Google Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones are all set to be unveiled by the search giant at a special event in San Francisco. Google’s big launch will see two new smartphones with the new Pixel branding, and a more premium pricing than the previous Nexus phones.
If you go by Google’s ads for the new phones, these #MadebyGoogle devices are clearly targeting the iPhone. Google’s Pixel event is expected to be a hardware feast with the Google Home speaker, new 4K Chromecast and Google WiFi Router expected to launch as well. This is one of the biggest Android hardware events from the company, and we’ll have all the live updates straight from San Francisco.
Here is a closer look at the new phones.
Google Assistant SDK will let a developer embed this into any device. Will be ready next year.
So yeah Google assistant will soon be able to book an Uber. What Siri is already doing
Google Assistant will be part of their next open ecosystem. Anyone will be able to build actions on Google. Direct and conversation actions.
Google Home will cost $129. Up for pre-orders in the US from today.
Google Chromecast audio will also be supported on Google Home. In case you have too many Google Home devices, only the right device will respond. Ok then.
Netflix will soon support voice-casting via Chromecast on Google Home. Google Photos will also be supported.
Google has partnered with Nest, Samsung Smart Things, Philips Hue, IFTTT for their smart home devices for the new Google Home device. It will also support Chromecast as well.
What do you think of the price? Tell us in the comments section below. Anyway, it is going to be Apple iPhone 7 versus the Pixel this Diwali.
Google Pixel in India starts at Rs 57,000 in India. Pre-orders on Flipkart from October 13. Yup this phone is not cheap people.
Google Home will cast audio from Android and iOS Devices. And yes it is powered by Google Assistant as well.
Google Home is their challenger to Amazon’s Alexa. It will work with various music streaming services as well including Pandora, iHeart Radio as well soon.
Google Home is up next. Has a mic mute button, speaker is designed to deliver a natural sounding voice. The bottom bit can be swapped as well to go with your home decor.
Google Chromcast Ultra will cost $69, will support 4K content. Google Play movies will start rolling 4K content in November as well..
Will be up for preorder in November, sale in December. Starts at $129.
Google Wifi router being showcased. Has a feature called Network assist to optimise and manage network behind the scenes. There is a companion app to manage the Google WiFi Router as well.
Death to the Wi-Fi antenna.
Google Daydream VR costs $79 and goes on sale in November
Entire Youtube library is coming to Daydream VR. Not just VR ready stuff, but the regular stuff. And the VR stuff: you experience it as you are inside the movie.
Google Play movies, Photos, Youtube and Street view will also be coming to Daydream.
Google Daydream VR focus is on gaming and content. NYT’s journalism will also be coming to VR as well.
Harry Potter fans rejoice: Daydream VR will you explore the wizarding world. No you can’t play Quidditch yet.
Google VR headset is crafted out of fabric. Google’s Clay Bavor explains how you can wear these even with glasses. Yay to that.
Google VR headset is now on stage. called DayDream View.
So Google Pixel pre-sale in India on October 13. Will come to Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma in India. Specs: Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM, 32 or 128GB storage. Price in US starts at $649.
Pixel pre-orders in India start October 13. On Flipkart, Reliance Digital and Croma
Google Pixel phones will have 24/7 live customer support. Wonder how that will work out in India.
Google Assistant, and now Duo… two new Google products are native on Pixel phones.
Google Pixel has quick charge; 7 hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charge. Android Nougat will have automatic updates.
Google Pixel also has video stabilisation. Google Photos is the default app on the phone. Unlimited storage for users, at original quality, even 4K videos. That sounds like a good deal.
Google Pixel camera is 12 MP rear with 1.5 micron pixel size. Features like Smartburst where Google intelligence chooses the best pic from a series of shoots. HDR+ mode for better image quality, camera uses it by default. Zero shutter lag, says Google.
Google Pixel smartphone has a rating of 89 on DXOMark, highest ever for a phone. According to Google, best smartphone camera ever. Hmmm.
Google Pixel will be a good phone for lonely people. You can have a chat with the Assistant if bored. Trust me, I have tried it.
So basically Google Now is Google Assistant. Which was expected.
Google Pixel: Assistant is the highlight. The Google Search bar is now a G logo. Google Assistant works across the device. Looks a lot like how it works in Allo.
This is what the Pixel is all about.
First look of the Pixel.
All right so the Pixel phones are official. Google has designed everything about these phone. On the back is glass, with a polished aluminium case. No camera bump. Looks exactly like the leaks.
Google says it is going into hardware for the long run.
Yup, Google won’t be shying away from building its own hardware. Rick Osterloh on stage, talking about the new hardware and software need to interact. And AI will be at the centre of this. Not surprising at all.
Google Assistant is coming to phones and Google Home. Rick Osterloh on stage, he’s heading Google hardware, their new division.
Google’s Pichai on how DeepMind’s wavenet is getting closer to human sounding speech. One day even capture emotions when speaking to you. Ok Google
Pichai explains how Google photos can now even count the number of objects in a picture, say the number of bears in a photo.
Google Knowledge Graph has understanding of 70 billion facts. Pichai talking about Machine learning. first is image captioning which is how computers understand and make sense of images. New systems have a 93.9% accuracy in image captioning, says Pichai.
According to Pichai, people will be able to interact naturally and seamlessly with Ai. Google Assistant is at the heart of this effort from the company.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai on stage: At I/O we spoke about computing has changed….web arrived in the 90s, radically changed industries… Mid-2000’s we had the smartphone. We are heading from mobile first to AI first world, says Pichai
Google Pixel event starts with Silicon Valley stars.
Whichever company makes the phone will end up like an ODM, like Foxconn is for Apple. It remains to be seen if any of these manufacturers will actually take to selling these phones or will that be up to Google. Nexus devices were also sold by those who made them.
So what’s this madebygoogle all about? Well unlike Nexus phones which were a collaboration, the Pixel phones are all Google: Software, hardware, testing, pretty much the whole thing will be in house.
The really interesting thing to watch out for is how Pixel devices fit into Google’s who plan for machine learning. They will play an important part for sure. My guess is that learnings from here will make their way into Android soon after.
Google event is at an old warehouse style building quite close to the sea front. We have the front seats. And it should start in ten minutes.
The Pixel devices have always come with a premium price tag and challenged Apple’s products. The Pixel laptop and tablet were both aimed at the MacBook and iPad respectively.
According to leaks, Google Pixel and Pixel XL will run the latest version of Nougat Android 7.1 and there will a lot more customisations from the company. Google is also adding a new Pixel launcher in these phones with redesigned app layout and Google search bar.
Google Chromecast 4k and Google Home Speaker are also expected to make an appearance at the event. Also a new Google WiFi router.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones are set to launch today in San Francisco. We’re live at the event. The agenda of the day: Made by Google. Yes these phones are all about Google and will take on the iPhone. Expect a premium pricing.