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Non-blurry photos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL leak

Today is apparently Pixel leak day. After getting some new details on pricing and spotting the phone in a Nest ad, some actual photos of the phones have emerged. The image above (and another below) show both phones side-by-side. This marks the first time we've actually seen the phones in the flesh—er, metal. Whatever.

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[Oops] It looks like Nest accidentally aired a commercial featuring the Google Pixel

We get tips on an almost daily basis that purport to show an unannounced device popping up in a commercial or marketing material. These never turn out to be legit... except maybe this time. A Nest commercial aired in the Netherlands features a phone that looks a whole hell of a lot like the upcoming Google Pixel. This is a first for us.

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Google will announce Pixel phones, 4K Chromecast, Google Home, Daydream VR viewer on October 4th

According to a reliable source, Google plans to hold a major event focusing on hardware October 4th. It will use the event to announce its new Pixel-branded smartphones Pixel and Pixel XL, a 4K Chromecast, fully detail Google Home, and reveal the company's in-house design for a Daydream VR viewer device (Google previously confirmed this was happening). Here is what we know.

  • The 4K Chromecast will do 4K and be called either the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra (makes sense - ultra HD). We aren't sure which.
  • The Daydream device may be called Daydream View.

Google was allegedly planning to announce a 4K version of the Chromecast last year, but seems to have scuttled the launch for some reason.

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Press photos for Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact leak ahead of launch

Xperia Blog has gotten its hands on press photos for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact — two of the products that Sony is widely expected to launch tomorrow at IFA in Berlin. We had already seen images of the Xperia X Compact earlier this week, but it's the first time we get to view official photos of either device.

The images confirm that Sony's new phones will support USB Type-C, adding to the growing list that are upgrading from microUSB. This would make these the first of Sony's smartphones to use the new standard — including the Xperia X on which the X Compact is based.

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Sony Xperia X Compact image leaks as Sony's website confirms its existence along with Xperia XZ

Sony released the Xperia X series earlier this year with a few different screen sizes. However, none of them were "Compact" variants like Sony has offered for the last few years. Now, @evleaks has dropped a render of the supposed Xperia X Compact on Twitter. It certainly looks legit, and it turns out Sony's own website might have outed this device along with the Xperia XZ.

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Probable LG V20 render leaks with a less modular look

We've seen some renders of the upcoming LG V20 already, but there's a new one floating around the internet now courtesy of Evan @evleaks Blass. This image looks more official than the last ones, and the design of the chin looks less modular than before. Perhaps this is evidence LG isn't looking to continue that particular boondoggle.

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The first Android N maintenance release will probably be Android 7.1

We already know that Google is planning to make Android's release cycle a little more predictable with quarterly maintenance updates. The first update is expected to include a developer preview, and it sounds like Google is planning to bump the version number up to 7.1. This comes from Google's crash and report filter in the developer console—it offers an option to filter for Android 7.1.

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Google Assistant can answer your voice messages in Allo

We've covered a lot of what Google Allo can do as a messaging application, but we haven't yet scratched the surface of one of its most interesting features: Assistant. It lives as a standalone chat, but also as a bot ready to answer any question inside your other conversations (not the Incognito ones though, as we've said before) by just mentioning @google.

Since Assistant is an evolution of Google Now / OK Google commands, and since Allo can send voice messages, there's a nifty feature you can easily deduce from the combination of the two: Assistant will interpret your voice messages in Allo. It's as cool as you might guess.

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Google Allo doesn't seem to have a backup or cloud sync function (in the preview version)

I don't know what to think of this one. Of all the Allo features we've discussed so far, many are cool, some are interesting, and few are controversial. But the lack of a cloud save or backup/restore function? I am not on board with that, and I doubt anyone can justify it. But here goes.

In the preview test version of Allo that we've been getting our information from, the app seems to be very forgetful with all of your history. Whether you uninstall the app and reinstall it on the same phone, perform a device restore and have to install it again, move your SIM card to a new phone and need to authenticate Allo there, almost nothing sticks or carries around.

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Google Allo's incognito chats have Snapchat-like expiring messages, private notifications, and encryption keys

The nice graphic you see above is the background of all your incognito conversations on Google Allo. It's one of the visual cues the app uses to let you differentiate between a regular chat and an incognito one. But what are these more secure chats and how exactly do they work?

Based on information we've obtained from a test preview version of Allo, here is what you should expect.

First, these chats are end-to-end encrypted (we've known they'll be using the Signal protocol for a while) with unique identity keys for each participant. One of the side effects of encryption is that Google Assistant doesn't work in them.

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