Saturday September 03, 2016

Google Announcing Pixel Phones, 4k Chromecast, Daydream VR Viewer, And More In October

October 4 will be significant for those of you waiting on the next round of Google hardware. The big news to me is that they are dropping the Nexus brand and making them Pixel devices, though it remains to be seen whether HTC’s phones actually live up to the "premium" aspect of that line.

Google plans to hold a major event focusing on hardware October 4th. It will use the event to announce its new Pixel-branded smartphones Pixel and Pixel XL, a 4K Chromecast, fully detail Google Home, and reveal the company's in-house design for a Daydream VR viewer device (Google previously confirmed this was happening). Here is what we know. The 4K Chromecast will do 4K and be called either the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra (makes sense - ultra HD). We aren't sure which. The Daydream device may be called Daydream View. Google was allegedly planning to announce a 4K version of the Chromecast last year, but seems to have scuttled the launch for some reason.