Mark October 4th on your calendars. Google will reportedly be hosting an event that focuses on hardware on that date. Announcements should include Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a 4K Chromecast, Google Home, and a Daydream VR viewer device.
Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, have been referred to previously as Marlin and Sailfish. Pixel will be the name for Google's 5-inch Sailfish device and Pixel XL for its 5.5-inch Marlin handset. The larger of the phones is expected to boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a USB Type-C port, 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat. There is no word yet on whether Marlin plans on looking for Nemo or Dory soon.
Daydream is a more advanced replacement for Google Cardboard and uses a new VR Mode that’s incorporated into Android N. Daydream smartphones will include low-latency in mind and a VR System UI for navigation. Last May, Google demoed an accompanying VR headset with front-mounted fold down compartment the holds a smartphone. It is rumored that Google plans to release the Daydream platform in a few short weeks.
Google Home is a customizable, voice-activated WiFi speaker. It is similar in concept to Amazon’s Echo and allows users to update their calendars, alarms, and reminders. It can also communicate with other Google devices like Nest or Chromecast. Customers can also customize the color and material of Google Home to match their home decor.
Much of the event, however, remains a mystery. We do not yet know the location or time of the event. We do know that the 4K Chromecast is rumored to be called the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, while the Daydream VR is likely to be branded the Daydream View.