Previous rumors pan out as Google confirms the date for its new phone line.
Google has just blasted the press with invites for an event on October 4th. The company sounds ready to unveil its 2016 smartphones. The teaser page up at https://madeby.google.com/ offers to “Keep me updated about devices from Google” as well as a new video on Google’s YouTube channel. Both the video and the page have a Google search bar that slowly transforms into an outline of a phone, indicating that is event is all about the launch of the launch of Google’s new phones.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the October 4th date. A report from Android Police claimed October 4th would see the launch of the two Pixel phones, along with Google Home, the company’s answer to the Amazon Echo; Daydream VR, the company’s answer to the Samsung Gear VR; and a Chromecast capable of 4K playback. The date of the report was definitely accurate, but so far the only thing Google has teased for the event is the phone.
We expect two Pixel phones: a 5-inch version only referred to in rumors as “Pixel” and a 5.5-inch version called the “Pixel XL.” With the advent of Google’s dedicated hardware division, the “Nexus” line of phones is dead. The “Pixel” line is expected to be more premium and include Google-exclusive features. The latest leaks and rumors include a significantly higher price tag of $650 for the 5-inch phone, and leaked photos of the devices that look just like the renders that have been floating around forever.
The invite says the event starts at 9 am Pacific with a live stream at youtube.com/google.