Expect budget, premium Pixels, new smartwatch and more from Google in 2019


The market research firm recently insisted Google's Pixel brand is now the "fastest-growing major smartphone brand in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2018". Also, the "smartwatch [that will] compete with the Apple Watch" will likely be called the Pixel Watch, considering what Google has done with the Pixel brand so far.

Nikkei Asian Review spoke to unnamed "industry sources" who revealed a cavalcade of Google products that are now in the pipeline.

Most of what Google is planning to launch this year is already known, like the new Pixel 3 Lite line. The final tally shows that the Google Pixel 3 XL is the clear victor, with 34 percent of responders selecting it as their choice. The Pixel 3 Lite expected to carry a 4GB RAM, 32 GB Storage and a Snapdragon 670.

As earlier reported, Google will be launching a new Pixel 3 Lite, aimed at "price-sensitive" customers. The original Pixel and Pixel XL added more premium features and more refined designs, but also saw the price points rise considerably over their Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P predecessors. It's not clear what's expected to change on the new Home speaker, however. However, it failed to materialise during the launch. The bumper report from Nikkei suggests the Google-owned security camera range will be rebranded to sit alongside the Pixel smartphone, Pixel Watch, PixelBook, and Pixel Slate tablet. The tech giant also plans to release a new smart security camera, according to Nikkei, citing "one person with direct knowledge of the matter". It will be the company's first wearable device which has already been delayed due to some reasons a year ago.

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Over the past two years, Google has launched a new line of hardware in October with the Pixels, Pixelbooks, Slates and Home devices headlining the show.

It's unclear exactly what hardware upgrades would be featured in the new Pixel-branded security cameras.

Google will reportedly release a cheaper smartphone in a bit to drive users to its services.

As always, it's worth taking the above rumours with a healthy pinch of salt.