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Google’s Next Pixel Won’t Run Chrome OS

PixelThe next Chromebook Pixel might not actually be a Chromebook at all.

It’s claimed Google is to launch a new Pixel device in the coming months. It will be a 10.2-inch Android tablet with detachable keyboard and marketed as the ‘Pixel C’.

Like the first and second-gen Google Chromebook Pixel the new Pixel tablet is said to be designed by Google and is made from high-grade parts (with a high-end price tag to suit).

News of the Pixel C comes by way of Android Police and backs up a snippet of news we reported on earlier this year.

In May Digitimes claimed Google was working on two new convertible Chromebooks under the ‘Pixel’ brand. One of these is a 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard, the other was  a 12-inch iPad Pro rival based on a Nvidia Tegra chipset.

The Android-based Pixel C tablet specs shared by Android Police match up nicely with that May rumour – only this new tablet is expected to run Android 6.0 ‘Marshmallow’ and not Chrome OS.

But was this always the plan? Here’s where things get confusing.

Ryu – The Chrome OS Tablet That Isn’t

From the 10.2-inch display with eye-popping screen resolution to the NVIDIA Tegra SoC inside, use of USB Type-C, and use of a light-bar on the reverse of the lid – these specs match an as-yet unannounced Chromebook.

The board name for that in-development Chromebook? ‘Ryu’.

The codename for this new Pixel C Android tablet? ‘Ryu’.

So did the Pixel C start out as a Chrome OS tablet only to later be retooled to an Android device? Quite possibly!

There’s nothing to preclude the same device from being sold with Chrome OS at a later date (if it does share the same ‘Ryu’ board as the presumed Chromebook).

We’ll find out in due course, of course.  Either way, it’s an interesting development for the once Chrome exclusive Pixel line.

  • Why not both Android and Chrome OS options?

  • So, why can’t there be a Chrome OS option?

  • Kawshik Ahmed

    I am hoping it’s a dual OS machine.

    • Avishkar Manna

      Now that is a great idea !

    • Interestingly, when Hadouken (a board based on Ryu) was killed off it was called a ‘frankenboard’, suggesting it was a mix of two different things. While it may have been hardware related, it could’ve been software… A dualboot maybe?

  • brandall715

    I thought they had plans of fully merging android and chrome OS at some point – or at least having chromebooks run android apps (without the ARC)?

    • person

      They specifically said the opposite, actually.

  • robbypayne

    Probably not happening (yet), but I’m still eagerly awaiting the first device that leverages both Chrome OS and Android as a parallel boot setup. No different than running Crouton, what if that second environment was Android. Pop on the keyboard and you are in Chrome OS. Take it off and you are met with an Android tablet. So long as they could work out the file systems and sharing, it would be a brilliant device!

    • huckleberry582

      If they would build that, they’d have me hook, line and sinker. I really like my chromebook for its ease of use, but sometimes the android tablet would be better suited. I’m having a hard time justifying buying another tablet when i know that I will only get updates for a relatively short period of time and it will become slow as molasses in that same time frame. My Samsung series 3 chromebook still works great and will probably continue to for a long time.

    • Eldaria

      -What if the third environment was Android-

      There, I corrected it for you. :-)

      Would love to be able to run Android alongside of Chrome OS, or at least being able to run apps.
      But I also want to keep my Linux setup, it is awesome to switch in to a Linux desktop and then back to Chrome OS. If I could switch to a Android also, Wohoo… :-)

      • robbypayne

        Good point! I should have said Chrome OS and Android out of the box. Until a few key applications come to Chrome OS, I’ll always be a Crouton guy! I suppose I just made the assumption that I could keep my Crouton install as well. :-)

    • calden74

      It won’t be dual boot but what they will do is release more Android apps for Chrome OS, to the point where very soon in the future Google Play will be added to Chome OS. No need to dual boot when Android Apps run just fine in CHrome OS. Haven’t you installed the Android Runtime for Chrome OS yet, I’m running at least 40 apps now,

  • David Alexander Harrison

    When is a Nexus not a Nexus?

