Google really wants you to buy a Chromebook. That may be impossible, however, for those that have made a solemn swear never to shop at Best Buy or Amazon.com. For the devout retail loyalist, Google has a few more options for you coming this summer.
Google announced today that Chromebooks will soon be available at Walmart and Staples. The expansion will bring Google’s answer to the laptop to shoppers at 2,800 Walmart and 1,500 Staples stores around the nation.
Getting into specifics, the Acer Chromebook with a paltry 16GB SSD will be the only model available at Walmart. The $199 notebook will debut later this summer. If you can’t wait that long, Staples will begin to carry Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung this upcoming weekend.
If neither of those options appeal to you, Chromebooks will also be coming to Office Depot, Office Max, Fry’s and TigerDirect in the coming months. Those four stores will be more picky, however, so not every store will carry Chromebooks.
All of this is lovely for the American Chromebook fan, but what about the European Chromebook fan? Google hasn’t forgotten you. The company announced that Chromebooks are now available at 116 Tesco stores in the UK. For those in The Netherlands, you’ll be able to pick up Chromebooks at Mediamarket and Saturn stores. As for France and Sweden, Chromebooks will now be available at FNAC and Elgiganten stores respectively.
In a final show of goodwill, Google also announced that Chromebooks would be making their way to Australia through JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores across the country.
As for everybody else, Google says they’re working on bringing Chromebooks to more countries later this year.
This expansion may not lead to more sales for Google’s answer to the laptop, but it definitely proves that Google isn’t giving up on its line of computers anytime soon. In a world of declining notebook sales, Google’s persistence definitely takes some cojones.