Google Expected To Unveil New Pixel Smartphones on Oct. 4

The successor to Google's soon-to-be-retired Nexus line of smartphones could make its debut on Oct. 4, according to recent hints from the company. A new "Made By" Google Web page features a smartphone-shaped image in the center, along with a Google logo and the October 4 date.

The page also includes an email entry form with the message, "Keep me updated about devices from Google and all the things you can do with them." And yesterday, Google posted a 30-second YouTube video, backed by the 1974 Redbone single, "Come and Get Your Love," with a link to the "Made By" page and the message, "Something new to love on Oct. 4."

Rumors about what might replace Google's Nexus line have been circulating since earlier this year, when the company brought former Motorola president Rick Osterloh on board to lead a new hardware division. Several recent leaks have provided a few glimpses at the new smartphones known as the Pixel and the Pixel XL.

Multiple Leaks Hint at Pixel Look, Price

Yesterday, Android Police reported on a Dutch commercial for Nest, a Google company, that showed a woman at home using a smartphone that appeared to match the rumored look of the Pixel.

Following up on another leak, that site yesterday posted a separate article depicting side-by-side images of two light-colored, aluminum and glass smartphone with some identifying markings obscured. The larger of the two phones, the Pixel XL, is believed to have a 5.5-inch screen, while the Pixel will reportedly have a 5-inch display.

Beyond departing from Google's Nexus lineup in name, the new Pixel phones are also believed to carry considerably higher price tags. Various reports peg the likely cost of the Pixel at $649, while the Pixel XL will probably set buyers back by even more.

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