On October 4, Google will hold a press event, an event where the Search giant is expected to unveil its next-gen Android powered smartphones and they wont be Nexus’, according to a more recent rumour.
Google is about to embark on a new journey, one to take on any mobile maker, including those that sell Android powered devices. Although, the manufacturing remains in the hands of its hardware partners (because it sold Motorola to Lenovo and so there is no hardware division to produce smartphones anymore), Google is going premium to take on the likes of Apple and Samsung.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the rumoured marketing names of the up and coming smartphone duo, both presumably manufactured by HTC based on Google close guidelines. According to Android Police’s managing editor, David Ruddock, both Pixel smartphones will “have exclusive Google support, exclusive software features, and exclusive financing options. Google is going for it.”
These devices will be the first on US soil to ship with Qualcomm’s newest chipset, the Snapdragon 821 and run Android 7.0 (Nougat) out of the box. Google intends to partner with Verizon telecom carrier to be able to sell the Pixel phones nationwide. Price-wise it has been rumoured that they wiil cost $599 – Pixel XL and $449 – the smaller Pixel smartphone.