    • liamdools

      When it’s made entirely by Google ;)

  • For web browsing, web apps and RDP Chrome OS is still the better experience. Android has better notifications and sharing.

    • Tomfoolery

      You summarised it pretty well. Also I think Chrome OS is a better work environment and Android better suited for entertainment, though of course both work sufficiently well in both use cases.

  • Cary Stellanatus

    You guys. Why dual boot? We have this nice sized canvas our desktop screen has. Why not use it for android apps? Chrome apps have been worked on for quite a bit. I think Chrome apps and android apps will merge and both work on the bar. Heck with all the android Nexus player gaming and its high end performance I think we are looking at a real dedicated system that doesn’t reassemble “just-a-browser” or “a-phone”. I would call it Google OS. But Pixel C is fine.

  • Ryan Johnson

    Why would they use the Pixel brand for an Android tablet? I don’t understand Google sometimes with their naming scheme…

    • Badouken

      Because its manufactured straight from the Google. Instead of them working alongside a separate OEM. That is the only thing I can think of.

      • Ryan Johnson

        But.. they’ve always used the Nexus brand for Android devices .-.

  • moe

    i just hope they don’t ditch chrome os for Android as a laptop pc os of some sort, also if they started making this will other manufacturers follow? find out soon i guess.

    • HarryWarden

      Would really stink if they drop ChromeOS

      • calden74

        Chrome OS isn’t going anywhere, in fact Chromebook models have bee doubling every other month.

  • Mario Martinez

    Chrome OS is an dead alternative? I don’t know Google is doing…

    • calden74

      No, it’s not in fact it’s one of the few computer platforms that is actually increasing in market share as others are in spiralling downhill fall. Just because you don’t understand what Chrome OS actually is or have never used it doesn’t mean it’s bad. Google knows exactly what their doing in fact in about 2 -3 years time every manufacturer will be pushing similar systems. Apple is spending 100’s of millions of dollars to improve their online Web Apps, do you honestly think their spending this kind of money if they weren’t planning on moving to an all Cloud platform in the bear future. It’s not just Apple but all of them are doing this, Samsung is even comptiplating ending their Windows based computers and going all in with Chrome OS, smart move as Cloud computing is the future, get used to it.

  • leo

    That’s a chrome tablet ChromeTouch ,Wow~

  • It was just a new Nexus 9 with a detachable keyboard named Pixel. Nothing else to see here. -_-

    • Biky Alex

      Except that Nexus 9 has Tegra K1 and Kepler GPU with 192 CUDA Cores, while this Pixel C has Tegra X1 with Maxwell GPU with 256 CUDA Cores. Also, Nexus 9 has 2 GB of RAM, while Pixel C has 3. Not to mention Tegra K1 is a Denver dual-core, while Tegra X1 is an octa-core (4 x A57 and 4 x A53 cores).

      • calden74

        There are actually to versions of the K1, the Denver model you speak of is actually more advanced than the X1 and when the second version is released it will leave the X1 in the dust. Not to say the X1 isn’t a fast chip but it’s not using Nvidias custom SOC, just a straight out the box, ARM reference, with Nvidia’s new Maxwell GPU attached.

        • Biky Alex

          Nope. The K1 has 2 versions: the quad-core ARM Cortex A15 and the nVidia custom SOC codenamed “Denver”.

          I haven’t heard any plans from nVidia to release another X1 CPU with Denver cores. They said they will release another CPU with updated Denver cores and will take the “Tick Tock” approach (28nm was a matured process, while they are still experimenting with 20nm).

          Also, the 256-core Maxwell GPU in X1 is stronger than the 192-core Kepler GPU in K1. Worth to mention in graphics score X1 > A8X > K1. But the A8X uses less power and doesn’t thermal throttle.

