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There Won’t Be a “Pixel 2″, Confirms Google

Shutting down the rumor mill about a Pixel 2, PC World reports:

While the new Chromebooks are expected to be flagship products for their respective brands, don’t expect a repeat of the Chromebook Pixel; that product, which paired an Intel “Ivy Bridge” Core processor with an incredible 2560-by-1700 pixel touch display, was a “prototype” to show off the power of the Chromebook platform and will not be repeated, Caesar Sengupta, director of product management at Google, told a small roundtable of reporters on Wednesday.

So that’s it guys. Google won’t be sending you a Pixel 2.

Update, author of the PC World article got a response from Google on Pixel 2

A Google spokesperson just reached out to me with the following information:

We did not say that Pixel will not be repeated; we don’t comment on future or unannounced products. At launch we said Pixel was designed to bring together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks, and to work with the ecosystem to continue to push the experience forward for touch and high-DPI web. We see that playing out.

So, stand down: There may or may not be a Google-made follow-up to the Chromebook Pixel in the future, but at this point, it’s certainly still a distinct possibility.

Google Won’t do Pixel 2, but….

But someone else might. It may not be called pixel 2, but someone else might make something that you all wish for, in the form of a Pixel 2. A Chromebook with touchscreen, high quality build, long bettery life etc. Something priced between $700 – $800.

chromebook  There Wont Be a Pixel 2, Confirms Google

I do not know if it is a good idea to do such a Chromebook right now though. For a preimum Chromebook to sell in large numbers, there needs to be a huge demand of reasonably priced and cheap Chromebooks already in place.

I am not saying that there isn’t a good market for Chromebooks already. There is defnitely good demand for Chromebooks, but there isn’t huge demand tha I am talking about.

When Chromebooks are a household name, someone might think of a Pixel-2-like Chromebook.

Comments? Thoughts?

Google+ Photos App Now Available for all Chromebooks

The Google Plus photos app was launched initially only for Chromebook Pixel. Google announced today that it is now available for all Chromebooks.You can install it directly from the Chrome Web Store here.

Here is the official announcement from Google:

Keeping hundreds or thousands of photos backed up and organized can be a challenge. We wanted to make that process a little easier, so earlier this summer we released the Google+ Photos app for Chromebook Pixel.

Today we’re making the app available in the Chrome Web Store for all Chromebooks, in 52 languages. Here’s a quick recap:

1) When you plug an SD card into your Chromebook, the app will automatically get to work and back up your new photos to Google+ (for your eyes only, of course). 

2) When you’re offline, you can still view your most recent photos.

3) Your top shots will be highlighted as you back them up, making it easier to organize and share your favorites.

4) Easily share individual photos, sets of photos, or an entire album right from the app. Simply select the images you want, then click ‘Share.’

5) Auto Enhance makes improvements to each photo you add, making your pictures look great. And Auto Awesome creates fun new versions of your photos like short animations and photobooth-style collages

Do You Like It?

Not really. I do not like syncing my Google Plus photos on to my phone or the Chromebook. This may be because of those 1000+ photos that I have stored there for serving up on my blog!

That’s not the only reason though. I did not like the deign of the app either. Or , may be this is not what I expect when you say : “Gallery”

chrome extensions  Google+ Photos App Now Available for all Chromebooks

Anyways, let me know what you guys think!

Music Player for Google Drive #extension

Got 100 GB free on Google Drive with your Chromebook? Or even better, 1 TB with your Chromebook Pixel? Here is an extension that you should try out. Music Player for Google Drive.

You can store your music files on Google Drive. But that is just cloud storage. You do not have any easy way of streaming music. Music Player for Google Drive is a simple and lightweight online music player for your audio files stored in Google Drive. It lets you open music files directly from Google Drive or from its own interface.

Features, according to the developer:

  • Playback of MP3 files, MP4, AAC (iTune’s .m4a files), OGG (Audio only), WAV (Chrome only), webm (Audio).
  • Support for ID3 tags v1 and v2as well as AAC file Tags.
  • Automatic display of Album covers.
  • Playlist support (beta!).
  • Shuffle.
  • Handles users signed-in multiple Google account elegantly.
  • Open Audio files directly from the Google Drive UI.

