It very much appears that Google is planning to unveil the follow up to last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th. The tech giant seems to have introduced a new marketing campaign, and it has even gone as far as setting up a landing page with the text “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” Apart from the simple text, the landing page also invites people to provide their email address so as to be notified with regards to any future updates.
Basically every Android mobile user today already knows that updating their devices to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system will take some time, and part of the reason is that wireless carriers always have to follow their own respective sets of protocols before deploying a new version of Android to each handset connected to their networks.
The biggest mobile operator in the United States is no exception to this, and it is almost automatic for subscribers of Verizon Wireless to expect to wait for several weeks before they can get their Android powered smartphones and tablet devices updated to the latest version of the world’s most widely used mobile OS.
There have been rumors flying recently that Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone will be released some time later this year. But just a few days ago, there is some increased talk that the said device will feature a squeezable body.
According to a recent report published by Ars Technica just this week, the number of installations of the Pixel Launcher mobile app (which can only be utilized with Google’s Pixel smartphones) has reached more than a million. To be perfectly clear, Google does not usually publish sales numbers for its flagship device, so industry watchers often have to make their own estimates based on available data (like the number of Pixel Launch app installs).
As revealed by Rick Osterloh, chief of hardware at Google, a new Pixel device is coming this year, but this new flagship offering may come with a rather steep price. When Google released its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones last year, it signalled a new era in which the tech giant is releasing a Google branded device that is not Nexus.
Over the weekend, Google had revealed that it would be deploying Google Assistant soon to Android powered mobile devices in the United States, and then to other countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Well, the tech giant is now making good on that promise, tweeting just recently that the roll out is now ongoing.
According to a report published by SamMobile, soon to be owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 devices will have a better artificial intelligence feature than users of Google Pixel devices. There is some speculation that Samsung’s next flagship handsets will come with Bixby Assistant, which might launch with seven or even eight languages.
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.
Earlier this week, Google had revealed that it was starting the roll out of Android 7.1.2, the newest version of Android Nougat, to devices such as the Google Pixel and the Nexus 5X (built by LG) by way of an over the air update. Based on the most recent developer preview, owners of the Nexus 5X will be delighted to know that the device will now receive a new feature that was once only available to the Pixel, but often requested to be included in the Nexus 5X. Specifically, this feature allows users to swipe down on the device’s fingerprint reader to display notification alerts.
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones may only be available as an exclusive at Verizon Wireless, but various industry watchers are observing that the devices are selling well nonetheless during this year’s holiday shopping season. The bad news -- because the handsets are flying off the shelves quite fast, those planning to purchase a unit may have to wait until after Christmas Day.
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