Rumor: Google to Unveil Pixel Phones, 4K Chromecast Next Month

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Mark your calendars, folks: Google is reportedly gearing up to hold a big hardware event on Oct. 4.

Citing an unnamed but "reliable" source, Android Police on Thursday reported that Google plans to announce two new Pixel-branded smartphones and a 4K Chromecast at the event.

Also on tap: news about Google Home and Daydream VR.

PCMag reached out to Google, but the Web giant declined to comment on the rumor.

The news comes after Android Police, citing two "independent sources," also reported that "Google decided to shift its in-house smartphone brand from Nexus to Pixel," corroborating an earlier rumor from Android Central. Now, the Nexus handsets we've been hearing about—codenamed Sailfish and Marlin—will reportedly be the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL, respectively.

There's still no word as to when the new handsets will go on sale, or how much they will cost.

Meanwhile, the new 4K Chromecast is also getting a change of name, and will reportedly be called "Chromecast Plus" or "Chromecast Ultra," Android Police said.

During next month's event event, the tech titan also is expected to unveil an in-house Daydream VR viewer design, which might be called the "Daydream View." Plus, Android Police tipped full details about Google Home, a new connected home device the Web giant first announced at its I/O developer conference in May.

No other details have been revealed ahead of the Oct. 4 unveiling. So just sit tight and keep an eye on PCMag for more details as they come.

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