Deep within Chromium code, Google has started calling the Chromebook stylus “Assistant Pen”. Looks like future Chromebooks will come with a better stylus and can do much more than just point and draw.
Things we already know:
- Google is now an “AI First” company.
- Google Assistant is coming to Chrome OS.
- Future Chromebooks will have an “Assistant” key.
- We might soon be able to launch Assistant using Chromebook stylus.
- Chromebooks will soon get advanced stylus features.
Now, to what I found out today. It all started with this code change request:
The word Assistant Pen looked interesting, but I wanted to be sure that it is not just an engineer’s way of explaining a feature related to Stylus. So, I started going through the code changes. Well at least the comments within the code, because that’s all I can understand, to be frank!
And I found this:
When you have statements like this within the official code, it is unlikely that “Assistant Pen” is a an engineer’s imaginative description of another feature:
The interval between subsequent Assistant pen gestures within a session.
Session is defined as the period while the Assistant tool is enabled.
There is still a possibility that Google is working on a new product called “Assistant Pen”. However, based on the high activity around stylus on Chrome OS code these days, this is most likely a new wave of stylus, and not a new product line.
This also means that Google Assistant on Chromebooks is not a hobby project of Google. We will continue to see more action in this area in the future. Chromebooks provide them the best tool to take Google Assistant to the web and expand in the future, to other browsers.
So, are you ready to buy a new Chromebook with an Assistant Pen?