Google apparently has plans to release hybrid mobile devices that can be powered by both the Android as well as the Chrome operating system. As indicated in a report published by 9to5Google, these devices are said to include a convertible laptop, plus a Nexus tablet device built by Huawei. Another separate report from Android Police also stated that Google is also looking to launch a convertible notebook.
Those familiar with the Andromeda project may already know that Google has been exploring ways in which it can integrate features from Chrome OS into the Android platform, essentially giving users the benefit of enjoying advantages offered by both Chrome and Android. Tech analysts are saying that a Chrome and Android combination would be ideal for hybrid laptops, such as the Pixel 3, which many believe will be released some time in the second half of next year, and is rumored to sport a really generous 12.3 inch touch screen display.
According to some speculation, the Pixel 3 will not be a lightweight machine a la Chromebook, especially with regards to the hardware specifications. Some expect the device to either have an i3 or i5 INtel core processor, 128 gigabytes of built in memory, and either 8 gigabytes or 16 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM). Other rumored specs include a pair of USB C ports, plus support for a Wacom compatible pen accessory, which would mean that the device will most certainly come with pressure sensitive capabilities geared towards graphics rendering or illustration related tasks.
It is interesting to note that Google is planning to release such a productivity driven device, but is not much of a surprise really. If this device should prove useful in the education and business sectors, it would certainly be consistent with the tech giant’s philosophy of developing technology that helps users do things easier. Still, many expect the device to come with a hefty price, which means that only a certain segment of the market will be able to make use of the product.
As suggested by 9to5Google’s report, Google seems to exploring the idea of transferring the Andromeda experience to hardware for mobile devices. Sure, handsets have become more powerful than ever, but they still can not fully replicate the desktop experience. If Google can pull off its upcoming Android/Chrome OS powered hybrid tablet, it will be considered an important step in trying to close the gap.
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