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

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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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posted on 26 Jun 2016, 22:51 4

1. RoboticEngi (Posts: 1081; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


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

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 23:04 11

7. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 23:06 2

8. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 00:11 7

22. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1544; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


It's the Pixel phone.

posted on 28 Jun 2016, 20:08

68. alila2 (Posts: 158; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


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

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 07:52

55. justrt (Posts: 442; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


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

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 23:36 2

14. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 448; Member since: 16 Jun 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?

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 23:43 12

16. fiji.siv (Posts: 91; Member since: 25 Nov 2015)


Because Samsung is much better at marketing than Google.

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 23:59 1

19. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 448; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


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

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 00:25 15

24. Curry.munch.kow.kissing (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Jun 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"

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 08:14 1

57. gersont1000 (Posts: 468; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Ugh, that profile pic. Jeez.

posted on 28 Jun 2016, 21:16

69. iliketech (Posts: 75; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I know right

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 02:26 1

48. Gabbarx (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jul 2015)


They just need a ad on homepage and boom Samsung gone

posted on 28 Jun 2016, 08:03

67. jc.wilcox (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jul 2014)


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

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 00:03 1

20. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 00:30 6

25. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 01:01 3

28. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 05:45 3

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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 07:47

54. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 07:38 2

53. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 07:59

56. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 08:23 2

58. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 09:47 2

62. hwb01 (Posts: 355; Member since: 17 Apr 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 01:18

32. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Why are people buying more Galaxies than Nexuses?

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 02:04

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...

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 02:15

45. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 10:50

65. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4809; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 22:54 1

2. manojmcn (Posts: 626; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


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

posted on 27 Jun 2016, 00:16 2

23. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1544; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 26 Jun 2016, 22:55 10

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6760; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


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

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