The upcoming Google Nexus smartphones may not come with Android Nougat – the company’s latest OS – straight out of the box but with something even better dubbed the Andromeda OS.
The two smartphones are rumored to be scheduled for launch this month and up until recently they were believed to come with Android 7.0 Nougat preinstalled. In fact, they were considered to be the ones that would have showcased Android Nougat when it came out, in August.
But the latest speculation about the two devices is that they will run a very different OS that is presumably a combination between Android and various functions that pertain to Chrome OS – the operating system that we’ve seen on Chromebooks.
The new OS is entitled Andromeda and it is also believed to come preinstalled on another upcoming Nexus device, the Nexus 7 tablet (or Pixel 7 tablet) and on the Pixel laptop which is supposedly scheduled for release sometime in Q3 of 2017. More recently, Android apps have become available on ChromeOS and this seems to be a clear step into merging the two operating systems into one.
In terms of specs, the two upcoming Nexus phones will supposedly sport a 5 inch display and 5.5 inch one, respectively. It is believed that Google intents to kill the Nexus name in favor of the Pixel name and as a result, the two devices are rumored to be named Google Pixel (the small one) and Google Pixel XL (the bigger one).
The Google Pixel is believed to sport a super AMOLED screen and a 2,770 mAh battery, whereas the Pixel XL is expected to come with a quad-core AMOLED screen and a 3,450 mAh battery.
Both devices will have two storage variants, a 32 GB one and a 128 GB one, and three color variants, silver, black and blue.
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