Wednesday, 06 Jul, 2011 Technology

Google and Virgin American Provide Free Chromebooks to Airport Passengers


Having the goal of educating people about its innovative portable computing platform, the number one search engine Google decided to sign a deal with Virgin American. According to the deal, passengers will receive Chromebooks that they can test during the flight.

The devices will be provides to passengers using the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and either Boston Logan Airport (BOS), Chicago O'Hare (ORD) or Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).

To be able to rent a Chromebook, passengers will have to find special "Chrome Zone" lounges at gates. They can pick a device and use it during the flight, as well as while waiting for the flight.

It would be interesting to note that the use of the laptop and WiFi is free. However, passengers will still have to provide their credit card details. In addition, Chromebook staff will be near to help users, as well as take the devices back when passengers arrive to their destination airport.

The trial will take place between July 1 and September 2011. According to Google, the company is also discussing the possibility to loan a free laptop to guests of the New York's Ace Hotel.

Currently there's only one type of Chromebook available - the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook that boasts a battery life of up to 8.5 hours, a boot time that does not exceed 10 seconds and 16GB of SSD storage, reports Gizmag.

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