Nexus phones launched next month will be called Pixel and Pixel XL

Nexus becomes Pixel

There were rumblings a few days ago that Google might kill the Nexus name for its future smartphones, and now we have a good idea of what moniker could replace it.

According to a "reliable source" speaking to Android Police, the Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin will actually be called the Pixel and Pixel XL respectively, which would bring them in line with other Google products like the Pixel C tablet.

The same source claims that the phones will be announced on October 4 – a date we've heard before, so they might be just a month away. Of course you probably won't be able to buy them that day, but we don't imagine Google will wait too long to put the new phones on sale.

A big day for Google

With rumors of a 5.5-inch 2K display on the Pixel XL and a Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4GB of RAM in both phones they could be worth the wait – if you can resist the upcoming iPhone 7 and LG V20.

And October 4 may bring more than just the latest Google phones, as the company will also apparently be announcing a 4K Chromecast and a Daydream VR device, possibly called the Daydream View. It sounds like a busy day, but we'll be sure to bring you all the news as it happens.