Google bid adieu to Nexus; will launch Pixel branded phones October 4th

Google's upcoming phones will be Pixel phones and not Nexus phones and will launch on October 4th, says a report by Android Police.

Google's upcoming Pixel phones will arrive with 4K Chromecast and will be compatible with Google's first DayDream VR headset.

The fact that Google's next smartphones will be manufactured by HTC isn't really news, but fortunately, we've been able to get our hands around a number of leaked specifications and features of the devices in the last couple of months. However, as it turns out, if Android Police are correct, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are probably the last Nexus phones ever.

The report claims that the upcoming phones will carry the Pixel logo and will be fine-tuned for 4K-quality Chromecasts as well as Google's DayDream VR experience. Needless to say, the phones will be the first ones to be compatible with the first DayDream VR headset which should also be launched at Google's hardware launch event on October 4th. 

There have been various leaks on the upcoming devices, some of which are quite credible and have been backed up by sources 'close to the matter.' While the phones will obviously run on the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS with no UI add-ons, their hardware configurations will vary from premium to mid-range. While the premium phone, code-named Marlin, may arrive with a 5.5-inch Ultra HD (4K) display, an octa-core Snapdragon 820 (821?) processor, maximum storage of 128GB  and possibly 4GB of RAM, the smaller 'Sailfish' will feature a 5-inch display, the same processor as well as a metal and glass body with a fingerprint sensor on its back.

As per Android Police, the upcoming handsets will also feature a new 'swipe fingerprint' gesture support which will let you view notifications by simply swiping down on the fingerprint sensor with your finger. The feature is already present in a few Huawei handsets like Honor 5X and it seems it is effective enough to be implemented by other manufacturers in their upcoming phones.

Source: Android Police

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