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Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Upon hearing that the "Nexus" smartphone line would be replaced by Google Pixel, many developers and hardcore Android fans were suitably distressed. Since the time the rumor broke, it's become a bit clearer what Google will be doing - or will almost certainly be doing. Instead of tossing the successful model that is the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup aside, Google has been tipped to be working with both Nexus and Pixel devices. The Nexus will represent the same "beacon of basic greatness" it always has, while Pixel will play a much more curated and closely controlled roll in Google's future.

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With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

This October Google will have fulfilled the promise they've been making on the Android operating system for the past decade. In the year 2005, Google acquired Android. In 2011, Google acquired Motorola (then, not long after, sold everything but their patents). In 2016, Google is in a position to not only create a set of Android smartphones and control the hardware, sales, and distribution, but the software, too. Google will be panned for copying Apple's game plan with these devices, but these devices will be exactly what consumers want, and will buy.

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Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google’s October 4 “Pixel phones” Nexus event is official

Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4, where we're expecting to see the next generation of Android Nexus smartphones. The event, which will take place in San Francisco, has been rumored for some time now, with Google predicted to make some significant changes to how it runs its own-brand smartphone program.

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How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

The following is a presentation of the Google Pixel phone and the Google Pixel XL, two devices that will seal Google's destiny in hardware. To be entirely clear up front, this presentation is a suggestion for Google - a mock-up of how I imagine Google might present their first set of true iPhone competitor devices. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus having already been revealed with some easy-to-pick-on features and Samsung's biggest-fiasco-ever currently fresh in users' minds, Google has a BIG opportunity right here and now.

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Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher, confirms brand change

Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher, confirms brand change

As if putting all rumors to rest, the app launcher for Google’s next smartphones has just been leaked, and it isn’t called the Nexus Launcher like in the past. Instead, the formal name, based on leaks from LlabTooFer, is “Pixel Laucher”. While nothing else has changed from the new Nexus Launcher we thought would arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat but didn’t, the name change does strongly hint that the HTC-made smartphones Google is set to debut next month would indeed be called Pixels.

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HTC Pixel (Sailfish), Pixel XL (Marlin) renders hit the Web

HTC Pixel (Sailfish), Pixel XL (Marlin) renders hit the Web

The iPhone 7 is already out and to some, even some iPhone fans, it turned out to be rather disappointing. Soon, however, it will be the Android faithful’s turn to be on the hot seat. In less than a month, Google is expected to reveal its two latest smartphones, the HTC-made Pixel and Pixel XL, not Nexus. And depending on your particular aesthetic tastes, they may turn out to be just as strongly debated. At least based on these renders that are now circulating over the Internet.

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Huawei “Nexus 7P” leak hints at small but high-end tablet

Huawei “Nexus 7P” leak hints at small but high-end tablet

Google might be giving tablets a fighting chance and Android might soon have a champion worthy of its name., According to rumors, a new Nexus, or maybe Pixel, tablet is in the works and, this time, it will be made by Huawei. Of course, details of the tablet are still quite slim, but if this first set of leaked specs is anywhere near reality, then we could very well have the most high-end tablet to date, crammed into a small, 7-inch space.

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Leak “confirms” Google Pixel, Pixel XL comes with Android 7.1

Leak “confirms” Google Pixel, Pixel XL comes with Android 7.1

In case there were any doubt that Google’s upcoming Android smartphones due next month would be coming with Android 7.1 out of the box, this should lay those to rest. Actually, it still might not, considering it’s technically still an unverified leak. For leakster LlabTooFeR, however, it’s pretty much a done deal. And considering how the initial Android 7.0 release missed a couple of things, that’s almost a given. Now all we have to do is wait for about a month to see if Marlin and Sailfish, both from HTC, will indeed be the first of Google’s new line of Pixel smartphones.

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Pixel/Pixel XL Sailfish/Marlin will sport same Sony cameras

Pixel/Pixel XL Sailfish/Marlin will sport same Sony cameras

While there’s still no certainty that HTC’s “Sailfish” and “Marlin” smartphones are really going to be called “Pixel” and “Pixel XL”, respectively, one leakster does seem pretty sure about their cameras. LlabTooFeR, one of the most prolific source of leaks and info when it comes to HTC’s smartphones, has just revealed on Twitter that both smartphones will actually use the same cameras, both front and back. That includes a still unannounced Sony camera sensor that is probably a simple upgrade from last year’s line of Nexus smartphones.

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Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

The HTC-made, Google sold “Nexus” smartphones won’t be called Nexus anymore, according to sources. Instead, Marlin and Sailfish, as they were believed to be codenamed, will be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This would seem to corroborate earlier insider tips that the Nexus line is practically being put to pasture. The indications of that may be strong but it doesn’t sufficiently answer the questions on why Google would suddenly change direction and what the move means for its OEM partners.

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Huawei Nova brings premium Nexus style to midrange

Huawei Nova brings premium Nexus style to midrange

Is the real smartphone excitement happening in the mid-range? Huawei certainly seems to think so, first with the Honor 8 and now with the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus, two new, more affordable Android handsets. Revealed at IFA 2016 today, the Nexus 6P lookalike Nova has a 5-inch display and a sleek, brushed metal casing which the Chinese firm is counting on to differentiate it from rivals.

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Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Not all Nexus devices have been privileged enough to officially get the newest Android 7.0 Nougat release, but it seems that Google will be throwing them a bone. Somewhat. The Android maker has just revealed that it is bringing a feature previously exclusive only to its Project Fi customers to all Nexus owners in select countries. Wi-Fi Assistant, which helps users save on data by connecting to “verified” Wi-Fi hotspots, will soon be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or higher.

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