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Google Nexus 2016: Oct. 4 Release Date; Branded As ‘Pixel’ And 'Pixel XL'

Update Date: Sep 03, 2016 08:00 AM EDT

Although it was rumored that Google will be discontinuing the Google Nexus lineup, yet latest reports suggest that it is untrue. The latest Nexus devices will be launching on October 4, under the brand name of "Pixel" and "Pixel XL" for HTC made Sailfish and Marlin.

As reported by Android Police, Google will also be launching Google Home, Daydream VR and a Chromecast for 4K playback along with the latest Nexus Pixel lineup.

Although there have been a couple of rumors about the features of Nexus 2016, yet there has been no confirmation about the same. However, Ars Technica has speculated that the upcoming lineup would be  heavily based on the HTC One A9 design.

leaked build.prop file for the Nexus Sailfish suggests the smaller phone might be slightly bigger than 5 inches, though, with a roughly 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 screen, which would be a match for the Nexus 5X.

Notably, earlier this week, Google discontinued the Chromebook Pixel 2 without replacing it. However, the tech tycoon mentioned that the Pixel lineup would continue, which means chances of Nexus 2016 being named as "Pixel" are great.

Meanwhile, there has been no news about the price of the upcoming products, but considering the previous Nexus devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL would be more expensive compared to last years' lineup.

The launch of Nexus devices during October is perhaps part of Google's marketing strategy, where the tech - based company will also be launching Daydream VR. Notably, Google Nexus devices would be used as the viewer device for Daydream VR, and couldn't be launched at a more appropriate time.

Google users would be able to grab a Nexus device on or after October 4 when Google will be running the live version of Android Nougat. However, they would need to stay tuned to the news to get recent updates.

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