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Andromeda will fix all the problems caused by Android

Hiroshi Lockheimer promises that the event on October 4 will be just as unforgettable as the one almost eight years ago, when Android 1.0 was presented. Meanwhile, every blog is talking about the Andromeda scene, the supposed successor to Android. We will give you an idea of what that could mean.

Android Police – who in the last few days with exclusive material – has got all the tech-press holding its breath. In recent reports, David Ruddock has given details about the Andromeda operating system as never before and about the corresponding demo unit from the Bison project.

The resulting Pixel laptop should come out in the third quarter of 2017. It is supposed to be the first device with the Andromeda operating system. It is the result of the work of three teams: Android, Chrome OS and Pixel. The new Pixel Laptop should be more than a Chromebook and its Andromeda operating system is supposed to turn Chrome OS features into a fully functional Android system.

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The Pixel C was just an Android-Tablet. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Bison device should be equipped with a 12-inch display, more powerful hardware, Wacom stylus and illuminated keyboard. The Wall Street Journal wrote back in October 2015 that the main target of the new OS would be laptops, which means that the shape and size of the demo device are no surprise. Chromebooks in their present form could become obsolete with the new Andromeda devices.

Andromeda doesn’t just replace Chrome OS but also Android

In the long term, Andromeda could also become the new standard system for smartphones and thereby replace Android. That wouldn’t be so dramatic for you, as support for the Play Store remains in the new system. Andromeda offers significant advantages over Android; including seamless updates that are already part of Android Nougat or the significantly improved interface for tablets and laptops. Android boss Hiroshi Lockheimer foretells great things:

If Google releases a new smartphone operating system, then the cards will have to be re-shuffled. The company could negotiate new terms with smartphone manufacturers, under which they may use Andromeda. Then the mistakes made with Android could be fixed. Google could recover complete control over the software and the software fragmentation that has prevailed until now could come to an end. All software updates would come directly from Google.

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For the user this would mean that the software would be identical in all devices. It would also mean that the version would always be up-to-date. In that way, all apps would work just as well on similarly-equipped devices and the latest security updates would protect as much as possible from data theft.

For the manufacturers this would mean that they can/must/need to differentiate their devices by their quality of hardware and design. Google’s Pixel devices would become the act to follow, like the Surface products from Microsoft, far too expensive but highly equipped.

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It's the same for Android Wear as well.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Google has already shown this kind of courage with Android Wear, Android TV and Android Car. Those systems are used on smartwatches, TVs and in cars, without the manufacturers being able to modify it very much. Google seems to be able to find buyers for that kind of highly controlled software.

Whether Google can convince major manufacturers such as Samsung or Huawei to completely outsource their software development to California is doubtful. However, Lockheimer and his colleagues could oblige hardware suppliers to do so, if they bring support for Android to an end in the medium term. Andromeda could be the biggest test in Android’s history and instead of becoming the hoped for solution to the great fragmentation problem, it could become just the opposite.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Mark 2 months ago

    If it becomes another closed system like IOS, them I will stick to android as long as possible. If it still allows customization then it could be a good thing to be able to have timely updates. At this point I can't agree or disagree because, I just do not know weather it will be good or bad.

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  • ljhaye 2 months ago Link to comment

    Andromeda could be Google's defence from the EU anti trust allegations regarding Android. By becoming closed and charging OEM's a licensing fee they will become a vendor selling an OS which will not incur any scrutiny from the EU. Google will abandon AOSP and let it fend for itself.

    The other positive with closing off a position of Android allows them to better compete with Apple's ecosystem where iOS and MacOS communicate with each other through various hardware categories.

    Google also wants more influence on high end Android devices, which is predominantly dominated by Samsung, as those are the most lucrative and influential customers. Apple only wants the premium clients as it makes them an aspirational brand and guarantees sales of new product categories that tend to be expensive as generation 1 products. Google wants to be able to price future premium hardware accurately and be guaranteed sales.

  • Andromeda !! It's out of this Galaxy..A whole new World....!!

  • Greg1100 2 months ago Link to comment

    " Google seems to be able to find buyers for that kind of HIGHLY CONTROLLED SOFTWARE."
    Sounds like apple to me. You can do anything WE will let you on your OWN phone.
    Would the Android customisation ability disappear ??

  • Like another person remarked on here, it is very difficult to come to a full judgement nevermind a vote, when you don't have all the facts surrounding the issue. Getting updates on a regular basis sounds fantastic as app development becomes less backwards compatible making your device obserlete overtime, I would assume hardware manufacturers would fight this tooth and nail, as it would hit them hard in the pocket if everyone then has a device with the latest software and are happy with what they have got. If it then became a closed eco-system then you have just got another Apple, but also this is part of Apples strength over Android, time will tell I expect.

  • Mark G. 2 months ago Link to comment

    If it overcomes the fragmentation mess that was developed with Android then it should be a positive move.
    As I have a S5 on contract with EE I might be lucky and get Marshmallow update though very much doubt it, I recently purchased a Samsung Tab S2 which upgraded to Marshmallow and I'd expect to see Nougat.
    This is a crazy set up, surely it can't be that difficult to separate the core Android system so it can be updated immediately whilst separating the add ons and manufacturers changes, thus forcing manufacturers and network companies to update their changes.

    Though the main stumbling block is the manufacturers & network suppliers don't want us to upgrade old devices, instead they want us to upgrade to a new device.
    But surely there is a way to rectify this problem?

    Peace ✌

    • The best way manufacturers have of preventing us from upgrading older devices is this trend of having non-user-replaceable batteries in our phones. When the battery finally craps out, you HAVE to upgrade to a new device. So one solution is to not purchase any phone that won't allow you to replace the battery when it finally dies. Unfortunately not enough people are working this angle.

  • Assuming that OEMs allow the bootloader to be unlocked and Andromeda is open sourced, this could be fine. If not, the smartphone world would be less interesting to me.

  • Could be like big earthquake in a smartfone world.

  • Will you change your name to AndromedaPIT?

  • Mark 2 months ago Link to comment

    If it becomes another closed system like IOS, them I will stick to android as long as possible. If it still allows customization then it could be a good thing to be able to have timely updates. At this point I can't agree or disagree because, I just do not know weather it will be good or bad.

  • This will be the trigger that Samsung needed to jump off the "Android Boat". And that's not necessary a bad thing...

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