Google recently unveiled its Pixel C tablet running Android operating system. Selection of Android operating system had come as a surprise considering that Google s Pixel series are traditionally Chrome operating system-based. The choice also triggered speculation that Google is now increasing attention on the Android platform instead of Chrome OS. Google, though, later categorically rejected this notion. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting cardAlso Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Now that the Pixel C is on sale in the US, an ArsTechnica report suggests that Android wasn t the first choice for the tablet. While highlighting the gap between software and hardware, the report speculates the tablet was initially a Chrome OS device. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Further, it points out Android s build.prop file in the Pixel C’s software that reveals “ro.product.name=ryu” mentioned in the properties, strongly suggesting the device was originally running Chrome OS.
Ars Technica further speculates that the Pixel C was likely to mark launch of a new version of Chrome OS including all-touch capabilities, but got trashed at some point, and compelled Google to go for Android. The report also gives a timeline of how things may have panned out for Google.
After rumors of Ryu, Google cancelled the Project Athena, which supposedly brought in a slew of new features in the Chrome OS such as all-touch capability, an experimental window switcher and swipe gestures among others. Back in March 2015, reports of a Ryu device running both Chrome OS and Android emerged. Almost two months later, the dual-boot Ryu project, codenamed Frankenboard, is dumped. In September 2015, Google launched the Android-powered Pixel C.
According to the site, Google may have trashed the idea of Chrome OS believing a revamped OS to be shortly followed by a hybrid dual-booting version may have not been well received by customers.
Convincing those customers to move over to the new hybrid OS will be hard enough, and creating and then killing a new form factor in the span of two years wouldn’t inspire a lot of confidence in Google. It’s about not further complicating what will already be a rocky transition, says the report.
The report comes shortly after a member of Pixel C team revealed the company is already working on features for Android “N”. The next iteration of Android will bring new features such as “split screen” among others.