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Google Say Chromebook Pixel 2 Will Go On Sale ‘Soon’

Google has confirmed that a second generation Chromebook Pixel will go on sale ‘soon’.

Speaking at the Team Work 2015 event this week, Google’s Renee Niemi announced that a successor to the high-end 2013 model is on the way, but stressed that Google will only be making a small number of them. 

As before, the Chromebook Pixel 2 will be a development machine primarily aimed at developers. It won’t be pitched at, much less priced for, regular consumers.

The video appears to have been made private since this article was published.

Niemi’s snippet in full:

“We do have a new Pixel coming out and it will be coming out soon. We will be selling it but I just have to set your expectations: this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very many of these — we really don’t. And […] our developers and our Googlers consume 85% of what we produce. But yes, we do have a new Pixel coming out.”

Reading between the lines it is easy to leap, as we did earlier in the month, and see the Pixel 2 retaining both the look and design of the original. It saves on costings, design, manufacture and tooling.

What we know about the Chromebook Pixel 2

What we know about the Chromebook Pixel 2 is that it still has a 12.85-inch screen at a presumably equally eye-popping resolution as the first, board references mention built-in fans and we know it will feature the new reversible ‘Type-C’ USB ports.

But ‘proof of concept’ sounds interesting. The original Chromebook Pixel was the first Chrome device to feature a touchscreen, a high-end processor and a lightbar. Could the second attempt be similar in pushing new features and possibilities?

It’s already looking like it will be the first device to ship with Chromium’s new “Freon” pseudo-display server replacement.

Might it also feature Intel’s powerful new Skylake processor? There’s been plenty of chatter, and quickly hidden bug references, to a Chromebook that ‘docks’ with a keyboard recently, could a Pixel 2 offer signs of that work?

What do you hope to see in the second-generation Pixel? Let us know below, or on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. 

  • Dude

    First!

    • Mason Atha

      *facepalm* No, it’s the second Chromebook Pixel

  • Joseph Dickson

    Looks like whatever it has won’t matter much if we can’t get a hold of it.

  • FelschR
  • Jaymoon

    And the crowd goes… *crickets*

  • Jacob Gwiazdzinski

    Samus is 100% a Freon board. But I’ve seen nothing to suggest that it docks into its keyboard, so I’m pretty sure that isn’t happening here.

    • I thought it an outside chance, but good to know!

    • Wayne

      Can anyone explain what “Freon” board is?

      • Jacob Gwiazdzinski

        I don’t fully know understand myself, but what I do know is that it’s a successor to ‘Ozone’ and Samus has it.

  • Dmitriy Kholodilin

    where is the video?

  • Hoping for a long battery life. My only complaint with the pixel 1.

    • Robert Nasiadek

      Exactly. Well, the CPU could also use an upgrade. Doing some work on Drive while in a Hangout is not the most pleasant experience.

  • Andrey Azov

    I am confused. How can a chromebook, with ChromeOS, be “a development machine primarily aimed at developers”?
    Wouldn’t developers prefer a different OS than ChromeOS?

    • Maokei Johansson

      Developers will probably just install regular linux on it, that being said Torvalds really liked his chromebook pixel.

    • Mary Hanson

      Hopefully it has development features for those that want to debug android on a google machine. Plus those that opt into sharing os info with Google may help with bleeding edge features

      • Mary Hanson

        :want:

    • I think she meant Chrome developers working with Chrome/web technologies rather than Swift, Java, etc.

      • need a login to post

        That is an interesting concept. But if it is priced similarly to the first Chromebook, it doesn’t seem like a good value proposition. $1000+ for a web dev only laptop?

    • Paparazzee

      They clearly are making some hype for selling it expansevely

    • ewiorjfksdk

      Imagine a developer phone. Or a developer iPad. Or a developer car. Or a developer toaster. Same idea: a target machine that’s better than a normal consumer model.

      • xdigi

        lol a “developer laptop” for testing that costs > $1000.

      • Andrey Azov

        Erm, what’s the point of testing on a ‘developer iPad/phone/toaster’ that will behave differently (‘better’) than a regular iPad/phone/toaster?

    • Do you know rollApp? This site lets you use ordinary programs like GIMP and (soon) Android Studio through the internet, so it can be accessed by a chromebook!
      https://www.rollapp.com/

      Please give it a try and share it with your friends. ^^’

  • Thomas Raven

    I’m really looking forward to this!

