Google appears to be looking into the idea of a “Chromebook Pro.” Through its Google Opinion Rewards app for Android, which gives people Google Play Store credits in exchange for anonymous responses to surveys, Google asked some people a few questions about a “Chromebook Pro.”
Two people said as much yesterday on Reddit. Reddit user feetextreme posted a screenshot of one of the questions: “How would you think a Chromebook Pro is different than a Chromebook?” Reddit user jellofort wrote that Google “asked what a Chromebook Pro should be like in my opinion and what type of people would want to use it.”
The word “Pro” would imply a high-end laptop running Chrome OS, just like, say, the MacBook Pro or the Surface Pro 4. But there are many other companies — Asus, Dell, HP, and Samsung, among others — that make Chromebooks, along with Google. It isn’t clear from these survey questions if Google is thinking about making a Chromebook Pro itself, just as it has made high-end Chromebook Pixel laptops, or if Google is just wondering how consumers would perceive a Chromebook Pro made by a third party.
Meanwhile, Google last month published a job posting entitled “Quality Engineer, Chromebook Pixel,” suggesting that a third generation of that device could be on the way.
In any case, a new type of Chromebook with top-of-the-line specifications could be more enticing to consumers in the coming months, now that it’s becoming possible to use Android apps on Chromebooks.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.