Once the extension is installed, you can select music files from Google Drive, right click and choose Open With > Music Player for Google Drive.

chrome extensions  Music Player for Google Drive #extension

Worth trying, if you have music files stored on Google Drive, don’t you think? Get it here.


Google+ Photos App for Pixel is Here. Can Install On Any Chromebook

Google released the Google+ Photos native app for Chromebook Pixel as promised (and shown off) during Google I/O 2013. But the good news is, it can be installed on any Chromebook! ( Thank you OMG Chrome!)

Since this is a native app, it works offline by default. Here is the official description: “Google+ Photos lets you keep all your photos backed up, automatically organized and ready to share.”

When you plug an SD card into your Pixel, the app will back up your new photos to Google+ automatically. It is added to a private album on Google Plus. From there, you can use the newly launched photo editing tools to make your clicks look better.

chromebook  Google+ Photos App for Pixel is Here. Can Install On Any Chromebook

Is it working on other Chromebooks?

For some of them, it is working partially. For me, on my Series 5 550, it just opens up and stares at me and that’s it. So no full review for now!

Give it a try!


Fun stuff – Chrome Logo Coffee Design and The Chromebook Pixel Lightbar Musical

I have some fun stuff for you all toady. First up is a coffee art with Chrome logo. Shared by 

chrome news  Fun stuff   Chrome Logo Coffee Design and The Chromebook Pixel Lightbar Musical

Next up is a cool hack on a Chromebook pixel, making its light bar dance! Here is the video

This is by  “I have created a gateway to connect the Leap Motion to the Chromebook pixel during my flight from Google IO chrome news  Fun stuff   Chrome Logo Coffee Design and The Chromebook Pixel Lightbar Musical And I have used it to manage the RGB bar. Hope u like! (I will release all the code and a tutorial in some days)” he says!

For now, you can read this post to know how to hack Chromebook Pixel’s light bar!

Here is How You Can Play With Chromebook Pixel’s Lightbar. Your Apps Can Control it in Future

 shared this very interesting info on Google Plus today. You can actually control the lightbar of your Chromebook pixel if you are on developer mode (Not developer channel of Chrome OS)

The lightbar can be controlled using a tool named “ectool” which you can access by going to Chrome OS shell (ctrl + alt + t to open a command prompt, and then type shell to access root permissions)

There are lots of other things you can do with the light bar, right now you need to be in developer mode but I had a conversation with Bill Richardson who stated that he is working to expose control for the lightbar to developers via a Javascript call in the future. This would allow Chrome apps to control the lightbar in the future, says 

We will soon see apps that can use the lightbar to show notifications or game related effects. Yes, they did put it there because it is cool. But the fun is anyways, only if you have a Pixel.

How to Control Lightbar on Chromebook Pixel

As I said, you need to be on developer mode for this to work. Here is the official documentation on how to switch to developer mode.

Once you are on developer mode, press ctrl + alt + t and open a command prompt. Now type shell and press enter. Now you are on a command line with root access to your Pixel. Now, here is the list of commands that you can use to play with the pixel, complete with comments!

chromebook  Here is How You Can Play With Chromebook Pixels Lightbar. Your Apps Can Control it in Future

//Do the konami code
ectool lightbar seq stop
ectool lightbar seq run

//run the actual sequence
ectool lightbar seq konami

//stop sequences so you can play with the lightbar
ectool lightbar seq stop

//turn the lights on manually
//turn all lights to green
ectool lightbar 4 00 ff 00

//turn the first led to blue
ectool lightbar 0 00 00 ff

//turn the lightbar off
ectool lightbar off

//turn the lightbar on
ectool lightbar on

//start the sequence again and return things to normal
ectool lightbar init
ectool lightbar seq run


Google Love Their Notification Lights, It’s Cool and Useful

Googlers love their notifications. They sure do. They put on on the Nexus One, and one on the latest Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4. They put one on the Chromebook Pixel, and told us that they did so just because “it is cool”. Now they have put something similar (not entirely though!) on Chrome, to notify you about updates and upgrades.

They love their notification lights.

