Nexus phones are dead; Enter Pixel and Pixel XL
In some recent news, we learned that Google is finally retiring the Nexus title from its list of names for hardware under the big G. The timing of this change is somewhat fitting, because HTC built the first Nexus smartphone and once again HTC’s hardware will be the first phones under the Pixel family.
Nexus phones are dead
Until last week, rumors weren’t solid enough to say the Nexus title was being replaced and there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest what Google was shifting towards. Since 2010, Google has released 8 phones under the Nexus family name with HTC’s Nexus One being the very first. Coincidentally, HTC also shifted away from the primary name of its smartphones. The HTC 10 is the first US flagship device missing the name “One”.
Enter Pixel and Pixel XL
According to the source for this article, two separate sources confirmed HTC’s next phones for Google will be specifically called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both phones are rumored to have similar specs differentiating when it comes to the screen size; Pixel = 5″ screen & Pixel XL = 5.5″ screen.
The Pixel One and Pixel One XL would have been fitting names for Google/HTC love-children!
HTC has been very comfortable with the 5″ screen size only going up to 5.2″ with the HTC 10. While a couple of phones have breached this comfort zone, they’ve lacked the premium specs the Pixel XL will deliver.
Google’s phone names will settle with us for now, but what will future phones carrying the Pixel title look like. Will new additions continue with Pixel and Pixel XL? Will they add a number to the end like the Nexus 4, 5, 6? Will the selected manufacture have any input?
In another article from our source for this post, AndroidPolice.com shares that October 4th looks like a very possible date that Google will reveal these Pixel phones to the public. A location has yet to be set and who knows how soon they will be available, but we’ll be sure to pass along the specifics as soon as we hear something. Cheers to October 4th!
Alongside the Pixel phones to be announced will be Google’s own Daydream VR headset. We’d hoped HTC would also be producing this gem hardware wise. We do know that Daydream will feature a joystick and that HTC does have some focus on this with it’s latest announcement of Viveport; a VR market delivered by HTC that supports multiple types of VR hardware.
What will Google call its first Daydream VR device? How about Pixel Dream?