IN BRIEF: Not so long ago, Android Central reported that Google is planning to drop the Nexus brand in favor of two HTC-built replacements. The two smartphones, previously known as Marlin and Sailfish, will launch under the nomenclature Pixel and Pixel XL. Apparently, HTC branding will not appear on the devices.
Furthermore, the Mountain View company will also unveil 4K-equipped Chromecast Ultra, Google Home assistant, the Daydream View platform and the Daydream VR device, Google made Android watches at the October 4 event.
Pixel and Pixel XL
Rumors about Pixel and Pixel XL have been doing the rounds for a while. Both, the 5-inch model (Pixel) and the larger 5.5-inch model (Pixel XL) will feature quad-core Qualcomm processors. The HTC-built smartphones will also feature 4GB of RAM, and 12-megapixel cameras. The only noticeable difference being the larger screen size and the battery on Pixel XL.
As of now, it’s not known if the two phones will release under the Pixel brand. They’re most likely to represent house-brand, so they can showcase the software innovation going on under CEO Sundar Pichai’s leadership.
According to an inside source, the launch date is going to be October 4th. The Mountain View company will also unveil all of its latest hardware at the hardware-focused event. Moreover, at the event, more clarity will be given regarding the name switch from Google’s beloved Nexus.
According to some reports, Google has reportedly shelved plans for Project Ara. The modular smartphone project was among the flagship efforts of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Project Ara generated phenomenal buzz in the tech community for its potential to extend the lifespan of a smartphone and reduce e-waste.
4K-equipped Chromecast Ultra
Additionally, Google’s 4K capable Chromecast will also make its debut at the hardware-focused event. It may either be called the Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Plus, which is in reference to 4K as Ultra HD.
The existing Chromecast is already in use in a number of 4K home entertainment devices. Notably, it is also present in Vizio’s 2016 4K UDH TVs as well as their SmartCast mobile device-based smart TV platforms. Xiaomi’s 4K Mi Box has built-in Google cast for content streaming from iOS and Android devices.
Daydream View and Daydream VR device
Google’s virtual reality platform Daydream VR will launch along with the company’s Daydream-ready VR device. The smartphone-compatible VR headset may be named ‘Daydream View’.
Google Home assistant
Reportedly, the voice-enabled wireless speaker, Google Home is making a grand comeback. Of course, there’s a lot of hype surrounding the Amazon Echo rival. Google’s upcoming virtual assistant will power the vase-like object.
There have also been rumors that the Mountain View company will take the wraps off two Google Smartwatches powered by Android Wear 2.0. At this stage, there isn’t much information available on Google Assistant integration. We’re guessing we may have to wait until the main event, which is on October 4th.