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Google just launched a $1,300 laptop. That's a pretty big deal. In fact, it's a pretty huge deal. In double fact, if our team wasn't about to get on a podcast (see you at 8PM EST!) I'd be sharing all manner of reasons why that's a monumental deal. Unfortunately for you, that will have to wait until tomorrow. For now, we can only talk about the device itself. So, what is it?

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It's a high-end laptop with an incredibly dense display. 2560x1700 in a 12.85" screen for 239 ppi. Let me put that in layman's terms: holy mother of crap this screen is awesome. As if that weren't enough, it's a touch screen, too. Reportedly, it's not the best touch screen around, but this is a touch screen laptop. Does that sound familiar? Yet another reason this is a very important move for Google.

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Here's the kicker, though: it's still Chrome OS. As much as we might love Google and Android here at AP, Chrome OS is still a browser-based operating system and its primary appeal thus far has been in being cheap and disposable. The hardware might look gorgeous, but you know what you can't do on this? Run Photoshop. You can't do any hardcore gaming either. It's just not supported. Heck, Steam has become so ubiquitous it's even running on Linux, and yet Chrome OS is still out in the cold.

There are a lot of reasons why Google building a self-branded, super expensive, high-end hardware laptop is a big deal. None of those have anything to do with normal people wanting to buy this thing, though.

Source: Google Play Store

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Justin Swanson

    But it'll run all those awesome Chrome games /s

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      Well they do have Bastion which is awesome. Otherwise I pretty much agree with the sarcasm.

      Edit: I kinda take that back there are some decent games in the Chrome Web Store. Granted most of them are android/iphone level but still more decent games than I expecte.

  • Klugschwaetzer

    Can't wait to read your reasons ....

    • tylerbrainerd

      A. Included cloud storage. For anyone already paying for the 1tb google drive option, this laptop pays for itself with it's 3 years of 1 tb.
      B. Internal use. Google clearly wants high quality hardware for it's employees to use internally. Thus, this laptop.
      C. Niche high end use. There are actually quite a lot of people with a lot of money who want something that works well, feels nice, and is easy to use, and the current chromebooks are plastic crap (although great for my uses). For people who do not care about their money particularly, this is pretty cool looking hardware.
      D. Google making their own hardware. It doesn't matter a bit what it costs, because it's a huge deal that they are stepping into the arena directly now, in the same way as they did with nexus devices in the android world, instead of just licensing. We can expect them to really hone down on this in the future.
      E. This computer has way more power than it needs for current chrome os. Expect them to push new features and apps soon to take advantage of it, ie some kind of cloud creative suite on a prosumer level.
      F. Touchscreen. It is quite possible that in march, they will announce a full new update to chrome that allows integration and native android apps.

      • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

        Bam. Reason A is something I've been saying since I heard about the Pixel today. Regular price for that storage comes to $1,800. So essentially you're getting a $500 discount and the Pixel is just an added bonus.

        • ari_free

          What are you going to store? You can't really do much with this

        • http://www.google.com/profiles/adam.skinner Adam Skinner

          That kind of selling point only works with women. Men don't buy things that will cost them money they weren't going to spend anyway simply because it will "save them money".

          • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

            I could see corporations justifying that cost. I still would buy it. Just because.

          • Elliot Kotis

            But if there werte going to get the 1TB anyway they will get the CB

          • marcusmaximus04

            A: Sexist
            B: I highly doubt there are currently exactly 0 people currently paying for the 1TB of Drive Storage.
            C: Even if you're paying for one of the smaller tiers, that still deducts some of the cost off the laptop.

          • tylerbrainerd

            Exactly. Even if you're only using a few hundred, this laptop becomes a great buy.

          • Lamezors

            Or you could just buy portable hard drives and surpass the 3tb mark of cloud and not have to think about what you "could have" saved. I agree, most men don't think of things in terms of what they can save further down the line. I am a pretty metro guy myself admittedly, and I would never consider that I saved money thinking about my google drive "bonus".

        • tylerbrainerd

          It's great, if you're already interested in the storage. Otherwise, eh.

  • IncCo

    They should just give up on chrome OS. Its not going to happen google..

    • tylerbrainerd

      But... it is happening? currently.

