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Google is anticipated to launch two smartphones at its October 4 event – the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. On Monday, a leaked image of Google’s Pixel smartphone made its way to the Internet, suggesting a bunch of details about its looks and UI. Now, a new image has been leaked online, and surprise surprise, it looks exactly the same.

In an updated post, VentureBeat has a render of what it claims to be the Pixel XL – the bigger smartphone to be launched by Google. In an attempt to give its smartphones a facelift, Google has finally done away with the Nexus branding and is launching the smartphones under its own brand. The leaked image shows the new Pixel XL to have a home screen just like that of its new Pixel Launcher to give a fresh look to its new range of smartphones. The new icons are now solid filled instead of plain borders at the bottom. The image also shows a gradient wallpaper, unlike the blue-coloured one on the earlier leaked image of the Pixel.

Home screen now has onscreen buttons alongside other interface changes. One of the most visible changes in the new user interface is the rounded app icons. The new UI and rounded icons are speculated to be exclusive on Pixel and Pixel XL, as per the report and may not be seen on other Google smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat. Rest of the features and looks go identical with the Pixel smartphone

Google is also said to enhance the UI of the smartphones to match up with the likes of Apple’s 3D Touch technology, without additional hardware requirements. Talking about the specifications, another report from AndroidPolice suggests that the Pixel XL, codenamed Marlin, will sport a 5.5-inch QHD display, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, a 3450mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. The report also said that the smartphone will contain a headphone jack on the top, a fingerprint scanner on the rear, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

As we mentioned, Google is quite in a form to showcase multiple products at its October 4 event. Apart from the Pixel phones, it is expected to unveil the Android-Chrome OS merger Google Andromeda, apart from Google Wifi router, the Chromecast Ultra, and the Google Home assistant.


Ahead of Google’s much-anticipated October 4 event where the company is expected to showcase new hardware products, we have been treated with an alleged press image of the Google Pixel smartphone.

Posted by Venture Beat, the Google Pixel – which is believed to be the smaller of the two new Pixel smartphones – is seen with its screen turned on. The home screen shows new home onscreen button alongside other interface tweaks. One of the starkest changes in the new UI seems to be the rounded app icons which give the handset a refreshing look. We also speculate that the new UI and rounded icons will be exclusive on Pixel products and may not be seen on other smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat. To recall, the Google Pixel smartphones are expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat, which is said bring several new features.

Recent teardowns indicate the new icons may bring additional interface options similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, however, without the requirement of pressure sensitive displays.

All this differentiation may be part of the ‘opinionated’ changes that Google is bringing to its flagship smartphones. However, it may also arrive for other Android smartphones as part of the Pixel Launcher – thought to replace the Google Now Launcher. The new press render is also in-line with previously leaked Pixel smartphone image.

In another rumour, the new Pixel smartphone may come in “Very Silver and Quite Black” colour variants, according to Android Police’s David Ruddock.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Google Pixel smartphone, codenamed ‘Sailfish’, is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD display with 440ppi pixel density; a quad-core 64-bit quad-core processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB storage; 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2770mAh battery. The handset is also expected to sport rear-mounted fingerprint scanner along with the USB Type-C port and bottom speaker. The handset is said to pack a headphone jack and come with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The company is also expected to unveiled the Google Pixel XL smartphone, codenamed Marlin.

There is also other bunch of new details about the upcoming Pixel smartphones which are said to come with dust and water resistance rating of IP53 though will lack proper water-resistance. The Pixel smartphone are also expected to be hard to root.


Google on Monday confirmed it is launching new smartphones at an October 4 event, expected to be the much-leaked Pixel smartphones. The company has also started sending invites for the event, to be held at 9am local time in San Francisco. Now, just like every other major smartphone launch, the rendered images of the alleged Pixel and Pixel XL phones have surfaced on the Internet ahead of the launch, alongside other information.

Leaked images of the anticipated Google Pixel smartphones have been shared by Android Police, showcasing the fingerprint scanner at the back as well as similar camera panel and design as suggested by the images of the TPU cases for the smartphones that leaked earlier. Even the front panel of both Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can be seen in the leaked images.

