Why did Google build the Chromebook Pixel, its first high-end device (and the first high-end Chrome OS device)? The answer — for money — should be obvious, but analyst Horace Dediu has broken down just how important hardware can be for a company, writing: “Apple and Samsung tower over the fortunes for software only Microsoft or service-oriented Google and Amazon,” and “Google, Microsoft and Amazon are skimming profits but they are not particularly efficient at profit generation vis-a-vis the integrated Apple (and increasingly integrated Samsung.)” Pixel is Google’s attempt to change that.

[Source: Asymco]