Andromeda : Android/Chrome OS Hybrid might launch on rumoured Nexus 7 tablet

Hours before now, there was a report from Android Police that Google was working on a laptop, a successor for the last year’s Chromebook Pixel, to introduce the Android/Chrome OS hybrid Andromeda. According to the report, the new Google laptop is known internally as ‘Bison’ and has been given the informal ‘Pixel 3’ nickname.

Now another report out of 9to5Google mentions that there is a second device that will be launching with Andromeda, and that is a “Nexus” tablet, built by Huawei. Yes, that’s the rumoured tablet you may have heard.

Andromeda is Google’s new OS that integrates Chrome OS into Android rather than the other way around. This development might explain why Google doesn’t appear to have any plans to release a new Chromebook Pixel this year.  Android Police says, “Bison is planned as an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3″ display, but Google also wants it to support a ‘tablet’ mode.”

It’s unclear though if this means Bison will be a Lenovo Yoga-style convertible device, or a detachable like Microsoft’s Surface Book, but given how thin it is, the former seems more likely.  It supposedly will come with a fingerprint scanner. We’ve had reports of Fingerprint support arriving on Chromebooks before, it could tie into this as well.

Android Police further reports :

Powering it will be either an Intel m3 or i5 Core processor with 32 or 128GB of storage and 8 or 16GB of RAM. This seems to suggest there will be two models. It will also feature a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm jack (!), a host of sensors, stylus support (a Wacom pen will be sold separately), stereo speakers, quad microphones, and a battery that will last around 10 hours. The keyboard will be backlit, and the glass trackpad will use haptic and force detection similar to the MacBook. Google plans to fit all of this in a form factor under 10mm in thickness, notably thinner than the aforementioned Apple ultraportable.

We’re hearing quite a bit of talk about Google’s in-development Andromeda operating system suddenly since the past couple of days. 9to5Google talks about a “Nexus” tablet however and not this “Pixel 3” device Android Police has reported. Yes a Nexus.

Even though the Nexus brand is supposedly going to end on October 4th officially according to a plethora of almost confirmed rumours. However, 9to5Google suggests the branding may change. Previous leaks about the Huawei made Nexus tablet pointed to this tablet launching by the end of 2016, but that would be far too soon for a full Andromeda release, considering it is still in early development. According to the recent rumours Google has been testing Andromeda on Nexus 9 because of hardware constraints and availability.and even though it’s an old tablet, it’s still quite powerful. And yet, it’s barely managing the required scores.

There isn’t much known about this new Nexus tablet, but there was a trademark filed for “Huawei 7P” which could be the name for this tablet, that trademark was filed as far back as April of this year.

Currently, the rumor mill has been saying that Andromeda (a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS) won’t actually be launching at this October 4th event in San Francisco, but it may be previewed.

It’s quite possible both Android Police and 9to5Google are wrong but it’s also very possible that both are right.

From what I gather, this likely means that this Huawei-built tablet won’t be part of the devices that are launching but it could be used to showcase the new OS. With the Pixel 3 slated for a Q3 2017 launch, it’s probably pretty safe to say that is when Andromeda and this new tablet will also launch. Even though 9to5Google believes that we’ll see the new Huawei tablet well before Q3 2017.

Google already has quite a bit on their plate for the October 4th event and with these rumours about Andromeda heating up, we might have a crazy “one more thing” moment at the event. Either way, Andromeda is shaping up to be Google’s big new idea for the laptop, 2-in-1, and tablet markets, which could usher in a new exciting era for high-end computing.

Sources : Android Police, 9to5Google


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