Thanks to a lot of happenings all at once, it is pretty much a lock that we are going to see Google’s new Pixel lineup on October 4th. That will put the launch of the new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 almost a year out from the current Pixel phones.
To start, there is now a new, albeit empty, website for the phones. Literally, it’s empty. It only asks the question “Thinking of changing phones?” and you can register your email address. This is is very similar to what they did with the original Pixels last year.
Second, there were FCC approvals made for what is presumed to be the XL 2. It is an LG build device and you can read all the gory details at the FCC site. It’s not overly exciting but it confirms some of the rumors known about the phone.
Then there is YouTube. Google released a teaser video yesterday asking a lot of questions that seem to point to areas of focus for the new phones.
A whole lot of tea leaf reading is going on about this video and it seems to point to key areas like battery life, camera performance improvements, improved Google Assistant and the like.
Finally, to make it even more fun, billboards have been popping up in key cities here in the US pointing to the October 4th data for a Google event. Again, this is similar to the marketing efforts last year, minus the big camera-like displays at points throughout cities like New York and San Francisco.
So I think it is pretty safe to assume that October 4th is important in the eyes of Google and it should be for Android fans too.