Last year came and went without a new Chromebook Pixel from Google, a new report claims that 2017 may be different.
Google is planning to announce a new Chromebook Pixel at a fall event alongside its new Pixel smartphones. That’s according to Android Police, who don’t have many concrete details about this new Chromebook Pixel yet, but suggest that it could be similar to the Bison device that we heard rumblings about last year.
Reports in late 2016 suggested that Google was prepping a new laptop codenamed “Bison” that would run a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS called Andromeda. The device was rumored to feature a 12.3-inch display, a tablet mode, 32/128GB of storage, 8/16GB of RAM, and more.
While it’s unclear if this new Chromebook Pixel is indeed the Bison, it is a possibility since we never saw that Andromeda-powered Bison come to market. Whether or not this new Chromebook Pixel is the Bison or not, though, it’s expected to be a Chromebook rather than run Andromeda.
Today’s report also claims that Google is prepping a mini version of the Google Home. However, like the new Chromebook Pixel, details on this mini Google Home are largely a mystery.
The mini Google Home could be a response to Amazon’s Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the standard Echo that loses some of the audio performance but is also considerably cheaper, making it easier for folks to buy several units and stick them all over their home. Google may want to launch a mini Google Home for the same reason, giving consumers a cheap way to get Google Assistant in most every room of their home.
Would you be interested in a new Chromebook Pixel or mini Google Home?