Looks like Google has accidentally leaked the Pixel 3 launch date: October 4

Google appears to have inadvertently shared the launch date for its long-awaited Pixel 3 smartphone – and is apparently looking for ‘influencers’ to review the phone for up to $10,000 a pop.

YouTuber Brandon Lee shared an advert posted from Google’s Famebit site on his channel This Is Tech Today

The ad mentions a Google Pixel 3 launch date of October 4, and says Google is looking for Canadian influencers to review the new phone, in a move some are interpreting as an imitation of Apple’s marketing techniques.

Smartphone reviewers won’t like this...

When Apple launched the iPhone X last year, it shunned traditional technology reviewers in favor of Youtube influencers in a bid to connect with a younger demographic, which left some reviewers feeling a little sidelined

This isn’t the only way in which Google appears to be imitating Apple, as it added notch support to the Android P, the upcoming ninth version of the Android operating system

Not only that, but it seems the new navigation system for Android P is remarkably similar to the iPhone X’s intuitive gestures.

Nothing’s set in stone

It’s important to note that the launch date isn’t a confirmation of when the Pixel 3 will be available in stores – most likely, it’s the date the phone will be officially announced. 

In any case, the Pixel 3 will probably be available to buy one or two weeks after the announcement. 

Other rumored features for the Pixel 3 include dual front-facing cameras, wireless charging, and Active Edge, meaning that it would be possible to squeeze the sides of the device to activate Google Assistant, silence alarms, and more.


Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.