      • New_Guy

        Exactly. Just not at $1300 :)

        • ari_free

          I wouldn't even waste $130 on just a browser. I'd do more with a Tabeo

          • Aleksey_US

            Yes, give it to us as an App.

          • New_Guy

            I wouldn't worry about it too much though. The fact that Chrome OS has no real need for 4GBs of RAM or an i5 processor, and Google set up a chromed-out Android statue at Mountain View, all points to the fact that they are successfully hiding something from us. Prepare for minds blowing an Google I/O.

        • http://tech.gtaero.net/ Navarr Barnier

          Oh, I could see the point of this. Especially if it somehow became popular. The point? Better browser-based games. This also runs an x86 processor which means games can be coded for the browser in C++. Games could be ported to run in the browser on this device.

          You're looking at what's current, not "What's Next."

  • http://mitchs.co Mitch Samuels

    Douche title. The average person could get by with only a web browser.

    Hell, I make websites for a living and I lived off a CR48 for a year. There are webapps for nearly everything. I used SumoPaint to replace gimp/photoshop, and Codev for a html editor.

    I don't play video games (I do a little, but that's what my PS3 is for), so I don't need steam.

    The only thing I couldn't do was play around with developing Android applications. That's the absolute ONLY thing I didn't find a good webapp replacement for.

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      I don't think he's hating on it purely for the fact the OS is basically a browser, he's hating on it because it costs $1300 FOR that browser (in this instance).

      • Justin Swanson

        Yeah, that. I was really excited for this until I saw the price point. I was going to try to convince my wife that I needed a Pixel, but I think if I do any convincing it will be a N10 or a Samsung Chromebook. I need a travel device (with larger screen than my N7) for some upcoming travel I will be doing for work (unless they provide me with a laptop).

    • Todd

      The key part of the title for me was the price, $1300. How much was your CR48? If all this adds is a pretty screen you can touch, is it worth the price difference?

      • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

        Considering that's the price for the hardware, I guess it is, for those who buy it. And to be fair, you get a ridiculous about of cloud storage, too. 50GB will cost you up to $100 per year from other companies. Here you get 1000GB for three years...

        • Todd

          Good point on the cloud storage. I am someone that hasn't even passed 2gb on my drive account, so cloud storage isn't my focus at all.

    • Paul_Werner

      Totally agree but still wouldn't pull the trigger based on the price-point alone

    • tylerbrainerd

      The point is that there are not many users who are thinking "I'd love to spend $1000+ on just a browser"

    • GraveUypo

      you obviously only make light use of photoshop to have claimed that an webapp might be a GOOD replacement for it.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    What's the point of this laptop being so powerful anyway, if it's just going to be running a browser? I'm sure you don't need that much power to stream a 1080p video.

    • hugobosslives

      tell that to all the people who buy a $2000+ macbook pro that will just be used for word processing and web browsing for the majority of people who buy them

      • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

        Yeah but they can run other programs if they want to. With this you can't.

        • storm14k

          But they don't so both are a waste.

      • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

        Well, this isn't even good for word processing. Drive is decent, but is not a replacement for Office or even LibreOffice.

        • gmaninvan

          I agree it is deficient in many respects but this is not one of them. Drive has grown to be quite good and this is going to have native quick office.

          • enoch861

            Quick Office is no replacement for Office either. Honestly, you can't beat Office. Period.

          • gmaninvan

            See that depends on your use case. If you are a power user that uses aspects such as macros then, no, this is not a replacement. However, for ninety percent of the population, quick office and Google docs is more than sufficient.

            One example is, through my old company , I received dirt cheap office licenses. I installed one (2010) on my girlfriends computer but she chose to use Google docs since she doesn't use a lot of the more advanced features. They just end up being clutter and get in the way of the functions she actually uses. That was also back when docs was a far less mature product. Google does a good job in docs with the simplicity aspect. They also roll other new features every month so it will not be long before they can meet the requirements of the power user in every aspect.

        • marcusmaximus04

          Note that this does *not* use Drive as it's word processor.

    • Justin Swanson

      Don't think you do, but there are _rumors_ of an updated version of chrome having some additional offline capability or require more power, but I think that would go against what Google previously said about trying to unify the Chrome experience across all devices.