  • moe

    i hope proof of concept means, a chromebook hybrid, or something hopefully new in terms of design.

  • Wardroid

    An Ordinary Developer like me needs these things on minimum:
    Unix Shell
    XCode
    Android Studio
    Java&IntelliJ
    Git

    Optional but still awesome:
    Full set of browsers ready to install (IE not included)
    Image editing software (wishing for PS, but gimp sounds fine)

    • Matt R Carner

      No offense, but thank goodness there are plenty of other “ordinary developer”s unlike you. They are the ones shaping the future.

      But by all means, stick with what you think you need. Minimum.

      • Wardroid

        ordinary/nobody like me cant survive without handholding IDEs. if i were a superstar dev id probably survive with vim and SDK… ordinary devs are not as good as you are…sorry.

        • dack

          Have you tried ShiftEdit?

      • need a login to post

        I think it depends on which platforms you’re developing for. Sure, coding servers or command line programs in C/C++ with VIM is very efficient, but how do you develop native programs for mobile with just a shell? It’s possible to develop for Android and iOS without a graphical IDE, but most tutorials and resources on the internet are geared toward using an IDE. For example, programming Android effectively is easier with a graphical layout editor, and programming iOS effectively (or at all?) is easier with Xcode’s Storyboard and Swift playgrounds.

        There are certainly many platforms and frameworks where it’s efficient to only use shell and VIM to create software, but there is a lot of variance.

        I don’t judge Wardroid for his list of requirements, especially if he is interested in mobile dev, GUI dev, or web dev. And if the Chromebook Pixel 2 is over $1000, I would recommend that anyone who likes to program for iOS or OS X to pick up a Mac laptop instead.

      • sam

        If you use Crouton and load a distribution like Ubuntu on it then you can install these things and run them in a Chrome window. I’m even able to run the Windows version of Sketchup on Chromebooks.

        • Do you know rollApp? This site lets you use ordinary programs like GIMP and (soon) Android Studio through the internet, so it can be accessed by a chromebook!
          https://www.rollapp.com/

          Please give it a try and share it with your friends. :D

    • fedginator

      So true

    • Raphael Platte

      So you need a mac. Good for you.

    • Homer J. Simpson

      Sorry, XCode is not a “minimum”. If you are forced to buy an Apple computer so you can build an application for Apple products, that’s about as high as the highest requirement can get. Not a minimum requirement.

    • Do you know rollApp? This site lets you use ordinary programs like GIMP and (soon) Android Studio through the internet, so it can be accessed by a chromebook!
      https://www.rollapp.com/

      Please give it a try and share it with your friends. :)

  • OMFG, I MUST BE DREAMING

  • Greg

    Sounds like they made just enough to give away at Google i/o

  • Vin

    You know…… This is disheartening if it is only the 12.85 inch version. I have a 14 inch HP and I would not go any smaller than this.

    • 12.85 inches, but 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s rather big :)

      • Vin

        That is a good point although I do like widescreen for side-by-side work. Sormething I love about Chromebooks are the Alt+[ and Alt+] that I learned from here so I can have side-by-side. However, considering that I would like to write or do spreadsheets, maybe this is better. Do you happen to know the aspect ratio of the HP-14? I can run the numbers then determining Vertical Height, Horizontal Width, and Screen Area.

      • Vin

        I ran the numbers… (Rounded to 2 decimal places here)
        HP-14: Diagonal = 14.00 inches, Aspect Ratio = 16:9
        Chromebook Pixel 2 (CBP-2): Diagonal = 12.85 inches, Aspect Ratio = 3:2

        SCREEN WIDTH:
        HP-14: 12.20 inches
        CBP-2: 10.69 inches
        Difference: HP-14 is 1.51 inches wider

        SCREEN HEIGHT:
        HP-14: 6.86 inches
        CBP-2: 7.13 inches
        Difference: CBP-2 is 0.26 inches taller

        SCREEN AREA:
        HP-14: 83.75 square inches
        CBP-2: 76.21 square inches
        Difference: HP-14 is 7.54 square inches larger in area

        MY VERDICT:
        I’ll stay with the HP. The added 0.26 inches in height from the Pixel 2 is negligible, while the additional 1.51 inches in width and 7.54 square inches in area are not.

