Google teases Pixel 2 announcement date for October 4

Until now that is. The Google Pixel first generation was launched on October 4, 2016, and this year's Pixel could also follow the suit. Reports say that the South Korean tech giant, LG has been asked to manufacture one of the two models of Google Pixel 2, while one model would be developed by HTC.

The Google billboard says simply: "Ask more of your phone" and then the date, October 4.

A page from Google teases "Thinking about changing phones?" with a blank space and a date set for October 4. Also telling is the fact that Google launched the original Pixel phones on October 4 past year. Today, Google confirmed the date via a new video and their Made By Google website.

By the time Google actually launches the Pixel 2, we'll probably already know most of what gets revealed.

Apple launched iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus/iPhone X at a high-profile event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California last night.

The display on the Google Pixel 2 XL is expected to come in at 5.99-inches while sporting a bezel-less design.

Google does not want to be left behind in launching new smart phones.

Taken together, these hints suggest the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be marketed on the basis of long battery life, improved memory, durability, and performance, and will also feature improved photographic and artificial intelligence capabilities. Stay tuned for more details. Internal hardware should be their only common point, with both reportedly being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM, as well as packing at least 64GB of internal flash memory.

The Pixel 2 devices are likely to be available for pre-order nearly immediately after their launch, with deliveries and in-store purchases slated about two weeks after that.

Moreover, the exact nature of the upgrade seems to vary also, with some owners being offered 32GB Pixel XL smartphones and others being offered the 128GB variant.