Google has recently started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to existing Nexus-branded smartphones, while the company still did not announce new Nexus devices. This is a rather odd move by Google as they usually roll out new versions of Android along with new Nexus devices, but that did not happen this time around. To make things even weirder, the LG V20 will be the first smartphone sporting Android 7.0 Nougat, as confirmed by both the LG and Google. This does not mean that the LG V20 will become available before upcoming ‘Pixel’ devices though, we'll see.
Some of you might look at the word ‘Pixel’ and wonder why ‘Pixel’ and not ‘Nexus’, well, according to a report which surfaced a couple of hours ago, Google’s Nexus Marlin and Sailfish handsets will actually be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. This definitely comes as a surprise, but the story doesn't end there. The same source that shared the Pixel and Pixel XL info is now back to expand upon that rumor. According to Android Police's source, Google intends to introduce the company's Pixel devices on October 4th. Interestingly enough, it seems like these two phones won’t be the only hardware or software Google will unveil on October 4th, not by a long shot. A 4K-capable Chromecast, the Google Home speaker and one of the first Daydream VR headsets are all expected to land on October 4th.
The source also claims that the 4K Chromecast will be called Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, and as its name suggests, will be able to stream 4K content. The aforementioned Daydream VR device might be called Daydream View, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. We still do not know where or when exactly on October 4th will Google host this event, but chances are that it will happen in San Francisco. Judging by the amount of announcements Google plans to make on that day, this might be a rather lengthy event. As many of you know, Google’s upcoming ‘Pixel’ devices have been certified by the FCC already, and they will be manufactured by HTC. The two devices have also been benchmarked quite recently, and we do know that they will be powered by the Snapdragon 820, ship with 4GB of RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, of course. Their display sizes and resolution will differ, and you can expect a 12-megapixel camera to be included with the new ‘Pixel’ smartphones.