It’s kind of incredible that a Google-made laptop runs a hobbled version of Google Assistant.
We’re referring to the Pixelbook Go, which begins shipping on November 15 as a sibling to the original Pixelbook.
It’s a performant and sleek machine with an exceptional keyboard and all-day battery life, but there’s little to recommend it on the software side.
When Google Assistant came to Chrome OS alongside the circa-2017 Pixelbook, the assumption was that it would match or best the robustness of Assistant on smartphones, smart displays, and speakers.
And the Pixelbook Go doesn’t support Continued Conversation, which listens for follow-up questions after an initial exchange.
Even with dual far-field microphones in tow, the Go only semi-reliably picks up commands from feet away in a quiet room.