The big announcement at Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s October 4 event may after all not be about the two smartphones that the tech giant plans to launch in addition to Google Home, Daydream VR, and Wi-Fi Routers. According to reports making waves online, the long-rumored merger of Android and Chrome OS could be confirmed at the upcoming event.
Rumors of Google merging Android and Chromes OS have been there for some time. However, talk about the same has gained momentum in recent days, after it emerged the combined OS would go by the name Andromeda.
Fuelling speculation further about the merger is a tweet from senior vice president of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, who has hinted of a major announcement at the October 4 event.
“We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today,” he says in the tweet. “I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct. 4, 2016,” said the tweet.
While the unveiling of new devices would be big news, the merger of the two platforms would hold more weight given it would change how people interact with Android on devices. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Google is planning to merge the two platforms in a bid to catch up with Windows in powering laptops.
Google has struggled to have its operating system taken up to power laptops by major hardware makers. However, by folding Chrome OS into Android, the resultant OS should fit the bill in giving Windows a run for its money in the business of powering tablets and laptops.
Google Play Store has already made its debut on Chromebooks all but making the case of the imminent merger of the two popular operating systems. A merger of the two would allow the tech giant to target more devices away from smartphones.
The Wall Street Journal believes the combined OS will not be ready for primetime until 2017 even on Google unveiling it at the October 4 event.