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Google was on a roll as far as number of product launches were witnessed at its annual Nexus launch event. Along with the two phones, Google also announced its take on the convertible category with the launch of the Pixel C, an Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS based convertible tablet. It looks like Google’s answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro as well as the iPad Pro.

The Pixel C will start selling in the holiday season in the US at a price of $499 (approx Rs 33,000) for the 16GB and $599 (approx Rs 40,000) for the 32GB variant. You can buy the keyboard separately for $149 (approx Rs 9,900)

#PixelC will start selling toward the end of the year with $499 for the 32GB and $599 for 64GB variant pic.twitter.com/9t5kFrVYPl

— tech2 (@tech2eets) September 29, 2015

The Pixel C is a convertible made in-house and not by any third party company hence, it does not carry the Nexus moniker. The Pixel C rocks a 10.2-inch display with a 2560 x 1800 pixel display giving a pixel density of 308ppi. It comes with 500 nits of brightness as well.

On the inside, you have an Nvidia Tegra X1 chipset powering the device and it has a quad-core processor along with a Maxwell GPU. This is paired with 3GB of RAM.


The interesting thing about the Pixel C is the keyboard it comes paired with (that will need to be bought separately however). The tablet attaches to the keyboard magnetically and does not require a kickstand to hold the keyboard. Also the keyboard connects to the tablet via bluetooth so there are no onboard connectors into which the tablet needs to dock. You can adjust the angle from 100 to 135 degrees based on your preference.

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You can use the Pixel C in the tablet mode, by attaching the keyboard to the rear side of the tablet. Also Google has added on an inductive charging feature which lets the Pixel C charge the keyboard when the device is clammed shut.

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The Pixel C has a light indicator on the tablet’s rear side to show the charge indication, just like we had seen on the Chromebook Pixel. Also the tablet has four far-field microphones to pick up voice commands.

Google did not mention a specific date for the launch of the Pixel C, but has indicated that it will come out during the US holiday season later this year.

Google announces Pixel C convertible tablet starting at 9 onwards – Tech2
 

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Google announces Pixel C, a 10.2-inch premium Android tablet aimed at productivity

For months now, there have been rumors floating around about Google not having a tablet offering for 2015, though the assumption has been that there would be no new Nexus to sell. Rumors had popped up of a purported 8-inch device, however they were quickly written off and forgotten. Those longing for a new tablet need not fret, as today Google has announced a somewhat unprecedented product: the Pixel Convertible, known simply as the Pixel C.

The Pixel series, for those who follow Chromebooks, has been previously used only for the most premium offerings, and manufactured and sold directly through Google itself. The Pixel C follows in the tradition of being a high spec, high performance, high price device, though in the case it’s running Android 6.0 Marshmallow as opposed to ChromeOS.

The Pixel C features a 2560X1800 10.2-inch screen with 308ppi, 500 nits of brightness, and sRGB color gamut. It has an Nvidia X1 SoC with Maxwell GPU, 3GB of LPRDD4 RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage. It will make use of USB Type C, is made of aluminum, and as mentioned earlier, will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As per the Pixel laptop series, the device also includes an LED strip that can be double tapped to indicate battery life.

One accessory has been announced so far, an aluminum keyboard which can attach to the tablet in a Microsoft Surface/Apple iPad Pro-type fashion via magnets and connects to the system via Bluetooth. Google has indicated the accessory is the same size as a standard keyboard due to some strategic rearrangement of keys and use of the tablet’s touch screen. It should make for a very comfortable user experience.

The device will retail for $499 (32GB) or $599 (64GB) and will be available for purchase by the end of the year. The keyboard will retail for $149.

A curious creation

The Pixel C is, oddly enough the only real “secret” that came out of Google’s PR event today, as the pair of Nexus devices as well as the refreshed Chromecast dongle had been leaked significantly. The tablet remained essentially unknown until the past 24 hours.

While the Pixel moniker will be sure to excited those interested in high specs and a truly premium product, there is an air of curiosity present as Google has clearly sought to select a branding rather unfamiliar to the general public as opposed to using the Nexus designation that has been employed for years.

Behold the Pixel C’s keyboard size comparison with a standard-issue typing device.
One possibility might be that the Pixel C is meant to stand in stark contrast to the ill-received Nexus 9 that launched last year. The device, while certainly a fantastic piece of kit, was beleaguered by build quality issues and a clear lack of premium construction despite being made by HTC. Given that Project Tango is also marketed separately from the Nexus line, this could indicate that Google itself may start to branch out and create devices that extend beyond the branding, or it just as well could be a one off to test the waters for something else entirely.

Despite the phablet cannibalization, various commentary around the internet had indicated a desire for a simple Nexus 7 refresh. It will be interesting to see how the device fares in a very crowded market with slugging sales. At the very least the use of a widescreen resolution – as opposed to the Nexus 9’s 4:3 – will please some purchasers, and the size clearly makes it stand out from the big-screen phone territory.

http://www.androidauthority.com/google-has-a-new-android-tablet-the-pixel-c-645204/
 

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Google-Branded Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphones to Launch on October 4: Reports...

