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Google to unveil 4K Chromecast, Pixel Phones and Daydream VR in October

by on September 1, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – September 01, 2016

According to the latest we’ve heard, especially from the site Android Police citing a “reliable source”, Google is planning on holding a major event in October which will focus on their new hardware developments.

According to the reported leak, the search and technology giant will announce several new technology expansions which include two new Pixel-branded smartphones in the form of the Pixel and Pixel XL, a new 4K Chromecast (which we’ve been hoping to see arrive for some time now) and further details on their upcoming Google Home platform. There will also be an unveiling of a design for a DaydreamVR viewing device which is so far the only concretely confirmed aspect of these rumors due to a previous statement about its existence by Google in May of this year.

What Android Police claimed to know so far and what the rest of us also know to-date about the upcoming Google developments is still quite limited but most interestingly to us at least is the 4K Chromecast development. According to their leak source, the 4K Chromecast update will indeed offer 4K UHD entertainment streaming and will go by either the name Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, though it’s not confirmed which of these two names will be the case.

The existing Chromecast is already used in a number of 4K home entertainment devices and is most notably present in Vizio’s 2016 4K UHD TVs with their SmartCast mobile device-based smart TV platforms. The Chromecast capacity of these TVs has however been rebranded as Google Cast and works without the need for an actual Chromecast plug-in stick. Xiaomi’s 4K Mi Box also uses Google Cast/ Chromecast for some of its streaming content options.

According to previous rumors, Google originally planned on releasing a 4K Chromecast system in 2015 but then decided to forestall its launch for unknown reasons, possibly because the company felt it was better to wait for more streaming ultra HD content and 4K TV display development to take place on the consumer market.

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Google will also unveil their Daydream VR device on October 4th and from what we’ve heard it will possibly be called Daydream View. Furthermore, the Pixel-branded phones will likely be available to consumers some time after the reported October 4th event.

Neither Android Police or any other source we know of so far is sure of any further concrete details aside from the event date (which itself isn’t an officially stated thing). Information about where or at what time Google will hold their big tech unveiling is still in the dark and details about prices and availability schedules for these new technologies are something we’ll have to wait and see to know.

We’ll keep our readers updated if anything new emerges.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Strazdas
    September 9, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Now if only the 4k stream video quality would reach at least high quality 720p encodes it may be watchable. How about google actually try to get half-decent quality first?

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