An anonymous reader shares a report: Google has a tendency to show up, innovate, and then abandon its products/services rather quickly. There’s an entire site, Killed by Google, that’s dedicated to documenting all of Google’s dead projects. Even Stadia, Google’s once-promising cloud gaming service, could be heading to the graveyard, after years of failing to measure up to Microsoft’s xCloud and Nvidia’s GeForce Now. But software is one thing. Hardware is another, and Google has let its premiere Chromebook, the Pixelbook, rot without a hardware refresh since 2019’s Pixelbook Go.
Not counting the original Cr-48 reference design Chromebook, Google has released a total of four Chrome OS-powered laptops. There was the original 2013 Chromebook Pixel and 2015 Pixel 2 (not to be confused with the phones that are named Pixel). Then the 2-in-1 Pixelbook in 2017, and in 2019, the Pixelbook Go. The pattern for a refresh seemed to be every two years. This year’s Pixel 6 event came and went with no word of a new Pixelbook. And according to a recent comment made at Qualcomm’s conference by Chrys Tsolaki, Google’s retail partner manager for Chromebooks, there won’t be a Pixelbook in 2022, either.