A new battle kicked off today in the war between Apple and Google for device dominance in the education market, as the first-ever tablet running Google’s Chrome operating system was unveiled.
The announcement about Acer’s new Chromebook Tab 10, designed specifically for use in K-12 classrooms, steals some thunder from Apple before the company even had a chance to debut its new iPad for schools in Chicago today. At Apple’s education event, taking place at Lane Tech College Prep High School, the company promised to reveal “creative new ideas for teachers and students.”
Google’s Chromebook laptops currently hold 58 percent of the K-12 mobile device market in the U.S., while Apple’s iPad remains the overall global leader in tablets. After seeing iPad sales decline for a while, Apple last month reported its third consecutive quarter of revenue growth for those devices, due in part to last year’s launch of its lowest-cost iPad yet, a 9.7-inch tablet priced starting at $329.
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Set to become available to school and commercial customers in North America next month, Acer’s new 9.7-inch Chromebook Tab 10 will start at the same price as its similarly sized iPad rival: $329. It’s also the first school-focused tablet to run Google’s Chrome OS instead of the Android operating system.
“Since their debut, schools have chosen Chromebooks because they are fast, easy-to-use and manage, shareable, secure and affordable,” Google for Education group product manager Cyrus Mistry wrote yesterday in a blog post. “We’ve listened carefully to feedback from educators around the world, and one common theme is that they want all the benefits of Chromebooks in a tablet form.”
Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 was designed to meet that need while providing educational users with the same ease of management available with Chromebook laptops, Mistry…