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Forget Google’s Pixel phones, leak says the Nexus brand isn’t dead just yet

Published Sep 27th, 2016 2:39PM EDT
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The Pixel phones will replace Google’s Nexus handsets this year, many recent reports have claimed, suggesting that the Nexus family of devices will be retired. However, Nexus isn’t as dead as we thought, as Google may be releasing several more Nexus brand devices in the very near future, complete with a few surprises.

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Apparently, Huawei is working on a Nexus tablet that will run Andromeda out of the box. Andromeda is said to be the hybrid Android operating system that has Chrome OS features. Reports earlier this week indicated that Andromeda will represent a significant milestone for Android and that Google will unveil it on stage on October 4th. However, the first Andromeda device, a MacBook-killer, apparently won’t launch until next summer.

Meanwhile, 9to5Google learned that the Google will launch at least two Andromeda devices in the future, including the Huawei Nexus tablet mentioned above and the MacBook rival detailed on Monday.

The Huawei Nexus tablet made the news a few weeks ago when recognized leaker Evan Blass tweeted about it, making it sound like a successor to the Nexus 7 tablet. The device may pack a 7-inch display and 4GB of RAM. People familiar with the matter also told 9to5Google that a Nexus tablet is coming. Google is testing Andromeda on the Nexus 9, “because of hardware constraints and availability,” according to one source, so the Nexus 9 will likely not get Andromeda.

The Andromeda-powered Nexus tablet could launch by the end of the year, while the Andromeda Pixel 3 laptop that targets MacBook Pro users is likely almost a year away.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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