tech2 News StaffOct 05, 2016 09:11:46 IST
The announcements at the Google October event had a number of new announcements by Google. The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google Home, a cloth based Daydream VR headset, the Chromecast Ultra with 4K capabilities, and the only surprise, modular Wi-Fi routers. However, there were a number of technology products that Google is working on that were not released in the event.
Smartwatches made by Google was another expectation from the event. According to a report by Android Police, Google is apparently working on two smartwatches. The larger one is called Angelfish, and will be able to function without being tethered to a smartphone, with built in GPS capabilities and a SIM card. There is a smaller variant as well, code named Sailfish.
Google is apparently working on another Chromebook Pixel according to a report in VentureBeat. The speculation was based on a job listing for a senior hardware engineer. VentureBeat goes on to note that even if Google is building the device, it might actually never be released to the public. There were no new Chromebooks announced in the October event. The Chromebook Pixel 2, a higher end variant of the Chromebook Pixel, was discontinued without a replacement according to a report in Ars Technica. A updated version of the Chromebook Pixel 2 is currently missing from Google's lineup.
The Pixel 3 is another device that Google is reportedly making. This device is known as the Pixel 3, codenamed Bison according to a report in Android Police. It is unclear if this device is a laplet, like the Lenovo Yoga, or a tablet with a keyboard. Engadget reports that a 7 inch tablet built by Huawei is in the works, called the 7P. The P here could stand for Pixel. The Verge reports that Android tablets have had a rough few years, and the time is ripe for a comeback. However, no new tablets by Google were announced at the October hardware event.
There is very little time left before the end of the year, but the new tablet could still show up before the year end. Apple is expected to make another round of hardware announcements, possibly a MacBook Pro refresh, and Google could potentially respond to these announcements.
The Chromebook and Tablets are all expected to run on a new operating system, Andromeda, that Google is apparently working on. It has been a persistent rumour that a merger between Android and the Chrome OS is planned eventually. Google has put out a blog post, stating clearly that the Chrome OS is here to stay. ReCode reported that the Andromeda OS was expected to make its debut in the Google October hardware event. The announcement of the Pixel 3 with Andromeda may happen next year.
This would be one OS that would work as well on Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops. In fact, according to a report in Phandroid, there was already an Andromeda Box, and it was meant to be a common interface for all of the hardware that was announced at the Google October hardware event. These include the Wi-Fi Routers, Google Home, the new Chromecast, as well as the existing lineup of phones, tablets and laptops.