Google event which took on Wednesday in San Francisco revealed some more surprises which we didn’t expect. As always, Google talks about its milestones in technology and the event was no exception. The event took off as Google chief executive Sundar Pichai noted what the US has been going through in the past few weeks. He then shifted and talked about how Google is now focused on becoming an AI company. To start the announcements, Google’s Senior VP of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, hinted on the Pixel and talked about the past Google’s success. Here is everything;
Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini was the first product to grace the stage. It was introduced by Google Home designer Isabelle Olsson. The Mini is a smaller version as the name suggests. The smart speaker features a new fabric from Google, and 4 visible LEDs. Tapping the fabric enables different functionalities such as adjusting the volume, activating the Assistant and pausing music. It can also hear you even if its blasting music. It comes in three colors; Coral, Chalk, and Charcoal. Pre-orders are ongoing, but it will be in stores from 19th October. It will cost $49 in the US.
Google Home Max
Googles VP, Chandra, said that just like the Pixel reimagined the camera, we’ll do the same with sound. Behold, another Google Home product. Max offers some functionalities similar to Apples Home Pod but it more than that. With the smart sound, it adapts to the surrounding and adjusts the volume dynamically. Its equipped with tweeters and dual high-excursion woofers coupled with an acoustic brace. Max supports YouTube music, Spotify, and other services. It will be available in December and will cost $399 in the US with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Music.
Moving from sound, Google announced the Pixel Book; a combination of laptop, tablet, and smartphone. The Pixel Book is sleek;10.3mm thick and weighs 1Kg. It runs on Chrome OS, 12.3inch screen, powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB internal storage and a 10-hour battery. With a foldback screen, it’s a 4-in-1 design, tablet plus laptop. It has a built-in Google Assistant, can be linked to your Pixel device and supports all Google Play apps. The Pixelbook starts at $999, its pen at $99. It will ship 31st October with pre-orders available for the US, UK, and Canada.
Pixel 2 and 2 XL
With all the leaks and rumors, we already knew a ton about this part. This flagship doesn’t differ much from its predecessors. The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and an improved 12-megapixel camera. The Pixel 2XL has a sleeker modern design. It features 6-inch OLED display with minimal bezels, with somewhat similar specs. The best part what devices offer including a better portrait mode than the iPhone. The Pixel 2 is available in three colors; black. White and somewhat blue. Pixel 2 XL has black and black and white color options. Pixel 2 64GB model will cost$649 while the 128GB model will cost $749. The Pixel 2 XL 64Gb costs $849 while a 128GB model costs $949. Preorders for both are ongoing. Google didn’t mention a shipping date.
Besides the flagships, Google has more to offers regarding accessories. With AR on its phone, the VR on the headset is getting better. Google’s Juston Payne introduced the upgraded Daydream View headset. It has new high-performance lenses, wider field of view and new fabrics. It features more than 250 VR titles, and you can cast it on TV. It’s available in Fog, Charcoal, and Coral. The updated headset comes at a price of $99.
Google Pixel Buds
Since the Pixel 2 flagship lacks the headphone jack, Google introduced what it calls the Pixel Buds. These are a competition Apple can’t match. They feature gesture control, translates languages conversationally, work directly with Google Assistant and offer a battery life up to 24hrs on a single charge. These buds are available in colors that match with the Pixel 2 devices. They will be available in November and will cost $159.
To wrap up the event, Google announced their last product. A handsfree liveblog camera called Google Clips. Mount the camera anywhere, and it will capture moments as they happen automatically. Using the Google Clips app, you can control the camera manually. Google photos users get an unlimited free backup for the clips. Google Clips is coming soon for $249.
Ladies and gentlemen, that was it. What do you think of Googles latest products?