Google to launch new Chromebook Pixel, mini Google Home


Reports of the demise of Google's Chromebook Pixel laptop range may have been greatly exaggerated, with the latest rumours indicating the Chromebook Pixel 3 could launch as soon as late-2017.

Google is reportedly preparing to launch an Amazon-Echo-Dot-like version of its Google Home device at an upcoming event. The publication thinks the new notebook might have something to do with the mysterious Project Bison that Google was involved in previous year. 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 a year ago. Amazon is now the leader in this field with its Echo line powered by its Alexa voice assistant.

Powered by Siri, Apple's HomePod goes on sale later this year for $349 (UK prices have yet to be announced), well above the $129 Google Home (£129 in the UK) and the $150 Echo (£150). Rival Amazon has found plenty of success with its smaller version of the Echo - the Echo Dot - so it's not surprising to learn Google may be working on something similar.

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Today's report also claims that Google is prepping a mini version of the Google Home.

The website doesn't have a lot in the way of concrete details about the Chromebook, but it does speculate the new device may have been borne out of Project Bison. However, like the new Chromebook Pixel, details on this mini Google Home are largely a mystery.

Google's Chromebooks have made inroads in the education market, so much that Microsoft has built its own Windows laptop to compete with them. Purported specs include a fully-rotatable (360-degrees) 12.3-inch screen, up to 128GB of storage, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and Wacom stylus support.