Reading coverage of Google's newly announced Pixel Slate — the two-in-one device that's both an Android-like tablet and Surface-like Chromebook — the clear and consistent theme you see is that Google just dramatically changed course with its computing vision.

I've lost count of the number of tweets, analyses, and hands-on assessments I've come across expressing that sentiment — that the Pixel Slate represents a whole new beginning for Chrome OS in terms of both its Android-reminiscent interface and its positioning as a best-of-both-worlds tablet platform.

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