Google chief says Oct. 4 event may be the biggest since Android itself (Update)

Google chief says Oct. 4 event may be the biggest since Android itself (Update)
Update: It's being speculated that Google's oft-rumored Android-Chrome OS hybrid could be teased at the event. Codenamed 'Andromeda', it may not be ready for prime time until next year, but would certainly be the marquee unveiling on October 4th. 

The Pixel event is coming, and of all the Google heads to be revving the hype train ahead of October 4th, you'd expect the senior vice president of Android to be the helmsman. Hiroshi Lockheimer, whose duties also include managing the Chrome OS and Google Play, suggests that the imminent gathering could go down in history as the biggest Android-related launch, since, well, Android.

As Google's seminal mobile firmware blew the candles for its eighth birthday on Friday, the now-confirmed media event gives the Big G very little opportunity to sit around celebrating. Lockheimer and Co. are instead looking to what's next, and while we're not surprised that Android's chief commander is talking up the big launch event, we're decidedly intrigued by what's in the offing:


From what we have gathered, Google's Nexus series will be scrapped in favor of the Pixel branding, which will spawn a couple of new high-end smartphones in the Pixel and Pixel XL. If what we've learned so far is correct, the HTC-made handsets will be priced in competition with the likes of the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 -- a considerable increase on the cheap-yet-powerful Nexuses that many have grown fond of. 

The Pixel devices are also expected to launch with Android 7.1 on board, which may include a native reboot feature among other perks. 

Our current collection of info doesn't necessarily align with the gravity of Lockheimer's statement. It could be an understandable dose of exaggeration from the Android lead, though it's entirely possible that we don't yet know the full story as yet. 

Either way, we're certainly excited to see what the search giant brings to the table in ten days' time. We'll keep you updated on the very latest info regarding the Pixel devices in the meantime, so stay tuned. 

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Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)
Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)

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74 Comments

1. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

I want pixel xl. That is all

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

My sentiments too. Pixel XL looks great so far, it makes me excited already.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm looking towards the regular Pixel honestly. I'm tired of huge phones I guess........

55. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Same here. Hopefully they'll have a physical home button. Would make everything easier to work. But i doubt it.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Really? It looks like the iPhone without the hombutton? the same damn iPhone you criticized for the bezels!!!! Now I know you and others like you are just full of it.

20. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Easy there dude. No ones talking about any iPhones here. Calm down.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm not talking about phones, I'm talking about certain people.

66. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Who are those "certain people" whom you're talking about? Have you ever seen me criticize the iPhone's bezels? In fact, the Pixel XL's bezels are still smaller than the iPhone's bezels. You're just seeking for any opportunity to call me out.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn, you got him with that one.

35. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

People complained about the bezels on the Nexus 5X and 6P last year but the bezels weren't as huge as the iPhone. I suspect that will be the case this year for the Pixel phones - ample bezels but not as big as the iPhone and possibly the 5X and 6P. In any case bezel size is not a determinant of whether or not someone purchases a phone.

38. AlikMalix unregistered

Right... /s

43. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm glad you agree.

58. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

To be fair The Pixel's bezels are quite noticeably smaller than the iPhone's http://imgur.com/a/Jhflm

65. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

if that imgur size comparison is true , i'm definitely picking the (very silver) color option.

59. fyah_king unregistered

I have the 7 plus and the bezels are big and ugly.lol The pixel is smaller and doesn't look like the iPhone to me.

63. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Honestly it looks like the iPhone and a Samsung got together to create the 'Chucky' of phone rejects lol.

47. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

looking forward for the PXL too,i just hope it's not the size of N6p with a smaller screen.

54. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Me too and I'll probably pick one up if it meets my criteria. 1. Screen brightness at least as good as my current S6 2. Camera at least as good as my S6 3. Battery life - as example - at least 7+ hours contiguous Pokemon go at max brightness Not holding my breath on battery life though.

61. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I hope it's worth it bud. This better be the biggest thing since Android because I need alot of convincing to look past their new Pixel naming strategy...hopefully they include Nexus decals with these new phones lol.

2. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

It is a bold statement. I will wait and see what goohle bring to the table that wow.

3. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

One Pixel XL to go please :)

4. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

With all this hype now those phones better be great!

6. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Pixel XL with 256gb please

7. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

I don't know there is something in this Pixel phones that I don't like probably the shape or something... cause the aspects are great...

9. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

HTC started the Nexus line. Now HTC starts the Pixel line. A new story unfolds of pure epicness.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed. I love that they picked HTC to begin the new line as well. Hopefully it'll live up to the hype, unlike the rest of this year's headliners :D.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The iphone 7 wasn't supposed to be a headliner, but it flew past the hype train due to its immense acceptance.

62. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'll have to agree with you there. HTC has been with Android since the very beginning...not just with the first Nexus in the lineup, but also the very first Android phone. Make us proud HTC.

11. Fona13A unregistered

An extremely ambitious and plainly experimental use of a brand name far less anticipated than any Nexus device in history? Welcome to a new era, Google, good luck...

13. Fona13A unregistered

And I do mean it, I hope it takes off well.

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