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Google said to unveil new phones, 4K Chromecast next month

The tech giant is also expected to detail its Daydream VR and Google Home plans, according to Android Police.

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What does Google have up its smartphone sleeve?
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Google is expected to host a media event next month that will focus on several hardware announcements, including new Pixel-branded phones and a 4K Chromecast, Android Police reported late Thursday.

The phones will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL, unidentified sources told Android Police, although no other details, such as specs and expected released date, were available.

The tech giant is also expected to give more details about Google Home, a new smart speaker that will compete directly with Amazon Echo as an always-listening virtual assistant, and reveal its design for its Daydream VR, a hardware and software platform to help any Android smartphone manufacturer create a VR headset themselves.

The report appears to buttress all the rumors suggesting that Google would make its own house-branded phone by the end of 2016. It also emerges in concert with a report that Google has suspended plans for its Project Ara, an ambitious attempt to build a smartphone that lets you swap out its parts like Lego blocks.

The event, which Android Police said will occur on October 4, has not yet been officially announced. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.