Watch this: Pixel phone, Chromecast Ultra, Andromeda: What's next from Google
Expectations for Google's October 4 event in San Francisco were already big. And then Hiroshi Lockheimer, the company's Senior Vice President in charge of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play tweeted this:
So what will be so big that it will be reverberating almost a decade from now? A boatload of new Google hardware, and possibly some new software and services to pull it all together, if the rumors are to be believed.
According to published reports, here's everything Google may show on stage on Tuesday:
Two new phones that drop the Nexus name in lieu of "Pixel"
Pricing, availability and more details on Google Home, the Amazon Echo competitor the company announced earlier this year
Independent sources claim there will be two new phones announced, dubbed the Pixel and Pixel XL.
The smaller phone might have a 5-inch screen, while the larger one could sport a 5.5-inch display.
They could be made by HTC and start at $650 (that converts to about £500 or AU$860), with the Pixel XL costing more. There may also be a financing plan you can buy from Google and an extended warranty, similar to Apple Care.
The phones could come in three colors, according to Android Police: aluminum, black and bright blue. In the US, it's possible they'll sell through Google's Store and Verizon.
Housing its "OK Google" digital voice assistant, the compact, plug-in speaker will be able to play music on speakers throughout the home, turn on lights, check the traffic and, of course, query Google search.
Google recently held a closed-door meeting attended by 50 participants including some of the biggest names in the home audio industry. According to Variety, Google encouraged attendees (some of whom have already worked with the company on Wi-Fi-enabled speakers powered by Google Cast) to build their own versions of the Google Home virtual assistant.
We should finally get more details on pricing and availability on Tuesday. The same sleuths at Android Police claim the speaker will cost $129 (about £100 or AU$170).
Chromecast Ultra 4K
A recent leak uncovered by Android Police previews the release of a new 4K digital media streamer called the Chromecast Ultra.
The Ultra will retail for $69 (£55 or AU$90) -- double the cost of the current Chromecast dongle.
The device would compete with new 4K video streamers from Roku, among others.
A new Wi-Fi Router
Google may unveil a new home router called Google Wi-Fi that touts smart features that will extend its range beyond the capabilities of the typical Wi-Fi routers we've seen.
Users can run multiple Google Wi-Fi access points at the same time to cast one large wireless network, according to Android Police.
Google's VR chief, Clay Bavor told us back in May that Daydream is "...night and day from Cardboard, in terms of the level of experience, the level of comfort, the level of quality. We intend to have the best smartphone-based mobile VR experience. Full stop."
Possible: A new tablet, powered by 'Andromeda'
According to reports from 9to5Google and Android Police, Google will release a laptop and tablet powered by a new operating system called Andromeda, which merges Android and Chrome OS.
But the Android Police report specifies that an "ultra-thin" convertible laptop called "Pixel 3" will supposedly release near the end of 2017 -- which doesn't sound like something we'd see on stage a full year earlier. So maybe the laptop, and the rumored Andromeda OS, are longer-term rumors that won't apply to this event.