Google Pixel Is a New Style of Chromebook for Cloud Computing
Google says its new Chromebook Pixel was two years in the making. During that time, Google enlisted hardware partners Acer, Samsung, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard to acquaint the world to the Chromebook premise: inexpensive laptops running Google's Chrome OS, updating automatically and requiring near-zero maintenance, and spending most of their days in the cloud. So it came as a surprise, then, when Google's own Chromebook, the Pixel, debuted with a starting price heftier than the standard Apple MacBook Pro's. The message: Chromebooks are one thing, the Pixel is something else. Linus Upson, vice president of engineering at Google, explains in an introductory video that the Pixel is the result of a goal to "build the best possible computer." Upson continued, "If we could make a computer that was really fast, that was easy to use, that looked beautiful, we could make the computing experience better." The Pixel features a touch-screen with a resolution that Upson says is the best on any laptop available today. It's fast-loading and transitioning, comes with the option of built-in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity on the Verizon Wireless network, offers users a terabyte of cloud storage and a dozen GoGo Inflight passes for connecting while flying. Upson said Google's goal is to "continue to push the experience [of personal computing] forward for everyone, working with the entire ecosystem to build the next generation of Chrome OS devices."
Chromebook Pixel Hits the Market
Google began accepting orders for the WiFi-only Chromebook Pixel Feb. 21, and said the laptop will begin shipping in three to five days. The WiFi version is priced at $1,299 in the United States. A version with LTE will ship in April and retail for $1,449. Users will have access to 100MB per month on Verizon's LTE network.