Google may announce Android-Chrome OS hybrid software at Oct. 4 event

According to some recent reports and rumors, tech biggie Google may announce its Android-Chrome OS merger at the company's product launch event scheduled to be held on October 4.

Though the forthcoming event is expected to mark the unveiling of Google's two new handsets - likely to be called Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones - as well as the Google W-Fi router, among other hardware, recent reports have hinted that the spotlight at the event will probably be on software, not hardware.

It is being widely speculated that the merged Android/Chrome OS software -- which is called 'Andromeda' internally at Google -- will seemingly be the biggest headline-grabbing announcement at the October 4 event.

Going by a 9to5Google report, the 'Andromeda' hybrid operating system is currently being tested by Google on the HTC-manufactured Nexus 9 tablet, with evidence found on the Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP. With the Andromeda software directly referenced in some of the lines of code on Nougat OS, an unidentified source has revealed that the early Andromeda builds are being tested by some users on the tablet.

In addition, rumor mills are abuzz about Google's expected announcement of the Android-Chrome OS merger at the October 4 event because Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer - SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play Store - has said in a cryptic tweet: "We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016."