A pair of Pixel news items hit the Internet this weekend. First up, we have more leaked pictures of Google’s upcoming Pixel 3 XL flagship, this time in white to go along with the previously leaked black version.
The pictures, which were taken by XDA forum user dr.guru, line up well with the previous Pixel pictures, showing a device with a very tall top notch, a bottom chin bezel, and what looks to be front-facing stereo speakers.
It’s hard to make out in these pictures, but there still seems to be a tow-tone glass design on the back. The Pixel 2 had a mostly aluminum back with a glass window, which gave it a two-tone look. The Pixel 3 is supposedly switching to an all-glass design, but the pictured device still keeps the two-tone look with what appears to be a shiny glass top and a matte bottom. Remember, this design is just for the larger “Pixel 3 XL,” and there is reportedly still a smaller “Pixel 3” with a more traditional bezel design.
The second bit of Pixel news comes from 9to5Google, which found references to a “Pixel Stand” in the latest version of the Android Google app. A string in the app says that this “trusted dock” will allow the Google Assistant to “use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel Stand.”
That description almost sounds like it turns the Pixel 3 into something that replicates the recently released Google Assistant Smart Display. About a month ago, Amazon announced the “Show Mode” docking station for its Fire tablets; the feature turns the tablets into a smart display when they aren’t being used. Google launching a similar product for its phones would fit well into the Google Assistant’s hardware strategy of “Do whatever Amazon is doing.”
Just like last year, we’re expecting an October release for the new Pixel phones.