Looks like the Chromebook puppy may have some bite

by: Nate SwannerFebruary 8, 2013

Chromebook Pixel Jellyfish

In case you weren’t giddy to the point of annoying people with your excitement for the alleged new Chromebook, dubbed “Pixel”, here’s some more great news!

On Thursday morning, a new device showed up in the Chromium base code. The device, code named “puppy,” had not been seen before today. With this, we know someone is testing a new device on Chromium. If you’re not familiar, Chromium is the open source project that gives us Chrome OS. Just when you think it’s about as good as it can get, there’s more!

Not only is this new device being tested on Chromium, its operating on “Tegra 114 dalmore”. Greek to you? Maybe… but this isn’t: dalmore is the  codename of the development board for the Tegra 4. SoC We’re all excited for NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, and if the alleged benchmarks are real, it’s going to be a monster. So now you’re super excited, right? Wait, there’s more!

This new Chrome device, being tested on Chromium, which seems to be operating with the new Tegra 4 chipset, has another wrinkle. With some investigative work, the folks at chromestory.com dug up a treasure in the code. The CROS_WORKON_SUBDIR=”android-files” line seems to hint at some functionality with Android. While it’s common to see this in Chrome, which is available for Android devices, this is Chrome OS we’re talking about. That statue on the Google Campus is starting to make a little more sense, right?

So far we’ve got a leaked video, a registered domain, a device, Tegra 4, and Android buried in the code to give credence to  “Chromebook Pixel”. If you’re not excited, you might be dead. Please go see a doctor immediately.

  • Haithem Obeidi

    I’m definitely excited for this!! I can’t wait to see what Google I/O has to offer, especially this year since I am GOING! :D GOOGLE JUST TAKE ALL MY FREAKING MONEY!

  • I m as excited as a “PUPPY”

    • S_Deemer

      @Piyush : As long as you’re not so excited that you puddle all over the floor, it’s OK.

      I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high, but this could be the Chromebook I’ve been waiting for. If it’s going to be a Google-labeled product, it will probably be sold (at least initially) through the Google Play Store. I ordered a Nexus 7 through Google Play last June, and the experience, to be charitable, could have been better. I did eventually get my Nexus, and have been quite pleased with it, but Google Play has a long way to go to even approach Amazon’s level of service.

  • Ok now that is awesome. It’s for real. Place your bets.