      • Steven Schoen

        I don't think that's a good move on Google's part. It's like engineering a car to have wings grafted onto it and fly. Yeah, it'll probably work, after a shitload of money and effort is spent.. but airplanes exist for a reason.

        • ins0mn1a

          well, to be honest, airplanes exist because cars can't fly. i would rather compare a chromebook with taking an already existing flying car and rewriting the software from scratch so it doesn't include the flying functionality.
          i suspect there will be major functionality additions to this device. but then i don't understand why they released the thing before that is done. sure, google loves releasing beta-stage products, but usually those are quite good to begin with, and then they get even better with time. i am completely confused by this product, but either there is more to this story than we are currently aware of, or someone completely lost their mind.

          • TheFirstUniverseKing

            It's the Nexus Q all over again.

          • bluevoodo

            Shhhhh. if you order now and it fails you might get it free.

      • New_Guy

        Could this be the reason they added a chromed out android to their campus in Moutnain View?...

      • marcusmaximus04

        The former isn't really necessary. Chrome is already able to run Native Client(NaCl) applications completely offline and that's just native C code with OpenGL ES 2.0. Basically anything you can possibly make for android, you can also make for chrome.

  • http://twitter.com/xenophonkc earth

    Need to port VirtualBox, then can load anything else.

  • tokcho

    I want to see this one being out of stock

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      Twist. They only ever made 8 of them. Already sold out.

  • Taylor

    Swing and a miss. Give me the same chassis design, but drop the touch screen (expensive/unnecessary), put in an Exynos 5 Octa, drop the resolution to 1600x900 (cheaper/less horsepower required), and fill in the extra space with more battery. I would pay for that. Not $1300, but a decent amount.

    I believe in ChromeOS and think there is a market for it, but this isn't going to appeal to that market. I think having them run on ARM chips is a point of differentiation that could help them find an audience due to the lower power draw and heat generation associated with ARM. You need a powerful chip, but an A15 with big.LITTLE would be up to the task while being efficient.

    • GraveUypo

      or just drop the chrome os and let me install whichever OS i want (win7 / ubuntu)

  • Dagg

    If this gets steam, id would be purchasable actually. As steam does support software sales as well, for power users. Though I personally just couldnt spend so much cash for a laptop.. but thats just me.

    On the other hand: Does look insane, but does not look like a macbook. Thats really cool!

    Google really create their own stuff. Thats cool.

  • Alex

    All of this obviously coming from a Google LoverThis is the biggest, most complete waste of money ever. Chromebook was supposed to fill that niche of cheap costing laptops for people who just need to browse the web, not 1300 to browse the web. Why not buy a Surface Pro? Or an alienware gaming laptop? You can do everything the chrombook does but tons more... I just don't get the price..

    • TylerChappell

      27" Dell monitor with 2560x1440 resolution ~$700+
      Sure it's much larger, but it's the pixels and the touch and the cloud storage that you are paying for. The i5 also helps to have the price jacked up a wee bit.
      I would really love to see Google make an AMD Chromebook with an A8 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 64GB and this screen for about $700

    • Steven Schoen

      ..take "Alienware" out of your post and I agree a milliion percent.

      • Alex

        Why so? lol do they give lots of problems?

        • ERIFNOMI

          Because it's just an overpriced Dell.

          • RB

            With uglier design, too.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Okay, Razer Blade Laptop, or a Razer Egde.

    • aaron cooper

      I see Chromebooks around the $300 range...

    • marcusmaximus04

      In fairness, if you're going to get the 3 years of 1TB of Google Drive space they offer for free with this, then you're paying $1800 *just for that*

  • topgun966

    Thinking about it just for the screen. Run Debian on it or Win8 with the touch screen this might not be to bad. Its still a i5 4gb of ram.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      Agree... it is running Intel i5, sure somebody will find a way to install Windows and/or linux on it, and you get a $1300 Retina display laptop.