          The Denver is still one of the greatest per core performer. But in multi-threaded applications, it falls short compared even with the stock 4x A53 + 4x A57 cores. If nVidia can manage to make a 5W quad-core updated Denver core CPU with Pascal GPU, that will be the best CPU that you can buy in a tablet form factor.

          I’d rather like to see something like a 2W dual-core Denver with either Maxwell or Pascal GPU performance on a smartphone. Maybe even with HBM 2.0? That would be awesome.

          • calden74

            Did you comprehend what I said, it’s exactly the same thing. Okay, I spelled two wrong, damn spell checker. But read what I wrote again, right there in the beginning, there are two version. I also never said anything about there being another X1. Read slowly, comprehend. I added in some notes in my original post, read between().

          • Biky Alex

            Ok, sorry. Yea, I said the same thing (except that X1 has reference 4 * A53+ 4 * A57, not A15). The rest is the same. My bad.

            I can’t wait to see the next Tegra CPU (codenamed Erista). I was more enthusiast about AMD’s Mullins APU, but they left mobile market in the dust, so nVidia seems the way to go in mobile market (I want a strong GPU and decent CPU).

      • Yeah, just a normal upgrade. Nothing awesome here.

        • Biky Alex

          Except that it’s not an upgrade, it’s a trade-off (talking about CPU, the GPU is an upgrade). The X1 is better for multi-threaded apps and mediocre in single-threaded apps, while the K1 is good for single-threaded apps and at least mediocre in multi-threaded apps.

  • ChrisGX

    The presenter used the words “quad core Tegra X1” to describe
    the processor in the Pixel C. As the availableTegra X1 has 8 cores that is strange. It was either a slip of the tongue or perhaps we might be looking forward to something
    new appearing soon.

  • Arnold Rimmer

    chrome os is dead… in europe shops are starting to stop selling them as people are buying android tablets instead

  • Iiari

    Why is everyone saying the sky is falling and Chrome OS is dead? Something like 50+% of IT devices shipping to the education market is Chrome OS and growing fast and there seems to be a million makers selling Chrome devices. I think things are just fine folks….

    • Zactu

      I’ve had the Chromebook for almost 2 years now and I use it everyday. But its still primarily a web surfing machine and for over 2 years that hasn’t changed. Their have been expected basic features added over that time, nowhere near enough for an OS. From the way I see it, as an OS, ChromeOS hasn’t gone anywhere, and I don’t think Google is going to put the effort in. Google could of made it a fully fledged OS with all the capabilities that people expect to compete with Windows as they have the resources and talent, but obviously had no intention to do so. An opportunity lost from where I sit anyway. (And yes I know it’s selling)

    • Freddi

      I haven’t seen a chromebook (or other chrome* device) for years in the wild.
      Maybe it’s used as firmware to make up the 50%?

      • ClikFire _

        I see a CB almost every time I go to a coffee shop now usually they are teenagers or young college students, sometimes older.

  • Cary Stellanatus

    Android is dead. Chrome is key. Am not touching Pixel C. My interest was slightly peaked because it is a Google made project and is a Chrome and then some. But I really don’t like android. Dont get me wrong android is better than the other tablet/phone OS. But I don’t need them while I have a Chrome Flip.

    • ChrisGX

      Neither Android nor Chrome are dead, not even slightly dying. What is happening is that Google is pushing out Android to everywhere that you can find iOS. Meanwhile, ChromeOS is growing into a fully fledged (albeit customised) version of Linux. To put things crudely, it is Android vs iOS and ChromeOS vs OS X and Windows. For practical, technical and competitive reasons that is also how things will stay for the forseeable future.

    • James Bell

      “Android is dead”
      You’re joking, right?

    • liamdools

      If anything, Chrome OS is dead. They haven’t done anything with it in nearly a year.

      • calden74

        It’s not going anywhere. Why are you even here if your not a Chrome OS enthusiasts.

        • liamdools

          I was a Chrome OS enthusiast, until Google turned dark and made Chrome the iTunes of browsers and gave everything awful, ugly design with no option to change back. Gray titlebars in Chrome OS? An ugly button in the top right corner with poorly “smoothed” text of my username? And I can’t get rid of it? You have no idea how misplaced and awful it looks in Linux.

