In a significant development, HP has announced a partnership with Google to manufacture Chromebooks in India, with production set to commence on October 2. This collaboration aims to make affordable computing devices accessible to Indian students and support the government’s “Make in India” initiative.
The Chromebook devices will be manufactured at the Flex Facility near Chennai, where HP has been producing laptops and desktops since August 2020.
Seizing the Educational Market with Local Chromebook Manufacturing
Chromebooks from Google have gained popularity in the global education sector and are also gaining traction in India. Local manufacturing of these Chromebooks, which fall within the price range of Rs 20,000–30,000, is expected to open doors for HP to secure orders from government schools. Additionally, HP aims to compete with the 9-inch tablet market by introducing its 11-inch Chromebooks.
HP and Google’s Vision for Affordable Computing in Indian Education
The collaboration between HP and Google envisions supporting the digital education ecosystem in India by providing affordable, safe, and high-quality computing devices to education authorities, schools, and institutions, allowing Indian students easy access to affordable PCs.
The Role of Chromebooks in Education
Chromebooks, which run on Google’s ChromeOS, have played a pivotal role in transforming education in India and around the world. According to the statement, Chromebooks are the leading devices in K-12 education, benefiting over 50 million students and teachers globally. These devices are known for their affordability and user-friendly interface, making them ideal for educational institutions.
Expanding HP’s India-Made PC Portfolio
HP has been steadily expanding its manufacturing operations in India since 2020. In December 2021, the company began manufacturing a wide range of laptops locally, including HP EliteBooks, HP ProBooks, and HP G8 series notebooks. Furthermore, HP expanded its portfolio of locally-manufactured commercial desktops by introducing various models of desktop mini towers (MT), mini desktops (DM), small form factor (SFF) desktops, and a range of All-in-One PCs.
Google’s 10-Year Update Commitment for Chromebook Platforms
Earlier this month, Google announced that Chromebook platforms will receive regular automatic updates for a decade, surpassing the commitment of any other operating system currently available.