The LTE version of Google’s (GOOG) touch-enabled Chromebook Pixel computer has been unavailable since it was announced in February. An update to Google Play on Monday, however, revealed that the $1,449 Chrome OS-powered computer will ship out to customers by April 8th. The LTE model is compatible with Verizon’s (VZ) high-speed network and includes a 64GB solid-state drive, while the Wi-Fi only version is available now for $1,299 and is equipped with 32GB of internal storage. Both models feature a 12.85-inch touch-enabled display with a class-leading 2560 x 1700 pixel resolution, a 1.8GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, integrated HD Graphics 4000, a microSD slot and two USB ports. The LTE-equipped Chromebook Pixel also comes with 100MB of free data per month for two years.
I had originally decided not to write about how ridiculous Google’s (GOOG) Chromebook Pixel pricing was on Thursday because I figured it was so self-evident that I’d just be repeating what everyone else was already saying. But today I’ve found two contrarian pieces, one from Quartz and one from ZDNet, that make the case that the Chromebook Pixel actually is a brilliant move on Google’s part even if nobody actually ends up buying it. While both pieces do their best to paint a happy picture of the Chromebook Pixel, they both neglect to mention that Google’s strategy with the Pixel seems to fly in the face of everything it’s been trying to accomplish not only with Chromebooks, but with consumer electronics as a whole. More →
Like Microsoft (MSFT), Google (GOOG) is in a period of transition. Both companies cut their teeth in software and grew to lead their respective industries, but then they came to a realization: unless a company controls all aspects of the user experience — software and hardware — a product will never take shape in the manner they intended. On Microsoft’s end, the company is changing that with its Surface lineup. Google, on the other hand, bought Motorola for $12.5 billion. More →