Google to take on Amazon Echo Dot with miniature Home smart speaker

Nichole Vega
August 23, 2017

With the release of a new Pixel smartphone, Google is planning on releasing a new addition to the Pixel Chromebook line, which now boasts just one solid device.

It's possible that the new Chromebook Pixel was developed from the Bison hardware project, but that remains far from certain.

The news of a smaller Google Home comes from Android Police, which claims the autumn media event will also include a new Chromebook Pixel laptop, plus the second generation of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Now, if a new Chromebook Pixel does make an appearance, it will have a more capable line up of competitors waiting for it, not only in terms of software, but hardware as well. Google, on the other hand, is following the lead and coming up with its own competing products. It's not yet clear if the same holds true for the mini Google Home or not.

Android Police reported on this yesterday, speculating that Project Bison (a laptop that was to run the now defunct Andromeda) may have evolved into the Chromebook Eve as Andromeda crumbled and/or was consumed by Android and ChromeOS. The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the standard Echo that loses some of the audio performance but is also considerably cheaper, making it easier for folks to buy several units and stick them all over their home.

On the Pixel smartphone front, rumours and leaks indicate there will two Pixel phones like the a year ago.

Although a near-carbon copy move to that of Amazon, Google's rumoured branching out to the lower end of the market is at odds to Apple's upcoming smart speaker debut. That system was supposed to be a convertible PC with a tablet mode, a 12.3-inch display and an optional Wacom stylus, but there's no certainty that this design is the one that launches.

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