Google Pixelbook

Google Pixelbook is a portable laptop / tablet hybrid computer developed by Google which runs Chrome OS. It was announced on October 4, 2017 and was released on October 30.[1]

Unlike most typical Chromebook devices, the Pixelbook's retail price is much higher at around $1,000, comparable with laptops such as the Apple MacBook Air.[2][3]

Google Pixelbook
Google Pixelbook
Google Pixelbook
ManufacturerGoogle
TypeChromebook
Release dateOctober 4, 2017
Operating systemChrome OS
CPUIntel Core i5 or Core i7
Memory8 or 16 GB RAM
Storage128, 256 or 512 GB SSD
Display12.3 in (310 mm), 2,400 × 1,600 resolution
PredecessorChromebook Pixel
SuccessorGoogle Pixel Slate
Websitestore.google.com/us/product/google_pixelbook_specs

Features

The Pixelbook was planned as the next generation of Google laptops and is the successor to the Chromebook Pixel laptop discontinued in 2016.[4] The company realized the Chromebook had become successful after a slow start, obtaining a market share of 58% of schools in the US, and designed the Pixelbook as a serious industry player that can compete with Apple and Microsoft in this field.[5]

The Google Pixelbook features a 12.3-inch (310 mm) touchscreen design, allowing the device to be used like a tablet. The device also features Google Assistant with a dedicated button. It runs Chrome OS and can launch Android applications natively.[6] It features instant tethering; if a wifi signal is dropped, the Pixelbook will automatically connect to a suitable smartphone signal.[3]

The device is compatible with Pixelbook Pen, a stylus designed for Pixelbook and sold separately for $99/£99.[7]

Response

The Pixelbook had a mixed response from the press, who praised the build quality but questioned the market for the device given the price.

  • A review by The Verge said "Just like the iPad Pro, the Pixelbook is an incredibly nice and powerful machine that can handle most of your computing tasks — but probably not all of them."[8]
  • A review in The Guardian said "the king of Chromebooks is pricey but first rate."[9]
  • A review in Engadget described it as "a premium Chromebook that's worth the price."[10]
  • A review in Wired suggested that "I'm not sure anyone will buy one" in October 2017.[11]
  • The Financial Times published a positive review of the new Pixelbook, saying there was more functionality offline than in prior models, among other fixed problems.[12]

References

  1. ^ Hardawar, Devindra. "Google's Pixelbook is a 2-in-1 premium Chromebook". Engadget. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Google Pixelbook, Laptop with Google Assistant". Google. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Google launches Pixelbook – the most expensive Chromebook yet". Which. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Google discontinues the Chromebook Pixel 2 | VentureBeat". venturebeat.com. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Google Pixelbook review: the Chromebook grows up". TechCrunch. October 26, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hands on: Google Pixelbook review". Tech Radar. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Fingas, Jon. "Google's Pixelbook Pen searches for what you circle". Engadget. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "Google Pixelbook review: emperor of Chrome". The Verge. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (December 7, 2017). "Google Pixelbook review: the king of Chromebooks is pricey but first rate". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Google Pixelbook review: A premium Chromebook that's worth the price". Engadget. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "Google's new Pixelbook packs a punch – but is it enough for pros?". Wired. October 4, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Waters, Richard (October 26, 2017). "Review: Google's Pixelbook — nearly everything breaks new ground". Financial Times. United Kingdom. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
Chrome OS

Chrome OS is a Linux kernel-based operating system designed by Google. It is derived from the free software Chromium OS and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. As a result, Chrome OS primarily supports web applications.Google announced the project in July 2009, conceiving it as an operating system in which both applications and user data reside in the cloud: hence Chrome OS primarily runs web applications. Source code and a public demo came that November. The first Chrome OS laptop, known as a Chromebook, arrived in May 2011. Initial Chromebook shipments from Samsung and Acer occurred in July 2011.

Chrome OS has an integrated media player and file manager. It supports Chrome Apps, which resemble native applications, as well as remote access to the desktop. Android applications started to become available for the operating system in 2014, and in 2016, access to Android apps in the entire Google Play Store was introduced on supported Chrome OS devices. Reception was initially skeptical, with some observers arguing that a browser running on any operating system was functionally equivalent. As more Chrome OS machines have entered the market, the operating system is now seldom evaluated apart from the hardware that runs it.

