Google will reportedly launch its own premium smartphone range this year without the Nexus branding,…
Mountain View: Google is gearing up for an exciting event, which is scheduled for October at San Francisco. The company is expected to unveil new smartphones, a smart-home device along with a new virtual reality platform. Though we cannot be sure of what the company will show off, here’s a breakdown of what we can expect from Google.
So long, Nexus: Enter ‘Pixel’
Google has left the Nexus brand behind, and will announce a new line up of devices called, Pixel. Two new smartphones are expected to be announced at the event – Pixel and Pixel XL. The phones are supposed to be built by HTC and Huawei. The former will sport a 5-inch display, replacing the LG Nexus 5X while the latter, sports a 5.5-inch display, which will replace the Huawei Nexus 6P, released last year. Rumours suggest the Pixel smartphone line up to include top-notch specifications such as 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 12MP cameras along with fast-charging batteries. Both devices will run Android 7.1 Nougat respectively.
Along with smartphones, Google could unveil a Huawei-built 7-inch Android tablet. Serial tipster Evan Blass, stated that a Google tablet built by Huawei with 4GB RAM is “on track for release before the end of the year.”
Lastly, Google may unveil a new ultra-portable ‘Pixel’ laptop. This device could be based on an Intel m3 or i5 Core processor with 32GB or 128GB of storage and 8GB or 16GB of RAM. It is also slated to have a fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, quad microphones, a backlit keyboard, and a glass trackpad respectively.
Replacing Google Cardboard: Daydream VR
Google announced a VR platform in May this year, called Daydream. However, no in-depth details were shared. As the platform has now stepped out of beta, and is open to developers, we can expect a lot more information regarding Daydream VR, which is intended to offer high-quality virtual reality experience.
Smart-home gear: Google Home
Google Home, which would rival Amazon’s Echo, Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s HomeKit was announced at Google I/O this year. The device will be available with integrated speakers, a microphone and a WiFi router. This would be the company’s first venture into AI-powered smart-home décor. Reports suggest the device is priced at $129 (approximately Rs 8,600). In addition, Google is expected to unveil a ‘companion’ device for Google Home which is a WiFi router. It would retail for at $129 (approximately Rs 8,500) and will link together larger wireless networks.
New OS, Andromeda
According to the rumour mill, Google will now step into the desktop OS space with Andromeda, a powerhouse combination of Chrome and Android OS. It is named after a stilted combination of Android and Chrome, with a da. The Huawei-made tablet and Pixel 3 laptop may run Andromeda OS.
Next version: Google Chromecast
Rumoured to be called Chromecast Plus or the Chromecast Ultra, Google’s new digital-media player will include 4K support. It will also allow you to stream Ultra HD content. The device will be much more expensive than the original Chromecast, priced at $69 (approximately Rs 4,600)