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(Pocket-lint) - Google has officially invited the media to its next press event, where it will likely unveil its next smartphones: the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The event is set for 9 October in New York City, according to the invitation, which included an animated gif that shows swooping lines spelling out "I <3 NY". That happens to be the official state logo of New York. It's unclear how this relates to the upcoming Pixel 3 phones, but we should note that the "<3" may be for Pixel 3, as it's in a distinguishable colour. To be clear, Google hasn't confirmed it'll unveil phones soon.

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It has in the past, however, used October events to update its Pixel line. Last year's event in San Francisco happened 4 October. Also, keep in mind, Apple will announce its 2018 iPhone models in Cupertino next week, so this event could be Google's way of signaling to phone buyers: "Maybe you shouldn't get the new iPhone, at least for a few more weeks, until you can see what we've done with the Pixel 3."

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Google might also unveil other devices during its event. Last year, for instance, it showed off the Google Home Max, Google Home Mini, Pixel Buds, and Pixelbook. It was a huge hardware launch event. And we're looking forward to seeing what Google has planned this time around.

Google will stream the event live, per usual, but Pocket-lint hopes to be there to cover it live. For more on what to expect, see:

Writing by Maggie Tillman.