        • James Bell

          This website is called OMG! Chrome, not OMG! Chrome OS.

        • Matt

          How wrong you were.

      • Cary Stellanatus

        Thing is everything I can do on android is possible to do on a chromebook. I might get the Nexus 5x for google fi phone service but likely will use my chromebook to call with. Really the only thing to me that stands out about android is the local storage. But who cares when you use clouds and portable hard drives

    • ClikFire _

      I love Chromebooks but Chrome OS has missed its opportunity to be so much more I feel. A lot of inconsistencies too. Like why do Some things I download from Chrome Web Store function as real apps while others open in the browser.

      • calden74

        Their using Google’s desktop wrapper, just set your web apps to open as desktop apps, same difference.

  • Kawshik Ahmed

    The Model Name of new Pixel C is ‘Ryu’, the same name that the Chrome OS tab supposed to had.

    • liamdools

      Model “number”

  • FirstLine

    This does not please me. The market doesn’t need another Transformer.

  • liamdools

    It’s like an ugly Surface with no full desktop apps, smaller storage options, no touchpad, and a more expensive keyboard case. Well done, Google

  • staylow

    Been using the Toshiba Chromebook 2 for about 6 months now for college, has a great screen, solid keyboard, and excellent track pad…but its not really premium enough for my tastes, bought it more as an experiment and I ended up liking it.
    That being said I was really hoping this would be an announcement of a new Pixel that was more in line with the form factor of the new MacBook or Asus UX305. I’d gladly pay 600-700 for a 13″ Chromebook with a good screen, metal chassis, thin and light, and an equivalent keyboard and track pad to my Toshiba. ChromeOS doesn’t need huge horsepower to run so I don’t see why we haven’t seen some better form factors out there yet. If they build it I will buy it.

  • James Bell

    I think using the Nexus branding would have been smarter. When I think Pixel, I think insanely overpriced web browsing machine. That brand has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    • calden74

      Why, if you don’t like it, don’t buy, pretend it never existed. There is no reason to express your feelings about a product you have no interest in. I for one absolutely adore my Pixel v2, best notebook I have ever bought next to my Surface Pro 3. I will also defiantly be buying this as well. Nvidia X1 processor, where do I sign, I’ll have Linux installed and running in now time, with native GPU drivers from Nvidia and the ability to run my CUDA programs, this is a dream machine for me. People just see another Android machine, I see the main node for my 5 Jetson K1 development boards cluster and render farm. Same reason why I bought the Lenovo ThinkVision 28″ 4K monitor with built in Nvidia K1. This tech is brilliant.

      • James Bell

        I was expressing my opinion on Google’s poor branding of the device. Why does that bother you? Don’t read my comments, pretend like they don’t exist. No need to be rude.

        • calden74

          I didn’t mean to be rude I’m just tired of people calling ChromeBooks, especially the Pixel an overpriced browser. It’s not just a browser, it’s a powerful gateway, minus all the fluff and useless features that you get when using systems like Windows or OSX. This extra power that the Pixel v2 gives me is fully utilized. There is more to the Internet than just entertainment sites. I’m streaming Blender, Gimp, LibreOffice, you name it directly to the browser, full desktop applications that are indistinguishable from the installed version. I’m compiling applications in my Cloud IDE’s, playing games on Steam, creating and producing my own music using AudioTool, editing videos using KineMaster Pro (an Android app but works very well using Arch), though WeVideo for Chrome works fairly well, Cinelarra and Openshot (though these are Linux apps I have installed them successfully into Chrome OS by compiling my own version with these apps installed. No Chroot, running directly from within Chrome OS using their new X Windows system, which means accelerated graphics, I also have Wine installed running Photoshop, though an older version it does everything that I need it do. The list just goes on and on, most people’s views on the Chromebook couldn’t be farthest from the truth. So when I see comments like yours it bothers me a little as it’s not based on a facts but assumptions.

