The new generation Pixel devices are widely expected to be officially introduced by Google this coming Wednesday, October 4th, and mobile tech enthusiasts are no doubt excited to see how the follow ups will improve upon last year’s models. Plenty has already been discussed with regards to leaked images that surfaced in the interwebs nearly a couple of weeks ago, and we will all find out in two days if those leaks were indeed true. Still, it is worth going through the persistent rumors.
What we know (almost for sure) is that on October 4th, Google is very, very likely to unveil new generation Pixel devices, which should neatly expand upon the Pixel and the Pixel XL released last year. Google has appeared to have launched a marketing campaign, by way of a landing page with the text “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” Obviously, Google would not want to reveal everything until the official unveiling event.
When it comes to virtual reality (VR) headsets for its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus devices, Samsung itself already has a pretty decent offering with its Gear VR, even more so when taking into account the hordes of mobile apps and Oculus, as well as a new controller, that are compatible with the headset.
The one year anniversary of Google's Daydream VR platform is nearing. Yet despite its teasers and its own potential, the support of the industry for the platform has not been a strong one. As a matter of fact, only a few Android devices right now support Google's VR platform, namely the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, ZTE’s Axon 7, and Motorola’s Moto Z and Moto Z Force.
Based on what has been revealed at Google’s I/O developer conference that happened just a few weeks ago, Asus’ upcoming phablet, the ZenFone AR, is nearing its official release date, and the device will be hitting the United States mobile market some time this summer as an exclusive offering from Verizon Wireless. According to Engadget, the handset will be making its worldwide debut in Taiwan by mid-June, and it should launch in US store shelves either in late June or in early July.
For the past few years, virtual reality has become a big thing, especially with smartphones adapting to this technology. One of the best ways you can experience VR is through Google's Daydream platform. There is, however, a catch. Only a limited number of devices are compatible with the VR platform, namely the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Motorola’s Moto Z, Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro, and Asus’ ZenFone AR -- which all cost over $600.
It is a known fact that Verizon Wireless is the only major mobile operator in the United States that is selling Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL devices. But because of some delays in the shipping of smartphones (due to high demand), some subscribers of the Big Red now find their purchases pushed back by weeks or even months.
Can Huawei successfully conquer the United States mobile market this year? It certainly thinks it can with the recent launch of its newest phablet offering, the Mate 9. The device comes with a rather formidable $600 price, and is the first smartphone in the world to be integrated with Alexa, the artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant developed by Amazon.
Qualcomm may have inadvertently announced Asus’ ZenFone AR phablet in advance, but it does not mean the device is not worth checking out now that it has officially seen the light of day. As leaked earlier, the ZenFone AR holds the distinction of being the first commercially available smartphone to have support for both Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform and Tango augmented reality technology.
Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
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