A new report claims Google is working on a laptop set for release in 2017 that could be the first device to run the ‘Andromeda’ OS.
The report from AndroidPolice cites “two independent and reliable sources” as confirming the company’s plans for the new device, said to be nicknamed ‘Pixel 3’.
Google will reportedly release the laptop, officially known internally as ‘Bison’, as soon as Q3 2017.
But what makes this particular hardware special is the claim that it will be the first device to feature Google’s combined Android/Chrome OS platform, known as ‘Andromeda’.
AndroidPolice says it is ‘extremely confident’ that this will be the case, and that the Pixel 3 will not be branded as a Chromebook.
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Google has recently made certain Android apps available on its Chrome OS desktop platform, but Andromeda is thought to be a distinct project.
The company has long-been promising a combination of its two operating systems, and is expected to reveal more about the project at the Pixel and Pixel XL launch event next week.
Andromeda is said to involve combining Chrome features into Android, rather than vice versa.
The report itself is, of course, unconfirmed by Google, and is likely to remain that way. AndroidPolice says its sources are ‘legitimate and trustworthy’ however, so take what you will from that.
Bison itself is said to be an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3-inch display that could be capable of supporting a tablet mode – hinting at a possible hybrid design.
Elsewhere, there’s a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and stylus support with a Wacom pen which will be sold separately.
On top of that, further expected features include stereo speakers, quad microphones, and a battery said to last 10 hours.
And it doesn’t end there. A backlit keyboard and glass trackpad with haptic and force capabilities are also said to be part of the new device.
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What’s more, the sources have even provided a possible price for the Pixel 3, which is expected to go on sale for $799 in the US when it launches.
Again, there’s no way to confirm any of this, so take it all with due caution. But as the report notes, the idea of Andromeda debuting on a laptop fits with a previous report from the Wall Street Journal which claims as much.
That’s all we’ve got for now but we’ll await Google’s announcement on October 4 in the mean time.
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