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Google: There won't be another Chromebook Pixel

UPDATE: It appears the remarks cited in this story were taken out of context. I've posted some new info straight from Google here: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/6PjbAqxR4M3

Original post follows.

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Looks like Google isn't planning a follow-up to its self-made high-end Chromebook device and will instead leave it up to OEMs to take the reins.

From PCWorld:

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.

[http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048605/haswell-chromebooks-promise-the-all-day-battery-life-of-old.html]
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I thought that was the point to begin with, but I wouldn't doubt that they might use the same approach for future technology - #watch  ?
 
kinda bad news.. the price for that beast will never come down :-\ I hope OEMs really take that ball. 
 
That sucks. Why can't it be like their Nexus line of phones/tablets? 
 
I love my pixel and this is sad news indeed. i would have loved to refresh every few years or so - maybe by then they'll change their minds or someone else will have a similar high quality chromebook
 
+Sundar Pichai extremely disappointed not to see a haswell refresh of the pixel.  :(
 
Can't say that I'm surprised. The whole thing seemed like an experiment to me. There just isn't a big enough market for a $1000+ Chromebook, no matter how awesome the screen is.
 
Isn't this what they've been saying from the beginning?  I clearly recall that they said that the Pixel was a technology demonstrator to show what could be done with a Chromebook if executed properly.  Call it a guide for OEMs to follow.  Personally I would love to see something similar with lower, but still HD, resolution, no touch screen and in the $400 - $450 range.
 
+Michael Ingram Jr - No clue, but I would say that unlike Android, ChromeOS is controlled by Google and OEMs can't modify it, so there is no need for a "Nexus" style line, as everything is already stock.
 
The pixel was possibly just Google saying look we will put our money where our mouths are plus created a user. group who will spend serious money for a chrome book.
Looks like it might have helped with HP and others now looking like they are committed to the cause. 
 
+michael bourgoin I'm right there with ya. On the plus side, other than battery life, I'm not sure there are any meaningful improvements that could be made to the Pixel at the moment, anyway. It's a pretty ridiculous machine (in a good way) and is gonna be cutting-edge for quite a while.

Will be interesting to see how the OEM devices progress from here and if anyone tries to step into that high-end spot in the future.
 
Thats true +JR Raphael .  This wouldnt be an annual refresh for me like my phones are, but it would have been nice to know that there could be another one down the pike.  

I dont really take too much stock into what they are saying though.  If Chromebooks keep taking off and no one fills the higher end market, i could see them doing another machine 2 years from now.

Either way, i'm really pleased with the device (save battery as you mentioned, although mine has been pretty good 5-6 hours) and i plan on loving it for years to come.
 
This may be true, but will it include a Phone and Camera with Settings?! Everyone that uses tablets will ask for this type of Set-up! You know how they are with there Electronic Gadgets. This Nation is built upon Smartphones, Tablets, Game Consoles and Smart LED/HD TVs that hooks up to the Internet.
 
Read Google's comment again... "...don't expect a repeat of the Chromebook Pixel; that product, which paired an Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core processor..." We don't want Ivy Bridge. We want Haswell & eventually Bay Trail! #keephopealive
 
I think, sadly, the smart move for Google is to let OEM's make the play with new Chromebooks and not for them to lead the field by the nose. The Pixel created a halo effect and we now have a refreshed range coming from multiple OEM's. The strategy is working, I would say give it 6 months and if no one has pushed out a Pixel type challenger then Google will commission a new flagship model
 
... but in the future, all Chromebooks will be like the Pixel.
 
That might be, but so far that doesn't appear to be the case with this batch. We don't know much about the Toshiba, but the Acer & HP don't appear to be touchscreens. So if it's Google's plan to push the web forward & make it more touch enabled, they'll need to keep the Pixel around for at least another iteration.
 
Dunno... until the game companies jump on board chromebooks I have little or no use for them... and I don't mean the likes of angry birds and candy crush.  I'm talking COD, EVE Online, MWO, etc.  Until real games, audio and video editors, graphics utility programs, etc. hit chromebooks they aren't worth my money.
 
There is no market for high end chrome OS devices they'll concentrate on developing chrome OS for tablets and phone instead.
 
I'm not at all surprised but I am still disappointed. 
 
+David O'Malley incorrect, sir.  Chrome OS isn't for tablets/phones it's for notebooks and PC's.  It's also built into Chrome Browser so any device running a chrome browser actually has chrome's framework installed and chrome apps will run on them in the Chrome environment.  They are also starting to release desktop apps that run using the chrome framework independently of the browser.  
 
Did not Eric Schmidt say after the first Nexus One something to the same effect about Google not making any more phones
 
I was hoping to see a Haswell-based Chromebook Pixel this year, but it does not appear to be in the cards.  While there were a few Haswell Chrome devices announced at IDF13 this week, they are more casual-consumer oriented.
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