According to a report published by tech blog Android Police, Google has apparently scheduled a media event in October this year. The said event will reportedly feature official announcements regarding Google’s latest hardware offerings, including new phones branded under Pixel, plus a 4K Chromecast.
Citing reliable sources, Android Police reported that there will be a couple of new phones debuting, namely the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Naturally, Google would prefer to keep the details regarding the devices’ specification, features, and functionalities under wraps, which means that for about one month, Android fans may have no choice but to speculate, and of course, make do with whatever rumor (or leak) comes along.
Apart from unveiling the new Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, Google is also expected by various industry watchers to share more information about Google Home. For those not familiar with Google Home, it is a new smart speaker that also doubles as an always listening digital assistant, which just might possibly give Amazon Echo a run for its money. On top of that, many also expect the tech giant to unveil the official design for its Daydream VR, a hardware and software platform created in order to provide top quality virtual reality experiences for owners of mobile devices powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system. What is so about Daydream VR is that by supplying a design, it is basically allowing various manufacturers to build their Daydream compatible virtual reality hardware.
Back in June earlier this year, there were reports that Google had possible plans of launching its own smartphone, a device that will not be carrying the popular Nexus brand, before the end of 2016. The upcoming unveiling of the Pixel and the Pixel XL may be the clearest indication that, yes, Google indeed has such plans. And considering that it was recently reported that Google was also putting its Project Ara on hold, perhaps the tech giant was just trying to focus all of its attention to the new Pixel handsets. For those not familiar with Project Ara, it was Google’s attempt to produce a smartphone that allows mobile users to easily replace components at will.
It bears noting that Google has not confirmed next month’s event, which is said to happen on October 4th. Also, no details have been released yet regarding the official venue, with many industry watchers expecting it to be either in New York City or San Francisco, based on past media events conducted by the company.
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