Google Pixel smartphone to be launched on October 4

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Google has announced it will be hosting an event in San Francisco on October 4 where it is widely expected to launch its new lineup of smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL.

On Tuesday, Google uploaded a teaser video that confirms the date of the event alongside the Google logo and outline of a smartphone.

Google’s previous range of smartphones and tablets were released under the Nexus brand. However, it is widely expected to drop the Nexus name replacing it with either “G” or “Pixel” or both”.

According to recent rumours the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will sport 5 inch and 5.5 inch displays, respectively, and will also include a seriously powerful Snapdragon 821 processor.

Just hours before the release of its teaser, the tech giant seemed to have accidentally revealed its highly anticipated smartphone in an advert for one of its other products.

Image: Android Police

Image: Android Police

Tech site Android Police spotted the device in a new advert for Google owned Nest. The advert reportedly aired several times in the Netherlands.

In the short clip it is possible to see a handset that looks very similar to recent leaked images which claimed to be of the Google Pixel, with its camera and speaker all in the same place.

Android police also shared the latest leaked photos of the Pixel, which again look similar to the device in the Nest ad.

Google Pixel leak

Image: Android Police

Both Pixel smartphones are thought to have 4GB RAM and will include a Sony IM378 sensor in the primary camera, while the IMX719 sensor will be in the front facing camera, offering 12MP and 8MP respectively.

There will also be a rear mounted fingerprint scanner and USB-C port for speedy charging.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to be available in black, white and Electric Blue.

Easily the most controversial feature of the new phones are changes to its software. While they will ship with stock Android, they will include a new type of Android launcher that drop the iconic App Drawer, which has become synonymous with Nexus range.

Instead, more apps will be stored on the Home Screen, similar to iOS on the iPhone.

Google is also rumoured to be working on a new range of live wallpapers that will bring added functionality and features to the home screen.

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