In addition to the promise of 10 years of software updates, Google has also confirmed that it is taking several steps to make future Chromebooks more sustainable. To begin with, the company will roll out several software updates that will enable features like an improved, more efficient adaptive charging process and a new battery-saver mode that will turn off unneeded energy-intensive processes to conserve battery.
Beyond product development, Google is taking comprehensive measures to ensure the responsible disposal of older Chromebooks. Organizations will find it easier to sell their older Chromebooks through dedicated resellers who will collect and dispose of these devices safely. For individual users, Google will provide convenient recycling drop-off locations on Google Maps, simplifying the process of responsibly discarding old devices. With these initiatives in place, Google anticipates that Chromebooks will significantly reduce ownership costs for users, bolstering the appeal of the machines as a product category.