Google launches new hardware, but remains silent about Andromeda

The smart assistant Google Assistant is central to a large number of products that Google has announced tonight, from Pixel smartphones to Google Home, but the biggest surprise was what was not announced: no word about the new system software Adromeda. American media knew for sure. Under the name Andromeda OS, Google would introduce a new operating system for laptops today

The smart assistant Google Assistant is central to a large number of products that Google has announced tonight, from Pixel smartphones to Google Home, but the biggest surprise was what was not announced: no word about the new system software Adromeda.

American media knew for sure. Under the name Andromeda OS, Google would introduce a new operating system for laptops today. Andromeda is reportedly a combination of Chrome OS and Android. Android would continue to exist for smartphones, but Andromedia should soon be able to run full Android apps on laptops, that require adjustments. Perhaps the intention was to tell more about it today, but it was not done. The livestream was abruptly aborted.

Most announcements tonight were more or less leaked: two new smartphones from Google were presented, with the name Nexus being replaced by Google Pixel. Both models - one with a 5 inch screen and another with 5.5 inch screen - have been developed by HTC. Pixel XL is also suitable for Daydream, Google's VR platform. This is because of the higher resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels.

Both devices run under the latest version of Android 7.1 Nougat, but are also equipped with the Pixel Launcher.

In Europe the Pixel - in 'Quite Black', 'Very Silver' and 'Really Blue' - can only be ordered in England and Germany.

Google spent a lot of time with the Google Assistant, which is built into the smartphones as standard, but also returns to other Google products.

A VR headset was also presented that works with various smartphones, including the Google Pixel.

A new Chromecast version has also been launched, this time with support for 4K televisions and HDR.

The Google Assistant that sounds very natural is the most important part of Google Home, a voice-controlled loudspeaker that Amazons Echo has to match. Google Home ($ 129 from November in the US) can also answer random questions, just like Echo.

A router called Google Wifi ($ 129) was also announced with a better reach than existing routers. This device will be on sale in December, but not yet in Europe.