Solid rumours from Android Police that were backed up by tipster Evan Blass and Android Central have indicated that Google’s upcoming phones will eschew Nexus branding in favour of falling in line with the company’s Pixel brand.
Now those rumours seem all but confirmed with a leak of the forthcoming version of the Nexus Launcher showing that the software has been rebranded as the Pixel Launcher.
The leaked pictures come from ROM developer LlabTooFeR, and also reveal a version number beginning with 7.1, which likely indicates that the Pixel smartphones will launch with Android 7.1 Nougat.
Google's new Pixel Launcher. pic.twitter.com/g974gVOKzT
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 12, 2016
According to Android Police’s earlier article, the upcoming HTC-made Google devices code named ‘Sailfish’ and ‘Marlin’ will be launched under the names Pixel and Pixel XL, and will not feature any HTC branding.
The publication also wrote that according to a reliable source, the event unveiling those devices, along with a 4K Chromecast and Daydream VR viewer, would take place on October 4th.