Since October of 2015 and before, we have been hearing of Google‘s plan to merge Android and Chrome OS into a single OS made to would work on phones, tablets, and even computers. With Google’s upcoming October 4 event quickly approaching, we’re now starting to hear that the fabled Android-Chrome OS merge might finally get announced alongside the new Pixel phones…
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This morning, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome OS, and Play, sent out a Tweet suggesting the upcoming event happening on October 4 will be so huge that it will compare in size to the release of Android itself.
Soon after this tweet went live, Android Police published a story about the code-named “Andromeda” Android/Chrome OS merge. In their piece, they mentioned that they have been waiting to hear about something “bigger than Pixel phones” that might be announced at the October 4 event and that they believe that Lockheimer’s tweet is a sign of what’s to come.
According to a WSJ report that was published in October of 2015, Google had not only been working on the merging of the two operating systems for the previous two years, but they were also close enough to a finished product to actually show it to the world in 2016. Well, we’re running out of time for the 2016 timeframe, and a tease of this Android/Chrome OS merge might make sense.
Also in the WSJ report, Alistair Barr stated that the finished merged operating system would not actually be released until 2017. As Nougat was only released to the public a month, it wouldn’t make sense to release a completely new build of Android just yet. What we could see at the October 4 event is an official announcement or tease from Google that they are working on the project and that we can possibly see it next year.