While everyone’s attention regarding the upcoming Google event on October 4th may be focused on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, there is probably more that this event is set to offer.
In addition to rolling out new hardware products, the search engine giant is also lining up a new Android-Chrome OS hybrid, latest reports can confirm. These reports started gaining traction over the weekend, with claims that the tech giant is already running tests of the OS on the current Google Nexus 9 tablet.
Dubbed Andromeda, the new Android-Chrome OS hybrid brings together the best of Chrome and Android OS, thus allowing a bunch of the latter’s apps to be installed on the former as well as work perfectly without any issues. This is a means to try and bridge the gap that exists between Android and Chrome OS – the two Google-owned operating systems for PCs and mobile devices.
According to 9to5 Google elements of the new Andromeda have already made their way to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP, with the HTC Nexus 9 taking center stage as far as tests are concerned. But, this doesn’t in any way confirm that Andromeda, if released, will be pushed to the Nexus 9 for consumer use.
This is not the first time stories of the possibility of Google coming in with merger between its two OS’ are showing up. But it is the first time that there is real evidence of the OS actually running on real hardware device in the shape of Google Nexus 9 tablet.
Given the credibility of the report, it is important to keep cool before jumping into conclusions. In fact, the upcoming Google event is the best place to get more information regarding this claim. Still, it should be a welcome move for Chrome OS users, especially since many would relish the chance of working with the entire list of Android apps on this platform.
Released a few years ago, the Nexus 9 comes with an 8.9-inch screen with 2048 x 1536 pixels of resolution. There is a Tegra K1 processor from NVIDIA, which is paired with a 2GB RAM. You get a massive 6700mAh battery unit alongside Android Nougat, which comes as an update.