Video: Can Apple cut into Google's education tech lead?
Acer has launched the world's first tablet that runs on Chrome OS, the management-friendly Google platform that leads the US education market for cheap laptops and 2-in-1s.
And while Apple heads to a school in Chicago for its launch, it's probably no coincidence that Google gave a preview of its Chrome OS tablet to an elementary school in Apple's home town, Cupertino.
Apple is expected to announce its entry-level 9.7-inch iPad to compete with Chromebooks. It's unclear whether it will be available with a stylus.
According to Futuresource Consulting, Chrome OS powers nearly 60 percent of devices shipped to US schools in 2017, and while Google and Microsoft device sales grew in the second half of 2017, Apple's iPad sales declined.
The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will be available in the US for commercial and education customers in April from $329 before going on sale in Europe for €329, including VAT, in May.
The tablet features a touch display with a 2,048 x 1,526-pixel resolution and supports the built-in Wacom EMR stylus. Google boasts that the stylus uses machine learning to enhance the writing experience for students. The stylus also doesn't need charging or pairing.
The tablet supports Google Play and gives teachers and students access to Android apps with planned support for Google Expeditions AR in the works.