Since launching at Google I/O in 2016 as an integral function of Google Home, Google Assistant next appeared on the search giant’s Pixel handsets. A few months later at MWC 2017, the LG G6 became the first non-Google device to sport the virtual assistant before Google announced that it would roll out to every Android handset (running Android 6.0 and up). Google Assistant made the jump to iOS last month, and unsurprisingly, it would appear that we’ll soon see Chromebooks sporting Google Assistant.
According to 9to5Google, a new Chrome OS baseboard under the ‘Eve’ codename has been uncovered which hints that new Chrome OS devices are in the early stages of development. ‘Eve’ would appear to be a new Chromebook with flagship specifications featuring where Google Assistant will make its debut on Chrome OS, possibly with its own dedicated button according to a commit that ChromeUnboxed recently uncovered. A dedicated button would mean that you could open Google Assistant without having to say “Ok Google”, which makes sense if you consider that Chromebooks are used for business and educational purposes and it isn’t always convenient to speak.
Besides the dedicated Google Assistant button, “Eve” may feature “Wake on Voice” functionality with the device always listening for the “Ok Google” keyword, as well as a fingerprint sensor. For the moment, ‘Eve’ is in the early stages of development and there isn’t a whole lot to go on, so it’s unknown what hardware it will run, who will make it, and when it will be announced.