The successor to Google's soon-to-be-retired Nexus line of smartphones could make its debut on Oct. 4, according to recent hints from the company. A new "Made By" Google Web page features a smartphone-shaped image in the center, along with a Google logo and the October 4 date.
The page also includes an email entry form with the message, "Keep me updated about devices from Google and all the things you can do with them." And yesterday, Google posted a 30-second YouTube video, backed by the 1974 Redbone single, "Come and Get Your Love," with a link to the "Made By" page and the message, "Something new to love on Oct. 4."
Rumors about what might replace Google's Nexus line have been circulating since earlier this year, when the company brought former Motorola president Rick Osterloh on board to lead a new hardware division. Several recent leaks have provided a few glimpses at the new smartphones known as the Pixel and the Pixel XL.
Multiple Leaks Hint at Pixel Look, Price
Yesterday, Android Police reported on a Dutch commercial for Nest, a Google company, that showed a woman at home using a smartphone that appeared to match the rumored look of the Pixel.
Following up on another leak, that site yesterday posted a separate article depicting side-by-side images of two light-colored, aluminum and glass smartphone with some identifying markings obscured. The larger of the two phones, the Pixel XL, is believed to have a 5.5-inch screen, while the Pixel will reportedly have a 5-inch display.
Beyond departing from Google's Nexus lineup in name, the new Pixel phones are also believed to carry considerably higher price tags. Various reports peg the likely cost of the Pixel at $649, while the Pixel XL will probably set buyers back by even more.
More News To Come about Home, VR?
Google did not respond to our request for more details about its October 4 event. Set to being at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, the event is scheduled to be livestreamed online.
For now, the few hints Google is offering only point to a smartphone announcement. However, the company has several other anticipated releases in the works, and it's not clear whether other products could also be unveiled on October 4.
During the Google I/O developers conference in May, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed details about several other innovations the company plans to release this year. They include Google Assistant, a new intelligent software persona that provides conversation-based answers and help to Google users; Allo, a mobile chat app that integrates with other Google services; Duo, a one-to-one app for video calling; and Google Home, a smart-home device that's been widely compared to the Amazon Echo.
Duo is already available for both Android and iOS, and some of the other new offerings could also arrive earlier than October 4. Several sources are reporting today that Allo might be released tomorrow. And a blog post on Android Police earlier this month suggested Google could also unveil Home, 4K Chromecast and its new Daydream virtual-reality viewer at next month's event.