As much excitement as there was for an official announcement of a Chrome OS/Android software merger during the Pixel launch event, it was not realized. There would be no Nexus 7P from Huawei to launch what’s been known in the media as “Andromeda”. And it also left us doubting just a bit whether developers would continue to crack at the gitbox named “Fuchsia” — we saw what happened with the nth revival and demise of Project Ara.
Well, what 9to5Google believes from its source is that the project is still alive and ready for launch. Two manufacturers are said to be working with developer kits for Andromeda in time for a launch as late as the fourth quarter of next year. Android’s product roadmap may reach a new apex with “8.0” and the Andromeda project. It’s not exactly clear which name will subsume the other, though.
“All 7.X software updates will be independent of Andromeda until official announcement,” the source said.
One key feature in the Andromeda OS, for those who have too many Android devices, is supposedly machine-taught notification delivery, where one Google account would have notifications for certain apps based on location, time and other factors sent to certain devices. App data may also be synced between devices — though we aren’t sure to what extent just yet. Theoretically, Allo would reap benefits with cross-device syncing between Andromeda-powered devices of all form factors, a current sore point.
Affirming a leak from Evan Blass, the source claims that the Huawei “Nexus” tablet, perhaps also known as the “Huawei T1G,” is still coming before the end of the year with Andromeda on board. The “Nexus” and the “T1G” may be separate orders of business or they could be one and the same, but either way, Google seems to still be in business with the Chinese manufacturer, even after the two did not come together to make the Pixel. And hey, at least one of them is showing excellent power performance in “final rounds of testing.”
The two “major OEM” devices and a Pixel 3 “Chromebook” of sorts may come around with the launch of Android 8.0. With a big shift on the way, it likely means that we will see increased lead time for developer previews — especially since Google can’t leave app developers behind.