If the latest rumours around Googles imminent new phones, the 5″ Sailfish and 5.5″ Marlin are to be believed then the devices will be dropping the Nexus branding. According to Android Police, their ‘sources’ the new names for these HTC built Google phones will be Pixel and Pixel XL.
That’s right, Google own hardware brand Pixel, formerly used for Chromebooks and then the Pixel C Android Tablet, might now be used on their Android phones. With the Nexus brand behind them, there is little doubt that a Pixel brand would be a big winner with the majority of the Google hardware geeks and thus a good move by Google.
The Pixel line has always distinguished itself with a premium build and excellent specs. With what we’ve seen of the new devices via leaks and rumours I have no qualms in accepting the new Google phones and rightful members of the Pixel family.
This raises the question of the two rumoured Android Wear watches, Angelfish and Swordfish, that Google may be releasing alongside the Pixel phones. Could these two new watches also be Pixel branded? This would definitely make some send in light of today’s leak, it would give the Pixel line and almost complete range of Google OS hardware, except a TV and a car – hmm there’s a rumour in that!.
What does this mean for Nexus? To be honest, it’s too early, perhaps Nexus will remain for another device that Google feels still need their guiding input. Perhaps the phones migrating to Pixel is a sign that Google believes the OEMs have matured in their phone hardware and no longer need their reference designs?
Whatever the future holds we won’t have long to wait. If Google sticks to their typical timelines we may be seeing these devices launch before the end of this month.
How do you feel about Google branding their phone Pixel? How do you feel about these HTC built phones being a Pixel? Let us know below.