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  • neilka 2 Sep 2016 11:53:51 22,178 posts
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    Looks like the Nexus brand is no more and will be Pixel from now on:
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/09/01/exclusive-googles-new-phones-will-be-called-the-pixel-and-pixel-xl/

    And the Pixel and Pixel XL are due to be revealed on 4th October:
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/09/01/google-will-announce-pixel-phones-4k-chromecast-google-home-daydream-vr-viewer-on-october-4th/
  • Goban 2 Sep 2016 12:11:08 9,949 posts
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    A rather naff name.
  • richardiox 2 Sep 2016 12:31:31 7,455 posts
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    Fuck, holding out for one of these. My Nexus 5 has a cracked screen and is rapidly deteriorating... Was hoping they'd announce this month and launch in October.
  • Phattso 2 Sep 2016 12:32:13 24,144 posts
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    These are supposed to be the ones that assert more of Google's identity on top of stock Android. Calling it Pixel means a Spectrum style attribute clash UI is CONFIRMED! Hopefully. :)
  • Phattso 2 Sep 2016 12:33:09 24,144 posts
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    I'm actually interested to see how the Android market reacts to this. The Nexus was always feted as being awesome because it was stock Android, therefore most stable, compatible, consistent, etc. But no more, depending on how far they take it.
  • Tonka 2 Sep 2016 12:54:13 28,764 posts
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    From what I've read it's going to be more in line with what Motorola did with the Moto X line.

    Gentle touches rather than massive overhauls. Useful features like shake for camera or chop for flashlight.

    The biggest problem with skinned versions of android was all the extra core function apps. There of everything, AOSP web, mail ,gallery, camera, contacts etc plus the crappy Samsung versions PLUS the good Google ones.

    I imagine Google will do away with the AOSP crap except for some, hopefully, finely honed camera app. So as a massive Nexus proponent I'm enthusiastic about the future
  • Dirtbox 2 Sep 2016 13:38:45 90,916 posts
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  • mrpon 2 Sep 2016 13:57:37 34,848 posts
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    So what's the Nexus 7 type replacement atm? Mine is fucked and I'm a little bit gutted.
  • AcidSnake 2 Sep 2016 14:01:13 8,012 posts
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    I thought they had already launched the Pixel brand?

    Pixel C
  • L0cky 2 Sep 2016 14:15:11 2,031 posts
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    So makes even more sense.

    I'm not worried about them taking things to far. I reckon it's more of an opportunity for them to ship a slimmer stock android to third parties so they can do away with the multiple stock apps that do the same thing problem, or removing Google apps.

    Most likely the added apps will be available in the store, and the phones will be the 'complete' edition.
  • Zyrr 2 Sep 2016 14:18:13 314 posts
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    Well, you could argue that the Pixel brand goes all the way back to 2013 with the Chromebook Pixel but, up until now, the main difference between Nexus and Pixel products was that Nexus has always been a collaboration with other manufacturers, whaeras the Pixels are both designed and manufactured by Google.

    As these new phones are HTC built, I imagine that the decision to fold Nexus into Pixel was made mid-cycle.
  • Zyrr 6 Sep 2016 20:25:20 314 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    So what's the Nexus 7 type replacement atm? Mine is fucked and I'm a little bit gutted.
    This, if the rumours are true.
  • BurnoutJunkie 6 Sep 2016 21:03:11 1,079 posts
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    I hope this has a micro SD card slot. None of that bullshit about not shipping without a memory card slot, please. Don't overprice it, either.

