Sorry Pixel Laptop Lovers, Google Not Working On An Upgrade
Sad news for all the Pixel laptop lovers: Google has decided to discontinue with the Pixel Chromebook and will not be launching a third iteration of the device.
The news was announced by Rick Osterloh, the company's senior vice president for hardware, at the ongoing Mobile World Congress. Osterloh disclosed the information in a meeting with journalists.
The Pixel moniker is currently used for a new line of smartphones from the company i.e. the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Both the devices are doing really well even though Google had issues with limited supplies of both the smartphones.
When asked about future predictions for the Pixel laptops, Osterloh said that they had "no plans to do one right now."
The Pixel Laptops
The Pixel collection was introduced to show the public what a Chromebook would look like, but never actually meant to be sold in such huge quantities. Initially, when it was first launched in 2013, the device retailed at $1,299, and consumers could only run the Chrome browser on it.
The device featured some innovative technologies at the time of its release. For instance, the Pixel laptop was the first-ever laptop to feature a fully functional touchscreen along with a USB C-Type port, which was not available in any other device at the time.
The Pixel Chromebook was aspirational not only in terms of features but also for its hardware, which could inevitably compete with brands like Apple.
Osterloh said the Pixel laptops in the market were sold out completely, but currently, the company has no plans to produce any more of these laptops.
Even the Google Store has no Pixel laptops up for sale in its website, though it has many third-party Chromebooks available.
Though the company has no intentions of producing Pixel laptops, Google still holds the second position in the laptop market in the United States and the UK.
"Regarding the future of Google-branded laptops (whether called Pixel or not), I should clarify that we don't have any plans to discuss at this time," confirmed Osterloh, in response to the reports shared by TechCrunch.
His remarks indicate that the company may be dropping the Pixel name only, while laptops from the company will still be produced.
The Pixel Chromebook
The original Pixel Chromebook was launched in 2013 with built-in features like a 12.85-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1700 pixels. The laptop came loaded with the third-gen Intel Core i5 processor, combined with internal storage capacity of 32 GB and 1 TB Google Drive storage for three years.
The second generation of the Pixel Chromebook was launched in 2014 and featured the fifth-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. It also came with 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage capacity, 8 GB of RAM or 16 GB of RAM, as well as 1 TB Google Drive storage for three years.