Google's latest hardware product is not a new Chromebook, or a phone, or a tablet. The company revealed the Jamboard in a blog post today, calling it, "the whiteboard, reimagined for collaboration in the cloud." No, this isn't April Fool's Day, Google did actually announce a whiteboard.
Designed for use with the recently-rebranded G Suite, the Jamboard can pull data from a variety of Google services. Users can add documents from Google Drive, video chat over Hangouts, and draw on it like a typical whiteboard - all at once. The board works like a Google Docs file - it can be edited by multiple people at once from a number of different devices. The Jamboard's frame is a bright red, reminiscent of the red Nexus 5.
The Jamboard is a 55-inch 4k display with "a best-in-class touch response time." It also features an HD camera for Hangouts calls, built-in speakers, and Wi-Fi. While not mentioned in the post, a view of the Jamboard's back from the promotional video seems to indicate USB Type-C, SPDIF, Ethernet, and HDMI ports.
When available in 2017, the Jamboard will be "under $6,000 USD," and will likely only be sold to G Suite customers.
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