Why did Google make the Chromebook Pixel?

As soon as I saw the official page for the Chromebook Pixel I thought “Why?”.

Ironically, today, I literally had just returned my Chromebook (Samsung Series 5) after a week of rigorous testing. Since my Browser, Mail, Contacts, TasksCalendar, Documents (word processor), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Phone, Video, TV, Movies, Music and oxygen are provided by Google in the cloud I began to wonder what I needed Apple! So I set out to see if the Chromebook could replace my MacBook Pro (2009 Model).

In light of it’s perfect integration with the cloud and intuitive UI, it lacked one necessary feature that prevents it from appealing to what, I assume is, the majority of computer users: virtualization. Here are two key things that prevented me from keeping it:

  1. Since the HTML 5 gaming industry is still in it’s infancy, there are virtually no comparable alternatives to widely played game types such as Real Time Strategies (Company of Heroes, Command and Conquer) or First Person Shooters (Modern Warfare, Counter Strike). This alienates anyone who plays computer games (*missing citation for how many computer users play video games.).
  2. And cross-platform developers (Web Programmers specifically) can’t adequately test the performance of their web applications in real time. Although BrowserStack sure comes close!

Even still, I foresaw one possible scenario in which virtualization could be made possible: if Google’s Chrome OS was installed on a device with better hardware. Ironically, just yesterday, that didn’t seem likely because of the economical emphasis Google advertises the Chromebooks with.

I kept thinking to myself “If I could just install it on my MacBook then I could install virtualization software for testing websites and still play my favorite games until the HTML 5 gaming market grows at which point I can ditch virtualization all together.” So when I saw the official page for the Chromebook it occurred to me that the issue of hardware suddenly disappeared. Which meant that virtualization was now possible! A 64Gb drive, though small, is enough to run multiple operating systems and respective games. With an external hard drive, that wouldn’t even matter. And since Chrome OS is built atop Linux, I suspect installing Virtualbox makes all of this possible!

Well, it would seem that I got exactly what I asked for! What do you think?




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Spencer Hill
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