Google 'Pixel 3' codenamed 'Bison' to be powered by Andromeda OS

Google 'Pixel 3' codenamed 'Bison' to be powered by Andromeda OS
A suggestion by Android lead Hiroshi Lockheimer about the upcoming October 4th event has sparked all manner of chit-chat about Google's so-called Andromeda OS. The long-awaited marriage of Android and Chrome OS, which has apparently been tested on the Google Nexus 9 in recent times, is likely to be shown off at the confirmed media gathering. Now, we're hearing details of an Andromeda-powered device codenamed Bison, which could launch as the Pixel 3 during the second half of next year. 

The device is said to be a laptop that will double up as a tablet, which aligns with the notion that Andromeda's development is geared towards 2-in-1 tablet-notebook hybrids. Apparently, Bison will get a 12.3-inch touch display, an Intel m3 or Core i5 processor, 8 or 16 gigs of RAM, and 32 or 128 GB of real estate. Elsewhere, there will be a purported 10-hour battery life, stereo speakers, dual USB Type-C ports, stylus support and an abundance of sensors. Despite the healthy collection of power, the device will be rather svelte at 10 millimeters thin, and will start at a price of $799. 

By the sound of things, Google wants a piece of the market for portable, powerful productivity devices. Given the specs and inclusion of stylus support, the likes of the Microsoft Surface and Apple's iPad Pro could be within reach of the Pixel 3 and, more broadly speaking, Andromeda. Whilst the upcoming platform will combine elements of Android and Chrome OS, specific details of how the platform will function have yet to be revealed. Android Police's David Ruddock suggests that Andromeda will, however, focus on baking Chrome features into a predominantly Android-based initiative. Hopefully we'll learn more of what this entails as the October 4th event draws closer. 

We're making a few big leaps of presumption, but could you envisage a like-minded Google device stealing you away from your iPad Pro or Surface device? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments. 

source: Android Police 

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57 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Andromeda i like that name for the new OS.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Bioware would like a word with them. Mass Effect Andromeda.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh HELL YEAH!!!!!! Mass Effect is my s**t! I can't wait for that game to hit the shelves......

39. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I had never seen you this excited before... I mean, six eclamation marks. Wow. But Mass Effect has been crap since 2008, IMO.

56. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Bate iOS And Apple all you want, I couldn't care less BUT.. DON'T EVEN DARE TALK ABOUT MASS EFFECT WITH SUCH DISTASTE.

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

"Android Police's David Ruddock suggests that Andromeda will, however, focus on baking Chrome features into a predominantly Android-based initiative." I always wanted it to be the other way around. A chrome based initiative... What I mean is that I hope to see the good of both world. Android an OS has its own issues (as well an pros too of course) such as VM and java/cache problems. Google did improved alot but the fundamental design is never will be as good and naive as WP nor iOS. But on the other hand, Chrome OS is one of the or may be the safest platform with high performance with lowest hardware requirements. And it boots pretty fast too also it gets direct support from Google.. Yes it is limited in functions compared to android. So my point is that let the foundation be of chrome's cause it is safer and requires less raw power but also comes with the versatility of Android. (isn't it too much to ask for?? I guess it may be is) What do u think guys?

24. gadgeteer

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

I totally agree with you. By focusing on Chrome OS, Google would also effectively be ridding itself of Oracle's machinations with regards to Java. It would also be moving clear of Microsoft's bogus patent shenanigans.

51. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

LetsBeHonest Androids main strength is the VM. This enabled Android devices to support any hardware they like, without the need for developers to rewrite code for different CPUs or graphics cards. In recent times you see both Apple and Microsoft trying to adopt something similar. Apple with their Swift and Microsoft with their Universal apps. Its why you see Android running on almost any piece of hardware known to man. From watches, smartphones, tablets, computers, cars, TVs, remote controlled toys, appliances, and so much more. Since Android is an agnostic platform, then apps don't have to worry about what CPU I am running on. That is why Android and Google have the largest agnostic ecosystems in the world. Both Apple and Microsoft would love to have an agnostic ecosystem similar to Androids. Chrome OS is good and all don't get me wrong. But Android is not going anywhere. It's going to continue to grow.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

!!! Sounds awesome! Hope it keeps the Chromebook Pixel trackpad, and doesn't opt for the trackpad-less route the Pixel C went.

3. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Noice!

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Finally a great news... I've always wanted Google to up their game in tablet/hybrid and productivity category. Like it or but Microsoft's continuum is the future for mobile OS platform and now Google is ready to show us what they have in store for us... Cool.. Oct 4 can't get any better....

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I do agree with you, I just think Microsoft tripped over their own feet with Windows 8. I am excited to see what Google has to show us!

5. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

So 3 Os's, one for phones(Android), one for PC(Chrome) and one for tablet/laptop(Andromeda) OS?

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think their end game is to only have a single OS across all device types.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I.E. Windows........only better?

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Something along those lines...

43. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You talked about Google's end game being about having a single OS accross all devices... Did you mean Andromeda will be able to run on our current smartphones with ARM CPUs?

52. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

According to post 11 in this article, they're also testing it on the Nexus 6 along with the Nexus 9. He's got a link there as well. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-testing-Andromeda-Android-Chrome-OS-hybrid-on-Nexus-9-says-report_id85812 So maybe that's why they're saying this announcement will be as big as the initial Android announcement 8 years ago.

54. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The entire point here is to keep Androids agnostic ecosystem, and continue to make sure it can run on anything. Including different OS's. Remember Android can already run on almost any OS. Since it's strength comes from being agnostic.

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Can't say better until we see it real... They cant reach the functionality of Windows from day one... I'm sure it'll take time.. But they do have a chance

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry, but anything is better than anything with Internet Explorer mixed in. https://pics.onsizzle.com/what-is-my-purpose-you-install-chrome-oh-my-god-3252660.png

23. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol.... I took "I.E" from kiko007's comment as 'that is' or 'In Essence'.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, Maybe you're right, I just assumed he meant Microsoft's OS/browser combo.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

He is correct. Perhaps I should've specified........

45. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I guess you should have typed it in lower case (i.e). Typing it in upper case is misleading, as I also thought you were talking about Internet Explorer.

55. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Even Microsoft itself is trying to change its development and try to be more agnostic with its Universal apps and runtime. The problem with Windows and it's legacy apps and developers, is they have the old mindset. Where you make programs that are optimized and compiled to work on specific hardware. Android came along and changed that with its agnostic platform and ecosystem. Even iOS is built that way as well. However both Microsoft and Apple are trying to become more like Apple.

6. Kumar123 unregistered

So exciting. We may finally have a third laptop OS that can compete with Mac and windows. The big question is is it going to be competent enough to challenge the windows os dominance in desktop/laptop relaim. Can't wait.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I really hope so, I've been turned off to Microsoft since the release of Windows 8, and their forceful and shady tactics to trick people into upgrading to Windows 10 was absolute BS.

26. Kumar123 unregistered

Yeah, I can relate with your feelings. Microsoft use cheap tactics to convince people to upgrade to windows. I regret updating from windows 7. And they paid major tech media news like theverge so that the issues will be downplayed. Before the windows 10 announcement verge news filled with how windows 10 is boring, with no futuristic features but after they made the deal with theverge they downplayed windows 10 issues and features microsoft news with more positive perspective.

31. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I downgraded back to Windows 8.1 after having battery issues. Windows 10 performance was faster but battery lasted almost half as much as before. Clean install, update drivers and stuff and nothing solved it. On top of that Microsoft removed option to disable automatic updates on home version, slowly removing more options with updates and became a spyware as bad as google. Maybe worse.

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