Typically, in spring Google uses its I/O developer conference to talk developer-y things like announcing a new version of Android or frameworks. Then in fall, the company unveil new Nexus series phones or Nexus tablets.
Following the same pattern, Google at I/O this year did announce the new Android version called “Android N” or “Nougat.” Two new apps “Allo,” a messaging app and “Duo,” a video chat app were also introduced.
Now, as the pixel event is coming everyone is expecting that Google will drop even more goodies. Based on dozens of rumors and leaks over the past few months, we know that Google is planning to present a handful of products on October 4th. Including the two Pixel-branded phones, we also expect Google Home and Chromecast Ultra which will allow users to stream content in 4K. Is it all that Google is going to offer?
We are hearing rumors that this year Google is announcing something big in pixel event other than new pixel-branded phones. On 24 September Senior VP of Android, Google Play, and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted the following.
“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.”
While the rumors about the merger of Android and Chrome OS would seemingly as old as the coexistence of the operating systems themselves, nearly a year ago, thanks to a report from The Wall Street Journal those rumors began solidifying. In it, the Journal claimed that Google was planning to “merge” Chrome OS into Android to better suit to run on a wider variety of hardware. That project is known internally at Google as Andromeda. We believe this is the best evidence that Google plans to tease the long-fabled merger of Android and Chrome OS on October 4th.
In the WSJ report, Alistair Barr states that
“the complete merged operating system would not release until 2017. As android N was only released to the public a month, it would not make sense that company release a whole new build of Android just yet. Maybe we see an official announcement from Google on October 4th that they are working on the project and that we can perhaps see it next year.”
On October 4th It would be better if Google surprised us with an announcement that none of us were expecting, but we highly question that. If Andromeda is going to show off next week, would you say its inception would have as much effect as the original launch of Android did?