Google Chromebooks get an operating system interface facelift and lower pricing, just in time for holiday shoppers.

In a blog post yesterday, Google Chromebook's Senior Product Manager, Venkat Rapaka, announced some interface improvements and a lower price.

Chromebook Makeover

Rapaka says the Chromebook operating system offers a cleaner login page now and a revamped New Tab page for easier apps, bookmarks and most-visited sites management. New shortcuts to the File Manager, music apps, and games in the Chrome Web Store have been added in response to user requests and the Chrome Web Store also has an updated look.

Holiday Hinting

Google appears to be targeting shoppers with low-tech relatives with the Chromebook updates. Rapaka's post says:

If you’re someone who’s often called upon to provide tech support when you’re home for the holidays like I am, you’ll be happy to know that the Chromebook gets your loved ones up and going on the web quickly, without the usual pains of computing like seemingly endless boot times and setup manuals. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few updates to the lineup of Chromebooks that make them more giftable to loved ones."

The lower price point, US $299 for some models, should make the Chromebook more attractive to some of these holiday shoppers, too. Last month, Google adjusted Chromebook subscription payment options for educational and business customers.

Shoppers in the U.S. now have the option of test-driving Chromebooks at the Samsung Experience shop in New York or on select Virgin Airlines flights. Rapaka's post also says that Samsung now has a black version of its Wi-Fi-only Samsung Chromebook Series 5.