      I tried the Mac laptop with the retina display, and it is REALLY a great display, I wish I can buy such a monitor for my PC (that is no over priced as the Apple stuff)

      • Elliot Kotis

        Really, this is not any Apple site, Retina Display is Apple's thing, and its crap. A highly dense display.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

          Have you tried a high density display (whether it is called retina or not?)

          already from looking at the mouse cursor you see the difference: no more pixelated mouse tail, it is all smooth lines with no pixels at all.

          why is it then that everybody is so excited about 4K TV's? they are just high density TVs :)

          • Elliot Kotis

            No, I was saying that Apple's Retina display is crap compair to other (the 441ppi on the DNA eclipses iPhone 5's retina) And yeah it is amazing. Sorry for the confusion, i wasn't saying high PPI is crap, even i got confused re-reading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701042965 Chris Chan

    If I had $1300 I'd be all over this. It has PC ultrabook hardware and a ridiculous screen, probably mSATA SSD so I could upgrade it to 240GB, and hack it to run Ubuntu.

  • ScottColbert

    To paraphrase Meatloaf, I'd buy anything from Google, but I won't buy that.

    • meetloaf13

      Amen

    • JakeThaSnake

      Nexus Q is still on that list too, well was on that list

      • http://twitter.com/powerje James Power

        I'd buy the Nexus Q.. I just wish it would control my cable like GTV does :(

    • Nigel Wong

      oh man LOL I so want to steal this line!

    • Codexx

      What is the point of a chromebook that expensive? ChromeOS should run on affordable hardware. If I wanted to overpay for an OS that has no software ecosystem, I'd buy Apple products.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        I don't think they actually expect to sell a ton. This is more of a Developer tool to get people to push higher end apps for Chrome. You can't develop high end apps for Chome if all the Chrome machines are super low end.
        Pump out an uneccisarily high end machine and then you know the bounderies.

        • http://twitter.com/Bazar6 B Azar

          Perhaps, but for some reason I don't see how this can be a dev tool... Usually dev devices are cheaper (super low end) that way there's more incentive for devs to buy in to the environment (less barrier for entry); I think this is just to grab the attention of Mac Air fans, or businesses that don't want to look cheap.

          • aaron cooper

            Everything that is "high end" will become "low end" as more powerful apps and machines are introduced.. If you make the "high end" apps now, when even more "high end" machines come down the pike, you will have the apps already developed that will amaze on these devices..IMO

      • Joe_HTH

        What is the point of Chrome OS period. It sucks. There is no point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1254002230 Charles Frank

    It's for WHAT'S NEXT. Look deeper here folks. Something is coming.

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      Google Store. Even MG can see that.

  • ProductFRED

    It's x86 based, so you can run Windows 7 or Ubuntu, or even OS X on there (God forbid), but then all you'd be buying is a laptop with a high-resolution screen and diminished battery life.

  • slumberjer

    Apparently Google had too much money..go home Google..you drunk..

  • GazaIan

    I mean, the hardware is amazing, and design is beautiful, plus the lights on the lid. This really would be awesome running Windows or Ubuntu. Unity is rather touch friendly.

  • Dean Politis

    This device is gorgeous. It is gadget porn. Part of me want to buy it just for the looks. But this is Chrome OS and I have to agree $1300 is a lot to pay for a Chrome OS device (not matter how gorgeous it is). Until Google does something that makes all this hardware necessary, I think I will pass on this (but I really do want to buy it).

  • Nagg05

    This is Crazy. Another Nexus Q on the pipeline.

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      So if I order one now I'll get it for free when they cancel it?

  • master94

    $500 or less.No way Im spending $1300 to freaking use chrome, I can do that on my Asus very easily for half that and get a thinner and faster specs to go with it.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Guys, if you think about the hardware... And if you could install Ubuntu on it... You'd still get the 1 TB... Come on =)

    • http://tablified.com Ayman Suleiman

      You still have to pay for the storage after the first three years are up...I don't see why everyone thinks this is a pro. If it was free forever then okay. But it's not.

      You will pay Google the same amount for the device within two years if you continue paying for the 1TB cloud storage.

      https://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2375123&p=mktg_pricing

      Doesn't sound that good now, does it?

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Yeah, well... You have a point :)

      • Xyriin

        On the other hand, 3 years is probably a decent expected lifetime for a laptop before you replace it.

  • ERIFNOMI

    I don't know about that aspect ratio. It's close to 16:10, so it might pass, but I'd have to play with it. It's only 100px taller than a 16:10 monitor with that width would be.

  • PhineasJW

    Spot on critique. Google's pushing heavily to establish ChromeOS as a viable platform, and a high-end company sponsored laptop is their ticket.

