Pixel themed snapchat filter; Google Fiber is also Wireless ISP; Google’s first Daydream VR headset; Android October Security patch

Today is Monday and that does inevitably mean that tomorrow is Tuesday. However, this particular upcoming Tuesday is a little different to most others, as it is October 4. To anyone interesting in Google, Android or tech in general, that means it is the day that Google is hosting (what is turning out to be) a fairly big event.

The scale of the event has been neatly demonstrated over the last few weeks by what seems to be a much larger than usual marketing effort by Google ahead of time.

Keeping in-line with those efforts Google has now released a Snapchat filter to further highlight the upcoming event.

The filter, shown above does not give too much away in terms of details on what will be unveiled or announced during the event, but it does clearly seemed to be aimed at tomorrow’s event. The big giveaway is the G logo image which can be applied as part of the filter. This is the G image which has largely come to be understood as part of the design of the new Pixel Launcher.

The event is expected to see the debut of its new premium Pixel smartphones along with a slew of other new hardware and software, including a 4K enabled Chromecast, a new Android-Chrome hybrid OS purportedly called Andromeda and a Google Wi-Fi home router.

Announcements regarding Google’s Daydream VR project and Google’s AI products, Home and Assistant, are also expected. Talking of Daydream VR,

Google’s first Daydream VR headset which will be unveiled tomorrow is estimated to cost $79

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Variety is reporting that “multiple sources” have confirmed that the first Daydream VR headset will be unveiled tomorrow at the search giant’s October 4th event, and that the price tag is supposed to be $79. Google’s Daydream virtual-reality platform will debut alongside new Pixel smartphones on Tuesday.

Also worth noting is the headset will reportedly be manufactured by HTC, the same company rumored as the manufacturer of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Now, before you get too excited, keep in mind that price is in addition to the cost of the Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone required to use the headset. They’ll presumably be the first two devices available with support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

Still, Google’s Daydream platform will lower the barrier for those who want to experience virtual reality without purchasing a powerful gaming PC often required to run the HTC Vive or Oculus’ VR dedicated headset.

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Google’s affordable VR headset is an answer to the Samsung Gear VR. Like the Gear VR, it will use your phone as a display, but the Daydream headset will have a motion-sensitive bar that reminds us of a Kinect or Wii remote instead of using a simple touchpad as a controller.

Google has released October’s Security update patch for Nexus devices

Another month, another set of security updates. The update will bring your devices security date to 10-05-2016 and fixes over 31 different vulnerabilities that have been found in Android.

Android Nougat Builds: 

Android Marshmallow Builds:

The images are available starting today, and you can either download them yourself via the links or wait for the OTA to arrive on your devices.

Google Fiber is now a fiber and wireless ISP

Google Fiber is one of those services which is looking to offer consumers something they really want, faster internet speeds. As such, when Google Fiber expands its reach it becomes news, especially for those living in those newly created ‘Fiberhoods’. Google Fiber today said it has completed its acquisition of Webpass, a wireless Internet service provider that will figure prominently into its plans for deployment of high-speed Internet. But the Alphabet division is not giving up on fiber, saying it will use both wireless and fiber networks to compete against cable companies and telcos.

While the acquisition of Webpass will currently support Google Fiber’s expansion efforts in urban areas in the U.S., the company can build on this technology going forward, which can act as an enabler for its better connectivity efforts globally.

Sources : 12, 3, 4

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