        • BKarno

          To rate the overall user experience of a display based solely on area seems a bit short sighted. Have you ever used a Pixel?

          • Vin

            No, but, believe me, if you’ve followed my posts at OMG Chrome! I’ve been advocating wanting a Pixel 2 rather often – and I still may get one if I can. However, screen space is critical for me’ lack of screen space is the #1 reason why I am thinking of going back to the *shudder* Windows world. I need larger screen sizes to do serious work but also because my vision sucks, so I often will zoom.
            Despite all that in fantastic about a Pixel, I don’t gain anything really in height to warrant the expense.
            So, I guess I will wait for Chromebook Pixel 3.

          • I wouldn’t discount the Pixel 2 just yet. Yes if you are just going be physical real world measurements then I could understand thinking it would not work. In reality though the superior screen in the Pixel 2 would allow for much greater clarity than the HP 14. Zooming in on text and content would be _way_ easier to read on a Pixel 2 than any other Chromebook with less advanced display technology.

  • Migs

    :DDDDDDDDD

  • Can anyone explain what the hubbub with Freyon is, and why I should be interested? I’m clueless about that right now.

    • fedginator

      Freon is a display server which is the piece of software on Linux that opens and controls the windows and user interface

      • vratrm

        I second the question. It seems to be major extension to x11 that breaks compatibility with a lot of x windows applications. I see it described as a “pseudo display server” which presumably means that it runs on top of X11 in the top level X11 window. But even that’s unclear in my amateur search.

        • fedginator

          I think it means pseudo as chrome/chromium use aura as there own display server leaving on chrome os the display server doing rather little other than static ui elements rather than any kind of control

      • Well, I gathered that much, but why is it replacing X11 on Chromebooks? Is anything different? Does it break the little compatibility there already is?

        • fedginator

          Don’t know for certain bit I imagine that they are changing in order to have more control of the OS rather than having to conform to x11. It may be x11 backwards compatible wayland and mir are, his we will have to wait and see

    • Boris Kucher

      in general it just mean: better perfomance, better battery life

  • xdigi

    No developer is going to pay Macbook Air prices for a machine that can’t run development tools and is nothing more than a glorified web browser unless they’re completely stupid.

    Give it up, Google.

    • mjmoon29

      Wow. You do know that the majority of first gen Pixels were given to developers right? A very limited number were made available for sale, in the USA only if I recall, and some have since appeared for resale. Looks like this same model is being followed for this second generation and the hope is that it will influence not only development of services for Chromebooks but also influence expansion of the product lines from the manufacturers.
      Btw do you hit the Mac, Win and Linux blogs bemoaning high end hardware that is geared to developers too? I think that would be just as asinine.

      • xdigi

        So basically they’re spending money making a machine for developers and giving it away for free because nobody will buy them? That’s even stupider and a sign that Google management doesn’t know their butt from a hole in the ground.

        And why would one bemoan Mac, Windows, and Linux? That’s the POINT. You can do far more on those as developers than you can on a web browsing “OS”. Maybe if Mac and Windows machines cost the same but didn’t allow you to install software or use anything aside from a web browser….

        • mjmoon29

          Wow, again. I get it, you don’t like or see value in ChromeOS.
          To answer your first question though, YES, except they aren’t planning on selling them and given the resale value of a Pixel (1) “nobody” is quite the exaggeration. Businesses often give away or provide at a loss product to service providers as means to stimulate the development they desire. I have no idea what industry you work in but this is pretty common practice.
          You have missed the POINT. Do you bemoan overkill hardware that isn’t required to develop product? Are you still using a 486dx2 66 because you can? Then why criticize possibly having latest and greatest spec on a development machine for ChromeOS?
          If you really believe that a chrome device is just a web browser then I call into question your ability to distinguish a butt from a hole in the ground and wonder why you have found your way to a very reputable blog site called OMG!Chrome!?

        • dack

          To say that ChromeOS is just for web browsing shows your complete ignorance of the product and its capabilities.

          • liamdools

            Yeah. He left out text editing.
            HARDKOAR HAXXORZ FTW!!1!!

