Either the theory that Pixel C originally started out as a Chrome OS device was not exaggerated or the rumors about Chrome OS Android merger were true. A recent recovery by XDA forum user cheep5k8 leaves room for lot of speculation and theories.
While tinkering with the Pixel C boot image, he found something interesting:
What I also found out is that the boot image for the Pixel C is NOT an Android boot image (!), but a ChromeOS one. This puts a lot of things in doubt, for example I am not sure if systemless SuperSU can handle this.
While he is still busy getting SuperSU working, we got some thinking to do. If the boot image of Pixel C is Chrome OS based, and not Android based, how does the whole system work? Is this a mistake, something they did not, or could not clean up, (if the theory of Pixel C’s Chrome OS origins is true) or is this part of the Chrome OS Android Merger (or marriage as some would call it)?
We will have to wait for the community dig deeper into the code and find out what the real deal is. And may be, we will get some hints at Google I/O 2016 when Google teases the future of their operating systems and platforms.
For now, what is your theory?