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Google Is Planning a 'Pixel 3' Laptop Running 'Andromeda' OS For Release in Q3 2017 (androidpolice.com) 56

Google plans to launch a laptop next year with Pixel branding which will run 'Andromeda' operating system, reports AndroidPolice, citing sources. Andromeda is a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS, the report adds. Pixel, Chrome OS and Android teams have been working on this project, dubbed Bison, for years, apparently. From the report: Bison is planned as an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3" display, but Google also wants it to support a "tablet" mode. It's unclear to us if this means Bison will be a Lenovo Yoga-style convertible device, or a detachable like Microsoft's Surface Book, but I'm personally leaning on the former given how thin it is. Powering it will be either an Intel m3 or i5 Core processor with 32 or 128GB of storage and 8 or 16GB of RAM. This seems to suggest there will be two models. It will also feature a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm jack (!), a host of sensors, stylus support (a Wacom pen will be sold separately), stereo speakers, quad microphones, and a battery that will last around 10 hours. The keyboard will be backlit, and the glass trackpad will use haptic and force detection similar to the MacBook. Google plans to fit all of this in a form factor under 10mm in thickness, notably thinner than the aforementioned Apple ultraportable.The report, however, adds that it is likely that Google might revise the specifications by the time of its launch, which is slated to happen sometime in Q3 2017.
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Google Is Planning a 'Pixel 3' Laptop Running 'Andromeda' OS For Release in Q3 2017

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  • do you think they will give users root?
  • Crucial question (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RandomSurfer314 ( 4412795 ) on Monday September 26, 2016 @10:29AM (#52962775)
    Can you easily remove this 'Andromeda' crap run an ordinary Linux distribution on it? Then it could be a really interesting machine.
    • I'm sure that even if Google doesn't support the option, someone will figure it out quickly.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      I don't understand why the linux community is not capitalizing on the situation with the Windows 10 Fiasco and Google and Apple spying on you? This is quite the time to hit them with a secure OS. Start making deals to get Adobe products to work on Linux and others like the old Unix's did before.
      • I don't understand why the linux community is not capitalizing on the situation with the Windows 10 Fiasco and Google and Apple spying on you? This is quite the time to hit them with a secure OS. Start making deals to get Adobe products to work on Linux and others like the old Unix's did before.

        Git cherry pick failed: merge conflict detected.
        Please resolve manually.

      • Even if Adobe were to port their software to Linux the problem is most people don't care. I am personally very sad to what Ms has done with Windows 10 but 99% of people out there don't know or don't care.
        Besides that, Linux would need to run much more Windows' software than the Adobe suite to be even considered as a viable replacement for most people.
    • What's interesting about it? Netbook/Tablet hybrids are widely available already! Most of them come with Windows 10, but you can install anything you like on them.

      But, FWIW, Chromebooks generally have a feature, sometimes implemented in hardware, sometimes in software, that disables the TPM module so you can either access the operating system as a developer, or wipe the OS completely and put on a more usual desktop system.

    • Or a BSD. It would be good if the hardware specs are open. Maybe Andromeda would work as well. It should be at least be free software.

  • I would focus on getting such devices to run on full desktop OS's or we will get in the trouble that we had with windows 3.1-ME

    Where DOS and Windows Up to ME. Were designed for Low End Desktops while Unix/VMS/NT were designed for real computing. By the time 95 came out Desktop PC's were powerful enough to run the Big Boy OS's however we were stuck on the legacy systems for compatibility for over a decade.

    What really did the trick was the move to 64bit. And the rise of Web Applications, allowing a much smoo

    • by e r ( 2847683 )

      I would focus on getting such devices to run on full desktop OS's or we will get in the trouble that we had with windows 3.1-ME

      What trouble?

      What really did the trick was the move to 64bit.

      Did the trick? What trick? And why is 64-bit relevant to the trick?

      And the rise of Web Applications, allowing a much smoother transition.

      A smoother transition from what to what?

      But these OS's designed for mobile, will only get us in trouble once mobile devices are on par with our desktop systems.

      What?? Why would there be trouble? What kind of trouble? How would mobile devices be on par with desktop systems?

      • I'll tell you what trouble:
        No root access for users, built-in unremovable (see first point) spying. In Android at least, only one application can be running at the same time (no background processing unless you program a service for your app). iOS doesn't even allow you to install software from outside the official store. We'll see if Android goes that route in the future
        It's like going back to the stone ages.
        • In Android at least, only one application can be running at the same time (no background processing unless you program a service for your app)

          Bollocks.

          And the rest of what you say has nothing to do with Android or ChromeOS. You can have access to root in both. Android devices generally have it disabled but it can be enabled - of course, even CyanogenMod discourages root access these days, as it shouldn't be necessary. ChromeOS? Off by default, but every ChromeBook let's you reconfigure ChromeOS to allo

    • I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but both Android and ChromeOS (presumably meaning the OS under discussion here too) are full blown modern operating systems with networking, permissions, memory protection, etc. They are both on a par with Unix in terms of features. They both, however, have user interfaces that block user access to certain features of the operating system.

      This is nothing like the jump from 95 to NT.

      • ChromeOS is built on Gentoo. It may have a relatively simple and locked-down interface, but it's a full blown Linux distro underneath.

    • by short ( 66530 )

      By the time 95 came out Desktop PC's were powerful enough to run the Big Boy OS's however we were stuck on the legacy systems for compatibility for over a decade.

      I have never been stuck on MS-Windows. And even some few unlucky person dependent on specific proprietary software were stuck only for about 4 years until VMware Workstation came out (and then QEMU came out in 2003).

  • I've seen that Andromeda movie. Wasn't it an alien virus that almost wiped out life on earth- and just when they thought they had a solution the virus mutated and kept on killing.

    Is this what google is trying to accomplish? Wipe out all life on earth so the only sentient beings are... ... androids?

  • "Three pixels oughtta be enough for any baby!"

    - Toddler Gates

  • Unsaid (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Monday September 26, 2016 @12:12PM (#52963531)

    The report, however, adds that it is likely that Google might revise the specifications by the time of its launch, which is slated to happen sometime in Q3 2017.

    The report, however, failed to add that it is likely that Google will grow bored of the project and abandon it and its' customers, which is slated to happen sometime in Q3 2018.

    • by dddux ( 3656447 )
      That's one of the reasons why I tell people to just scrap everything and go Linux. Linux will never stop being supported and it will never go bust, which you can't say for any of the current OSes.
  • A ndromeda is a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS

    Perhaps I lack imagination, but I can't see any way at all how that would turn out to be utter shite.

  • They should know better than to use galaxy related names. Might spontaneously combust like the Note 7.

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