If you thought Google’s October 4 event — where the firm is rumored to launch two smartphones, Google Home, Daydream VR, Chromecast Ultra, and Wi-Fi Routers — wasn’t packed enough, think again. The long-rumored Android and Chrome OS merger may debut the same day, according to Android Police.
Andromeda is the rumored code name for the OS, and Android Police says it has been sitting on a rumor that Google may demo the OS in October. What made the company share it now? A tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS, and Google Play at Google.
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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
“We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today,” he says in the tweet. “I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct. 4, 2016.”
While all the aforementioned devices are major products that mark a major hardware push from the country, an Android and Chome OS merger would take the cake as the biggest announcement to come from the event. The other products are exactly that — products. Andromeda, though, may change the way we interact with Android, from our phones to our laptops and desktops.
Google tells Digital Trends it does not comment on rumors and speculation. Android Police also does not provide a source for their claim, and they seem to put a lot of faith behind Lockheimer’s tweet, so take this information with a grain of salt.
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This year, Google Play Store landed on Chromebooks. Last year, sources told the Wall Street Journal that Google was going to merge the two operating systems, but a final version would not be available until 2017. Still, the report said we’d see a first look in 2016.
We won’t have to wait too long to see if Andromeda exists.