Google is getting set to strike back at its smartphone rivals, announcing plans for a September 29th event in San Francisco.
The Big G is expected to unveil a string of new products and services, as it looks to combat the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus hitting shelves on September 25th.
So, what can we expect from the search giant? Read on and we’ll tell you five things to look out for.
1 LG Nexus 5X
Google is likely to unveil two new mobiles this week. The first, originally billed as the Nexus 5 (2015) is set to be made by LG and should get the official title of Nexus 5X.
This should help differentiate it from the device of the same name, released in 2013.
This effort, as seen in leaked renders accessed exclusively by uSwitch, will come with a 5.2–inch display and a similar rear power button and fingerprint scanner combo to that seen in LG’s flagship G4.
2 Huawei Nexus 6P
Having gone big last year with the Nexus 6, Google is set to continue its phablet plans with the Nexus 6P.
This device, built by Huawei and again extensively leaked on uSwitch, will actually feature a 5.7–inch screen (but who’s counting) and measure just 6.6mm at its thinnest point.
As with the LG–made Nexus 5X, the phone will have a rear fingerprint scanner.
This will likely play a role in securing payments using Android Pay, which recently launched across The Pond.
3 Android Marshmallow
Google revealed plans for what was then called Android M back at its I/O event in May.
The OS got its official name of Marshmallow last month and we should be getting extra details on what to expect from the updated operating system next week.
We already know that there are plans for eking out battery life and improving app permissions so Google can’t farm your data as easily as in the past.
But what about how it will fix the Android Stagefright bug? And will we learn when major device makers will update their phones to Android Marshmallow? Don’t hold your breath.
4 More Android Pay plans
Android Pay’s US launch came earlier than expected, but with Apple Pay starting to blossom perhaps that was no surprise.
However, is it too much to ask to hear about plans to rollout the service outside of Google’s home country?
With Apple Pay set to launch in China and already thriving here in the UK, a few lines about roughly when a launch will take place could go a long way.
5 TV expansion
It’s not just going to be about phones next week. After Apple brought its App Store to Apple TV, Google is likely to unveil a new Chromecast dongle and hopefully more plans about bringing the best of Android to your telly.
It’s another area where it simply cannot let Apple take the lead.