What to anticipate from Google’s October four Pixel and occasion
Google’s large October occasion is tomorrow, and rumors recommend we’ll see a ton of latest unveiled, together with new Pixel smartphones operating inventory Android (changing the Nexus lineup of units). The occasion may even inform us extra about Google Dwelling, the Amazon Echo competitor that Google previewed at I/O earlier this yr, together with probably when you may get your fingers on one.
Right here’s a breakdown of what we are able to anticipate, together with a number of the extra out-there potentialities that haven’t already been leaked to the acute.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are two of the worst-kept secrets and techniques in tech proper now, and might be extra Google-owned than any Nexus units earlier than them (although HTC is alleged to be the provider behind the scenes). The Pixel and Pixel XL could have comparable specs, however the show on the usual model is 5-inches, whereas the bigger XL could have a 5.5-inch display screen.
As you would possibly anticipate, these could have the most recent and greatest when it comes to specs, together with a brand new Snapdragon 821 processor from Qualcomm, 4GB of RAM to energy the OS and apps, and a full 1080p HD display screen on the Pixel, plus a 2,560 x 1,440 or 2K show on the XL. Each could have 12-megapixel cameras and fingerprint scanners for entry safety.
It feels like patrons hoping for a Nexus-style cut price like within the early days of this system are out of luck – stories beg the start worth at $649 for these infants. Rumors recommend financing packages, just like Apple’s personal instalment buy plans for its iPhone, would possibly assist ease the burden for patrons.
I’d be keen to just accept premium pricing on these so long as they will ship trade main efficiency in all respects: Nexus by no means actually set the bar for different Android makers a lot as struck the very best worth level, so it’d be nice to see Google actually stretch its legs when it comes to exhibiting what Android can do on the prime of the market.
Nearly in a single day, Alexa turned the gold normal when it comes to voice assistants within the house, and so Google was certain to attempt to recapture some momentum there, particularly given its early adoption of the “Okay, Google” voice command interface. House is that product, a speaker with a vaguely air freshener-esque aesthetic, however with Google Assistant on board to discipline queries and take instructions.
The $129 anticipated price ticket for Dwelling would put it according to Amazon’s choices, shy of the Echo however above the Dot, however the Bluetooth-enabled machine has some extra benefits, because it ties into your Google account, and because it’s a Forged-ready machine that may stream content material out of your iOS and Android apps out of the field.
Dwelling received a preview at I/O earlier this yr, however we’ll hopefully discover out when it ships tomorrow, and possibly get some extra particulars on the way it ties with Assistant in your cellphone and in Allo, too.
Google’s minimalist method to the TV streaming class continues with this rumored evolution of the Chromecast, which is alleged to help 4K video streaming and doubtlessly additionally HDR. It’s reported worth might be $69, placing it nonetheless effectively beneath rivals like the most recent Apple TV.
This minor replace to the Chromecast is an extra continuation of Google’s light-handed method to streaming; mainly, they’re enabling fundamental tech enhancements, whereas leaving the content material/navigation/interface to the smartphone units customers are already extra comfy with to start with. Including 4K is a method to handle some market demand inexpensively and early, which is sensible on Google’s half.
Google has already revealed that its new VR platform, Daydream VR, is constructed proper into Android 7 (Nougat), for units which have the specs to help it. However a key ingredient for Daydream might be headsets and controllers for the VR expertise.
The phrase on the road is that Google will unveil a first-party Daydream VR headset and controller, to set the stage for third-party choices to comply with. Or it would simply unveil the primary tangible accomplice merchandise for this platform. Both method, we’ll hopefully get an replace on Daydream and the way we are able to begin utilizing it – this might be the following large second for shopper VR, if it will get included in sufficient units subsequent yr and OEMs do what they will to help it.
Google already has OnHub routers, but it surely’ll introduce a brand new router machine on the occasion tomorrow that’s designed extra to be the anchor of an extensible community for whole-home protection, stories recommend. This $129 machine will be capable of pair up with others to type a versatile, easy to make use of and configure prolonged community, just like units just like the Eero.
OnHub’s entire goal was to offer a useless easy router expertise for finish customers, with some extra perks thrown in for customers primarily based on Google’s overarching product choices. Making a brand new, low-cost modular choice that enhances the present lineup feels like a good suggestion, however the worth level and nature of this rumored makes it look like it might really be rolled into Google Dwelling and supply the identical comfort plus speaker and assistant options. Nonetheless, it appears extra probably it might reside alongside that machine as a separate providing, a minimum of for now.
Plenty of indicators, together with tweets by Android and Chrome SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer, recommend we’ll see a serious rethinking of Android at this occasion. This may most likely be greater than only a level replace (we simply received Android 7.zero, in any case) and can as an alternative be a reconfiguration of the product to do extra than simply energy smartphones.
Android already powers lots of units past smartphones, however Google might be seeking to make that extra obvious, and direct it alongside these traces in a extra concentrated and efficient style. Additionally, we might see the debut of the so-called Andromeda Android hybrid OS, which contains some options of Chrome OS and will make Android extra appropriate for desktop working environments.
We’ll be reside from Google’s occasion tomorrow, so you’ll be able to comply with alongside as all of the information arrives proper right here on TechCrunch. This might effectively be the largest day ever for Google so far, so it ought to be effectively price it to tune in.