Interestingly, a commercial by Alphabet subsidiary Nest for the Netherlands, spotted by Android Police, showcased a smartphone that looks identical to the leaked images of the Pixel smartphone. Even though there is no confirmation and the model used in the advertisement might as well be a dummy, it certainly looks similar to the upcoming smartphone and has aluminium at the bottom and glass at the top.

In another rumour circulated by Android Police, the starting price of the Pixel smartphone has been leaked. The rumour suggests that the pricing for the 5-inch model of Pixel smartphone will start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500). Even though site says that the source of the rumour is a trusted one, due to lack of other sources on the subject and absence of primary material, it should be taken with an additional grain of salt.

An earlier report suggested that the rumoured 5-inch Pixel smartphone, which was earlier codenamed ‘Sailfish’ will be launched at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000).

In order to provide some sort of compensation for higher price tag, the report suggests that Google might make financing options available for the users.

To recall, Gadgets 360 earlier this year reported Google will be dropping the ‘Nexus’ branding and will launch the new smartphones under its own brand. The upcoming smartphones are further expected to be launched with Android 7.1 Nougat.

Google late Monday sent out invitations to an October 4 event, hinting that the Internet titan will show off a new smartphone powered by its Android mobile software.

Emailed invitations revealed only the time and place for the gathering in San Francisco, the message topped by blue, red, yellow, and green dots of color.

Google fired off a Twitter message with hashtag #madebygoogle and a video of what appeared to be a long rectangular search term box morphing into a silhouette of a smartphone.

Industry trackers have been expecting Google in October to show off its own smartphone, showcasing the prowess of its new Nougat version of Android software.

Google may stamp its latest smartphones with a “Pixel” brand instead of the “Nexus” name it has used in the past for Android smartphones it has made in collaborations with partners.

A Google smartphone would be fielded as a standard to which other’s making Android devices should aspire, and would come just weeks after Apple’s began selling new iPhone 7 models.

An enticing Google smartphone could also prove a contender for the attention of buyers during the prime year-end holiday shopping season.

Scenes in Apple stores around the world on Friday were reminiscent of days before online ordering became a norm and people camped out for days to be first to get hands on the California company’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Enthusiasm was peppered with disappointment due to shortages of the large-screen iPhone 7 Plus and a Jet Black iPhone 7, but it was unclear if the shortages were the result of strong demand or limited supply.

The devices chart a new path for the tech giant by eliminating headphone jacks, a move seen as setting a trend for a wireless future

The iPhones also boast Apple’s freshly-released iOS 10 mobile operating system.

While the company has touted total iPhone sales of one billion, the number sold in the quarter ending June 25 fell 15 percent from a year earlier, highlighting concerns over growth for the key profit driver.

Growth has become challenging with many mobile phone markets saturated, with Apple rivals producing a wide variety of devices powered by Android software that Google makes available for free.

Apple faces stiff competition from traditional rival Samsung, although the South Korean giant is currently on the back foot after being forced into a massive recall because of exploding batteries of its flagship Galaxy Note 7.


There is no shortage of leaks for the upcoming Google-branded Pixel phones, and the latest ones in line suggest that the smartphones will come with yet-to-be-released Android 7.1 Nougat. Further, the leaked renders of the smartphones Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL show the front panel designs in their full glory.

As per the tests on Geekbench, Google Pixel phones will come with the upcoming version of Google’s mobile platform and will pack 4GB of RAM. The smartphones are expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC (with new revision).

As per a report by Android Headlines, the TPU cases for the smartphones are already available for purchase at AliExpress. The images of the cases suggest that the Pixel XL will carry a fingerprint scanner at the same position as Nexus 5X or a Nexus 6P.

According to another leak from the website, the smartphones have also been spotted passing through Global Certification Forum. The GCF certification has further confirmed that the smartphones will indeed be manufactured by HTC.

In a separate leak, reported by Phone Arena, renders of the front panel of the Pixel smartphones can be seen. The renders suggest that the smartphones will carry a screen size of 4.99-inches and 5.46-inches, in line with earlier leaks.

