Google executives will take the stage on Tuesday to unveil a variety of new products as well as a new major Android initiative, if recent reports are to be believed. IN this post, we’ll round up everything you should expect to see unveiled during Google’s big October 4th press conference.
Pixel and Pixel XL
The two new Google phones have been in the news for months now, and thanks to a carrier and a phone reseller we know pretty much everything there is to know about them.
Formerly believed to be 2016 Nexus devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL are going to be the phones Google uses to combat Apple’s new iPhone 7 lineup. They’re both high-quality flagship smartphones, featuring top-of-the-line specs. Expect them to be pricing in line with iPhones as well when they’re made available for preorder — probably tomorrow, right after the show.
The Pixels will have a custom version of Android preloaded, complete with brand new tricks and Google’s new Assistant.
We know it’s coming, we know it’s called Google Home (pictured above), and we know it’s going to run Google’s Assistant AI software. Google Home is Google’s response to Amazon’s popular voice-controlled Echo speaker lineup. Tomorrow, Google will finally tell us how much it’ll cost and when it’ll start shipping.
The Chromecast is another popular Google product and the company will launch a new version of the media player, one that will support 4K resolution. The new Chromecast 4K might not be an accessory you need right now, though.
Speaking of accessories, Google is also working a new router of its own. Called Google Wi-Fi, the device is supposed to improve Wi-Fi reception at home. The gadget might be Google’s response to Eero, and it could replace the nifty Google OnHub router users have loved so far.
Remember when Google talked about a new Android-based virtual reality initiative at Google I/O? The company called it Daydream and at the time, Google said that it would be available to customers who own upcoming high-end Android smartphones.
Google is tipped to unveil the Daydream View this week, and the first device will likely work with the brand new Pixels. After all, you can’t use a VR headset made for mobile devices without one of those high-end smartphones in it.
New Huawei (Nexus?) tablet
The Nexus smartphones might be dead, but Google may still unveil a new Nexus tablet on Tuesday. Made by Huawei and featuring a display that measures 7 inches, the tablet may also run Andromeda in the future. Which brings us to…
Andromeda is the internal codename given to a new Android-based operating system that also contains plenty of Chrome OS features. It’s not clear at this time exactly what Andromeda has to offer, but Google might make Andromeda its one-more-thing announcement at the show tomorrow. Andromeda is supposed to give Google a better footing in the laptop and tablet business, where it might finally be able to better compete against Macs and Windows 10.
Andromeda won’t be ready for mass consumption until next year, reports has said, which is when Google will launch a high-end MacBook killer.