Are we prepared for some hardware? On October 4, during 9am PT (Noon ET), Google is hosting a large launch celebration for a new phones and possibly all sorts of other Google Hardware devices.
Given a fact that Google kept a eventuality entice reasonably vague, a gossip indent has been in high gear. So with reduction than a week until a large day, it’s time to arrange by it all and establish a plausibility.
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
First up: Hype. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome OS, and Google Play, has been articulate this eventuality adult in a strongest probable terms. He compared a eventuality to a launch of Android 1.0 8 years ago, and “has a feeling” we’ll be articulate about a 10/4 eventuality 8 years from now. That’s fundamentally earnest this eventuality will be adult there with one of a many poignant events in Google’s history. Strong words.
And it’s not usually tweets—Google is holding a surprising step of promotion this launch eventuality to normal people. There are billboards and statues in vital cities, television advertisements on primetime shows like Monday Night Football, and ads during a tip of Google Calendar and a bottom of Google.com.
If we paid courtesy to Google I/O 2016, we competence get a bit of déjà vu from this event. Google announced a lot of products during I/O, though zero was unequivocally released. The Android N Developer Preview was already out, and alongside that Google talked about Allo, Duo, Android Wear 2.0, Daydream VR, and Google Home. With Allo and Duo recently released, and many of these products rumored for a Oct 4 event, it seems Google is finally prepared to uncover off everything it talked about during I/O. Rumors aside, many of these products were announced with a “later this year” recover date, and given it’s almost October, there isn’t many “year” left. They’ve got to come out soon.
Regardless of how many products are released, a 10/4 eventuality will be a entrance out celebration for the Google Hardware division. Early this year, Rick Osterloh, a former boss of Motorola, was tasked with formulating a new multiplication inside Google privately for consumer hardware. Osterloh’s LinkedIn form declares his pretension to be “SVP Hardware during Google.” Being a comparison clamp boss during Google is a large deal, putting a hardware organisation on even balance with a Android, Search, and Ads teams, which allows Osterloh to news directly to CEO Sundar Pichai. Google Hardware is apparently going to be a large deal.
Google Hardware is a new gatekeeper for all earthy Google products. The wish seems to be that Google will furnish a cohesive hardware portfolio, instead of carrying several teams all doing their possess thing. The modus operandi for Google Hardware early on appears to be products that are indeed branded “Google.” We’re saying a beginnings of this with the “Made by Google” campaign leading to 10/4.
New Google phones—The Pixel and Pixel XL
Let’s start with dual products that are really rising during a event: the new Google Phones. These inclination are referenced in a invite, that clearly depicts an outline of a smartphone. All a pre-release leaks indicate to Google releasing dual phones called a “Pixel” and “Pixel XL,” fundamentally a same design in dual opposite sizes with some spec differences.
Before diving too deep into a gossip rabbit hole, let’s speak about a trustworthiness of these sources. The immeasurable infancy of this information comes from Android Police, that has already supposing several pieces of info on a Pixel duo. The site nailed the codenames all a approach behind in April, which we know are genuine interjection to AOSP references. In July, it combined a flattering mark on render for a devices, which matched up well with spy shots that came out months later. The site also correctly predicted the date of a event 19 days in advance. Android Police has been on aim for Pixel info so far. (In further to a site, we’ll also anxiety equipment from Evan Blass. Through his @evleaks Twitter comment and position during VentureBeat, he’s turn a tie of a pre-release tech news cycle.)
With a appearance of a Google Hardware division, Google’s phone branding is removing totally revamped. In a past, a association had a flagship line of “Nexus” devices, though a accord is that Google will adopt a code combined by a Chrome OS team, job a new phones “Pixel” devices. Unlike a Nexus devices, it also seems like a “partner” OEM branding is left with Pixel. The device manufacturer appears some-more or reduction anonymous; these are “Google Pixel” phones with no other branding. Google’s “Made by Google” promotion debate in a run adult to a eventuality lines adult easily with this rumor.
However, a “Made by Google” debate seems usually a small disingenuous. We know these inclination are done by HTC. It’s not usually that a gossip indent has consistently pegged them as built by HTC; HTC indeed filed a FCC paperwork for these devices. As HTC-built phones, these don’t demeanour really opposite from a company’s latest designs. Like a HTC A9 and HTC Desire 10, a Pixel phones seem heavily shabby by a iPhone design.
