Even though we spotted a job listing last year that hinted at the possibility of a new Chromebook Pixel in the works, Google squashed any hope of that becoming a reality today, during an interview at MWC. According to TechCrunch, Google’s hardware boss, Rick Osterloh, said that the company has “no plans to do one right now.”
That’s unfortunate, as the Chromebook Pixel line was always looked at as a Chromebook innovator that provided a vision for a better Chromebook future. Even if the devices were ridiculously priced and not something most should consider buying, they often were the first to incorporate technologies, like USB Type-C and touch screens. They also featured high-end hardware and design that most Chromebooks frustratingly lack.
Of course, this news also puts a bit of a wrinkle in the building storyline over “Andromeda,” the rumored Android-Chrome merger operating system. Previous reports suggested that Google may use a new Chromebook Pixel to showcase the rumored OS, but with no plans to make another, you have to wonder if Andromeda is still so heavily in the works that it won’t be arriving this year or if Google will just choose one of its many Chromebook partners to release it with.
Either way, RIP, Chromebook Pixel line.