Google to launch new Chromebook Pixel, smaller Google Home along with new smartphones

It's not over until the fat lady sings, they say. After recently introducing Android Oreo to the world, Google still has some surprises left in the second half of the year. As many handset makers are ready to announce their new flagships, Google is expected to launch two new Pixel smartphones in October.

Google's hardware event hasn't been announced yet but based on previous experiences, it will happen in mid-fall. But the hardware event won't just introduce to the world Google's new Android smartphones, as a new report claims the Mountain View company has a few other aces under its sleeve.

New information coming from a source familiar with Google's plans suggests the company has a new Chromebook Pixel device in the pipeline and a smaller Google Home version. Both devices will be introduced alongside the new Pixel smartphones at the October hardware event.

Not much is known about the two devices, except for the fact that the mini Google Home should be priced slightly cheaper than the current version. Also, the Chromebook Pixel prices may start at $799, though the information is older than Google's current plans.



1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If there is no storage expansion or at least good deal of onboard storage than you can suck my toe google.

3. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Do wish they would add native. But you can get pretty big storage with a SDCard and/or low profile USB. You can NOW access SDCard and USB from Android apps. Plus you can now run Linux without dev using an Android App that has access to the SDCard. You can then run a XServer as an Android app and you have a Linux box without needing developer. The two best are GNURoot and Termux. But there are others.

6. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

This is is what completely kills the Chromebook experience for me. I can't justify spending the same amount of money you could spend on another full laptop only to get 32Gb of storage. It just doesn't make sense.

2. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Suspect a cheaper Google Home will really hurt DOT sales but we should get deep DOT discounts. The Echo has been getting really huge discounts of late. Amazon really needs to get going as they have really fallen behind the Google Home. Have both the Echo since it launched and now the Google Home. I suspect since the Echo was first it is inertia versus reality why there is push back on this fact from time to time. Just the foundation of the two are very different. The Echo takes the sounds of your voice and turns it into words that are then used as commands. The GH takes the sound of your voice and turns into words but then has an additional layer of intelligence that it knows who is who and also understands what the words mean and gets concepts that then trigger actions. This is why you do NOT have a manual with the GH with commands you memorize as you do with the Echo. In our home it is why I believe the GH is integrated and the Echo was always my toy. I was motivated to learn the commands and memorize and then use the Echo and my family just was not as motivated to do so. What is a head scratcher is new Amazon features. Google gives us the ability of the speaker to be a speaker phone. Call billions of phones. Amazon gives us "calling" that ONLY works to call another Alexa device. Really? I say "call target" on my Google Home and calls the closest Target store. My Target store does NOT have a Alexa device waiting for a call. BUt it is deeper and more foundational. I say call mom and my Google Home calls my mom, wife asks it calls hers and kids it calls my wife. The Echo can NOT tell people apart which is ridiculous considering it is almost 3 years old! This is a HUGE deal with music as with the Echo your kids mess up your music recommendation while the Google Home keeps it all straight without having to do anything. These devicers are suppose to make life easier and not add hassle.

4. airoid

Posts: 128; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Make it 2 in 1 Chomebook like Pixel C with 7th g core m5 and 8gb ram then I'll say goodbye to my laptop and tablet.

5. sockergris

Posts: 57; Member since: May 13, 2017

If the Chromebooks are upgradable and if they stick with the 3:2 screen ratio, then shut up and take my money Google!

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