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Google Andromeda OS on Pixel 3 laptop to launch in 2017: Report

Google's Andromeda OS is reportedly an amalgamation of Android and Chrome slated for launch in Q3 2017.

By: Tech Desk |
September 27, 2016 8:42:26 am
Google, Google Andromeda, Google Andromeda OS, Andromeda OS, Chrome and Android OS, Chrome OS merging with Android, Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 laptop, Google Bison, Chrome OS, Google Pixel launch, Pixel October 4, tech news, technology Google Andromeda OS on Pixel 3 convertible laptop could be launched in 2017: Report (Source: Reuters)

Google is working on a new OS called Andromeda, which will be a fusion of Chrome OS and Android and this could make an appearance on the Pixel 3 laptop which launches in 2017. Google has already hinted at some serious hardware plans with the upcoming October 4 ‘Made by Google’ event.  The company is reportedly preparing two new Android smartphones, a 4K Chromecast, a home WiFi router dubbed Google WiFi. While these hardware products are certain to make an appearance on October 4, the latest rumour hints that Android and Chrome OS are set to merge.

Google, has been long rumoured to be working on combining the core assets of Android and Chrome for a unified OS experience. Microsoft has adopted the strategy with its Windows 10 and Apple’s macOS on desktop and iOS on mobile share a lot with the Continuity features. Now Google seems to be planning a new OS combining Chrome and Android codenamed ‘Andromeda’.

According to Android Police, Google is testing Andromeda on an ultra-thin laptop known internally as Bison, which will be known as Pixel 3 when it launches.  Since Sundar Pichai took over as Google CEO, he has been constantly talking about efforts to bring Android features like Google Play Store to Chrome OS and the new initiative to merge both the OS seems valid.

Android Police further reports that Bison will run Android and not Chrome OS leading to culmination of a new platform altogether. The Android Police report also states that the new OS will be more than just running Android apps on Chromebooks.

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Bison is reportedly an ultra-thin convertible laptop like Lenovo’s Yoga series. The device reportedly features a 12.3-inch display and will be powered by Intel’s Core m series processor. With seventh generation processors, Intel has almost killed m series by keeping only m7 in the offering. So expect the processor to upgrade from Core m to Core i processor. The device is reported to come with 32 or 128GB storage and two variants offering 8 or 16GB RAM.

Android Police notes Google’s Bison features a backlit keyboard and glass trackpad with force detection similar to Apple’s latest MacBook. Google aims to make the device less than 10 mm thick, which should undercut every other tablet offering in the market. Google is reportedly planning to launch this device in Q3 2017.

Also Read: Google to launch Google Home and 4K Chromecast Ultra at October 4 event

Will Google showcase Andromeda on October 4? Well, that is unlikely at this moment but Google could tease the OS before revealing it at company’s annual developer conference. While Android will be all rage at Google’s October 4 event, Andromeda could shape up to the future of Google-branded operating system.

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