        • Einar

          Google isn’t a tech company, it’s and advertising company. Google earns its money not on selling harware, but by people running their services, contributing their data to Google to make their advertising even more targeted. The reason why there is no extenstions in Chrome is that they don’t want you to block the ads that is their bread and butter. Google will gladly give away their services for free and their hardware without a profit as long as they can make shure people are using their services and contributing data that make their advertising better. The management at Google probably do know their butt from a hole in their ground, in fact, they might be some of the smartest people around when it comes to monetising the internet and modern technology.

    • Cloaked9000

      Development tools can run on pretty much anything, sure, the build time may be longer. But that’s about it.

    • I’m a developer and I use Chrome OS all the time and would buy a Pixel. You on the other hand do not sound like a developer or else you’d know how useful a Chromebook could be. For futures reference, please do not speak on developers behalf. We are capable of speaking for ourselves, or developing a program/killer robot to speak for us.

      • Drew Ciccotelli

        I would like to help you fund said robot.

        • Please send me all the monies. It will be put into R&D immediately :)

    • Homer J. Simpson

      Actually a huge focus of Google has been geared at building web applications. i.e Polymer, AngularJS, Chrome API, etc. In fact, they’ve developed an IDE within the ChromeOS where you an build web apps, chrome apps, and even packaged Android apps. Have you been following Google’s I/O’s at all? It’s all about web technologies other than Android.

      So, no, nobody is stupid. You are.

      • xdigi

        Sorry but nope. Web apps are not apps. They never were, they never will be, no matter how much Google tries to push them.

        Add that to the fact that current Chrome and web “apps” are terrible compared to desktop apps.

        Apps that require you to a) download a browser to use and b) require you to be online are failures from the start.

        • Homer J. Simpson

          Okay… So you’re arguing something based on a personal opinion and your ignorance. Web development is still development, nobody said anything about developing machines having to be able to develop apps.

          iOS apps require you to buy an iPhone. Android apps require you to buy an Android phone. OSX software require you to buy a Mac machine. Chrome apps do not require you to buy anything, if you have a computer that can run chrome, you are good to go. I’d say that’s the least requirement from anything.

          Many apps do not require you to be online. If they do, it’s probably because they are online.

          BTW, sounds like this site isn’t for you if you’re not a fan of chrome and its potential uses.

          • xdigi

            Chrome apps require you to download Chrome, even though you already use Firefox or Safari, install Chrome, even though you already use Firefox or Safari, open Chrome, even though you already are browsing, run the app.

            Seriously nobody except the most pathetic of Google fanboys think that web apps (or Chrome apps) are useful.

          • Homer J. Simpson

            By the same token iOS apps require you to buy an iPhone, even though you already use either a blackberry, an android, a windows phone, a Firefox phone, etc. I don’t see why native applications are some how better.

            Your logic is seriously flawed.

            Oh google fanboys. Love the stupidity there. Netflix is not a web app? Hulu is not a web app? When you drag and drop files in the web browser with Dropbox, that’s also web app.

          • xdigi

            If you want to compare a Chromebook to a phone, be my guest. They’re about the same in terms of what you can do and limitations….

          • Homer J. Simpson

            I get it, you hate Chrome, ChromeOS, and Chromebooks. You’re now resorting to criticizing Chromebooks.. which has absolutely nothing to do with what the original discussion is. Still doesn’t change the fact that developer machines can be meant for developing web applications. Just because you think it’s useless doesn’t mean it’s useless to other people.

            Also, forgot to mention, if you bothered to read the article, you’d have read that the point of this crazy expensive machine is to provide their own employees with something to work with and not for the number of sales. You don’t like it, stick with your OS and be happy about it.

      • justsomeone

        I think web apps CAN be very good bit unstable at times but good
        I think if Google wants chromeOS to become a respectable operating system they need to really push app developing
        One key here might be to introduce a payment system into the chrome web app store so develepors of professional applications (like Photoshop e.g.) can offer them
        Currently the only option to make revenue from chrome apps are ads and that holds back “real” apps and I think that was the hole point of xdigi

        • Homer J. Simpson

          There is a payment system and there are paid apps on the Chrome web store and have been there for awhile.

          At the end of the day, web development is still programming development. Chrome apps aren’t the only products of web development. Netflix, Dropbox, Gmail, etc, these are all web development and web development is just as critical as native software development. Without them, we’d still be stuck in the days with non-dynamic html pages that say “Hi welcome to my homepage! Please sign my guest book.”

