Google had hardly any surprises earlier this week for its Pixel 3 event, especially when it comes to the stars of the show, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both phones have been thoroughly assessed in front of Google appeared on stage on Tuesday, so we knew well in advance what we can expect from Google's 2018 phones. But it turned out that Google omitted an important element in introducing its latest toy, a device that seems to support the idea that the death of Android is approaching.
Android is the most popular mobile operating system that there is, but Google spoke the word "Android" & # 39; not even on stage. That is something you would expect from Samsung's keynotes, not Google's. The company did not talk about Android Pie while presenting the Pixel, and it did not use the word while telling the world that its latest Chrome OS tablet will support millions of apps. Some might say that after so many years of Android, it does not really matter if Google mentions it. But I do not agree with that. This is not a mistake, it is a deliberate step by a company with a huge marketing department.
Google did make many references to its software during the event, but used keywords like & # 39; AI & # 39 ;, & # 39; software & # 39; and & # 39; Chrome OS & # 39; when describing new Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate functions. "Android" did not come up. Even the blog post from Rick Osterloh about the new products from Google does not contain an Android reference, but you will find Chrome OS there.
Moreover, Google has not drawn attention to one of the main features of Pixel phones because it did not want to mention Android during the announcement. Pixels are the only handsets in the world that receive fast Android updates.
Last October, Google made it clear that Pixel 2 phones use pure Android Oreo, so buyers know they will always be the first to receive OS and security updates.
A year later, Google may just be preparing for the post-Android world, a future that it is already building behind closed doors. Also relevant is the fact that Google has just mentioned the Android messaging app: messages. The Messages app would run on any Google OS, not just on Android.
What other operating system could Google have? We have been talking about it for a while. It is called Fuchsia, a dynamic operating system that can work on various devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and other form factors. Fuchsia would be a lot easier for Google to update and would support existing Android apps, have revealed several reports. Making apps for Fuchsia and a competitive operating system can also be a lot easier for developers in the future, according to developers.
We have to wait a few more years before Google unveils the operating system that replaces Android and possibly Chrome, but it seems that Google is barely talking about Android at the moment.