May 24, 2017 10:09 AM EDT
Google Gets Serious With The Microsoft Surface Hub Competition, Unveils A 4K Giant Touchscreen Jamboard [VIDEO]
Google has finally revealed its latest digital collaborative tool, Google Jamboard. The digital whiteboard has been designed for businesses that want to collaborate on Google Drive files with teams both local and remote. Google made the big announcement this week.
The Mountain View-based search giant has just revealed to the world a giant 4K digital touchscreen whiteboard for companies to make it easier for their employees to collaborate and brainstorm as they work on team projects and other company's tasks. The newly introduced Jamboard represents the company's latest effort to lure companies away from its closest rival Microsoft, which also makes a similar product called the Surface Hub, The Verge reported.
The Google Jamboard has been pitched as a cloud-based collaborative touchscreen with Google Doc-style collaboration that will allow others collaborators to join. This new digital whiteboard features a huge 55-inch, ultrahigh-definition screen.
Additionally, the device is also capable of recognizing the difference between when someone is writing using a pen stylus or touching it with a human hand. It will allow users to draw, add post-it notes, place stickers, perform a web search, add web contents, use Google Hangouts, and even use Google Docs or Google Drive.
In terms of connectivity, the device support HDMI 2.0 and 1.4, USB 2.0/3.0, USB-C, and SPDIF ports. It also has a sole charging cable and can connect to the internet over Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
As for the device's pricing and availability, Google is undercutting its closest competitor by pricing its Jamboard at $4,999, a 33 percent markdown from the whopping $9,000 price tag of Microsoft Surface Hub. Google's $4,999 price tag will give users two styluses, an eraser, and a wall mount. And if the user decided to order on or before September 30, 2017, he can get $300 off the annual management and support fee for the first year, plus a $150 discount on the optional $1,349 rolling stand, according to The Verge.
However, the Google Jamboard will require a subscription to Google's G Suite of email and other business applications. This cloud-based service starts at $5 per month and has also a $600 per year maintenance fee. Google said the Jamboard will be made available in the US this May.
The newly introduced Google Jamboard reinforces the search giant's big push to make its own high-tech gear in an attempt to lure more people on its software and other web services. The search giant believes that the newly introduced Jamboard will be a big help for businesses and organizations looking for a more effective way of collaborating and brainstorming. Check out the video to learn more about this new offering.