Google’s laptop-tablet hybrid Pixelbook has been given high praise by critics and customers for its performance and design, however the gadget suffers from one crucial flaw: It runs Chrome OS, Google’s personal, underpowered working system. New reviews counsel which will change quickly, as Google is supposedly exploring the opportunity of getting the Pixelbook licensed to work with Windows 10.
9to5Google reported that recent code commits and reviews from Google builders discovered within the documentation for Chromium OS might counsel the corporate is working to make dual-booting Windows 10 on the two-in-one gadget a chance within the close to future—although there may be loads of motive to be skeptical about it.
Rumors of Google’s curiosity in increasing the performance of the Pixelbook have been swirling for a while now. The concept of Windows 10 compatibility first popped up earlier this yr, when keen-eyed observers first spotted point out of an “AltOS” in Google’s documentation. One of the commits made point out of a “picker screen” that will permit customers to pick which working system they want to boot from. Another directly named Windows, additional fueling the hypothesis.
The newest information, picked up on by XDA Developers from code commits for a USB-related challenge within the so-called AltOS, reveals extra references to Microsoft’s working system—this time mentioning Windows Hardware Certification Kit (WHCK) and Hardware Lab Kit (HLK).
The implication by these speculating on the code is that Google intends to get the Pixelbook’s licensed by Microsoft to run Windows 10. Getting the Pixelbook Windows licensed would permit the gadget to completely help all signed drivers from Microsoft. Even if Google doesn’t ship the Pixelbook with Windows 10 put in, it could give customers a brand new choice that will maybe assist to justify the worth tag on the hybrid gadget.
While operating Windows 10—and getting access to all of its performance and functions that ChromeOS lacks—is thrilling, but it surely additionally nonetheless appears like a little bit of a longshot. The CPU calls for for Windows 10 is lots greater than Chrome OS, and the Pixelbook’s low-power Core i5 Y collection processor was chosen particularly for the ultra-lightweight working system. A extra resource-intensive OS like Windows 10, mixed with the shortage of followers within the Pixelbook, presents some challenges and potential for overheating. Even if making the Pixelbook Windows licensed is possible, it doesn’t make the 2 an excellent match.
Gizmodo reached out to Google and Microsoft for extra info on the opportunity of Windows 10 operating on Pixelbook. We will replace this publish if we hear again.