No laptops, no tablets, no Andromeda: What we didn't get from Google's October 4th event

Google was expected to unveil a boatload of new hardware -- and it did, including new Pixel smartphones -- but a few rumored products didn't make an appearance.

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Google was widely expected to introduce a number of new hardware products and its launch event in San Francisco and it did just that. We got the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a 4K Chromecast Ultra video streamer, a new Google WiFi router, the Daydream View (the company's new VR headset) along with pricing and availability for Google Home, the Amazon Echo competitor the company announced earlier this year.

Sure, that's a lot to talk about at one event, but some people were hoping we'd see a rumored new tablet and laptop powered by a new operating system called Andromeda, which is said to merge Android and Chrome OS. Alas, neither Andromeda, that tablet nor any laptop materialized.

Rumor had it that Andromeda would get its debut on a Huawei tablet with Nexus branding, confusing given previous rumors Google would do away with the Nexus name.

Given that Android Police reported that an "ultra-thin" convertible laptop called "Pixel 3" would supposedly make its debut near the end of 2017, we thought thought the odds were slim that Google would announce a new laptop, but perhaps it might tease the new operating system.

It didn't. So we'll most likely have to wait until next year for Andromeda along with Android Wear 2.0, the company's next big next big wearable update that was initially expected this fall but has been pushed till 2017.

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