Recently this week, Google took the opportunity to announce by way of a video that it will be having a media event in the city of San Francisco in California on October 4th of this year. Not much details were included in the video announcement, but industry watchers are expecting the tech giant to be debuting its latest flagship smartphone during that media event. As shown in the video, the horizontal Google search bar is displayed slowly transforming into the outline of a vertical rectangle (which resembles a mobile device), with Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love playing on the soundtrack.
Previous rumors have indicated that Google is planning to release a mobile device not belonging to its popular Nexus brand by the end of this year. Many believe that the tech giant will be officially announcing such a device in October this year, alongside other hardware unveilings (most likely a 4K Chromecast). Invitations to the event were distributed more than a couple of weeks after the company revealed that it had temporarily ceased its Project Ara, which aimed to build a smartphone made of swappable components.
Fast forwarding to now, reports now say that there will be a pair of new smartphones called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The devices are said to start at a pricier $649. HTC will reportedly be building the new Pixel handsets. The Taiwanese phone maker would definitely welcome such an opportunity. Despite boasting impressive specs for its devices, HTC never really managed to compete well with industry leaders Samsung and Apple. But with Google as a partner, it certainly will not hurt.
With regards to software, considering that Google already debuted Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, back in March early this year, the OS in the new Pixel smartphones may not offer anything that is revolutionary. Still, many expect Google to finetune its Android OS with features specific to the Pixel devices, like unique swiping functionalities on the fingerprint scanner and an enhanced launcher.
But will the new Pixel devices come with support for Google’s Daydream? It remains to be seen for now. But if they do support Daydream, then it would considered a clear departure from what Google has been doing with its Nexus handsets, which is try to separate the device as much as possible from any wireless carrier. With Daydream support, it is likely that mobile operators will be bundling Daydream with a handset.
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