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Google planning faster, simpler and more secure Chromebooks

The underwhelming first-generation Chromebooks are being replaced by faster, more effective models, Google confirms.

Google is planning much faster and more useable versions of its Chromebooks, it has been revealed.

The Samsung 3G-equipped Series 5 Chromebook arrived with a lot of fanfare, but didn't really achieve what many expected it to.

At its heart, the device takes advantage of the increasing shift towards use of cloud computing systems. The laptop utilises Google's Chrome browser, and applications are run on this rather than the Linux underneath.

However, performance has been sluggish, a factor not usually associated with Google ventures. But the Chrome browser automatically updates every six weeks, and as the browser is the central aspect of the device, owners will have found it getting better and better with age.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, told CNET that the company is still firmly behind Chromebooks, and faster models are on their way.

He told the website: "We remain very excited about Chromebooks. We got a lot of positive feedback, and we are really looking forward to the next generation of Chromebooks.

"We will improve on the dimensions of speed, simplicity, and security."

CNET's Stephen Shankland has been using a Chromebook for months, and has found it to be underpowered for typical computing needs.

The lag waiting for things to load is frustrating in itself, but when time really matters, such as when playing online games, it can be unbearable.

For a device that is engineered to be quick, simple and effective at utilising the undoubted strength of Google's other products, it represents something of a failure.

Whether Google's new Chromebooks can make significant inroads in terms of speed is likely to be the key to their future viability, but the company is confident that this will be the case, through new technology within the device and advancements in the cloud computing networks as a whole.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801297614-ADNFCR