I call them Chromebook Pixel apologists. They’re coming out of the woodwork to defend Google’s super-expensive but flawed $1,299 laptop. You’ll hear things like “It obviously isn’t for everyone” or “You either get it or you don’t.” Count me as one of the people who don’t get it. As I say in my Chromebook Pixel review, the quality, sharper-than-Retina display, booming speakers and superior touchpad and keyboard all make this a lust-worthy machine. But the Pixel’s beauty isn’t much more than skin-deep. If Google really wants to convert more shoppers to its flagship anti-MacBook, it’s going to have to address the following issues head-on. And, yes, I’m sorry to say that some of my fixes will have to wait for Chromebook Pixel 2.
Silos are bad, and yet it seems like the Chrome OS and Android teams at Google don't even know each other exist. The Chrome Web Store would be a heck of a lot more robust if Google figured out a way to let Android apps run on its Chromebook. Doing this would not only vastly improve the selection of apps, it would let Pixel owners do a lot more offline. Adding Android app support would also give the touch screen on the notebook more reason for being. Would making such a move necessitate a merger of the two platforms? Maybe, and as I've said before, that wouldn't be a bad thing.
Editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer directs LAPTOP’s online and print editorial content and has been covering mobile and wireless technology for over a decade. Each week Mark’s SpoonFed column provides his insights and analysis of the biggest mobile trends and news. You can also follow him on Twitter and Google+.