2017

5 things I want – Chromebook Pixel 2017

I have had the current Chromebook Pixel for about 2 years and it still runs like new. However, Chromebook trends have changed and I would love the next Chromebook Pixel to take better advantage of these trends. Here’s 5 things I want from a 2017 version.

  1. Tablet with a detachable keyboard – Two examples of this come to mind, the Surface Pro/Surfacebook and the Pixel C.  Both would be good options from a design standpoint.
  2. More Native Storage – Lets get real with storage.  32 GB is no where near enough storeage.  I use a 256 GB SD card in mine as secondary storage.  Lets bump the minimum storage to 128.
  3. An Integrated Stylus – After playing with the Surface and the new Samsung Chromebook Plus, I think a stylus is very useful for many varying tasks, especially if more advanced apps come to chromebooks, ie Photoshop.
  4. Fingerprint Reader – This functionality is coming soon in Chrome OS 58.  I would love to see this on the next Chromebook Pixel.
  5. More Robust Native Google Apps – With the introduction of the new Windows 10 creators update, it would behoove Google to work on their core apps to better compete with Windows and Mac

Over the last few years, Google has slowly added much needed features to the Chrome Operating System.  I would love to see google show off what they can do with the next Chromebook Pixel.

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No new Chromebook Pixel this year?

In a report by techcrunch.com, Google is not planning on bringing back the Chromebook Pixel Laptop this year.  They sat down with Google’s senior vice president for hardware, Rick Osterloh, and he said “we have no plans for Google-branded laptops.” Maybe it’s just me being optimistic, but I’m hopeful that they have no plans for a Google branded laptop this year because they are going to be releasing a Google branded Pixel Chrome OS tablet.

Update: Never say never! Osterloh sent us this additional comment after we published: “Regarding the future of Google-branded laptops (whether called Pixel or not), I should clarify that we don’t have any plans to discuss at this time.”

Chrome 58 just added even better security – and how to set it up

Yesterday, I saw some chatter online stating that Chrome will be supporting fingerprint readers. However, when I opened my Chromebook, which is running the developer build, I couldn’t find this new security capability.  I spent some time looking around and found out where it is.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to set up the fingerprint feature.

Make sure that you are running the developer build.

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  1.  Go in to your browser and type chrome://flags, and find the fingerprint feature.screenshot-2017-02-21-at-9-01-15-am
  2. Change the drop down menu from Default to enabled.
  3. You will be prompted to restart.screenshot-2017-02-21-at-9-01-44-am
  4. Go to settings and find smart lock under that menu you will find enable fingerprint.screenshot-2017-02-21-at-9-08-09-am
  5. If you have a USB fingerprint reader, give it a try.screenshot-2017-02-21-at-9-10-14-am