    It still doesn't hide the fact that it only gets 5 hours on a battery and can't run any real software.

    I'll say it again ... Google and Ubuntu should just get married.

    Google should make desktop Ubuntu a standard part of the Android install, turning every phone and tablet becomes into dockable hot-switch full-blown desktop. That visibility would create an immediate, REAL, alternative to Windows and Mac.

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      Maybe not get married, just have a fling.

  • http://tablified.com Ayman Suleiman

    My spec'd out Macbook Air still clocked in cheaper than their base model Pixel. People who buy this are complete idiots.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Really? "Complete idiots" Going by what you just said "Macbook Air" you are a complete idiot also, you could have bought the gaming laptop (Razer Blade) or an Alienware and gottena x10 better comp.

  • Dominic Wei

    Give me $1300, I will buy the Google Glass instead !

  • Ommar A

    this thing just went to 6-7 weeks shipping =x

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/adam.skinner Adam Skinner

    Ain't no way I'm spending $1300 on a ChromeOS laptop. Maybe if it was in the $500 range, and with a 16x9 screen.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      you lost me at the 16x9...change to 16x10 and you got me

  • JG

    I'm kind of finding it interesting they've partnered with Verizon for the $1,499 LTE version... After the headache Verizon gave them with the GNex... I'm kind of surprised they didn't go GSM route, then like the Nexus line, they could just make one unlocked device and sell it world wide....

    I'm also kind of curious as to the logic of making a Chromebook at that price.... Chrome is designed to be simple and cheap - so people, like my Grandmother, who wouldn't normally consider getting a computer might actually go for one. I'd think at 1.5k, people would be more likely to pick up a Windows (or Mac) laptop instead. Comparable price range, but you'll be able to get a lot more out of it. Even being a gadget geek myself and LOVING all the bells and whistles, I don't think I could justify spending that much on something like that when the ~$300 options would work just as well.... Especially when I could save the extra thousand for my X-Phone & tablet later this summer....

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    They will sell a lot more of it, even at $1,300, if it runs Android instead of Chrome OS.

  • http://www.williamint.com William Aleman

    Better go buying a Macbook Pro. I have the Samsung Chromebook, and I love it, but this is absurd. Looks like Google is giving up on ChromeOS.

    • PCSievers

      Ha, I have no idea at all how you could draw that conclusion given they are doubling down on Chrome OS with this device. Google thinks Chrome OS is at the stage that it can compete directly with ultrabooks at the exact same price! They are completely behind it.

  • Tim Gueusquin

    So the leak was Slinky.me spot was real. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2dhMKSKGBg)
    Even got a TV ad in the works. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12_esTRJfAo)

  • PCSievers

    I wont buy one at that price but I hope this drives more Chromebooks and pushes development forward. Which is the main thing it needs to do.

    The inclusion of QuickOffice to Chrome OS is such a huge move, sure it is read only now but when it can natively handle MS Documents there isnt much the device wont be able to do for most users.

    It doesnt have Photoshop, sure, but with Sumo Paint you can get pretty close to photoshop for most user's needs delivering an experience pretty similar to Paint.net. It also doesnt run Steam but its not a gamer's device and can get by with flash based gaming for casual and semi-casual gaming.

    Chrome OS is on the precipice of a huge market shift like a tidal wave as it crosses over from second device novelty to a primary device for a vast number of users. For so much of the market all you need is a full function browser, a video player, a document editor and an internet connection to do literally everything they want to do.

  • xmRipper

    You can install Windows on that machine with gorgeous screen. But I don't know how Windows will handle that resolution in that screen size.

    • Elliot Kotis

      It can, ofcourse it can, people use tv monitors for screens.

      • xmRipper

        I know, I also use high resolution on small screen. But the problem is browsers. Browsers' zooming ability is not that great, some pages may look really weird. And that is a big problem.

        • Elliot Kotis

          Ah true.

  • http://profiles.google.com/holtcg Chris Holt

    Is Android a launcher-based operating system?

    Chrome OS is a Linux based operating system that uses a browser as a large part of it's interface. Not a "browser-based operating system".

    It is evolving and Google wants to give it somewhere to go. They have added an office suite and improved photo app, and set the bar up for the things to come.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Android is also Linux based.

