You heard it right, Google is done with the brand-name Nexus for its smartphones. Nexus devices were earlier manufactured by big brands like LG, HTC, Huawei, and Motorola on contracts from Google. These Nexus smartphones gave us the most pristine and unadulterated stock Android experience without any useless customization in their UI by manufacturers. Now, with the next Google smartphones being assembled in the factories of HTC, Google has decided to adopt a new brand name and drop the ‘Nexus’ monicker permanently.
A few days ago there were rumors of two new Nexus devices Marlin and Sailfish being manufactured by Google. Now, according to a report, both of these devices will be sold under the brand-name Pixel, Marlin will be known as ‘Pixel XL’ and Sailfish will carry the name ‘Pixel’. Nexus devices were always the first to come with the latest Android update, but since Android Nougat has already been rolled out for the Nexus 6P and 5X, so it will be interesting to see what Google will offer with its ‘Pixel’ smartphones.
In yet another news, it has been confirmed that Google will launch the Pixel and Pixel XL in an event scheduled for 4th October. Also, along with the new Pixel smartphones, Google may launch the highly talked about next-generation Chromecast capable of streaming 4K videos directly from your smartphone.
Nothing much has been confirmed by Google regarding the specifications and features of the Pixel smartphones. However, in a report surfacing on the Internet, a techie with a good track record has stated with conviction that the mightier of the two i.e., Pixel XL might come with Sony-made camera sensors for both primary and secondary camera lens.
HTC Nexus (M1) = Marlin = Pixel XL will be featured with Sony IMX378 (12mp) main camera and IMX179 (8mp) front camera.
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 2, 2016
According to the same report, the front 12-megapixel camera will sport Sony’s IMX378 sensor which seems an upgrade to the Sony IMX278 sensor which was last used on Nexus 6P. This seems surprisingly good as everyone was satisfied with 6P’s camera. The front camera will feature 8-megapixel Sony IMX179 sensor, 8-MP seems pretty nice as it will shoot selfies in high resolution and will be brighter instead of pixilated when printed.
No other features of Pixel smartphones are known as of now, but it is expected from Google to mesmerize us with its replacement of Nexus series with the new Pixel brand.