In case you didn’t hear about it by now, Google on Thursday has made the Chromebook Pixel official, a touchscreen-ready cloud-based laptop that is by far the most elegant, but also the most expensive Chrome OS machine to date.
But why launch a device with a huge resolution display – MacBook Pro with Retina display-like screen – if users won’t actually get to take advantage of those 4.3 million pixels?
Sure, more Chrome OS apps will support the new screen resolution, but while we wait we’ll tell you that there already is one such app, Google’s revamped Chrome photo app.
In a rather logical move, the company updated the photo app by adding new features like touch-friendly support and an extra grain of salt. The app is now more intelligent, and will be able to tell what photos to select from storage, as it understands which ones are blurry or have bad exposure.
Furthermore, the app seems to have been updated to better accommodate sharing needs. As soon as an SD card slot is inserted into the Chromebook, the app will automatically recognize pictures and upload full-resolution images to Google+.
Initially, the app will be available via the Chrome Web Store to Chromebook Pixel buyers, but it will roll out to other devices in the future.
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it costs £1049, that would have to be the mother off all photo apps for that price!!
I guess the idea behind the head-scratching price is Google showing off it has what it takes to enter the premium market. The spec sheet combined with the awesome touchscreen is ready to handle whatever professional program of Chromebook variant with user-friendly controls, and that alone is the statement that Google’s OS is for real.
So in the end whether the Pixel will sell or not is not really Google’s concern, the purpose is getting developers and enterprises know that there’s already a platform it is worth developing for.
“As soon as an SD card slot is inserted into the Chromebook, the app will automatically recognize pictures and upload full-resolution images to Google+.”
I hope the upload is not automatic. I often insert a camera card with the intent of reviewing pictures on a bigger screen than my camera has, with no intent of uploading them.
Most often with the automatic uploads provided by Google+, there is an option to disable them, which is what I have done with my Nexus 10 and aging SII. I imagine that once you load an SD card for the first time (much like Windows and the Auto-Play options) you will be able to opt-out of the auto-upload.
The Pixel also has an awesome easter egg :) http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/02/google-pixel-konami-code-easter-egg/