It's sparked rumors of being discontinued.
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Since 2017, the Google Pixelbook has maintained a spot on our list of the very best Chromebooks you can buy, with tasteful design and processing headroom that keep it competitive three years later. Yet you can’t buy it from Google anymore — it’s out of stock, and the company is strongly suggesting it’s been discontinued for good.
Here’s Google’s full statement:
We are proud of the success of Pixelbook, which will continue to receive the latest versions of Chrome OS per our auto-update guidelines. While Pixelbook is out of stock on the Google Store, Pixelbook Go, which delivers similar high-performance elements in a familiar form factor, is available starting at $649.
While Google declined to outright say that the Pixelbook has been...
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There are a few keyboard options that some Chromebook models do not include within them, and one of them is the most commonly used “Delete” key.
There are few other standard keys as well that you will not find in the Chromebooks.
And for erasing any data on your Chromebook, you can use the Alt + Backspace key combination.
You can use this keyboard shortcut for deleting any file or for erasing any character placed in front of the blinking cursor.
If you want to delete any part of the text of any selected file on your Chromebook, you need to right-click on the item and then choose the option of the “Delete” given in the context menu.
Some Other Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts
Apart from the Delete key, the other keys that are not included on the Chromebook keyboard are as follows:
Home:By using the “Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow” key combination, you can perform the functions of the Home button on your Chromebook.
Google now has nine products with over one billion monthly active users.
They range from the obvious big hitters like Search, to newer members such as Photos.
Who could be next? We have a few hunches. (Hint: Google Assistant is a rising star)
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Just over a year ago, Google Photos became the company's ninth product to reach 1 billion monthly active users.
Can you name the other eight?
Some of them – search, YouTube, Maps – won't surprise you, but a few of them might. Some were built by Google and some were acquired.
Here are all of Google's products that have made it over the billion-user line, based on data from Google and analysts.
Plus, read on for a few ideas of which products may be next to join the club.Google Photos
Officially joined the billion-user club: July, 2019
Photos was originally part of the much less successful Google+, but in 2015 Google spun it out into its own product – and another huge hit was born.
Photos was immediately praised as a serious competitor to big rivals like Apple iCloud and Amazon Drive. Four years after its release, it reached the big billion. The company has since launched Photos Go, a lightweight alternative to help it chase the next billion.
Monetized? Google doesn't directly make money from photos, but the data you share helps feed the big Google brain, particularly for refining its machine learning computer vision processes.
Officially joined the billion-user club: July/August, 2018
We knew Google Drive was close to hitting 1 billion users at Google I/O 2017 when the company announced it was hovering at around the 800 million mark. A year later, it joined the big leagues.
You can thank Google's new head of search, Prabhakar Raghavan, for a lot of the hard work making Drive into what it is today.
Monetized? Google charges for its G Suite service, which includes Drive, but the basic consumer version is free of charge. Of course, Google hopes you'll eventually pay for more storage.
Officially joined the billion-user club: February, 2016
Gmail was the seventh Google product to hit 1 billion monthly users, and today that number stands at over 1.5 billion total. It seems strange to think Gmail began as one of Google's 20% project, with some executives even dismissing the idea of Google building its own email service.
Today, it's the most popular email provider in the world.
Monetized? Google used to actually scan emails to better target Gmail adverts, a practice it ended in 2017. But it still uses information about you scraped from Chrome, YouTube, etc to target the ads you get on Gmail. Google also said it still allows third-party apps to scan Gmail data as long as they get user consent.
Officially joined the billion-user club: September, 2015.
Unlike the Apple iPhone, there are other ways to download apps on Google's Android platform without using its official store – but for most people the Play Store is the simplest way to do it. The Play Store had around 1.1 billion active monthly users as of the last check, according to Bernstein data published in January this year.
But the number of overall downloads is a better check of the Play Store's health, and Google's not hurting there. According to Sensor Tower data, there were 84.3 billion downloads from the Play Store in 2019.