          • James Bell

            So you think streaming programs to your Chromebook is better than running them natively? You no doubt have a Mac or a PC running those remotely for you. Why not just use those?

            Everything you just listed can be done on Windows or OS X without having to jump through any loopholes or compile the apps themselves. Chrome OS, as it comes, is a web browser. The Chromebook Pixel runs this web browser, and it’s way too expensive given the limited amount of what it can do. There were no assumptions in my comment.

          • calden74

            I have no interest in using either platforms. As a Web app developer, I’ve immersed myself in the technology of my trade. I also no longer want to invest any more time or money in what is basically a dying concept. Desktop computing is heading into the cloud, like it or not but it’s happening. Now I’m not saying apps will be completely cloud driven, like mobile apps, you will download the framework, API’s to interact with the hardware and GUI. The data though will most definitely be Internet driven. Chrome OS is starting to do this now, not all apps are completely in the cloud, like I explained above, Google has Chrome OS specific apps. My firm now uses ChromeBox’s, we’ve saved thousands by doing so. Where we once had to supply each of our employees two computers, one for the internal network, intranet and one for the dirty net or internet. Chrome OS allows us to combine these to environments. No, we are not using Google’s services to login but Open ID or LDAP. We also don’t have ads, like the educational models there are zero ads. We use Office 365 online, all of our internal custom applications are now all Web based, the few that aren’t like our trading platform, which I’m working on a Web based version of that as well is streamed. The performance is fluid and anyone using it would not be able to tell the difference. There is no reason to use either Windows or OSX anyway as I have everything that I need. Games, I have an Nvidia Shield TV, tablet, a Nexus 9 that will be replaced with Google’s new Pixel C. There is also no reason to try to convince someone that their computing paradigm is wrong or that there are better options out there, believe it or not I know exactly what I want and need. At this moment, Chrome OS is just the solution that takes care of them. Thank you for your input though.

          • James Bell

            You’re the one making assumptions. I never told you your computing paradigm was wrong, I gave reasons that I don’t like it. I don’t care what your needs are or if Chromebooks meet them. That’s wonderful for you. They don’t work for me. I still need to run native applications and Chrome OS doesn’t allow that. I would like to be able to choose which browser I use. I would like to be able to customize my OS more than changing the wallpaper. I’m glad that you’re content with Chromebooks, and nowhere in my comments have I tried to change YOUR opinion. I’m stating my own and for some reason that bothers you.

          • calden74

            You might have not said it in those words exactly but it was certainty implied and anyone reading your comment would have taken it as such as well. You can customize Chrome OS just as much as any other desktop OS. Icons, fonts, UI elements, etc. You can also install any browser of your choosing by simply installing a package Manager, you can do it manually but dealing with dependences can be tricky, especially for someone who isn’t knowledgeable about such things. I’m using ChromeBrew, a package manager designed from the ground up for Chrome OS and is extremely easy to implement. As such you can install any Linux application or utility that you want, including Wine, which allows you to run Windows Applications like MS Office. The problem is, your knowledge of Chrome OS is extremely limited, these reviews that you have read about ChromeBooks are done so from a fresh out of the box point of view or what the general consumer would see when first booting up the system. Anyone who has even the slightest interest in increasing the capabilities of their Chromebook would just need to start reading Google’s Chrome OS or Chromium OS’s forums. They will soon quickly realize that their is really nothing that they couldn’t do, including creating a custom system with everything they could possibly need or want. Also without the need to install Linux in a Chroot but directly from Chrome OS, I still maintain an Arch Linux distro in a Chroot but that’s just because I’m a developer for them. This also includes setting up Open ID, bypassing the need for a Google ID to login to the system. There is nothing, repeat nothing, that your doing with your OSX or Windows machines that I can’t do on my Pixel v2. I’m not running some of of the same software but the end results are identical. Not just that but the hardware is absolutely brilliant, the Pixel is by far the nicest looking laptop I have ever owned. Which means I also can’t wait for the new Pixel C, will be the perfect machine for GPU computing on an ARM CPU, something I am extremely interested in.

