Just days after rumors about Google's plan of finally announcing its Android-Chrome OS hybrid operating system emerged online, sources are now claiming that the tech giant is working on two new devices that would run this new OS at launch. There is word that the devices are likely to be a Nexus tablet and a Pixel-named laptop.
Apparently, Android Authority has learned that the Nexus lineup of devices is still alive, despite previous reports claiming that the series was killed off in favor of Google’s Pixel line of hardware. In fact, Huawei is said to be the one tasked to build the next Nexus tablet.
Early this month, famous Twitter leakster Evan Blass actually teased of a “Huawei-built 7-inch tablet with 4GB RAM.” The device was said to be slated for release before the year of 2016 wraps up. Hence, Android Authority believes that what Blass mentioned in a tweet could be the same tablet that is now rumored to be designed by Huawei.
Aside from a new Nexus tablet, there is also word from independent sources that Google is also prepping to launch a laptop that is currently called “Pixel 3” though it is codenamed as “Bison” within Google’s headquarters. As per Android Police, the Pixel 3 is going to be an ultra-thin laptop that sports a 12.3-inch display panel.
The rumored Pixel 3 tablet is likely to be a convertible or detachable device that could be housing either an Intel m3 or an i5 Core processor. It is believed to come with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and either 32GB or 128GB of onboard memory.
As a MacBook Air and Microsoft Surface Book rival, the Pixel 3 laptop is reportedly designed to feature stereo speakers, a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, glass trackpad with 3D Touch-like functionality and backlit keyboard.
The specific release dates for the two new devices are still unknown, but the Bison laptop is claimed to be releasing in the third quarter of next year. The far-off release date could mean that Google still needs time before rolling out a laptop device running its Andromeda OS.
On Sunday, we reported that Google is looking into making the Andromeda OS the primary program to run its new laptops, tablets and similar devices. And it is quite likely that Google is showcasing Andromeda during its Oct. 4 event, where it is expected to launch the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
As with previous rumors, Google has yet to confirm whether a new Nexus tablet and a Pixel laptop are in the works and if they are indeed going to run the Andromeda OS that integrates Chrome OS to the steadily growing Android mobile operating system.