The source of the leaks this time is LlabTooFeR- a regular on Twitter who is known for leaking details of HTC devices on a regular basis, and being quite accurate at it. As per him, Google will be launching two new phones come October 4 which we already know are code-named Marlin and Sailfish. He adds that the phone will be named Pixel and Pixel XL, borrowing Microsoft's naming system for Windows 10 Mobile flagships and will arrive as another little brother-big brother combination like Nexus 5X and 6P which launched a year ago.
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LlabTooFeR claims that both the larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL (Marlin) and the smaller 5-inch Pixel (Sailfish) phones will arrive with Sony's IMX378 (12 MP) main cameras and IMX179 (8 MP) front cameras. The two new phones will also be running stock Android 7.1 Nougat OS at launch. According to Forbes, the two phones are expected to be priced at $449 and $549 respectively for their 32GB variants.
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.
Apart from the two phones, Forbes adds that Google will also be launching a new version of Chromecast which will support 4K content. Named Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, it will thus match up to Amazon's Fire TV in terms of resolution-support and may cost around $35 in the US.
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Google's Pixel and Pixel XL will be compatible with Google's Daydream VR project so it just won't make sense if Google doesn't launch a VR headset to go with the phones. As per Forbes, the first Daydream VR headset to launch on October 4 may be named 'Daydream View' and may support apps like YouTube and HBO Now. Google has already announced that a number of phone-makers like Samsung, Huawei, LG and HTC will be producing Daydream-compatible phones in the coming months, so it is possible that the platform may see a surge in usage after Mobile World Congress in February when most of next year's flagship phones will be launched.