Google is planning a cheaper Pixel Phone this year

03 April, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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Furthermore, a report by ET revealed that Google is planning to launch a cheaper Pixel smartphone in emerging markets like India. This launch comes a few months after Amazon launched its Echo smart speakers - Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot with Alexa in India. The Google Home is expected to cost Rs 9,999 in the country, while the Home Mini may set you back by Rs 4,499. Since then, Google has also launched the affordable Home Mini as well as the high-end Home Max in markets such as the US.

Google has renewed its focus on hardware to test and model artificial intelligence tools like Google Assistant and Android software for OEMs and developers.

It's unclear whether Google plans to bring its cheaper Pixels worldwide, or if it'll be limited to India. Do you want to see a mid-range Pixel phone launching this year in India?

It's important to stress that these Google Pixel 3 concept images aren't an actual rendering from the company itself, rather representing an artist or designer's creative take on what the phone might look like. If and when Google introduces its budget segment and mid-budget smartphones in India, it will spice up the already competitive segment that boasts of names like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Huawei.

Considering how Android phone makers like OnePlus and Xiaomi are killing it in India with relatively low-priced premium devices like the OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, it makes a lot of sense for Google make a move there with its hardware. This plan also includes expanding distribution into general trade and upping their marketing presence in India to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Apart from this, Google is also reported to launch other products in India like Pixelbook and intelligent home automation products under the Nest brand.

While Android P might still be a while away from entering beta, let alone a full-fledged release, we still have monthly security updates to keep us company.


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