New updates to Chrome OS have revealed that Google’s in-house AI, Assistant, might soon become compatible with a wide range of Chromebooks.
Google’s Chrome OS has managed to capture a swathe of the US market thanks to the quick proliferation of third-party Chromebooks, and now the company may be preparing to bring one of its biggest assets – Assistant – to the platform.
Updates to Google’s core app have revealed that some Assistant apps may soon work on upcoming Chromebooks beyond impending Android releases. While some mentions have hinted towards this fact for some time, the addition of app-specific references seems to make the news somewhat official.
Google is slated to hold its next special event on the 4th of October, where the company is primarily expected to show off its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, where we may also see its rumoured Ultra Pixel handset.
Beyond these devices, one of the hottest rumours circulating ahead of the event reveals that Google may be preparing to re-invigorate the Chromebook line with its own addition, apparently dubbed the Pixelbook.
If that proves true, the Mountain View company may elect to limit the release of Assistant on Chrome OS to the Pixelbook for the time being – the firm executed a similar strategy with the debut of the original Pixel and Pixel XL last year.
The development would also follow Google Assistant’s arrival on Android TV late last week – potentially marking the beginning of the AI’s wider proliferation across Google’s mobile, desktop, and general operating suites.
It remains to be seen, however, if Google will expand the AI to other platforms – the company debuted Assistant on iOS earlier this year through the App Store.
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