Monetized? You bet. In fact, the Play Store is one of the key ways Google makes money through Android. The company takes a 30% cut from all app sales, and the same amount from in-app purchases – a practice that has recently come under heavy fire.
Don't forget all of the Play Store services Google offers too, such as books and movies, which also nets it a healthy pay day.
Officially joined the billion-user club: First mentioned in 2015.
Google Maps is a mammoth product for Google, and continues to be the default map product for billions of people. That's partly thanks to Google's continued work to update Maps – and a surprisingly poor start for Apple's rival product. Until recently, Maps was led by Jen Fitzpatrick but is now run by Dane Glasgow and Liz Reid.
Monetized? Google makes money from Maps in several ways. It charges developers to use its Maps infrastructure for their own products; it places ads in Maps search results; and it lets advertisers drop promoted pins.
Officially joined the billion-user club: May, 2015
You probably know about Google's popular web browser, but did you know that Chrome was developed by Google's now-CEO Sundar Pichai? At Google's I/O conference in 2015, just a few months before he was given the most powerful job at Google, Pichai got to announce Chrome had hit 1 billion monthly active users.
Monetized? Not directly, but Chrome functions as a portal to Google's search product – and of course, its ads. It also became the basis of Google Chrome OS, Chromebooks and has become a hugely important part of the Google experience.
Officially joined the billion-user club: June, 2014
It should be no surprise to see Android on this list. Google announced its smartphone platform hit 1 billion monthly active users at its I/O developer's conference in 2014. At last year's Google I/O, the company said there were 2.5 billion active Android devices.
Monetized? In several ways. The Play Store is a big one, but Google benefits by having Android owners use its array of apps. Plus, having Android also puts Google in a better bargaining position for staying as the default search engine on Apple's iPhone and iPad. Remember, a lot of Google's mobile search revenue comes from iPhones.
Year it joined the billion-user club: March, 2013
"If YouTube were a country, we'd be the third largest in the world after China and India," said YouTube in a blog post in March 2013, announcing the video streaming service had hit the billions club. Last year, Google said that number had doubled. And to think Google once thought YouTube was only worth $50 million.
Monetized? Naturally. The lion's share of YouTube's revenues come from advertising, but it also makes money from its subscription offerings. Google has started breaking out its YouTube revenues in earnings, revealing that it raked in $3.81 billion in Q2 this year.
Year it joined the billion-user club: May, 2011, according to Comscore.
Search and ads are the meat and potatoes of Google's business, and according to data from Bernstein research, there are more than 2.5 trillion Google searches made every year.
Monetized? You bet. Search is Google's chief moneymaker, bringing in just under $100 billion in revenue for the company last year.
Google doesn't break out a lot of its user numbers (except when it has reason to celebrate) and with no Google I/O this year we've missed our best opportunity to get insight into the products that are really taking off.
But we can speculate, and there are certainly a few clues as to what could be next. Mark Schmulik, an analyst at Bernstein, suggested looking at some of the other products inside Google's G Suite.
"A lot of the applications within G Suite may get there or are already there," he told Business Insider. If you take G Suite as a whole (which is sort of cheating), it's already an established member of the club, surpassing 2 billion users last year.
"We know a lot of that is Gmail," said Schmulik, but he suggested looking to products within, such as Google Docs and Calendar, as possible contenders.
In January, Google announced that its AI Google Assistant had hit more than 500 million monthly users, with that number made up of users across smart speakers, phones, smart displays, cars, and more.
YouTube Music may also be worth keeping an eye on, said Schmulik. YouTube is already comfortably one of Google's most popular products, while Music and Premium have more than 20 million subscribers combined.
And Google is also in the process of shuttering its Play Music service and trying to shift users over to YouTube Music instead – which could give the service a healthy boost in users.
Google Meet is probably still a ways off joining the club, but a huge tailwind from the pandemic is pushing it along nicely. In April, Google said it was adding 3 million new Meet users a day and was seeing over 100 million daily Meet participants.
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