Google launch pixelbook
At $999, the Pixelbook made demonstrate a troublesome offer, however it’s one of the most pleasant bits of equipment Google has ever constructed.
Does anybody need a $1000 Chromebook? We made the inquiry in 2013, and after that again two years after the fact, in 2015. Both of those portable PCs were precisely that — massive, substantial scratch pad that, while capable, felt like pointless excess for the capacities of Chrome OS.
Today, we have the profound successor to those portable PCs, the Pixelbook, a $999 convertible that guarantees to do significantly something other than make Chrome lovely.
On that keyboard you’ll find a dedicated Google Assistant button, one that can be used to bring up Google’s take on the omnipresent contextual helper at any screen.
Google Assistant could be a game changer for the way people use Chromebooks.
As on its phones and tablets, Assistant on the Pixelbook works both as a search tool and a screen reader, providing additional details on what you’re reading, watching, and listening to.
Assistant can also be called using the “OK Google” command at any time — just be prepared for all your other devices to light up at the same time — or with the Pixelbook Pen, which lets you circle anything on the screen to ask Assistant for a bit more information.
It’s hard to really evaluate the software on a particular Chromebook, since it’s basically the exact
same experience as on any other, from the $158 Acer CB3 all the way to the most expensive Pixelbook. Of course, this one supports Android apps out of the box, which is nice, and combines that functionality with Assistant and the mature, capable Chrome browser to deliver as robust a ChromeOS an experience as you’ll find today.
But it’s still Chrome. Most productivity apps come in the form of browser extensions or, at best, finely-tuned Android apps that have been tailored for the larger display. I’m not writing off the idea of using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite on a Chromebook, but it’s a certainty that the experience isn’t going to be as robust as that of a Windows or Mac, whose native versions have been in development for years.