According to Android Police, a bodies of a Pixel phones are steel with back potion windows and iPhone-style receiver lines. The Pixel and Pixel XL are basically matching designs in dual opposite sizes. The site says both inclination have a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 12MP back camera, 8MP front camera, back fingerprint sensor, and a USB Type C port. The bigger Pixel XL, codename “Marlin,” will have a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display, a 3450mAh battery, and 32GB or 128GB storage options. The smaller Pixel, codenamed “Sailfish,” will have a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, a 2770mAh battery, and during slightest a 32GB storage option.
Don’t get too vehement by a new “Snapdragon 821” processor—it’s usually a clock-bumped version of a Snapdragon 820, that jumps from 2.15GHz to 2.4GHz. The Pixel inclination will be one of a initial with a “new” chip, and so distant a Xiaomi Mi 5s is a usually other phone we know of with a same SoC.
One of a best tools of a Nexus inclination has typically been their value proposition. The 2015 Nexus 6P was a high-end steel phone for $500, while a Nexus 5X paired somewhat reduce specs with a cosmetic physique for $380. According to Android Police, a low prices aren’t going to tarry a transition to a “Pixel” brand. The site reports a smaller Pixel phone will start at $649 with monthly financing options accessible from Google. That’s a critical cost increase, and with Google charging “iPhone money” for these devices, there is no forgive for compromises or cut corners.
That same news states a accessible colors as blue, aluminum, and black, with Verizon signing adult to lift a device. One of a best tools of owning a Google device is the rapid refurbish cycle compared to a rest of a Android ecosystem. But if story is any indication, Verizon can—and will—delay your updates, so don’t buy from Verizon if we can assistance it.
Software is another high indicate for Google phones, with rapid updates and an inexperienced AOSP interface. In a past, Nexus phones had a occasional disdainful feature; many particularly a Google Home Launcher on a Nexus 5. It seems Google is severely expanding a disdainful program lineup for a Pixel phones. According to Android Police, a Pixel phones will boat with an disdainful home screen, settings, System UI, a night mode, and several other features. None of a facilities have been really eye-popping so far, though we’ll see what a eventuality brings.
The initial Daydream VR headset
At Google I/O, Google announced “Daydream VR“—a new Android ecosystem customary for phone-powered practical reality. The judgment works a lot like a Samsung Gear VR: a phone slots into a “dumb” VR headset, providing a arrangement and computing horsepower for practical reality. Google is one-upping a Gear VR by mandating that each Daydream headset come with a singular three-axis suit controller, giving developers a customary controller to rise for. The controller should be closer to a Nintendo Wii remote than a positionally tracked HTC Vive controllers, though it would still give users some emergence of palm controls. Unlike a Gear VR, Daydream will be open to any Android OEM that meets a smallest requirements.
Android has had a low-quality VR resolution called “Google Cardboard” for some time, though Android 7.0 Nougat made several changes to a core OS that should make Daydream VR a higher-quality experience. Again, many of this is following in a footsteps of a Gear VR while bringing it to everyone. To try to say a high-quality knowledge opposite vendors, Google is laying down several mandate for phone and headset manufacturers, and a association will be certifying inclination as “Daydream Ready.”
Google hasn’t pronounced anything central about Daydream appearing during a event, though an Android Police news claims a initial Daydream VR headset will launch during a 10/4 event. The new Pixel Phones are approaching to be one of a initial Daydream VR concordant devices, so carrying a VR headset prepared alongside them creates sense. Google’s VR SDK recently “graduated out of beta,” and Google betrothed “the initial Daydream-ready phones and headset are entrance this fall.” All these sum lend some-more faith to a thought of a Daydream launch subsequent week.
We’ve already seen early looks during how Android will change to accommodate a VR interface. Google has expelled screenshots of a VR-centric home shade and Google Play Store. The large news will be what the headset and controller demeanour like, how good a controller works, and what it will cost. The cost shouldn’t be too expensive. Unlike a Gear VR, that packs a few additional sensors, Google wants a headset to be totally “dumb,” relying on a phone to do sensor duty. You’ll fundamentally compensate for lenses wrapped in a hunk of cosmetic along with a controller. We’re anticipating for a low, impulse-buy cost tag.