With a little over a week to go until Google’s October 4th event, where several new pieces of hardware including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, are expected to be revealed, software is getting a bit of a bump as well. The frenzy started when word surfaced that a new project called Andromeda may be announced, representing the effective merger of Android and ChromeOS into a new operating system. Now sources are trying to connect dots and think the new Andromeda could land on a rumored “Nexus” tablet believed to be incoming from Huawei.
Earlier this month word surfaced that Huawei was working with Google to finally bring about a tablet to be the successor to the Nexus 7 (2013). This device was believed to be a 7-inch device carrying the Nexus name and would be released before the end of 2016. Since then, indications have surfaced suggesting Google is abandoning the Nexus branding for devices and shifting hardware over to the Pixel name. However, sources contend that this Huawei tablet will retain the Nexus name.
Note that this timeline is not consistent with earlier rumors surrounding Andromeda. Although it is believed that Google is well underway with testing of the new platform, little information exists regarding an Andromeda OS with most rumors and conjecture based on a tweet by a Google official. As the rumors continue to churn, the lead contender for the timeline is for Andromeda OS hardware hitting the market in the third quarter of 2017 when a new device codenamed Bison, believed to be the Pixel 3, launches.
One possible way to reconcile this situation would be for the new Huawei built tablet to be released with Android initially and then receive an “update” to the Andromeda OS later in 2017. Of course, the earlier rumor indicating the Huawei tablet would be ready before the end of 2016 could be wrong. Likewise, the claim that it will retain the Nexus brand when everything else is moving to Pixel could be wrong as well.
You may have seen our wish list for the forthcoming Pixel smartphones. What do you hope to see in a tablet or laptop device that may carry the Pixel name?