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Why Google's October Event Will Still Be About Its Software

By Adie Pie , Oct 03, 2016 03:58 AM EDT
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Google, as one of the biggest and well known companies in the world, has a lot to live up to. Particularly, any event to reveal a product is highly anticipated. And with the upcoming release of a few more gadgets, anticipation is at an all time high. In particular, the tech world is waiting on the release of the Pixel and Pixel smartphones.

However, it might be good to note that Google is less of a hardware manufacturer, than it is a software developer. As such, the company's October event is actually less likely to focus on the tangible devices that it has been working on, as opposed to its developed software.

Software-Centric

On September 24, Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is Google's Senior Vice President as in charge of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play tweeted the following statement:

"We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now, we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016."

So while the world may be talking about the upcoming handhelds, it is likely that the event will actually center more on Software. At the very least, it is possible that the developments on software and digital services might blow the others out of the water.

Andromeda

Google is expected to release Andromeda, which is a combination of the Android and Chrome operating system. In essence, as Android Pit notes, Andromeda is meant to be the replacement of both its predecessors. Although it might take a few years, the new OS from Google could take over both smartphones and laptops.

The benefits of Andromeda over either Android or Chrome are as simple as more seamless updates, to the more complicated mirror systems in smartphones and notebooks. Not only will this change the future for most digital devices, but it spells a very specific role for Google.

If Andromeda proves to be all that it is cracked up to be, Google is once again in control. From the terms of which smartphone manufacturers can use the upcoming operating system - from smartphones to notebooks - the possibilities are almost endless. And as Google products, the Pixel and Pixel XL handhelds, as well as the expected Pixel 3 laptop, will be the acts to follow or the standards at which devices will be held to.

The Hardware

However, there will definitely be more hardware releases. These include, the smartphones, the laptops, the new Chromecast and Google Home.

The Pixel and Pixel XL devices are expected to take over the Nexus line of smartphones. While the smaller device will have a 5 inch screen, according to C|Net, the larger option will have a 5.5 inch screen, which will be available in aluminum, black and bright blue. There is also the Pixel 3, which is expected to be the first to run on Andromeda.

There is also the new Chromecast Ultra 4K, which is expected to run very much like the existing Chromecast, a digital media streamer. However, the upgrade is expected to make the device 4K compatible.

Google Home is also expected to be released. It is estimated to be the company's direct competitor to the Amazon Echo.

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