Alphabet Inc. which is owned by two Google founders is now calling its new phones Pixel and Pixel XL with the latter running on the new Android 7.1 Nougat. The proposed launching is set for October 4 in San Francisco. It has also been revealed that manufacturing of the phones was done by HTC.
Google has been confirmed to finally ditch the “Nexus” brand name in favor of the “Pixel” name. Google’s Pixel will feature a 5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB storage space. For its camera feature, the Pixel will feature 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, similar to HTC phones. On this feature many people may feel it falls short since iPhones, Samsungs, and Motorola’s are already featuring higher MP cameras.
The device will still feature a top mounted headphone jack and a rear fingerprint scanner similar to those found in last year’s Nexus phones. The smartphone is backed by a 2,770mAh and support USB-C port for charging. The Google Pixel XL is purported to be bigger in sporting a 5.5 inch Quad HD display and a larger 3,450mAh battery. Google is expected to maximize on the Android 7.1 Nougat.
It is reported that both phones will introduce Pixel launcher with a slide up app drawer and support for five apps on the app tray. The Pixel launcher also replaces the search bar with a search icon and adds a static timeline at the right side.
Some Google official higher ups have also hinted that the devices may use metal and glass with a dual tone rear panel with the Google Pixel lineup. Although they refused to divulge pricing, a leak reports that the Google Pixel alone will start at around $649, putting it right beside the price of the iPhone 7. Everyone knows how Apple failed to entice a new set of users with its new design.
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However, Google seems to be going after smartphone users outside of Apple users and those who love to experiment with phones manufactured by non-phone manufacturers. However, to be truthful about the matter and just by studying at the Google phone’s features, it seems that the search engine giant is making an innovative phone to compete with the iPhone.
As reported in previous news items, Google is “annoyed” at the iPhones perception of being the only “premium” offering on the market. Aside from Pixel smartphones, the search engine giant is expected to make announcements regarding other products it needs to release.
Other products that the company is hoping to reveal and eventually release are the Allo, its chat app, and Google Home, its Alexa-like home speaker and smart assistant. The company is also preparing to release its Android-powered VR platform. Unfortunately, Alphabet Inc. owned Google lacks a decent hardware division to complement its software in the tech industry, hence its dependence on HTC for its Pixel phones.
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