It’s no surprise anymore that Google has two new stock Android device up its sleeves for us this year. What’s not known up until now was the name of these devices. Thanks to Android Police we now know that the two new Google phones will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Previously known as Google Nexus, it will now be called Pixel and Pixel XL, according to Android Police.
Nothing is known yet about the price and the reason behind changing the name of new mobiles by Google. As per rumors, the Pixel device will be the 5-inch Sailfish, and the Pixel XL will be the 5.5-inch Marlin. Android Police is placing a great confidence on the sources of this information, which is likely to be true considering reliable track record of the said sources in the past.
Google’s has never marketed its own hardware phones as the best in the business. There main point of attraction has always been that they allow users to get the best of latest Android updates and operating system before any other Android device. Users of Google’s devices get new updates before owners of Android devices from other manufacturers. And this trend is set to continue with Pixel lineup of smartphones from Google.
Pixel and Pixel XL also hold the distinction of being the first ever mobile devices completely produced and manufactured by Google. All hardware components were produced and assembled in-house by Google, and of course they will come with latest Android 7.0 Nougat mobile OS. But we also know that branding Pixel devices as Google’s own could just be a marketing ploy and nothing more because hardware is being build by HTC, so calling the device completely Google manufactured is nothing short of disingenuous on tech giant’s part.
Claims that HTC was merely a manufacturing partner could be dismissed as farcical statement. But all this does allude to a future trend at Google, that it is sure to ditch Nexus branding for future devices. Nexus Player hasn’t got any replacement lined up. Google has names its new tablet the Pixel tablet, new Google Home device does carry the Nexus label, all this hints towards the end of Nexus era at Google. But then again, all this is mere speculation and could change. We will have to wait for official Google announcement to know for sure what are Google’s plans as to its new devices.