Google last month was reported to be dropping the Nexus-branding, and launch the Android 7.0 Nougat platform lead devices under its own brand. Gadgets 360 had also learnt that Google may release the new smartphones "in a handful of countries including India" in September. Now, a new report claims that the new Nexus smartphone successors will be re-branded as Pixel and Pixel XL. A separate report claims that Google is prepping for an event on October 4 where it will showcase the new hardware products.
Android Police reports, corroborating our earlier report, that the Pixel smartphone will be the 5-inch Sailfish device which was making rounds in rumours while the Pixel XL will be the 5.5-inch Marlin smartphone. The report adds that both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be touted as the "first phones built by Google." An earlier report claimed that the upcoming Google smartphones will be priced higher than the current Nexus devices at launch, pegging the 5-inch 'Sailfish' smartphone to be priced at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000), and the 5.5-inch 'Marlin' smartphone to be priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 40,100)
The anticipated Google-branded smartphones will also come with features over and above vanilla Android, which fits well with Sundar Pichai's statement that Google is looking to be more opinionated with its own lineup. This may see a revamped launcher, and Google Assistant features.
Apart from the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, Google is expected to launch a brand new 4K Chromecast that can stream content in 4K and might be dubbed Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra. Another device rumoured to make its way at the October 4 event is the company's in-house Daydream VR viewer device. It is rumoured to be called Daydream View. Android Police cites reliable sources confirming the October 4 Google launch event.

Google-Branded Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphones to Launch on October 4: Reports | NDTV Gadgets360.com
 

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Google's Rumoured Pixel-branded Phones to Launch on October 4

It has been long speculated that Google will remove the Nexus branding from its next smartphones. Now, sources have claimed that the new phones will come with Pixel branding.

The anticipated smartphones, codenamed Marlin and Sailfish , will be branded as Pixel and Pixel XL respectively. Google Pixel will feature a 5-inch display while the Pixel XL will be larger at 5.5 inches.

The choice of Pixel branding appears in accordance with reports about Google's decision to make the new phones more Google-centric with no branding of the manufacturer either.

The smartphones will be manufactured by HTC and in addition to the lack of Nexus branding, they are also expected to bring in additional software and interface changes atop stock Android.

In all likelihood, the new Google phones could come with a special version of Android Nougat as opposed to the standard 'Vanilla' version shipped on the past Nexus phones.

A report on Android Police further notes that other than the purported Pixel phones, Google will use the occasion, which is set to be held on October 4, to also announce a 4K Chromecast and reveal its in-house design for a Daydream VR viewer device along with some updates on Google Home.

Google's Rumoured Pixel-branded Phones to Launch on October 4 - News18

 

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We’ve been hearing about Google’s upcoming Pixel phones for a very long time now, and finally, we know when they will be unveiled: October 4th. With a very cryptic teaser video, Google has now officially confirmed that the event will begin at 9AM Pacific Time on October 4th.

As you can see, the teaser video doesn’t tell us much. It shows what looks like Google’s search bar, which slowly transforms into a shape of a phone. As we would come to expect by now, there is no mention of Nexus. Instead, it’s the good ole Google logo, which we’ve also seen in leaked images of the upcoming Pixel phones.

In addition, the official Nexus account has tweeted the same video with #madebygoogle:

Although at this point, we are fairly certain that HTC will be making the upcoming devices, perhaps Google had more of a say in the process than it did with previous Nexus devices. This would align with multiple reports from the past that claimed Google was building its own smartphone.

Madeby.google.com is also up and live, but as of now, it’s just the same teaser video. I imagine Google will be adding more information to it as we approach the unveiling day, so be sure to check it from time to time. Also, from there you can sign up to receive more information if you’re an avid Nexus/Pixel fan!

Just to refresh your memory, the regular Pixel phone is rumored to have a 5.2-inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon 820. The Pixel XL will be a more premium phone with a metal frame and a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. It is said to be coming with either a revised version of the Snapdragon 820 chipset or Snapdragon 821. In terms of the camera department, both devices should feature an identical 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie-shooter.

So there it is, folks: mark your calendar because on October 4th, Google will be officially announcing its brand new smartphone line, the Pixel family!

http://www.androidauthority.com/google-pixel-phones-unveiled-october-4-717220/
 

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Google Pixel Smartphones may come with Dual-boot support to run multiple ROMS

Android is known and preferred by many over other OS mainly due to the flexibility of customization. Users can go crazy and pretty much achieve anything with Android when it comes to customization. But the limitation here is, users will be able to run only one Android boot at a given time. So although there are several ROMs available in the market, it may not be as flexible to jump through one another that easily. It is definitely possible, but highly complicated.

But now it looks like things are about to change. We have a couple of interesting reports claiming that the upcoming Pixel smartphones will come with an ability to dual boot two Android systems and it may not be as difficult as it right now. According to the source, the new smartphones would actually have duplicate copies of system partitions in a device in order to facilitate Nougat’s new seamless software update feature. Well, if you are not aware, the system storage is divided into different partitions. This is done to serve a specific purpose or data.

Usually, Android system partitions are divided and come with several partitions but in case of the new version i.e. Nougat, devices will have duplicate partitions for system related files. The reason for the same is, Nougat comes with a seamless software update feature is we have already seen in Chrome OS. So, from now on just like the Chrome OS, the new updates will be applied on the duplicate partitions. Once successfully installed, during the reboot, the partitions are automatically swapped which will allow the system to boot into the freshly updated partition.

And now, it is speculated that this system can be utilized to allow users to boot between two different Android installations. So if you are running stock Android, then you can simultaneously run a custom ROM like CyanogenMod. Currently, such a system is only been made possible via hacks like MultiROM. And hacks are usually risky, so this is a nice feature to have this out of the box. However, at this point, it is not confirmed so we have to wait until it is proved in practice. So stay tuned for more detailed info on this.

Google Pixel Smartphones may come with Dual-boot support to run multiple ROMS » Phone Radar

 
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