          • James Bell

            I didn’t imply that I was trying to change your opinion. I originally commented with my opinion, and you replied because you didn’t like it. Stop reading into things so much.

            ChromeBrew is a hackish was of doing things and I prefer an OS that can install native apps out of the box. I shouldn’t have to do something extra for it to work for me. Chrome OS, as it comes, is crippled compared to Windows. I, as the user, shouldn’t have to enable developer mode and install software to make up for its shortcomings. That’s not for me. Again, if you like that, that’s okay. I really don’t care what machine or operating system you use. That’s why I’m confused as to why you keep defending it so much.

          • calden74


          • Oliver Marti

            Hi calden74,

            a short question: Where did you buy your chromebook pixel? I could not find any retailer in europe. Thx for answer, I like your posts :)

          • John Hixson

            Sounds brilliant but I wonder if Chromebox could handle SAP applications? We are heavy with SAP. I would love to get rid of our old clunky Windows machines.

    • jjcoolaus

      I agree, and it looks like this new machine will also be incredibly overpriced.

      You can pick up a notebook/tablet combo running Windows for under $300 these days (under $500 if you live in Australia) but I suspect this new machine will be priced at close to $1000.

  • Campbell Salter

    I personally believe that ChromeOS should have been changed a bit and called Android for PC from the start.

    • Michael Heath

      Remix OS anyone?

  • A Linux user

    Hmm.. why not a Android device that can run in desktop mode?.. like ubuntu is working on with its phones. After all, Chrome is main app on chromebooks and is also installed on the ‘droids.

    • ClikFire _

      I agree.

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  • Would love a device that was android in tablet mode, and chromeos with android run time in notebook mode


    I would even go for a chrome os “like” shell for android in notebook mode

    • ClikFire _

      Good idea!

  • ClikFire _

    Google should of just made a Desktop Version of Android to look and act just like Chrome OS but be able to run Android Apps and be customized.

    • teklife

      android can never be taken seriously as as a desktop os without an undo feature, come on seriously? it’s 20f’ing15 already!

      no undo is the thing i hate most about android. cut, copy, paste, select and no undo??

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        Er, Android supports undo. You mean it’s missing from the context menu?
        And there’s no Ctrl key on the software keybooard.
        Ctrl-Z works fine across Android,

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    A missed opportunity. Should have put ChromeOS on this thing

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  • Diogo Fonseca

    Hello. Im a bit new to the chrome products, but i really love the design in the new pixel-C. But i have one huge question. If i wanna work (code), why should i choose this over a Microsoft Surface? I would really love to have a pixel-C instead of my 17” Laptop. But i can’t see how it would allow me to do my work.

    Question is, who is this product for?

    • Boothy

      Er, Google die hards……… ;)
      I like the look of it, but it’s expensive, and for work, the Surface Pro is a no-brainer really.
      Unless you have a specific set of needs that can be handled by Android, the Surface with a full Desktop OS is a more flexible choice.
      I use Chrome/Android almost exclusively for personal use, but Windows still rules in the work arena (especially if you’re in a technical job).

      • Diogo Fonseca

        Yeah though so. I really do prefer the pixel-C design above surfacem but i agree, the price is a bit to high. The Pixel laptop its a quite powerfull chromebook (1200$ i believe?). When i saw this i was thinking what ChromeOS could offer people for 1200$. Don’t get it :P

        Ohh well

        Thanks for the reply ;)

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  • S Blevins

    So is Google weaning off of Chrome OS, and going to eventually discontinue it, or are they actually going to merge things after all?

    • Jon

      It could be the start of the end for ChromeOS (it’s hardly taken the world by storm) – but I suspect it’s more likely that Google is seeing Pixel as a brand with both Android Tablets and ChromeOS laptops.