Last month, Google was reported to be dropping its Nexus-branding, and launch the upcoming smartphones under its own brand. Gadgets 360 also learnt that Google may release the smartphones “in a handful of countries including India” in September.

However, another report recently claimed that the smartphones will be shown at the company’s event on October 4.

Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest publicly available version of Google’s mobile and tablet operating system, is powering less than 0.1 percent of active Android devices, according to the latest Google Play distribution data. To recall, Nougat started rolling out to Nexus devices last month and reportedly also started rolling out to Android One devices.

Sharing the latest distribution data of different versions of Android, Google reported that Marshmallow has a total share of 18.7 percent of Android devices that check into Google Play, compared to the 15.2 percent reported in August – an increase of 3.5 percent. Google has updated its Google Play distribution data for the seven-day period ending September 5.

Google reports that Android Lollipop has a total share of around 35 percent of active Android devices (with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 13.1 percent of devices and Android 5.1 Lollipop at 21.9 percent) that checked into Google Play. Last month, Android Lollipop had a total share of 35.5 percent of active Android devices.

The Android Developers’ webpage shows that Android KitKat is going down steadily on the charts, and now powers 27.7 percent of devices compared to 29.2 percent last month – a decrease of 1.5 percent.

Android Jelly Bean has a combined share of 15.6 percent – falling 1.1 percent from August’s 16.7 percent. Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich, in Google’s latest numbers, registered a share of 1.4 percent, down from 1.6 percent in August. Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7) and Android 2.2 Froyo’s device distribution shares are 1.5 percent (down from 1.7 percent) and 0.1 percent (same figure as August) respectively in the latest charts. To note, the figures are gathered from devices visiting the Google Play app, which only supports Android 2.2 and above.

The latest OpenGL version distribution numbers, on the other hand, saw OpenGL 2.0 at 44.9 percent, and OpenGL version 3.0 steadily rising to 42.3 percent.

Google last month started rolling out the final build of Android 7.0 Nougat for compatible Nexus devices. The Android 7.0 Nougat update was rolled out to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet, and Android One General Mobile 4G devices gradually. Now, the company has started rolling out the monthly Android security update for September. The company has also released factory images and OTA binaries for Nexus devices.

The September security bulletin is now available to Nexus through an over-the-air (OTA) update. Google has also released the new Nexus firmware images to the Google Developer site. Google says that it notified the partners about the issues described in the bulletin on August 05, 2016 or earlier. The source code patches for the reported issues will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository in the next 48 hours.

The update patches seven vulnerabilities that have been flagged as “critical” by Google, and 23 vulnerabilities that fall on the spectrum of “high” severity. In addition, 17 “moderate” security glitches have also been resolved.
Some of the critical security vulnerabilities that have been fixed include remote code execution vulnerability in LibUtils, which if left untreated will enable an attacker using a specially crafted file to execute arbitrary code in the context of a privileged process; remote code execution vulnerability in Mediaserver, which if not resolved could enable an attacker using a specially crafted file to cause memory corruption during media file and data processing; elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel security subsystem; elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel networking subsystem, elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel netfilter subsystem, and elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel USB driver, and elevation of privilege vulnerability in kernel shared memory subsystem, which if left untreated could enable a local malicious application to execute arbitrary code within the context of the kernel. These issues are rated as “Critical” due to the possibility of a local permanent device compromise, which may require reflashing the operating system to repair the device.

Apart from September Android security patch, Google is also rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat factory images for Nexus range. New Android 7.0 build for Pixel C is NRD90R; Nexus 5X is NRD90S; Nexus Player is NRD90R; Nexus 9 Wi-Fi is NRD90R, and Nexus 5 is MOB31E. Unfortunately, Google is yet to rollout Android 7.0 factory images for the Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 LTE devices.


Intel announced Project Euclid, at its Intel Developers Forum last month, based on company’s RealSense perceptual computing platform. With this announcement the company made it clear that it is serious about the concept of computer vision. Now, the company has gone ahead further and announced that it is going to acquire computer vision chipmaker Movidius.

