Google’s new OS launch
It is now very clear from the rumors and the leaks from various sources that Google is now planning on a new OS. The new OS is a merge Android and not so popular Chrome OS. Reportedly Google has renamed the Nexus line up with Pixel, and they are now planning to introduce a new hybrid laptop the Pixel 3 around Q3 2017.
The Bison Project
The project, known internally as ‘Bison’ and by the informal nickname ‘Pixel 3.’ will likely be the first brand-new device to showcase Google’s combined Android / Chrome OS ‘Andromeda’ operating system in a laptop. Bison is the culmination of years of work by Google’s Pixel team and Google’s Android and Chrome OS teams.
Android apps on Chrome OS descended from the ARC project. Whereas Andromeda is a much larger, more ambitious initiative of Google to merge the Chrome features into Android.
It can also so happen that Bison may be canceled or delayed due to its developmental time requirement. Even after all these uncertainties we can get at least to some extent, these sources are reliable and trustworthy.
Bison is an ultra-thin 12.3’’ display laptop but Google also wants it to support a full hybrid tablet mode. So it is very unclear at this point that if Bison will be a convertible laptop or a detachable laptop. Powering it will be either an Intel i3 or i5 Core processor with 32 or 128GB of storage and 8 or 16GB of RAM. This may be resulting in two models or the option to upgrade during buying. 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 is separate). For the more creative minds, stereo speakers, quad microphones, and a battery that will last around 10 hours. The keyboard is reportedly backlit, and the trackpad would is of glass.
Like the MacBook, the trackpad will have haptic feedback with force detection technology. Google plans to fit all the in a form factor under 10mm thickness.
The major drawback of the Chrome OS is the feasibility and the need for an internet connection every time we open the Chromebook. It was more like the Chrome web browser with a laptop-like form factor and design UI. But this problem is now addressed in the Andromeda OS with a completely user-friendly design. Andromeda is also said to have integrated Wacom software. The software uses the stylus to give the user more control over what we do with a stylus. It is also said to have a pressure sensitive screen which will be able to detect the amount of pressure applied.
Given the pricing of past Pixel laptops, we might expect this is shaping up to be one expensive little device. Google’s pricing is still competitive: Bison probably starts at $799. The Wacom stylus will be an extra accessory. Hence, we’ll have to pay extra bucks for that unlike the SurfaceBook. Google is also aiming for a retail launch for Q3 in 2017.