The long wait for the Android-Chrome OS merger will see the light of the day soon. Google is expected to release their new hybrid ?Andromeda? OS on Nexus tablet and Pixel laptop. Though the hardware might not release sooner than Q3 2017, Alphabet Inc. might unveil Andromeda at its October 4 event.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, a senior vice president at Google focusing on Android and Chrome OS, also teased the same in his cryptic tweet.
?We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we?ll be talking about Oct 4, 2016,? Lockheimer said.
What is Google Andromeda?
Google has two separate operating systems for its laptop and mobile devices. Chrome OS is for the Chromebooks while Android is for its Nexus and Pixel line of phones and tablets. However, Chrome OS?s features are really limited and Google has since been pushing to unite the two OS, notably for Android apps onto select Chromebooks.
The upcoming OS Andromeda is a true hybrid of the two operating systems, unifying the OS of Google made phones, tablets and laptops. However, Android Police claims Google is merging Chrome features into Android, not vice versa.
Andromeda Pixel Laptop
Google-made laptop Pixel 3, codenamed Bison, will likely be the first brand-new device to showcase the combined OS. Bison is planned as an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3? display. It will purportedly support a ?tablet? mode. It is still unclear whether it will be like a convertible folding laptop or detachable device.
Either of Intel m3 or i5 Core processor with 8GB or 16GB RAM and 32GB or 128GB storage will power the Pixel 3. There is a possibility of two laptops with different specifications. Other features include fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, 3.55mm jack, stereo speakers, quad microphones and host of other sensors.
The laptop will include Stylus support but a Wacom pen will be sold separately. The keyboard will be backlit, and the glass trackpad will use haptic and force detection similar to the MacBook. The battery backup of Bison is expected to last 10 hours. Google is expected to go for the competitive pricing with the device pegged to start at $799.
Details are fuzzy about the ?Andromeda? powered Nexus tablet. Since Google is planning to replace Nexus with its Pixel line of mobile devices, the release could undoubtedly be sooner.?9to5Google teased that Andromeda would come on a new Huawei Nexus tablet teased by Evan Blass.
Notorious tipster Blass had teased a Nexus Tablet release in 2016 itself. There is not much information on the hardware other than what Blass tweeted earlier this month. He claimed that the Nexus device will have a 7-inch display and 4GB of RAM.