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Google Pixel: Still Hanging On

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Run Android Nougat live on your PC with AndEX Project                   By Rei Padla

Before going into details, it's worth mentioning the update is available for download for the following devices: Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi), and Nexus 9 (LTE).

13/01/2017: The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be getting the Android 7.0 Nougat in the coming days, with some select users reporting they've already started installing the update.

Hold on to your phones Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P owners. Where the former was the flagship model, the latter was the entry-level variant. The question is will Google rebrand the device as Pixel 7? But, with reference to latest reports, since Nexus is still more popular and a known brand in the world, Google is likely to retain the brand and not rebrand it as Pixel 7. Based on this, it exclusively answers the question: the next Google phone will apparently be a Pixel rather than a Nexus.

I know this seems like a little bit of a tangent, but let's talk a little bit about one particularly relevant example in the world of Google OEM partnerships lately: Huawei, the maker of the Nexus 6P.

Though it wasn't available officially on the non-Pixel phones, there are several workarounds for making Google Assistant work on the unsupported devices. Recently, Google has released its Assistant Developer Platform to third-party app developers. The Citibank offer is also available at Reliance Digital, Croma and some other retailers.

Even after considering all these offers, we still aren't entirely sure how much less expensive the Pixel smartphone will be for you, and that is what perplexes us the most about such claims made around exchange offers.

In one fell swoop last October, Google launched its new Pixel phones and killed off its beloved Nexus devices. The maker of the alleged new Google phone could be possibly on the aforementioned partners but equally, it could be a brand-new hardware partner as well. Google Now Launcher will cease to exist in few weeks from now.

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