What you need to know
- Google is rolling out "Works With Chromebook", an accessory certification program.
- Accessories marked with the "Works With Chromebook" sticker will be Chromebook optimized.
- You'll be able to find "Works With Chromebook" certified accessories at staples like Best Buy and Amazon.
Google is now rolling out "Works With Chromebook", a new accessory certification program that ensures that you'll be able to find adapters, mice and so on that play nice with your Chromebook.
While nothing is stopping generic accessories from being used with Chromebooks, they are often built with other operating systems in mind. A "Works With Chromebook" certified accessory will likely take note of Chrome OS's unique idiosyncrasies like its lack of a caps lock key or an assistant button, in the case of a keyboard for example.
Google's Kevin Ngo, Program Manager of the Works With Chromebook program, explained on Tuesday:
Chromebooks have been growing in popularity in recent years, with Google's Pixelbook Go, Samsung's Galaxy Chromebook, and the Asus Chromebook C436 being the most well-made ones to debut over the last few months. An accessory program that makes it easier for prospective buyers to extend the usefulness of their device won't go amiss.
Cool. I thought this already happened. I'm glad it finally will be happening.
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