Hybrids can be cool. They can take the best of both worlds and smush them together into something even better. Minotaurs are cool. Centaurs are cool. Anubis is cool. Google seems to think so too, because the search engine giant is reportedly working on the Google Andromeda hybrid operating system that combines Android with Chrome OS. And it’s coming next year.

On some level, this is the natural progression for what Google is already doing. You can run Android apps on your Chromebook, so why not just mash the two operating systems together. The resulting Andromeda OS will reportedly debut on two different devices. There’s a Huawei Nexus tablet and a Pixel 3 “convertible laptop” that might succeed the existing Pixel C.

But wait? Didn’t they kill the Nexus brand? Maybe not. It could be that the Nexus brand is being phased out on smartphones, but not on other devices. We’ve heard about a new Huawei-made tablet from Google for some time now, with a 7-inch screen and 4GB of RAM, but we thought it was getting Android. It might get Andromeda instead. This is the first we’re hearing of the Pixel 3 though.

Codenamed Bison (with no apparent relation to the evil leader of Shadaloo crime syndicate), the Pixel 3 is said to get a 12.3-inch screen, either an Core m3 or Core i5 processor, 32 or 128GB of storage, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, a fingerprint reader, audio jack, two USB-C ports, stylus support, four microphones (?), and a glass trackpad with pricing in the $800 range. And it’ll be powered by Andromeda for an out of this world experience rivaling the MacBook Pro.

The Huawei tablet could launch early next year with the Pixel 3 laptop to follow in Q3 2017. Andromeda could be the coolest hybrid since Manbearpig and definitely more useful.


Via 9to5Google

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