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Google Pixel Phone Release Date, Price and Specs

Every year since 2010[1], Google has launched a “Nexus” phone into the marketplace — a device made by a third-party manufacturer, with the distinction of being the first one kissed with that year’s version of Google’s Android[2] operating system. Nexus has since become synonymous with higher-end features in a package that’s cheaper than Apple and Samsung’s top phones[3].

This year, things are probably going to be a little different. Here’s what we know so far, and what’s rumored, about the next Google-branded phone.

There will be two and their names shall be Pixel (maybe)

The word on the web is that Google is doing away with the Nexus brand[4] and plumping for Pixel[5] instead. Why? We don’t know for sure, and it’s only a rumor for now, but Google already has a Pixel C tablet[6], so the designation at least makes sense. If the rumors are true, we’ll have two phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL[7]. That would work out, too. Last year we saw double Nexus phones as well, the Nexus 6P[8] (made by Huawei) and smaller, lighter-featured Nexus 5X[9] (made by LG).

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You could be looking at the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Android Police

I don’t have any insider information here, but if I were to guess, I’d say Google might want to start fresh because the Nexus numbering is getting out of hand. Phones named 6P and 5X don’t seem to belong to the same generation (but they did), and with the iPhone 7 phones, four Samsung Galaxy “7” phones[10] and the ZTE Axon 7[11], another “7” phone would feel played out. There’s also the matter of an existing Nexus 7[12] and Nexus 9[13]; Google may be running short on names. This would also be a good opportunity to give the phones a new philosophy or price range.

October 4 launch date set

We can’t say for sure that Google will definitely unveil its next phone, but something rectangular is being unmasked on October 4 in San Francisco[14]. Google’s site for the launch[15], its invitation to journalists, giant billboards and new TV commercials all show a phone-shaped rectangle accompanied by a Google “G” (and various morphing animations from the Google search bar, on the video versions).

We’ll be on the ground covering the event live.

What else do we know about the phones?

We don’t know anything for sure, but we’ve heard plenty of rumors and leaks about phones that may or may not be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. The smaller phone might have a 5-inch screen; the larger one a 5.5-inch display. They could be made by HTC[16] and start at $650[17] (that converts to about £500 and AU$860), with the Pixel XL costing more. There may also be a financing plan you can buy from Google and an extended warranty, similar to Apple Care.

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The back may have an unusual glass panel.

@OnLeaks, Android Authority

The phones could come in three colors, according to Android Police[18]: aluminum, black and bright blue colors. In the US, it’s possible they’ll sell through Google’s Store and Verizon.

The possible specs, pieced together from leaks all over the internet, from Business Insider[19], Android Authority[20] and Android Police are listed below.

Rumored Google Pixel specs

  • 5-inch display with 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution
  • 12- or 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 32GB, 128GB storage options
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2,770 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Google Daydream-ready

Rumored Google Pixel XL specs

  • 5.5-inch display with 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution
  • 12- or 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 32GB, 128GB storage options
  • 4GB RAM
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Google Daydream-ready

Will we see any other hardware?

Don’t hold your breath for the Project Ara modular phone[21] with swappable parts; that’s stalled so much that Google has finally pulled it off the table, for now[22].

But here’s what we do expect:

  • New Pixel tablet: Last year’s excellent Pixel C is due for an upgrade.

More to come

Rumors and leaks will hit a fever pitch as the October 4 event approaches. We’ll update this story with the best nuggets we find, and we’ll be sure to bring you all the goods from Google’s big event.

References

  1. ^ since 2010 (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Android (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ top phones (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ Google is doing away with the Nexus brand (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Pixel (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Pixel C tablet (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ Pixel and Pixel XL (www.androidpolice.com)
  8. ^ Nexus 6P (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ Nexus 5X (www.cnet.com)
  10. ^ Samsung Galaxy “7” phones (www.cnet.com)
  11. ^ ZTE Axon 7 (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ Nexus 7 (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ Nexus 9 (www.cnet.com)
  14. ^ October 4 in San Francisco (www.cnet.com)
  15. ^ site for the launch (madeby.google.com)
  16. ^ made by HTC (www.cnet.com)
  17. ^ start at $650 (www.androidpolice.com)
  18. ^ Android Police (www.androidpolice.com)
  19. ^ Business Insider (www.businessinsider.com)
  20. ^ Android Authority (www.androidauthority.com)
  21. ^ Project Ara modular phone (www.cnet.com)
  22. ^ pulled it off the table, for now (www.cnet.com)

Facebook taps hardware startup Nascent Objects to strengthen its secret Building 8 lab

Facebook has acquired modular consumer electronics startup Nascent Objects to accelerate the production process within its secret hardware lab Building 8. The news was confirmed by both Nascent Objects, and the head of Building 8, Regina Dugan.

The Bay Area startup creates software to streamline the manufacturing process for gadgets, including 3D printed hardware. “Our technology allows developers to go from concept to product in just weeks, much faster and less expensive than traditional methods,” states the company on its website[1].

“Nascent Objects…[is] joining Facebook to work with us in Building 8. Together, we hope to create hardware at a speed that’s more like software,”wrote Dugan in her Facebook post regarding the buyout, which also included a short video clip of what Nascent Objects does.

Related: Facebook opens up its image-recognition AI software to everyone[2]

Facebook hired[3] Dugan to lead its new R&D hardware lab in April. At the time, the former DARPA director gave precious few details in regards to Building 8. Then in August, Facebook unveiled the first glimpse inside its huge Area 404[4] hardware manufacturing space, where members of Building 8 collaborate on new projects with its Connectivity Lab, Oculus, and infrastructure teams.

Nascent Objects founder and CEO Baback Elmieh, along with other “key members” of the startup will join Facebook as a result of the acquisition, reports Recode[5]. Like Dugan, Elmieh previously served at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP). Both Nascent Objects and Google ATAP are known for creating modular products — the latter initially worked on the Project Ara modular smartphone, which Google has now indefinitely shelved[6].

Having already built a “highly modular” hardware device in the form of its OpenCellular[7] internet-serving platform, Facebook could be planning to build more modular connectivity products with the aid of Nascent Objects. The startup could also help speed-up the company’s global connectivity plans, which have suffered[8] a number of setbacks[9], by fast-tracking the development process.

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References

  1. ^ website (www.nascentobjects.com)
  2. ^ Facebook opens up its image-recognition AI software to everyone (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ hired (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Area 404 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ Recode (www.recode.net)
  6. ^ shelved (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ OpenCellular (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ suffered (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ setbacks (www.digitaltrends.com)
       
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