Google's take on a collaborative whiteboard will finally come to fruition and will try to give Microsoft a worthy opponent.
The multinational tech company announced this week that their 55-inch, wall-mounted 4K digital whiteboard, Jamboard, will launch this coming May, with a price tag of $5,000 and an annual support fee of $600 to boot, according to a report from Android Authority.
Initially announced in October of 2016, the Jamboard will attempt to give Microsoft's "Surface Hub" a run for its money in the collaborative device arena. Some of the key features of Google's upcoming product include the ability to link and connect files that are stored by business owners in their Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and photos, and present them using the Jamboard's digital screen.
Being a touchscreen, the Jamboard offers 16 simultaneous touch points for dynamic navigation. Moreover, it also comes with handwriting and shape recognition features, plus other key specs that will complete the overall experience, like microphones, speakers, and a wide-angle camera. Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections and Google Cast support are also available, plus two sets of the passive stylus with an eraser and a microfiber cloth for cleaning are likewise included.
The Jamboard, though, has some limitations compared to the Surface Hub. Google's digital whiteboard does not allow the installation of third-party applications. On the flipside, the Jamboard will easily become the more attractive choice for businesses that are looking for a dependable collaborative device with its more affordable price, compared to the Surface Hub, which costs nearly double at around $9,000.
Experts have touted the Jamboard to be the best "hybrid of the physical and digital creative space," which allows other parties who do not own the device to participate in a presentation. The Jamboard comes with a full-featured tablet application that works for iOS and Android devices including smartphones.
A report from tech website Recode last year mentioned that Google's decision to take the Surface Hub head-on was part of the company's thrust to establish a more significant role in the software tools landscape.