GOOGLE MAY YET bring us another Pixelbook, after a video leak of a product codenamed with a familiar moniker - 'Atlas'.
Despite reports that Google was downsizing its Pixel hardware team, the video shows the product, which has a codename long associated with the Made By Google line.
This means either it has decided to press ahead, or that it has been passed on to an unnamed OEM to continue.
If it were 'Made By Google' it would be subject to some significant design language changes, most notably it has a 16:9 display, whereas Google tends to favour the dated-but-charming 3:2 ratio.
There's a tell-tale "product name" label where the "G" logo usually would be, which ties in with previous Pixel leaks, so the whole thing is a bit muddled.
The future of Pixelbooks has been in flux pretty much since the first one came out. Last year saw no successor, but rather the 'Slate' - a 2-in-1 convertible.
The other issue that might blur lines a bit is our old friend 'Fuschia', the operating system that Google has never really explained the purpose of, but could be a future (pun, see) OS that will succeed both Android and Chrome OS in all form factors.
It's just possible that a Pixelbook 2 won't go by that name, but rather this is a Fuschia device that will go under different branding.
Although Made By Google devices have had strong critical acclaim, the fact that they run Chrome OS (flanked by Android and more recently Linux), which is a big adjustment for users who have spent years on Windows or macOS, especially considering the four-figure price tag for the Pixelbook range.
Alternatively, of course, the videos could be well-constructed fakes and this is some random device running Chromium OS (the open-source version) for added authenticity. μ
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