Google is working on a new laptop that runs on a new "Andromeda" operating system,which will merge aspects of Chrome OS into Android,according to a new report from Android Police’s David Ruddock.
Another new report from 9to5Google corroborates that rumor,but adds that Andromeda is also set to arrive on a forthcoming "Huawei Nexus" tablet.
That would likely be the presumed Google Nexus 7 successor that was apparently leaked earlier this month. (Curiously,9to5Google says that tablet would keep the "Nexus" branding Google is rumored to be dropping with its new "Pixel" phones.)
About the laptop: The two reports say it’s codenamed "Bison," and that it’s informally known as the "Pixel 3." It’s said to pack a 12.3 inch touchscreen in a design that’s under 10 mm thick,which’d make it one of the thinnest notebooks in the world.
Android Police speculates the Pixel 3 might feature a "convertible" design similar to Lenovo’s Yoga laptops,and that it’ll have a MacBook esque glass trackpad that relies on haptic vibration feedback. Google is reportedly aiming to start it at $799.
Google is no stranger to laptop hardware,having released two Chromebook Pixels in the past,but both reports say the Pixel 3 wouldn’t run the Chrome OS you’d usually find on a Chromebook. Instead,both it and the Huawei made tablet would run "Andromeda," a new platform that is said to incorporate aspects of Chrome OS into Android.
Exactly what Andromeda would do differently isn’t yet clear,but the idea of Google combining its laptop and mobile operating systems has been floated around since Chrome OS was first introduced.
Those rumors picked up steam after a Wall Street Journal report last October,and invited further speculation after Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer,the man in charge of both OSes,vaguely hinted that the company’s upcoming October 4 event would have historical significance for Android.