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Report: Google to announce smaller Google Home and new Chromebook Pixel

The devices are rumored to be announced alongside the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL refreshes, which will be announced by year's end.

Published onAugust 21, 2017

At this point, we fully expect Google to announce the successors to 2016’s Pixel and Pixel XL. However, there is now word that not only will the search giant also announce a smaller Google Home, but a new Chromebook Pixel as well.

Starting with the smaller Google Home, Android Police did not provide exact measurements or what the device will include as far as features are concerned. Even so, it is similar to what Amazon is doing with the Echo Dot, a smaller and more affordable version of the larger Echo. In other words, a smaller Google Home would allow Google Assistant to be in more places around the home without breaking the bank.

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As for the new Chromebook Pixel, there is speculation it could be Google’s Project Bison, though the report couldn’t confirm this for sure. This is notable because Project Bison is rumored to run Andromeda OS, which reportedly bakes Chrome OS features into Android to give devices more flexibility when it comes to usage.

As for Project Bison itself, it was rumored to feature a 12.3-inch display, 32 GB or 128 GB of built-in storage, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, and a Wacom stylus that folks can pick up separately to use on the display. Because Bison was designed to have a slim profile, it will reportedly feature a “tablet” mode, which makes the device more of a 2-in-1 than your standard laptop.

We have to stress that there is no confirmation that the alleged new Chromebook Pixel is Bison, since they could be two separate projects. Given the amount of time since the last Chromebook Pixel, however, it would make sense if this was the case.

We will have to wait and see until Google launches the new Pixel phones to see whether the smaller Google Home and new Chromebook Pixel will be unveiled alongside them. Even so, would you be interested in either of the rumored devices? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to keep our ears on the ground for any more specifics.

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