Possible New Google Chromebook Pixel & Smaller Google In The Works

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GOOGLE LOOKS to be getting ready to capitalise on the success of Amazon's diminutive Echo Dot with a smaller version of its Google Home rival.

However, only the Pixel 2 is likely to make it to the United Kingdom in October, the traditional launch window for Google hardware. A new rumor suggests a few other devices should be unveiled at a hardware event in the fall, including a miniature Google Home and a brand new Chromebook. Amazon is now the leader in this field with its Echo line powered by its Alexa voice assistant.

Google Home is powered by Google Assistant, which follows users' instructions and helps them perform certain tasks.

The company's spokesperson opines, "Users around the globe will be in a position to hook up traditional audio systems with voice control, gain access to Google Assistant throughout their houses without necessarily having to spend an extra $129 on a standalone Home speaker or string together a number of Home units".

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It sounds like it could be similar to Amazon's $50 Echo Dot, which is also essentially a smaller and cheaper version of the original Echo, which usually costs $180. It's not yet clear if the same holds true for the mini Google Home or not.

Project Bison reportedly represents Google's efforts to make a laptop which runs on an all-new Andromeda OS. In the Amazon Echo Dot, that meant lower quality speakers.

With Intel having announced its 8th generation family of processors, it is only likely that if Google plans to announce the Chromebook Pixel alongside the Pixel 2 family later this year, it will feature Intel's latest chip member.

Bison was introduced to compete with Apple's MacBook and Microsoft's Surface Pro. The device was rumored to feature a 12.3-inch display, a tablet mode, 32/128GB of storage, 8/16GB of RAM, and more.

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