          No, if you read his other anti-chrome comments, you’ll know that’s not what he meant, he just hates anything Chrome and is using Chrome apps to prove his point about web technologies being not considered as “development”.

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  • Arjuna

    Hmmm, since we can find cheap netbooks with Windows 8.1 license, no
    interest to purchase Chrome OS. Love Microsoft Office.

    • Ahh. For me, the opposite is true – I’d rather run something other than Windows or OSX on my hardware (both of which are pretty irritating).

      • Degru

        And it’s also nice to have hardware that is designed to run Linux.

  • vratrm

    I bought one in the second month they came out. Immediately installed Ubuntu on in, and use it for everything including software development. At the time, getting all the hardware to work was a bit of a chore, but it works pretty much out of the box with most up-to-date distributions. It’s an amazing laptop, far superior to anything on the market then. Now, it’s a bit long in the tooth in terms of storage, and battery life, but there’s nothing out now that remotely tempts me. I’ll probably buy the new one the moment it goes on sale, even though there’s a good chance I could get one for ‘free’ at Google IO.

    I evangelize it from time to time. But, so long as others’ don’t adopt, it remains my own secret superpower, so it’s hard for to get all fanboy over it.

    • toomuchgame441

      Please continue to rub it in our faces

  • DS

    Always funny when people share private videos.. Congrats!

  • Sean LeRoy

    In other words they’re making them for Google developers, as in developers that work for Google. I find it fascinating that Google made the original to show the potential when ChromeOS is paired with top-notch hardware….and not a single manufacturer picked riffed on it.

  • Gabriel Dalposso

    It would be great if it was just like the last version but with a core-m processor and the type-c USB. And thinner; It would be great if it was thinner. But the best part that could happen is if it was a model for other companies. I want so much to buy a core-m chromebook with a type-C charger…

    • JUDGE

      I’m waiting for a class core-M powered Chromebook. I think that this kind of CPU will greatly be a total benefit for such laptop.

    • no logic

      agreed, fan-less is the way to go these days. I don’t want any noise coming from my laptop.

  • David’s Flattop Reigns Supreme

    It would be awesome if you could flip the keyboard all the ways back and flat so you could browse web pages like a tablet!

    • Drew Ciccotelli

      Nah, that’s just gimmicky. Good effort though.

      • David’s Flattop Reigns Supreme

        Gimmicky? That would be a key chain loop on it or a cup holder. Folding it back with its touch screen makes it more functional. Do you even own one? I love mine but rarely ever use the touch screen because it’s inconvenient.

        • Drew Ciccotelli

          Cup holder is a great idea. Do you know how many times I’m look for a place to put my coffee while using my laptop? Great idea David!

          • David’s Flattop Reigns Supreme

            So Drew, how do you like you’re new pixel 2, I decided to keep my pixel 1 as well so now I have one at work and one at home. What are your thoughts after owning both?

          • Drew Ciccotelli

            I didn’t buy a Pixel 2 and like yourself kept the original. The Pixel 2 just doesnt really offer anything more for me than the original did except a few enhancement like increased battery and ram. Instead I opted to purchase the Acer Chromebook 13 wanting to try out the NVidia Tegra K1 processor for a better look at Webgl and HTML5 which it excels at, despite slowdown on memory.

  • Drew Ciccotelli

    The Pixel has become my favorite laptop of all time. Never before has it been such a seamless joy to explore and participate in what the Internet has become. It really is a treasure.

    • BKarno

      I love mine as well. Just an incredible piece of hardware.

  • I want it for the specs and the pretty looks. Throwing Arch Linux on this bad boy would just be sweet.

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  • Anonymoused

    “It’s already looking like it will be the first device to ship with Chromium’s new “Freon” pseudo-display serverreplacement.”
    What is that??

    • It replaces/removes the need for the regular X server to improve performance and power usage.

  • deed

    been using mine with free 4gtl…besides gaming/specialized apps there isn’t anything i can’t do with this that i couldn’t with a pc. very light, easy to take anywhere…fast as anything out there…never crashes…..have a pc desktop and this…will not be disappointed.

    3-5 second bootup time haha