Anirudh RegidiSep 02, 2016 14:21:29 IST
Various sources indicate that Google is gearing up to announce a bunch of new gadgets at an event on 4 October. We’re expecting a couple of phones, a new Chromecast and a lot more.
Pixel and Pixel XL
It’s long been rumoured that Google is dropping its Nexus branding in favour of Pixel. Further strengthening those rumours is a report on Android Police that states that HTC’s upcoming Nexus devices (formerly) codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, will be rebranded as Pixel and Pixel XL for the 5-inch and 5.5-inch device respectively.
Both the devices are expected to be launched at the event.
The first Chromecast was a great device, but suffered from Wi-Fi issues and lacked the power to play anything above 1080p. The second-generation device brought with it vastly improved audio streaming support. Now, in its third iteration, the Chromecast is expected to focus on video.
Sources tell Android Central that a 4K-ready Chromecast is expected to be announced at the event.
Google Home, Assistant and Allo
Google Home is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa. It’s supposed to be a wireless speaker that provides access to Google services via voice commands, exactly like Alexa. Google’s speaker will use Google Assistant to provide the same level of intelligent response that Alexa or Siri provide.
To those not in the know, Google Assistant is essentially Google Now on steroids.
The speaker is expected to be announced at the event, but not only that, Google Assistant might come bundled with new Android devices.
Allo, Google’s revamped messaging app, is also expected to make its debut and form an essential part of Google’s Pixel lineup.
Google’s already told us what Daydream is, which is to say, a “platform for high quality mobile virtual reality.” What they haven’t done is show off its actual capabilities.
Come October, we might very well get a chance to see just that, as well as get some insight into Google’s VR strategy.
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