The report underscores some of the rumors that have already been floating around regarding the search giant's product plans for 2019. To that end, Google plans to launch a brand new version of its popular Google Home speaker this year as well as a new Nest-branded security camera. Where Google's Nexus phones offered cheaper price points and endless customization, the iPhone was expensive and locked down.
Google's first-party hardware options may be set to ramp up this year according to a recent report.
The company is also expected to launch the new Pixel 4 line later this year. It is rumoured to host a 5.6 inch IPS Full HD+ display.
While product names haven't been mentioned for these devices, we can easily speculate that the next premium phones from Google will be called Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Google Pixel 3 was announced back in October and presented Android fans with a number of notable improvements from its predecessor. According to Nikkei's source, the latter is a smartwatch that will compete with the Apple Watch. It's possible this could be accompanied with a rebranding effort making it more overtly Googly (i.e., "Nest by Google", etc.) but that wouldn't have to be the case for the report to be correct. The bumper report from Nikkei suggests the Google-owned security camera range will be rebranded to sit alongside the Pixel smartphone, Pixel Watch, PixelBook, and Pixel Slate tablet. It's unclear if the publication means an update to one of Google's existing smart home speakers or an entirely new device. The original Google Home has been crying out for an upgrade for quite some time, while an annual smartphone refresh is par for the course.