    Edited by BurnoutJunkie at 21:03:28 06-09-2016
  • Barrel_Trollz 6 Sep 2016 21:03:29 772 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Annoyingly they've killed the Ara modular phone thing they were working on.
    :(

    Was genuinely excited about that.
  • neilka 3 Oct 2016 13:33:45 22,178 posts
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    Carphone Warehouse put their product pages up a day early, the silly sausages.
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/10/02/pixel-phone-listings-at-carphone-warehouse-offering-new-shots-more-info/
  • THFourteen 3 Oct 2016 13:40:36 50,248 posts
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    Oooh they look like phones
  • Syrette 3 Oct 2016 14:01:36 50,040 posts
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    They're not going to win any prizes for aesthetics.
  • gamingdave 3 Oct 2016 14:06:23 4,774 posts
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    Definitely interested in one of these. My HTC One M8 is showing its age, the USB port and headphone socket are on the way out, so it's time for a new phone.

    Be nice if it comes with a bundled Daydream headset too.
  • richardiox 3 Oct 2016 15:12:08 7,455 posts
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    Considering the Nexus 5 was 350 I'm hoping the standard Pixel won't be over 450. Got a cracked screen and knackered charger on my Nexus 5 and have been holding out for these for a month.

    Hope they pull an Apple and it's available from Wednesday.
  • disusedgenius 3 Oct 2016 15:16:02 9,412 posts
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    Apparently it's going for $650, so it looks like my hopes of another solid budget release are kinda dashed. Something something Brexit etc.
  • RedPanda87 3 Oct 2016 16:26:09 1,849 posts
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    disusedgenius wrote:
    Apparently it's going for $650, so it looks like my hopes of another solid budget release are kinda dashed. Something something Brexit etc.
    I know it's rumoured but I'm not convinced the Pixel will be that much. Based on the rumoured specs it doesn't make a huge amount of sense. The XL might be though.

    I don't think either of them will be 'budget' phones. Even last year Google was moving a bit away from that and I think this year they'll be more in line with rival handsets. But $650 for a relatively small, non-QHD handset would be more expensive than just about any equivalent phone outside the iPhone 7.
  • Deleted user 3 October 2016 18:46:51
    Not sure if that was a question or a statement. "No" on both counts...
  • richardiox 3 Oct 2016 19:51:02 7,455 posts
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    Wonder if the Pixel will be available as a contract phone on launch? Previous Nexus phones could only be bought Solo iirc
  • DarmokJalad 3 Oct 2016 20:45:23 63,616 posts
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    Album of above CPW Pixel Leak

    http://imgur.com/a/8lu2U
  • Goban 3 Oct 2016 22:09:17 9,949 posts
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    That's one dull looking phone.
  • Tonka 4 Oct 2016 06:46:17 28,764 posts
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    I've never been oe to swoon over phones. Rather the opposite to be honest. I find people talking about premium materials and gorgeous phones a bit sad.

    But now, thanks to the pixel, I get it. That phone is so dull I start thinking about the time I had a summer job as a garbage picker on a local beach to cheer me up.

    But what I find truly weird is how most of the cool features they showcase in that leak are things my 2014 Moto X can do. I thought the Pixel was supposed to differentiate Google in some way. I guess the camera will be better and USB-C is ... new.

    Other than that. COMMODITY!
  • Sharz 4 Oct 2016 07:45:48 1,863 posts
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    Google phones have never been about the latest tech. Rather they are about how things incorporate into the Android core.

    Often stuff that was added by phone manufacturers first, ends up in Nexus as a proper feature. Also they always get the latest software updates and stay semi relevant. My Nexus 6 has nougat, how many 2014 phones have Android 7.0?

    Edited by Sharz at 08:17:39 04-10-2016
  • Tonka 4 Oct 2016 07:51:26 28,764 posts
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    That is what Google were supposed to break away from. Well, according to some interpretations of what Sundar Pichai said at some conference at least.
  • DarmokJalad 4 Oct 2016 08:44:22 63,616 posts
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    If the rumours are true that Google wants to charge a premium price tag for this thing then this might be the first Gen I don't buy. I may get that LG v20 Dirtbox was talking about. I think I should be able to handle having a better spec phone without the promise of speedy android updates, I think we've reached a point now when having the latest version of Android is no longer important.
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