i.e. No More Support for Old ChromeBooks
We suppose it was only inevitable. 5 years ago Google came out with the first Chromebooks, which were the first real massive attempt at creating consumer laptops that weren’t somehow based on the Windows or Mac operating systems. The Chrome OS certainly had its growing pains, and the first batch of Chromebooks were released to mixed-reviews at best.
And yet still, they had a fan following. Google announced that the older Chromebooks have reached their end-of-life and will no longer be supported.
Now this doesn’t mean that Chromebooks will no longer work. It’s just that they will continue to function as they are now without any support or new updates.
This of course raises security concerns, as Google will no longer give Chromebooks updates if there are major security holes discovered. Of course, with the relative small-market of loyal Chromebook users, hackers may not bother with the Chrome OS.
As of right now, the Samsung Series 5 is the first one to lose Google’s support. In a couple of months, the Acer AC700 Chromebook will be the next one to lose support.
To give some context, Microsoft supported the Windows XP system for 10 years after its initial release. But we’re in an age of acceleration, and support cycles are growing smaller. Apple’s smartphone support tend to extend to the 3 latest iPhones, with each new iPhone version pushing the next one off the map.