The time is almost, (un)officially here: a new report from Android Police states that October 4th is when Google will announce its Pixel phones, a new Chromecast, the first Daydream VR headset, and Google Home.
Join us after the break for all the details.
The leaks and rumors about Google’s next pair of smartphones have been escalating and now we may finally have a timeframe to wrap our heads around. According to the report, it won’t just be new phones in the spotlight.
During this year’s Google I/O, Google announced a new virtual reality platform, Daydream, that would be fully integrated into Android 7.0 Nougat and require strict hardware requirements for its partners. While the rumors about Google building its own VR device have cycled between “yes” and “no,” it now looks like that plan was never halted and a device called Daydream View may be announced at this event.
Not much is currently known about this Daydream device except those possible names, however Google showed us back at I/O a generic blueprint (which may not even resemble the actual device, we just don’t know yet). But with all the news about Daydream and various hardware partners stating their support, it makes sense that Google would have its own device at least as a benchmark for their vision.
Also expected at this event is a brand new Chromecast with support for 4K video. As with the Daydream device, little is known at this time other than the possible names being Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra. This will be a very welcome addition given how successful the current generation Chromecast has been for Google.
Last, but certainly not least, the new
Nexus Pixel phones may finally have an announcement date. We previously reported that Google would be abandoning its long-held Nexus branding in favor of Pixel. Back at this year’s Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that while Google still plans to work with OEMs to manufacture their phones, they will be more opinionated about the design and software features. The reports that these new phones, codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, would be called Pixel and Pixel XL, respectively, only supports this. The rumor mill for these phones have been in overdrive for the last several months, but if this report is true we won’t have to wait much longer for official confirmation.
Also noted in the report is that Google will fully detail (if not officially release) it’s Google Home smart speaker that was also announced back at I/O. There hasn’t been a lot of information about this device, but it will be a major part of the upcoming Google Assistant AI platform.
That’s all that is known at this time. Google has yet to send out an official invitation and there is no information on the time and place for the announcement, but we will be on the lookout for any updates.
Source: Android Police