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Google CR-48 Chromebooks Shipping Again?



It appears that some lucky individuals have been greeted with Google’s CR-48 prototype Chromebook on their doorsteps over the last few days. Sounds perfectly normal, right? Wrong. These people applied for the pilot program all the way back in December and hadn’t heard anything from Google until the new hardware arrived.

Google CR-48

What makes this even more peculiar is that Google itself stated all the way back in March that there would be no more CR-48’s shipping off to those who applied as testers. Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome, Sindar Pinchai even said so himself in a tweet.

However, it looks like Google has been sending units off and our own Josh Smith confirmed that one of his friends received his CR-48 laptop this week. It’s unclear as to how big this release is, it’s likely Google offloading their supply before the arrival of their Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung this summer, but it’s a nice surprise nonetheless.

If you applied for the pilot program back in December and still haven’t received a CR-48, keep your fingers crossed because you might see something show up on your door step sometime in the next couple of days.

Anyone out there have a mysterious CR-48 Chromebook show up on their door step last week? We’d love to hear from you.



  1. Jasonnewtest

    05/23/2011 at 12:57 pm

    Had one show up Friday

  2. Jasonnewtest

    05/23/2011 at 12:57 pm

    Had one show up Friday

  3. bobloblaw

    05/23/2011 at 8:49 pm

    had one show up today.

  4. Jose F. Estrada Rivera

    05/24/2011 at 12:29 am

    Just received mine today. This is a great device, super quick login, really friendly, with big buttons, and almost old school remote type of labels. I’m having a lot of fun with this already!

  5. Charles Wisler

    05/24/2011 at 2:09 am

    Just received mine today. Completely out of the blue. Liking it so far. The battery life seems incredible and the video performance is actually quite good, at least on youtube.

  6. Dsnc Fastservice

    05/24/2011 at 4:25 am

    Just received The I-Book (Google ChromeBook) today. We call it the I-Book because, you can only use it to get on the internet. You have ONE usb port, ONE card reader, Vga port. and thats it. Thanks Google!

  7. kagenokaze

    05/24/2011 at 5:02 pm

    I just received mine today as well.  Same shipping style as the original run.

  8. Bigdaddyfarm

    05/25/2011 at 12:18 am


  9. Double_o_don

    05/25/2011 at 2:29 am

    Arrived today. Interesting device. (using to enter this response).

  10. Benjamin Chan

    05/25/2011 at 4:43 am

    Mine showed up today too!

  11. Wojo72

    05/26/2011 at 3:11 am

    Recieved mine on Monday.  I had forgotten all about the pilot.

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