The Nexus line may not be dead after all.
Earlier today, a report surfaced stating that Google plans to preview its Android/Chrome OS hybrid operating system called Andromeda at its upcoming October 4 event. The original report stated that Andromeda would be showcased on a ‘Pixel 3’ laptop (codenamed Bison) that wouldn’t actually come to market until Q3 2017. In case you missed the earlier report, Andromeda is Google’s new operating system that integrates Chrome OS into Android, instead of the other way around as is the case with ARC for Chromebooks.
Now another report has surfaced regarding yet another Andromeda-powered device.
The folks at 9to5Google are reporting that Google will also showcase Andromeda on a Huawei-built ‘Nexus’ tablet alongside the Bison laptop. The report states that the new tablet, made by Huawei, could perhaps be a developer-focused device that features Nexus branding. This is most likely the same tablet @evleaks was talking about a few weeks ago. In terms of hardware, 9to5Google doesn’t have any set-in-stone details, though @evleaks‘ original tweet detailed that the tablet would feature a 7.0-inch screen and 4GB of RAM. And unlike the Bison laptop that’s rumored to launch in Q3 2017, this Huawei-built tablet will supposedly launch before the year’s end.
The Huawei-built Andromeda-powered tablet will reportedly feature Nexus branding
It should be noted that 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall can’t say with 100% certainty that the Huawei tablet will feature Nexus branding, so that detail should be taken with a grain of salt.
So why is this a big deal? With all the recent talk about Google shifting its smartphone branding to Pixel, many assumed that marked the end of the Nexus line as we knew it. But as you may remember, Google’s Nexus line started as a developer-focused line of devices. Perhaps that’s what we’ll get with this upcoming Huawei tablet.
October 4 is going to be a lot of fun: the first Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a new 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra, a Daydream View VR headset, and probably a lot more will be showcased. What are you most excited about? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.