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Google planning Pixel laptop with Chrome/Android hybrid OS for Q3 2017: Report

Google could morph Chrome OS and Android into one with Andromeda.
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Google plans to launch a "Pixel 3" laptop running "Andromeda" OS, a combination of Chrome and Android, sometime in Q3 2017, according to Android Police.

The rumor blog reports the "Pixel 3" will feature a 12.3-inch display, with a tablet mode similar to the Lenovo Yoga and Microsoft Surface. Inside, it looks like Google will use an Intel m3 or Intel i5 Core processor with 32 or 128GB of storage and 8 or 16GB of RAM. There could be two different versions of the hardware, the report says.

Google's past Pixel laptops and tablets have been used to showcase Google's software in higher-end hardware, a deviation from the typical Chromebook or Android tablet.

Andromeda is the codename for Google's new operating system that morphs Android and Chrome OS in a laptop form factor, and would mark a new OS from the search engine giant. It's been rumored for years and would be different than Chrome OS' current ability of running Android apps.

In October 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported plans for Google to fold its Chrome operating system into Android. It's not clear what Google will call Andromeda for consumers.

9to5Google adds to Monday's report with word Google is planning to release Andromeda on a Huawei Nexus tablet, as well. It's believed to feature a 7-inch display and 4GB of RAM.

Google is holding an October 4 media event to discuss new smartphones and home offerings, but it doesn't sound like new Andromeda hardware will be discussed.

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