Based on the time of last year's Pixel 2 launch, we are still a solid two months away from confirming what Google has planned for 2018. But that Will not stop internet sleuths from trying to dig up some info they can. Over the weekend appeared two leaks that could have some interesting consequences for what Google eventually announced later this year.
The first news comes from a post on the XDA Developers forum (Imgur mirror here) that shows what seems to be Delicious pictures of the upcoming Pixel 3. While the first shot of the back of the phone does not seem so exciting except for the lack On the totonal design seen on previous Pixels and the absence of two rear cameras, the front of the phone seems to be much more divisive.
I mean, just look at it. The notch is big. I have argued before it makes sense to get the job done, as they are often a practical solution to give consumers a small extra screen. But choking on this alleged Pixel 3 is a little different. The large size of the sensor cluster looks as if it will dwarf everything else on the market, while there is also a significant protrusion on the screen. It's a bold appearance, but this could be an example of the whole notch development taken a bit too far.
The second part of the Pixel news comes in the form of a code detected by 9to5Google hidden in the latest version of the Google app, which sport mentions a trusted dock and a string that says:
Your assistant can use Your personal information for making suggestions, answering questions and making actions for you when the phone is locked and on Pixel Stand
Although this is not the first time we have heard that Google may potentially make a brew intended for use with Pixel phones, the latest code snippets a much better picture of what the device can actually be. On top of that apparently a standard wireless charger, which suggests that the next Pixel will support wireless charging for the first time, this "Pixel Stand" appears to turn the phone into smart speaker of varieties that would use the phone's display for to show info when appropriate.
In view of the recent launch of Google and Lenovo's first Smart Display, Pixel Stand can help Google build its fast-growing smart home layout while helping bridge the gap between $ 130 Google Home, $ 50 Home Mini and Smart Display, starting at $ 200.
It's still a little too early to take any of these leaks as a fact. But if Pixel 3 ends up playing a humongous notch, it's possible that Google's most interesting product this fall will end up being Pixel's new accessories instead of the phone itself.
[XDA Developers, 9to5Google]