It appears that the Pixel C was planned as launch hardware for a new, all-touch version of Chrome OS which at some point got canceled – necessitating a switch to Android. The story is a lot more complicated than that, though. What follows is the best timeline we could piece together showing the Pixel C’s troubled development history.
The launch of the Pixel C is baffling. Not only is it lacking features that Android needs to work well on the device, it’s also got numerous bugs, indicating the Android port was done in a rush. I just don’t understand why Google didn’t just wait with this device until Android 6+1 with multiwindow was done. Now they’ve severely blemished their Pixel name.