  • http://www.pallab.net Pallab

    Great article. Totally justifies your byline - "Eric is a snarky technophile"

  • Guest

    Anyone else think this is a steal if you're buying just for the storage? 1 TB is $50/month, and over 3 years, that's $1,800. If you buy the Pixel, you get the same amount of storage, and save $500 while getting a premium chromebook. The need for 1 TB of storage, for me, is a little excessive, but some people could go through that.

  • Karthik Kumar

    Sweetness, though admittedly for this to be even remotely useful for me more than 10% of the time, i'll have to plonk down additional money for Windows 8.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    Why not get it and install Windows 7?

  • hush404

    Hmm, I love dropping mad money on a laptop boasting such an awesome screen for... browsing...

  • nehrou

    Well MKBHD gave a nice explanation for it....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU2fB0pQJkA

  • Jeremy Gilliam

    Great article, what a waste of money.

  • diqskus

    sucks

  • Adam Miah

    Something tells me they don't want to sell as many compared to the N4 lol. Taking the Apple approach in terms of price point is absolutely absurd!

  • BKPhil

    I would buy this just for the 3:2 screen.
    Finally a chance to get a laptop that isn't 16:9 or some other widescreen nonsense.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/keriyn-theph-di-xan-limited/100000964831199 เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

      That means you can't watch most media in full screen. And I doubt web experience would be any good either.

      • BKPhil

        I must have strange surfing habits, because 99% of the time, I'm scrolling up and down on websites, while huge bands of empty space are on the sides of my screen.

        And I don't use laptops to watch movies or media much (I have lots of TVs and tablets to do that), so no loss there either.

        And for those who prefer widescreen laptops, I believe they can still find one or two out there...

  • AngryFlute

    I see this Chromebook as a "because we can -- F U" by Google. They don't expect to sell a lot of these, but the Pixel is meant to set a technological high mark for Chromebooks and demonstrate ChromeOS in the best possible technical light.

  • AngryFlute

    As for why Google continues to develop ChromeOS: I used to wonder, too, but now I theorize it's a skunkworks project for them that helps to explore and extend the possibilities of Chrome the browser. What is created on ChromeOS sometimes shows up in the browser-only version of Chrome. (The Chrome app drawer is the latest example.)

    Furthermore, I believe we could see ChromeOS integrated into a future version of Android. Here's how the two together might work: You have a tablet running Android 5.0+. Among its apps is a "ChromeOS" one. Launch that app, and the tablet switches to ChromeOS, and automatically pairs itself with a separate keyboard via Bluetooth. Since ChromeOS is essentially Chrome the browser running atop a stripped down Linux distro, perhaps a future version of it could be an Android app. Pixel could be a hint (its touchscreen) of such a thing to come with a future version of Android.

  • Jay

    First of all, if you're a Chromebook user, you don't care about Steam, Photoshop, or any of those programs you haven't used or never needed.

    Second, Chrome OS now has a lot more native apps with offline support, the web store (in dev mode) separates Apps from Websites and Extensions. There are native client games that actually require halfway decent hardware to run.

    Chrome OS has advanced touchpad gestures... and good ones too. For instance, you can drag down on the touchpad with three fingers and the current window or "workspace" will slowly shift downward behind the launcher (if you have it positioned at the bottom of the screen.. you can move it to the left or right after all). If you have multiple full screen or maximized windows running, you'll see them stacked almost like Chrome tabs in Android and iOS. Google Now is on its way to Chrome OS as well, including synced notifications. Just look in about:flags and you'll see all of the hints there.

    Chrome OS is coming along and slowly but surely turning into a legitimate operating system. If I could ever afford to spend $1300 on anything besides my rent, I would absolutely buy a Pixel.

    And besides, if you really don't like Chrome OS there's nothing stopping you from installing Ubuntu or even Windows since it has 32GB (or 64GB) of storage and 4GB of RAM.

    I personally like Chrome OS and haven't had any reason to use Windows, Mac OS or Linux in months.

    It's kind of a bummer that there are people out there who own these machines and don't appreciate them at all. I bet that number is much larger since Google gave them out at I/O.

  • Joseph Povinelli

    It has a x86 architecture, so I don't see why it wouldn't be able to have Linux or even Windows installed on it with a little bit of tweaking. Thing is, I'd rather build a more powerful PC myself for much cheaper.

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