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What if Google is abandoning Android?

What if Google is abandoning Android?

With the release of Google's Pixel Android-based smartphone family the company has opened the door to the real possibility of abandoning all 3rd-party manufacturers. Today we're imagining the potential for devastation that'd be wrought by Google closing off Android from the open source community. Today we're imagining what would happen to manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola (Lenovo), and HTC if Google kept Android to themselves from this day forward.

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Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google Nexus smartphones are still for sale by Google as of the release of this article - or at least they would appear to be, at first. If one searches for Google Nexus devices in Google's own search engine, the page Google dot com slash Nexus still shows Google Nexus smartphones, including both the 5X and the 6P. "BUY NOW" buttons are also still in play, allowing the user to select which color device they'd like, only then to be sent to the Google Store's standard front page, which is currently stocked up full of everything "Made by Google", including Pixel phones but no Nexus.

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The Nexus is no more, departs from Google Store

The Nexus is no more, departs from Google Store

The arrival of the Google Pixel marks the first true “Made by Google” (though not literally, of course) smartphone, one that truly aims for the top spot in the smartphone market. It may also mark the end of the Nexus
program as we know it. Although Google hasn’t said so, it has removed all traces of Nexus devices, save for some cases for the Nexus 5X and 6P, from the Google Store. And commenting to The Verge, Google said it has no plans for further Nexus products.

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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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