Nov 16th, 2016

andromeda

One of the most interesting rumors from the last few months is something called “Andromeda.” We first heard about Andromeda just a few days before the big Made by Google event. We even thought there could be a chance Google would mention it, but that didn’t happen. Andromeda is essentially the latest incarnation of Chrome and Android merging, which has been rumored for a very long time.

The Andromeda rumors have been scarce on details, but 9to5Google has some new information. According to their tipsters, OEMs already have dev kits for Andromeda and the first devices are scheduled for the second half of 2017. Android 8.0 is being merged into Andromeda. The tipster also has some details about features. Notification syncing is going to be a big part of it.

Notifications will be tied to your Google account, which means they can sync across devices. Notifications will also be smart enough to only display on the devices you are currently using. The notifications will also determine the best way to be displayed based on factors like time, location, and device. More importantly, the content of some notifications, such as messenger apps, will sync across devices as well.

It’s clear that Google is working to fix the fragmentation problem they have. Andromeda is looking to be a big, unified approach. We’re sure much more information will be revealed before late next year. What are your thoughts so far?

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