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  • calden74

    Well I can now unequivalently say that this is false as I have successfully installed and am now running Chrome OS as the default OS in my new Pixel C. Took some time getting it to boot but that was because of my inexernce with tablets and not the hardware itself but once I figured it out, it’s a breeze. The performance is absolutely fantastic, everything also seems to work on it including the virtual keybaord when it’s not paired. I am now extremely happy with my purchase and am now working on getting Aerch Linux to work which I will add to my boot table for a three way, multi boot system, Android, Chorme OS and Arch Linux. I knew I would be able to do this and was a big reason why I just ignored all of the negative reviews. The Pixel C is without a doubt the best tablet I have ever owned. For the incredible built quality, design to the way it handles, meaning speed in which it is a little screamer. Defiantly out. Performing my HP G3 K1, 1080P Touch version, Asus Flip and my HP 11, 4GB Celeron. The display is something to behold as it absolutely gorgeous. THe only thing I wish is that it was a little bigger, I would have loved to have seen either a 11.6 or 12.5 model but 10.2 is suffice, especially with it’s aspect ratio. Chrome OS had to be hacked a little to decrease it’s DPI as the native resolution was just to small. I’ve also found a great little USB C dongle that includes; HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 and a Ethernet port, an absolute must. I used my HP ChomeBook with Ubuntu in a Chroot to compile the Chromium OS port that I used, I also added in quite a few Linux CLI command and applications, including a LAMP server so I can do development work, Libre-Office in which I even got to work within the Chrome OS desktop environment, I also created a high resolution icon in which I also managed to get inside the the app tray.

    I won’t be releasing my image any time soon as I’m working with the folks over at PapyrOS, a Linux distribution that is entirely based off of Google’s Material Design language in bringing a supported version for the Pixel C. Hence my work with Arch Linux which is what PapyrOS is based on. I think this is a more fruitful endeavor as Chrome OS will soon be going through a major transition in which I believe to be for the worst. I have nothing against Android when used in a phone or a tablet but as a desktop OS it fails in a lot of areas in which simply adding a desktop version of Chrome to it won’t change that. Even Remix OS still feels like a mobile OS, just one that has multi-window support. It’s also why I absolutely can’t stand when I read a review about the Surface Pro and I see the iPad Pro listed or mentioned as a possible alternative. The iPad Pro is not an alternative to a computer that has a full desktop OS, it’s just a large iPad in which it’s limitations become even more apparent when using.

    People who see the Pixel C as just another Android tablet are simply ignorant to the fact that Google didn’t lock it up. So your getting premium hardware that is complete opened to do what your imagination can think of. So thank you Google for giving me the best Christmas present I could ask for last year. A development platform that doesn’t hold back on features. Another example of just how good this thing really is, after getting Blender to work I connected it my Nvidia Jetson K1 render farm, in which consists of 5 of those bad boys. I was able to render a 3D image that normally takes an Apple Mac Pro with a Xeon 12 core processor about 12 minutes to do in under 4. Also because there is a native Linux driver for the GPU in the X1, using applications like Blender are extremely fast, so fast that dealing with large 3D files inside the UI feels like your using a normal full featured computer. Even editing video, I can add effects and transistions and view them live without having to first render them. Thankfully more and more Linux apps COMPILED for ARM are now appearing more frequently making machines like the Pixel a viable solution for a lot of media type tasks. Even music creation, LMMS is now available for ARM and Works quite well, I even have my Novation Lanchpad working on it.

    • s2weden2000

      if about a little youtube clip…

    • Mathieu Tournier

      Hi Calden. A lot of people are very interested about all the work you did on porting to Chromeos and Archlinux to Pixel C. I looked at PapyrOs very recently and i couldn’t see any activity on the project. Do you have any news on this ? :) Can’t wait to see another OS running on pixel C ! I’m a developper too and i’m trying to port linux on pixel C : what kernel parameters and ramdisk did you use for this ? Thanks a lot for your hard work.

  • IS pixel-c is launched now?