-supported Chromebooks will be. If it knocks a $100 or more off the price, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I’ve never found Google’s ads obtrusive.

  • Stephen 04/06/2012, 5:40 am

    I do not want to spend more on a new better chromebook or a subsidized Chromebook. I have a Chromebook (Acer wifi) which I am quite happy with. I also have a MyTouch Android cellphone with T-Mobile and Clear modem/wifi for my home and a portable Clear modem. When my contract is up with T-Moble I will probably get a Nexus unlocked phone. I also plan to get a 7 inch Google Nexus tablet when it comes out and I believe I can use Chrome on it. When my Acer Chromebook no longer works I will not replace it even though I’m happy with it. I can get by with the Nexus tablet the desktops we have around the house.

  • GT. 04/06/2012, 2:21 pm

    The problem is not the price the problem is functionality, why do I have to by something with so limited functionality when there are so many other alternatives with competitive prices.

  • Cougar Abogado 08/06/2012, 5:28 am

    I’d consider it if I could still use AdBlock for Chrome/AdBlock+. Otherwise, I think I’d do a chromebook video of me driving over it with a tank (I’m unaccustomed and disinclined to seeing ads).

  • mlmcelt13 08/06/2012, 5:17 pm

    Don’t have a problem with ads – I’d just like to see the price come down a bit. I actually find the ads helpful at times, although I always enter the URL into address window manually to help save them money on the click if I am truly interested. Sure, I’d buy an ad-sponsored Chromebook.