Google has been really pushing hard and building a major hype around its October 4th event. Most would know that Google is expected to come out and announce the new Pixel smartphones on the day, signalling to hang a RIP board on the Nexus brand. But, looks like the Pixel will not be the only big announcement from Google on the day. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play tweeted stating that the day will be indeed historic, so much so that people will always remember it just like the launch of Android eight years ago.
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.
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 24, 2016
It is rumored that other than the phones, Google will debut a Chromecast Ultra, Google Home as well as its own WiFi. While all of these will be big announcements, they are not what will sweep you off. For that, it looks like Google will be giving a sneak peek at ‘Andromeda’, which would be a love child of Chrome OS and Android merging.
According to a report in Android Police here, Google plans to fold Chrome OS into Android, and the resulting hybrid, likely to be called, ‘Andromeda’ will be used to power laptops or convertible devices, which currently run Chrome OS. We have already seen Chrome OS bring support for Android app and it would only be the next logical step to bring the two platforms together. This is not the first time that we have actually heard about this potentially game-changing move, as WSJ had reported along similar lines a while back. If indeed there is substance to the report, you could only credit the growth of mobile for the move, where such has become the power and potential of Android that it is perfectly capable of powering the ecosystem on a laptop, let alone a small 4 inch smartphone.