Google’s new series of Pixel smartphones are widely expected to be the biggest showstoppers at its upcoming October 4 event. However, two new reports present a slightly different opinion, hinting that the tech behemoth is planning to reveal something much more revolutionary than a handset.
Based on a bit of intelligent guesswork and actual evidence, rumors attest that Google is planning on teasing the merger of Android and Chrome OS on October 4. Codenamed Andromeda among insiders, the mythical-sounding project has been speculated on for years.
Senior VP of Android, Chrome and Google Play Hiroshi Lockheimer has now triggered a frenzy of speculation with a single tweet. The post sounds generic enough, stating that Google had announced the first version of Android 8 years ago. He goes on to say that he has a feeling 8 years from now it’ll be talking about 4 October 2016.
Android Police is now speculating that this vague tweet is actually talking about the fusion of Android and Chrome OS. It’s a long shot, but the assertion is backed up by a Wall Street Journal article last year which claimed that Google would fold the latter into the former so that it could push the hybrid software to the laptop market sector.
This makes sense to a large extent since Android dominates smartphones but Chrome OS is yet to become as popular in terms of notebooks. Interestingly, the report had pinned down a 2017 release date for the offering and asserted that Google may show off an early version in 2016.
Adding more fuel to this speculation is 9to5Mac’s investigation into Andromeda. The site has found a ton of evidence pointing towards the existence of the OS in the Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP running on the Nexus 9. There are apparently a number of references to the software including one line which states that ‘Andromeda devices require higher performance score.’