On 4 October We have Google event, and it seemed that the players would be the new Pixel and Pixel XL renewed range of smartphones of the firm and say goodbye to the Nexus saga. In fact the event seemed more and more focused to hardware with rumors that speak the new Chromecast Ultra, your Google WiFi router, VR DayDream View glasses and even the launch of Google Home and two clocks Android Wear.
Already with that event was juicy, but can that what really matters is not in hardware but in software. In the last hours it has discovered the existence of a project called Andromeda (Pixel OS?), and all indications are that Merge Android and chrome OS definitely on a platform that would be aimed especially at notebooks and convertible. The thing promises, and much.
Android and chrome OS: together, but not scrambled?
The rumors about a fusion of Android and Chrome OS are producing months: in The Wall Street Journal indicated almost a year ago that Chrome OS had its days numbered and that both platforms would combine their strengths to offer a new range of devices.
Those rumors seemed to fade when Google raised a much less ambitious proposal than we expected. Instead of merging both operating systems Google announced that Chrome OS users could begin to install and use Android applications in its Chromebooks – though not at all -.
At Google they denied in fact that full merger were to occur. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Vice President of the division Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast refuted it with an article on the official blog of Chrome entitled “Chrome OS is here to stay”. The debate seemed settled, and everything pointed to that fusion It would be limited to Android application support in Chrome OS.
Andromeda makes its appearance
The curious thing about the case is that the own Lockheimer slightly opened Pandora’s box and he unleashed the rumors with a message on Twitter on September 24. He explained that day was serving 8 years of the first version of Android, but that in a few years we acordaríamos another date: October 4.
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
That message has created a huge excitement among users and media, and might after all what we had in The Wall Street Journal a year ago to become a reality. Andromeda would become the fusion of Android and Chrome OS that everyone would have expected, and It would be that Google’s universal operating system that will govern phones, tablets and convertible in the future.
Andromeda will be more demanding than Android resources
The platform appears to be already assessed realistically in Nexus 9. 9to5Google indicated how 7.0 Android code Nougat AOSP have been detected references to Andromeda We speak of the need for compatible devices have a certain score in the field of the graphic power.
While Android has as a requirement that the devices have a 4.0 release, Andromeda would be much more demanding and devices would have a score of at least 8.0. 9-Nexus has a Tegra K1 and according to those documents would provide a score of 8.8. But they are not given more details about the reference scale (is 8 out of 10?) it seems that graphical power the latest processors of Qualcomm for example would meet more than that requirement.
Why those try in Nexus 9? The choice seems curious when devices like the Pixel C would seem to be much more prepared for an ambitious proposal in this sense. When the Pixel C appeared precisely a year ago is blamed you that the version of Android available in the device did not have much sense for a product that was to compete with Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro.
Is this Google OS Remix?
In these latest leaks also appeared another interesting detail in the code of 7.0 Android Nougat AOSP: is the mention of a floating window management feature that in fact it seemed I was going to be part of Android 7.0.
The idea seemed to have disappeared in the presentation of the new version of Android in the past Google I/O, and in fact has not been anything about in this final edition that has finally landed in Nexus devices and which will soon reaching other terminals.
To date in Android had been limited to offering a split screen feature, but this new window management would totally approach this operating system a traditional system in which we can resize and move windows freely anywhere on the desktop.
This type of management is not in fact new, and we’ve already seen a project which has succeeded in bringing Android desktop is notable: it’s Remix OS, the alternative created by former employees of Google that has been already some time in the market, and which shows that This operating system could adapt perfectly to our PCs and laptops.
Microsoft: be afraid, very afraid
Andromeda appears to indeed be the alternative of Google in this regard: an operating system that would mix the best of Android and Chrome OS and would take advantage of the entire ecosystem of Android on all types of devices, no longer limited to smartphones and tablets.
The ambitious idea of Google seems directly aimed at Racing which presents Microsoft with Windows 10: universal for all types of devices operating system and that it would share a same catalog of applications.
Microsoft have failed – for now – the idea to set on mobiles, and this convergence that pointed for example their XL 950 Lumia has been a little lame. Canonical, that he was the first to raise the idea with your Ubuntu, has failed either to solve the problem of acceptable form, something that we saw after analyzing both a smartphone and a tablet based on Ubuntu for Phones.
I said in the past that Remix OS had discovered the future. The solution to convergence was not to go above (desktop) down (mobile devices) as they had done Microsoft or Canonical.
The solution was to reverse, and Google could have made that same with Andromeda, a project that seems destined to turn your phone into your next PC. The result would be similar to the image’s header, which displays another striking project in recent times, The Superbook, of which we spoke recently, and that has already convinced me to me becoming one of the investors of its launch on Kickstarter.
Expectations after learning those first rumors are many, of course, but we should expect to see what Google has us prepared on October 4. An important detail for the impatient: The Wall Street Journal already warned that This platform would not be ready actually until 2017, something that makes sense considering that Android 7.0 has just hit the market. You can in a few days we know many details of Andromeda, but also that this project is not really available until within one year.