Google says no new Pixel laptop in the works

Google says no new Pixel laptop in the works
Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh had some bad news for Pixel fans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. According to Osterloh, Google has "no plans" to build another laptop, although the wording and the questioning around the statement has us curious about what exactly that might mean, because the questioning appeared to be focused specifically on a new Chromebook Pixel and doesn't mention a new hybrid Pixel C tablet/laptop.

According to TechCrunch, Osterloh told journalists at MWC that Google doesn't currently have plans for a "Google-branded laptop", but Osterloh reiterated that Google is dedicated to the Chrome OS platform as a whole. The push behind Android apps on Chrome OS, and Google's close work with Samsung on the new Samsung Chromebook Plus and (upcoming) Pro proves that Google is all-in on Chrome, which Osterloh said holds the "number two market share in the U.S. and U.K." for laptops. 

However, no "Google-branded laptop" doesn't necessarily mean we won't see something very similar, like a new tablet hybrid in the Pixel C line. Sure, it's a technicality, but it would make sense. Google is pushing hard for Android apps on Chrome, but a big part of that is getting developers to update apps to take advantage of larger displays (something Google has failed to do over the years for the most part) and a new Pixel C tablet would help show that Google is not giving up on the tablet form factor. 

We'll have to wait and see though. 

source: TechCrunch

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12 Comments

1. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I don't see any advantage of using this chrome book compare to Windows laptop.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Speed, security and simplicity.

5. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Simplicity? I doubt that. I'm a intermediate user, with unfamiliar OS, If compare between Mac OS and Chrome OS what do you think which is more simplicity( no bias)? For generally purposes, under 500$, I'd put my money on Windows.

6. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

If you spend about an hour, two hours at max, with a Chromebook you'll find them very easy to get used to. If you're used to using Google Chrome (browser) then it's super easy. Once all models receive Google Play App support things should become easier. This is coming from someone that spent 10+ years with Windows. I got rid of my Windows laptop about 2 years ago, in favor of a Toshiba Chromebook 2, and I happily say I will not be returning to Windows in the future.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I get $250 acer chromebook last year.. first time I use it, I notice tons of things I can't do.. and after that, it just sit in the corner of my desk as extra screen for browsing :-/ (not bad since it have 15.6inch FHD screen) btw, internal storage size in chromebooks is total crap

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I agree with you the total storage size is crap. However you can install things like crouton or some similar apps. Now users can do a lot more with their Chromebooks. Especially since they will now have a full blown Linux distribution installed. Users can run things like Steam, or graphics editing programs, IDEs like Android Studio, and so much more. Users can even install things like Wine, so they can run native Windows programs. Also if you need more storage, then I use external hard drives plugged into my Chromebooks.

2. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well who really wants to spend 1500 on a chrome book. I could spend 1500 and get an excellent dell xps 15 with a quad core I7 and 256 ssd. (Amazon currently)

4. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Chrome OS works well for what I use it for. On the other hand the file system could use some improvement.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Good, not sure what crack they were smoking to think anyone with half a brain would pay $1000+ for merely some web browser...

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7219; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you actually used a Chromebook, then you would have known that you can actually do a lot more with them. You can have full blown Linux installed with your Chrome OS. So anyone familiar with Ubuntu would be able to run lots of stuff including Windows programs, Steam games, graphics editors, Websrvers, IDEs, and a lot more. I guess it all comes down to knowledge. Or in your case lack thereof.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"If you actually used a Chromebook, then you would have known that you can actually do a lot more with them" Yes I've used them at my campus, they offer no uses beyond the chrome browser on my Surface Pro. They were only used for doing online exams in classrooms, while Windows was used for everything else, everyday. Which makes sense as Chromebooks don't ever keep you waiting to install updates (which you definitely don't want when you're intending to do an exam), and they still automatically remain up to date without any need for IT management, thus saving the school money. "You can have full blown Linux installed with your Chrome OS" And you'll be stupidly limited on storage space as most Chromebooks come with merely 16GB - 32GB of storage due to them being built to be used as a web browser, nothing more. Might as well go with a similarly priced Windows PC that comes with a lot more storage and can also be dual-booted to "full blown Linux", if you so want it. But I guess some just prefer to get separated from their cash like a fool...

9. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

nobady need them i fink,i have one chromebook and it colects dust,not wortf

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