The device is also gone from the Play Store devices page. The Best Buy memo notes that all stock should be pulled, and stored in a secure location in their warehouse. We’ve not heard of any issue with malfunction, or any type of fires starting with the device, so this is all very curious. Amazon’s listing notes the device is not available directly because “customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here.”
While the newest ARM Chromebook isn’t the most profound device on the market, it certainly hasn’t exploded in anyone’s face. With no explanation, we’re left to wonder just why the HP Chromebook was pulled from store shelves, both physically and electronically. The device has simply disappeared, gone from the Best Buy website, gone from the Play Store, and unavailable via Amazon. It has also been removed from the HP Chrome OS section of their website, though the bigger Chromebook 14 is still around.
With no information regarding fires or harmful malfunction — and in today’s world of Reddit and Twitter, we’d like to think that info would have worked its way out — we wonder if HP and Google failed to get a certification. Maybe they didn’t actually have FCC compliance, or further testing caught an issue ahead of time. We don’t know yet, but we’ll be sure to update you accordingly when we do.