SOURCES APPEAR to have confirmed rumours that Google's next smartphones will come under the Pixel, rather than the Nexus, brand.
The phones will have 5in and 5.5in screens respectively, and will be manufactured by HTC.
The Pixel will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 128GB of storage, if its specs are the same as reports on the Marlin.
It will feature 12MP rear and 8MP front cameras, the same as the Nexus 6P from 2016 and slightly trumping the Nexus 5X, while the Pixel XL will apparently have 13MP and 8MP cameras.
There is some confusion as to why Google would change the Nexus brand name to anything else, although Pixel seems as a good an idea as any if the company sees fit to do so.
The Pixel C Android tablet was the first in the Pixel line and was launched last year along with the Nexus 5X and 6P. The hybrid tablet was clearly inspired by the Microsoft Surface, or any number of third-party bolt-on iPad keyboard stands.
Using Android as its operating system, rather than Chrome OS, looked like a statement of intent from Google to start experimenting with Android as a catch-all solution across devices, drawing Chrome OS and Android together in a way that Apple seems reluctant to do with iOS and MacOS.
Nothing else has yet emerged from Google. Perhaps, a year down the line, a plan will be revealed. µ
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