According to Google’s own François Beaufort, “Google Chrome UX Team is experimenting in the last Chromium build a new way to interact with users about browser upgrade, outdated version and critical updates. The (not so) new (anymore) Chrome Menu is used at its best with this color experiment. It will no longer show status using a badge. Instead, the icon color will change to indicate status.”

chrome news  Google Love Their Notification Lights, Its Cool and Useful

Take a look at this video to see what he meant.

New way of notification, not a big deal. But like I said above,

They love their notification lights!

Lenovo Chromebook Is Getting The 100 GB Drive Storage Offer

Good news for those who own a Lenovo Chromebook. In a few weeks, an update to Chrome OS will add the Lenovo Chromebook to the list of devices eligible for 100GB Google Drive space offer for two years.

François Beaufort found this comment in the Chromium Code base recently.

This patch removes Stout from a list of devices not eligible for the extra Drive storage offer

Stout is the codename for the Lenovo Chromebook. When this code change hits Chrome OS stable channel (dev or beta if you are using one of those two) users will be able to redeem 100GB Google Drive space.

chromebook  Lenovo Chromebook Is Getting The 100 GB Drive Storage Offer

Currently, the following are the devices with 100GB Drive offer.

  • Chromebook Pixel
  • HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook
  • Acer C7 Chromebook
  • Samsung Chromebook
  • Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
  • Samsung Chromebox Series 3

The Lenovo Chromebook will soon join this group.

Is Anything Changing?

Lenovo Chromebooks was introduced as a Chromebook for schools. Probably there is a reason why 100GB offer was not there when this Chromebook was launched initially. But with this change, is making me think that Lenovo Chromebook might soon come to consumers as well through Google’s own Play Store or other retail partners.

But hey, why are these guys at Google and their partners not showing any interest in bringing Chromebooks to other markets? I do not know the issues and hurdles involved in bringing a new piece of hardware to international market, but I think Chrome OS and Chromebooks are ready for this. But looks like the manufacturing and marketing is not.

Any thoughts?

Konami Code Easter egg on Google’s Chromebook Pixel

Folks at Wired has found an Easter egg on the Chromebook Pixel they got. Here is the full description from their post:

At least one person on the Chromebook Pixel team is a big-time videogame nerd, and we love him (or her) for giving us an Easter egg that activates a cool light show. For the three or four of you reading who don’t know, the code, tapped out with the Pixel’s directional keys, is up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right, then B, then A. Tap in the code and the LED strip on the Pixel’s lid blinks a wild pattern of red, green, blue, yellow, purple and white lights. Check out the animated GIF at the top of this post to see what we’re talking about … and if it means anything in Morse code or something, let us know.

Yes, I had to look up Konami Code on Wikipedia.

The Konami Code, (Japanese: コナミコマンド, Konami komando, “Konami command”) is a cheat code that appears in many Konami video games,[1] although the code also appears in some non-Konami games.[2] The code was first used in the 1986 release of Gradius for theNintendo Entertainment System[3] but was popularized among North American players in the NES version of Contra, for which it was also dubbed both the “Contra Code” and “30 Lives Code”. 

Here is the gif file showing the animation.

chromebook   Konami Code Easter egg on Google’s Chromebook Pixel

But, is it different from the animation that we already know of?

Shit People Say About Chromebook Pixel

Whenever there is a new gadget, you see many blogposts on major blogs. If the product is one of your favorites, you will go around the interwebs and devour all of it. I do that whenever there is a major announcement about Chrome OS.

But the real action happens in the comments forms of those websites. The tech-blog-biggies have a large and vibrant community around their comment forms. There is a lot of criticism and even comment wars going around. Yes, there are positive stuff too.

I decided to collect some of them this time, shit people said about Chromebook Pixel on those comment forms.

chromebook  Shit People Say About Chromebook Pixel


  • Lol give me some of the stuff Google smoking!
  • I just watched the video…  hahah.  OMG!  Please google fans.  Please at least admit the ad is EXTREMELY Apple-like.
  • “From the team that almost brought you the Nexus Q. The Chromebook Pixel!”
  • Now Surface pro does not look so bad, right?
  • Powell Motors presents… The Chromebook Pixel, designed by Homer Simpson.
  • An answer to a problem nobody had.
  • Dunno why but I feel Chrome OS is waste of time.  Google should just can it and focus other things.


So you heard them. How many of them do you agree with?


Source: Comment forms of various tech blogs.