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Google to Announce next Smartphone on October 4th

Google has announced that it will be holding an event on October 4th in San Francisco, where it will likely unveil its latest smartphones. On Monday, the company launched a teaser website and released a video via its YouTube channel. Both of them invite people to an event on Oct. 4 and feature a Google search bar that slowly morphs into a smartphone-shaped outline.

A report from Android Police says we’ll be seeing two new smartphones built by HTC — a 5-inch and 5.5-inch model rumored to be called the Pixel X and Pixel XL — and they may even feature an all-metal design. Last year the Nexus 6P was metal, but the 5.2-inch LG 5X was plastic. A report from Android Central corroborates the dropping of the Nexus branding, and says that Google will ship the devices with a special version of Android Nougat, instead of going with a stock version of the operating system like usual

In addition, the Oct. 4 event is also likely to feature the release of Google Home — a voice-controlled “smart home” hub that would allow the company to compete with Amazon Echo; Daydream VR — Google’s answer to the Samsung Gear VR; and a Chromecast capable of 4K playback, which, according to a source cited by Android Police, will be called either Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra.

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