After a decisive showing from Google’s current smartphone lineup, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the tech giant is expected to be preparing to release a new generation of mobile devices. Expected to be known as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the latest in Google’s lineup of smartphones is expected to continue in its legacy as one of the best devices on the market.
The original Pixel was Google’s first line of smartphones internally designed, developed and marketed by the company. The previous family of smartphones, the Nexus, was known for its affordable price point and value proposition. Google’s first Pixel smartphones came in 2016, and Pixel 2 in 2017.
With Google’s acquisition of HTC’s hardware team, it has been gearing toward a more holistic approach to technology. Expansion from the OEM-produced Nexus smartphone lineup to a more Google Pixel family had been accompanied with the release of the Pixelbook and the Google Home family of devices.
1. Wireless Charging
The new line of Pixel devices is expected to omit the aluminium and plastic chassis that defined the Pixel 2 smartphones, featuring a glass back instead. This comes together with evidence that Google has implemented a proprietary wireless charger with code from the latest Android P beta referencing this fact.
2. Android P
Of course, Google, who is also behind the Android operating system for mobile, would choose the Pixel 3 to be the first device to feature its latest Android P operating system. Currently in beta, Android P is rumoured to be at the heart of Google’s effort to reduce physical buttons on the phone and maximise screen real estate by introducing gesture navigations to the Android ecosystem.
3. Notch Again
It’s painful to watch, but shrinking bezels leave little room for necessary evils like the front-facing camera, proximity sensor (used to kill the screen when taking a call), and front-facing speakers. The latest flagship Google smartphone is expected to follow in its archnemesis’s footsteps by utilising a notch to house those essentials, much to the chagrin of purists and Android apologists alike.
4. Two front-facing cameras
In a release by Bloomberg, the tech giant is also expected to include a dual-camera set up on its front side. The article also reports that the display will be edge-to-edge, but these features will only be found on the larger device.
While previous releases had two sizes (and prices) to help target a wider audience, a new trend in premium smartphones have taken over the market. Phones like the iPhone X and the Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design couple a premium price tag with top-notch innards. Nonetheless, there is an expectation that Google might follow suit. Another rumour is also emerging that hint that Google might be releasing a lower-end model, not unlike the iPhone SE.