It was a widespread news this week that Google will be retiring the Nexus line of devices with the Nexus 6P and 5X with the upcoming flagships moving to a new lineup. It is now understood that the lineup will be called Pixel, the same as the tablet lineup that Google introduced with the Pixel-C. The devices will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Google has in the past too unified ts lineup where both the tablets and phones from Google bore the moniker of Nexus, so for tablets and phones to be called Pixel seems a reasonable step going forward.
This news is based on a report published by Android Police, who are generally on the money with such claims. Google has already launched a couple of Chromebooks with the same Pixel branding too, so it does look like all the vanilla flagship devices from Google will have the same branding. The Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first phones in the lineup. If you have been watching the leaks of these devices carefully, you would be familiar with the codenames Sailfish and Marlin that are going to be manufactured by HTC. Both these devices will not bear any HTC branding and will apparantly have Google’s branding and the Sailfish will be called Pixel while the Marlin be called Pixel XL as Google goe about unifying the hardware. If only there was HTC branding, you could have made a case for an UltraPixel branding, rather than the Pixel branding alone.
The Pixel will bear a 5 inch display while the Pixel XL will be a 5.5 inch device. Both the phones are expected to run the latest Snadragon Quad-Core chipsets and feature 12MP camera with 4GB of RAM. The report states that Google plans to announce the two devices on October 4th, which makes sense given that Apple will be announcing their flagship, iPhone 7 on September 7th.