Google has some great hardware plans ahead of its 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 new rumour also hints at the future of Android and Chrome OS.
Google, has been long rumoured to be working on merging 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 of 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. 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 running Android apps on Chromebooks.
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.
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, the Andromeda could shape up to the future of Google-branded operating system.