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Google Might Release Hybrid Android/Chrome OS Laptops

By Kim , Sep 27, 2016 07:44 AM EDT
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New reports reveal more details of which devices will carry Google's Andromeda OS, a hybird of Android and Chrome. According to various sources, Andromeda might be seen in two major devices - a Nexus tablet and a convertible laptop. 

Android Police first reported that Andromeda will be available in full laptop form, which is tentatively named Pixel 3. These laptops will be marketed "as an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3-inch display, but Google also wants it to support a 'tablet' mode," the report said. The project, known internally as Bison, will place Andromeda in a powerful laptop configuration. The Pixel 3 is likely to have an Intel M3 or i5 Core processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, a finger scanner, a Wacom stylus, backlit keyboard, and glass touchpad. 

9to5Google indepedently confirmed reports on the Pixel 3 and also added that Nexus tablet is likely to be manufactured by Huawei. "All evidence points to this device being the Huawei-made Google tablet that Evan Blass tweeted about a few weeks ago and perhaps related to the trademark filings we saw in April. We don't have information on the hardware other than what Blass tweeted earlier this month, which claims that the device will have a 7-inch display and 4GB of RAM. We can't confirm or deny these details this at this time, but people familiar with it have indeed referred to it as the 'Nexus tablet'," the report said. 

While these devices are in its early stages to be announced on Google's Oct. 4 event, there's still a small chance they might get mentioned. What's confirmed is that the event will announce the Pixel phones carrying Android 7.1, the new Chromecast, and a Virtual Reality Viewer called Daydream. With all these in the pipeline, Andromeda seems like a long way off. Let's hope the wait doesn't disappoint, and this new addition puts Google at par with tech hardware giants like Apple and Samsung.

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