Now that Apple has had a vast tumble phone event, it’s Google’s spin to show off a goods. And that’s going to occur subsequent week, Oct 4th, during an eventuality in San Francisco. We’ll be there live covering a eventuality soup to nuts, with a live blog and more. But if we wish a heads adult for what a rumors advise that Google’s approaching to announce, you’ve come to a right place.
Based on all we know so far, this eventuality is going to have a lot of hardware announcements. A lot. We’re awaiting to see new phones; recover dates and pricing for Google’s Amazon Echo competitor; a new Chromecast; and even a new router. And restraining this all together will be Google’s new Assistant, that debuted with a Allo messaging app.
Let’s dive in.
Pixel and Pixel XL
The categorical stars of a uncover will approaching be a new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Many of a sum of a new inclination have leaked over a past few months, and it’s not transparent how many surprises Google will have in store about them.
The new phones will reportedly reinstate Google’s long-standing Nexus program, and will underline usually Google’s branding — no manufacturer or Nexus tags will be found on them (though accord is that HTC is indeed building a phones behind a scenes). Google has already been hyping adult seductiveness in a new inclination by marketing campaigns opposite a world.
Two sizes: The Pixel and Pixel XL will be mostly identical, save for their size. The smaller Pixel is approaching to have a 5-inch display, while a Pixel XL will have a phablet-class 5.5-inch screen.
Powerhouse specs: Both phones are approaching to have a same altogether line-up of specs, and they will be slicing edge. Expect to see Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 1080p (Pixel) and quad HD (Pixel XL) displays, 12-megapixel cameras, fingerprint scanners, and vast batteries. Basically, if there’s a spec that’s approaching for a high-end Android phone in late 2016, a Pixel phones will have it.
Premium design: As both inclination are approaching to be made by HTC (but with Google’s branding), they are approaching to have reward materials and finishes. Based on images that have leaked so far, both phones will demeanour really identical to a iPhone and will have aluminum unibody designs. But instead of a fingerprint scanner on a front, a Pixel phones have theirs on a back, identical to final year’s Nexus 5X and 6P.
Premium pricing: To go along with that reward design, a Pixel phones are approaching to be labelled reward as well. According to Android Police, a inclination will start during $649, that puts them in line with a best phones from Apple and Samsung. This is a change from Google’s assertive pricing plan with some Nexus inclination and might means disappointment for a few longtime fans of those phones. On a and side, it’s pronounced that Google will offer financing options to make a high cost easier to manage.
Android 7.1 Nougat: The new Pixel phones won’t only move updated hardware: they are also approaching to launch with Android 7.1 Nougat, an refurbish to a Android 7.0 that only launched in August. There aren’t many sum about what 7.1 has in store, yet a Pixel phones are approaching to have a few disdainful goodies, including a new app launcher and idol design.
Google announced a competitor to Amazon’s wildly popular Echo behind during a I/O developer discussion in May, yet subsequent week we design to get information on when you’ll be means to buy a Google Home and how many it will cost.
Android Police has reported that a Google Home will sell for $129, that is $50 reduction than Amazon’s full-size Echo, yet $80 some-more than a smaller Echo Dot. We don’t have an accurate date for when Home will be available, yet we design Google will put it adult for sale in time for a holiday selling season.
Not to be left out of a party, it appears that a Chromecast will be removing an refurbish subsequent week, too. Android Police has reported that a Chromecast Ultra will be announced, that will support 4K and HDR calm and will sell for $69. That cost is a bit some-more costly than a customary Chromecasts, yet given a Ultra’s higher-end capabilities, that’s not a outrageous surprise.
This one also comes to us by approach of Android Police: Google is reportedly going to announce a new, multi-point router complement that will contest with Eero and identical routers that have come out this year. The simply named Google Wi-Fi router is approaching to cost $129 for any section and can be related together to cover an whole home, only like Eero. It will approaching have intelligent home features, as well.
What does this meant for Google’s other router platform, OnHub? It’s not nonetheless clear, yet Google Wi-Fi is pronounced to have Google’s possess branding on it (just like a Pixel phones) and won’t be a partner play like OnHub is.
This final one is a bit odd, yet a gossip indent has been gaining steam over a past few weeks claiming that Google is going to announce nonetheless another computing height during subsequent week’s event. Allegedly code-named Andromeda, a new height is pronounced to mix elements of Chrome OS and Android, and will be matched for laptop and inscription devices.
The information ancillary these theories is mostly formed on aged formula commits, nonetheless a series of outlets are stating that Google has tested a new height on a Nexus 9 tablet and a yet-to-be-announced Huawei tablet. Some have forked to a new twitter from Google’s Android and Chrome OS trainer Hiroshi Lockheimer as justification that a vast change to Android will be announced.
We announced a 1st chronicle of Android 8 years ago today. we have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be articulate about Oct 4, 2016.
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 24, 2016
A total Chrome and Android height has been rumored for years, with a many convincing source being a Wall Street Journal’s report from Oct 2015 observant that Google was operative on such a thing. Google denied that a dual platforms were being combined, yet it has launched a Play Store and Android apps on Chrome OS. Andromeda could be a unconditionally new thing, or it could be a really same Android apps on Chrome OS that we’ve already seen.
Could this be Google’s vast warn exhibit during a finish of a eventuality on Tuesday? You’ll have to balance in subsequent week to find out. Our coverage starts during 1PM ET on Oct 4th. See we there!