Possible New Google Chromebook Pixel & Smaller Google In The Works

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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.

The news of a smaller Google Home comes from Android Police, which claims the autumn media event will also include a new Chromebook Pixel laptop, plus the second generation of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The last time the search company released a Chromebook Pixel was back in 2015 and if this materializes, it should be great for users of the current model wishing to upgrade to a newer and more powerful version. Now, if a new Chromebook Pixel does make an appearance, it will have a more capable line up of competitors waiting for it, not only in terms of software, but hardware as well.

On a side note Google is seemingly working on a smaller Google Home smart speaker to go head to head with Amazon's Echo Dot. With not two, but four potential products launching under Google's banner, the company will be having quite a busy quarter.

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That said, Amazon's Alexa ecosystem is a long way ahead in the home market and given Google's potential to really take a swing at that lead (something that neither Apple's Siri nor Microsoft's Cortana seems likely to do) they may decide to do something more global, much sooner. It's not yet clear if the same holds true for the mini Google Home or not. The blog speculates that Google's 2017 Chromebook Pixel could be anything from another own-brand budget laptop running the limited Chrome OS, to a serious new Surface Pro rival based on Google's secretive "Project Bison" Andromeda operating system. The Echo Dot, which has its own speaker for voice delivery but ideally needs to be connected to a speaker of your own for music, costs $50 (£50).

Last year, Google held an event to launch the first Pixel smartphone on 4 October, so we could be seeing its replacement - and a smaller Google Home - in the next few weeks. Project Bison was said to feature a 12.3-inch screen, up to 128GB of internal storage and up to 16GB of RAM.

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