Google will hold a press event on October 4, and unconfirmed reports indicate that the star of the show will be an operating system that combines Android and Chrome OS. This will supposedly debut on a new Nexus 7 tablet and a Pixel 3 two-in-one.
Published reports indicate that the code-name for this combo OS is Andromeda, and it will supposedly be primarily Android with features of Chrome OS merged in. It is being created to run on tablet/laptop combinations like the Apple iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.
Prepare for Pixel 3
To demonstrate its capabilities, Google will reportedly unveil the Pixel 3. This will be 10 mm thin, with a 12.3-inch display, but the exact design for this Huawei-built device isn’t yet known. It will have both laptop and tablet modes with Wacom Active Pen support, but whether the screen will be detachable, or if the keyboard will just rotate behind the display is unclear.
Rumors point to two versions. An Intel m3 model will have 8GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, while a Core i5 one will be 16GB/128GB. Google has also supposedly found room for dual USB-C ports, a fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers and four microphones. The backlit keyboard will be joined by a glass trackpad., and the computer will have 10 hours of battery life.
The Pixel 3 and the new Andromeda OS aren’t expected to hit the market until 2017, with the device’s starting price at $800.
The Next Nexus
A product that supposedly is going to launch soon after Google’s Oct. 4 event is a Nexus 7 tablet that will also be produced by Huawei. However, little is known about this device at this time, other than it will have a 7-inch display, 4GB of RAM, and will run Android 7.x Nougat.
The Nexus 7 will reportedly serve as a development platform for Andromeda, so those who want to test third-party applications on beta versions of Google’s upcoming OS will be able to install it on this tablet if they wish.
There’s no word yet on pricing, or exactly when this product will be introduced.