Chrome OS is only available pre-installed on hardware from Google manufacturing partners, but there are unofficial methods that allow it to be installed in other equipment. An open source equivalent, Chromium OS, can be compiled from downloaded source code. Early on, Google provided design goals for Chrome OS, but has not otherwise released a technical description.

Chromebook

A Chromebook is a laptop or tablet running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are primarily used to perform a variety of tasks using the Google Chrome browser, with most applications and data residing in the cloud rather than on the machine itself. All Chromebooks released since late 2017 can also run Android apps. Some Chromebooks can run Linux apps.The first Chromebooks for sale, by Acer Inc. and Samsung, began shipping on June 15, 2011. In addition to laptop models, a desktop version, called a Chromebox, was introduced in May 2012, and an "all-in-one" device, called a Chromebase, was introduced in January 2014, by LG Electronics.

In October 2012, Simon Phipps, writing in InfoWorld, said, "The Chromebook line is probably the most successful Linux desktop/laptop computer we've seen to date". From January to November 2013, 1.76 million Chromebooks were sold in US business-to-business channels.By March 2018, Chromebooks made up 60% of computers purchased by schools in the USA. In April 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation accused Google of using Chromebooks to collect and data mine "school children's personal information, including their Internet searches", without their parents' consent, two years after EFF had filed a federal complaint against the company.

Dave Meyers (director)

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Google Assistant

Google Assistant is an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant developed by Google that is primarily available on mobile and smart home devices. Unlike the company's previous virtual assistant, Google Now, Google Assistant can engage in two-way conversations.

Assistant initially debuted in May 2016 as part of Google's messaging app Allo, and its voice-activated speaker Google Home. After a period of exclusivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, it began to be deployed on other Android devices in February 2017, including third-party smartphones and Android Wear (now Wear OS), and was released as a standalone app on the iOS operating system in May 2017. Alongside the announcement of a software development kit in April 2017, the Assistant has been, and is being, further extended to support a large variety of devices, including cars and third party smart home appliances. The functionality of the Assistant can also be enhanced by third-party developers.

In 2017, Google Assistant was installed on more than 400 million devices.Users primarily interact with Google Assistant through natural voice, though keyboard input is also supported. In the same nature and manner as Google Now, the Assistant is able to search the Internet, schedule events and alarms, adjust hardware settings on the user's device, and show information from the user's Google account. Google has also announced that the Assistant will be able to identify objects and gather visual information through the device's camera, and support purchasing products and sending money, as well as identifying songs.

At CES 2018, the first Assistant-powered smart displays (smart speakers with video screens) were announced, with the first one being released in July 2018.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel is a line of consumer electronic devices developed by Google that run either Chrome OS or the Android operating system. The Pixel brand was introduced in February 2013 with the first-generation Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel line includes laptops, tablets, and smartphones, as well as several accessories.

Google Pixel Slate

The Google Pixel Slate is a 12.3-inch tablet running Chrome OS. It was developed by Google and released on October 9th 11 AM EST at the 2018 made by Google event with a price starting at $599 USD.

List of USB-C Power Delivery chargable laptops

Most of these laptops accept standard USB-C connectors, but there are exceptions like the Lenovo Yoga 900 or Nuklonas WorkBook B7150 that has its own proprietary connector.

Some models have older proprietary and newer USB-C versions.

Some USB-PD charging laptops and USB-PD chargers may not be fully compliant, resulting in undesirable behavior such as: slow charging, refusal to charge, or damage to the laptop or charger in very rare cases

Google has made explicit efforts to standardize USB-C/USB-PD charging on Chromebooks.

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This list provides an overview of devices that support video output over USB-C. Not all USB-C ports support video output; a device is required to specifically provide support for USB-C Alternate Mode, which dedicates some of the physical wires in a USB-C 3.1 cable for direct device-to-host transmission of alternate data protocols.

Prior to the introduction of USB-C and Alternate Mode, devices that do not have standard-size DisplayPort or HDMI ports (such as smartphones and tablets) provided video output over the Micro USB port, either through the MHL or SlimPort standard.

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