Report: Google to unveil its own smartphone sometime this year; company to follow Apple's blueprint

Report: Google to unveil its own smartphone sometime this year; company to follow Apple's blueprint
According to a report published on Sunday, Google is planning on launching its own smartphone sometime this year. Unlike the Nexus brand, which are stock Android handsets built for Google by popular Android manufacturers, Google will be building the device itself. And Android users will be happy to learn that since Google will be in charge of all facets of the production of this handset, updates will be released to the device faster than any other Android phone. That is because updates won't require a manufacturer to approve it before it becomes available to download and install.

In some respects, Google will be like Apple. The latter manufacturers the hardware and software for the iPhone allowing the device to run fast and enjoy good battery life. It also explains how iPhone users can have such a smooth and enjoyable experience with their handset despite sporting lower specs when compared to high-end Android models. Google's open source Android operating system is the most widely used in the global smartphone market.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said last month that Google was going to put more effort into developing phones. Toward that end, it recently signed former Motorola Mobility president Rick Osterloh to lead its hardware division.

Even though Google does plan on designing, manufacturing and selling its own smartphone, the company is expected to continue supporting the Nexus line. "Our plan is still to work with [other manufacturers]," according to Pichai. To reiterate, the first Google branded phone will go on sale some time later this year.

source: TheTelegraph via AndroidandMe

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69 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Or Nokia. Or samsung. Or. Or......

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Neither of those two companies have had any success with their proprietary OS. I'd imagine a company as fabled as Google wouldn't want to be mentioned in the same breath as a failure (Nokia) and an appliance tycoon (Samsung). They'd much rather be mentioned with the MSFTs and Apples if the world :D.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope it's a Daydream VR smartphone. Because those smartphones need high end specs with lots of ram and really high resolution displays. Maybe they can also include the same camera system on the back of the smartphone, like the new Lenovo phab 2 AR devices. I don't think anyone wants to be compared to MSFT mobile devices right now, or their W10M.

22. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It's the Pixel phone.

68. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

i hope they keep the Nexus name for the phone they manufacture and have OEM's manufacture their flagship as a GPE Phone.

55. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I hope not. They shouldn't target certain consumer groups, but make a phone for all. Tango device - yes.

14. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

That could kill Samsung or any other competitor for Android on the market. Why should anyone buy Samsung or Sony if that person could buy directly from Google?

16. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Because Samsung is much better at marketing than Google.

19. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Google doesn't need marketing. They are already omnipresence.

24. Curry.munch.kow.kissing

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 24, 2016

google aren't exactly known for their hardware . Majority of the consumers dont really know what is android . they only know they are buying a "samsung" , "huawei" or "iPhone"

57. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Ugh, that profile pic. Jeez.

69. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

I know right

48. Gabbarx

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 20, 2015

They just need a ad on homepage and boom Samsung gone

67. jc.wilcox

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

or they can just use "Clone Protocol Order 66" and boom Android Lord Google on command. LOL

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think Google is going to make their own Daydream device(s). A Daydream VR device requires high end specs, so most like it's going to be a device like that. Or it could be a Tango device like Lenovo Phablet 2. Who knows it could also be a dual device with Tango and Daydream. That would be one awesome device.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd still go with Samsung 'cause stock Android is pitifully limited, almost down to iOS's level, and I never put any personal information in the hands of that spyware, so, having alternative OEM apps readily available, which don't tie into their servers, is added convenience for me. To top it all off, Google's hardware most likely won't match the Galaxy Note line, as it'll be lacking digitizer pen support.

28. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummmmm.....I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all of the major OEM offerings come with Google's software on board :D. And if you are pitting software stability versus access to a pen on a phone, I guess our priorities are different. And it's not like I can't get a 4$ stylus off eBay and use it on this phone lol.

51. TerryTerius unregistered

You could, but it wouldn't be anywhere near the same thing as the software suite that Samsung has built into galaxy note devices. Even if there were third-party apps that came about to mimic them, they still wouldn't be as smooth.

54. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

True. I fully comprehend that fact, but my usage patterns dictate stability over productivity. That's the reason I've went HTC over Samsung so many times I suppose :D.

53. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all of the major OEM offerings come with Google's software on board" So did my OnePlus One, doesn't mean I have to keep it on my device, this isn't iOS, remember? :) "And if you are pitting software stability versus access to a pen on a phone, I guess our priorities are different" I get the best of both with Android, as study has proven multiple times and from my experience, so, no compromise on neither versatility nor stability: http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1G1NSko http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1Gtfq6n "And it's not like I can't get a 4$ stylus off eBay and use it on this phone" The ignorance sure is strong with this one. Comparing them fat-head capacitive styli with an active digitizer styli just shows how naive you are, lol.

56. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If my "ignorance" is any indication of the position of the digitizer styli, then I'd imagine the majority of Note users are just as if not more ignorant than me when it comes to the feature. Granted there are several applications for this "accessory", but that's all it really is in the end. Hell, I got an iPad Pro and the Apple stylus (I refuse to say Apple Pencil) and I barely use the stylus for anything but sketch work. You may have different usage patterns than me, but objectively speaking, there is no need for a stylus pen within the context of multitouch software.

58. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"then I'd imagine the majority of Note users are just as if not more ignorant than me when it comes to the feature" Sounds like you'd be surprised to see average joe users making use of the Galaxy Note's pen in various ways. I've come across many from various age groups, including elderly friends in their 60s... "Granted there are several applications for this "accessory", but that's all it really is in the end" So, what's your point? " Hell, I got an iPad Pro and the Apple stylus (I refuse to say Apple Pencil) and I barely use the stylus for anything but sketch work" Ok, good for you. I've gone 100% paperless with my Surface Pro 2 + OneNote ( http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1xNpW0I | http://www.dereferer.org/?http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2F1Hruf8o ), and the benefits keep constantly showing at my workplace during meetings, and especially during technical training sessions for my job. Where, EVERYDAY, I notice colleagues, even with their toyPads and Laptops/MacBooks, printing and carrying 1000s of paper worth of textbooks, binders, handouts/modules/course packs/slides, lab reports, etc, while I just carry my Surface Pro 2 + Digital Ink Pen :P "You may have different usage patterns than me, but objectively speaking, there is no need for a stylus pen within the context of multitouch software." That's not objective, that's shortsighted, just like Steve Jobs was in regards to the stylus. It has loads of uses, in fact, there's barely any productivity coming from the Tablet and Smartphone PC form-factors without it. I have a big list of uses I gain from it (ask and you shall be given) and would never settle for physical paper unless I'm forced to.

62. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I love the stylus on my note, with the pressure sensitivity and apps made for the stylus. Also like how it just stays in the phone instead of carrying it around. Never had any stability issues in my Note5.

32. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Why are people buying more Galaxies than Nexuses?

43. AlikMalix unregistered

Samsung just makes better hardware... and among its features, some are actually unique to samsung's devices vs other android phones... Nexus devices are built by other manufacturers - not google... so buying a nexus device is like buying a Hiway or Motorola phone with stock android...

45. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

It's better to buy a Nexus phone made by someone like LG than to buy a phone directly made by google if you want better after-sales service.

65. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's slicker hardware, but I wouldn't call it better so far as reliability. I've owned Samsung devices in the past and that's the reason I don't anymore. I've had more issues with their products than with any other I've owned, including phones, tablets, TVs, blu4sy/DVD players, etc. And if you recall, Samsung made 3 Nexus devices themselves.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Haha..like Google plus or Google buzz or Orkut....

23. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It is a Hardware aka a Smartphone. Then again people like to point out the negative aspect/failures more and pretend blind to success.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good! More competition. Hope that would make OEM more receptive to the idea of updating their phones.

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