Movidius as a chipmaker is not an unknown entity in the industry as it is already working with companies such as Google, DJI, FLIR, and Lenovo to provide its vision technology to various electronic devices such as drones, security cameras, AR/VR headsets etc.

Movidius, interestingly, provided the computer vision chips used in the first generation of Google Project Tango devices, including the first commercial Tango product, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. Its hardware helps map surroundings using 3D tools like cameras and sensors. The company also provided chips for the collision avoidance system on the DJI Phantom 4.

In a note regarding the acquisition, Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane said that the company will remain focused on its objective to provide vision to machines but will now have the resources to innovate faster and execute at scale.
(Also see: Your Android Smartphone Could Soon Recognise People and Objects Around You)

“With Movidius, Intel gains low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating computer vision applications. Additionally, this acquisition brings algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions, as well as broad expertise in embedded computer vision and machine intelligence. Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings RealSense capabilities to fruition,” Intel’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group Josh Walden said in his editorial.

Walden further said that specifically, the company will look to deploy the technology across its “efforts in augmented, virtual and merged reality (AR/VR/MR), drones, robotics, digital security cameras and beyond.”

“Computer vision will trigger a Cambrian explosion of compute, with Intel at the forefront of this new wave of computing, enabled by RealSense in conjunction with Movidius and our full suite of perceptual computing technologies,” Walden added.

A spokesperson from Intel has told The Verge that all of the 180 employees at Movidius will be “integrated” into Intel’s Perceptual Computing group.


Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The move marks an about-face for the tech company, which announced a host of partners for Project Ara at its developer conference in May and said it would ship a developer edition of the product this autumn.

The company’s aim was to create a phone that users could customize on the fly with an extra battery, camera, speakers or other components.

A spokeswoman for Google declined to comment on the matter.

While Google will not be releasing the phone itself, the company may work with partners to bring Project Ara’s technology to market, potentially through licensing agreements, one of the people with knowledge of the matter said.

Axing Project Ara is one of the first steps in a campaign to unify Google’s various hardware efforts, which range from Chromebook laptops to Nexus phones. Former Motorola president Rick Osterloh rejoined Google earlier this year to oversee the effort. Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group in 2014.
Modular smartphones have generated great enthusiasm in the tech community for their potential to prolong the lifespan of a device and reduce electronic waste. But the devices are difficult to bring to market because their interchangeable parts make them bulky and costly to produce, said analyst Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research, adding that he was not surprised to see Google halt the project.

“This was a science experiment that failed, and they are moving on,” he said.

Project Ara was one of the flagship efforts of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, which aims to develop new devices, but it had various stops and starts.

Last year, the company shelved plans to sell the modular phone in Puerto Rico with Latin American carriers.


Google is introducing a nifty feature for all Nexus users to help them save precious data. The company is releasing a feature called Wi-Fi Assistant that will enable users to connect to open and free Wi-Fi networks in their area automatically.The Wi-Fi Assistant feature will be made available to Nexus users in United States, Canada, Mexico, UK, and Nordic countries only. Also, only those Nexus smartphones that are running on Android 5.1 Lollipop will see this feature.

In order to enable Wi-Fi Assistant, head to Settings > Google > Networking > Wi-Fi Assistant. Switch the toggle on and off to set your preferred settings. Once Wi-Fi Assistant is enabled, a small key will show up in the top corner. This feature will let your smartphone automatically connect to open and free Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity, thereby saving your data whenever it can. It will automatically adjust to optimal connections and switch from one network to another without interrupting service. If you wish to opt out of a specific open Wi-Fi network, then just select ‘forget this network’ against the particular network in the Wi-Fi settings panel.

The Wi-Fi Assistant feature was earlier exclusive to Project Fi-enabled devices earlier, but Google has now made it available to all Nexus users. Google unveiled Project Fi mobile telephone network in April last year in a bid to curb use of expensive roaming data and keep phone bills low. After ten months of testing, it opened the service up for all users in March this year, and launched in partnerships with Sprint and T-Mobile. Just last month, it also announced a partnership with telecom giant Three. Project Fi is active only on Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X smartphones.