On October 4, at an event Google unveiled a new family of hardware products along with version 2 of its Pixel smartphone Google Pixel 2, which comes loaded with features like, an highest-rated camera, all-day battery, an upgraded Assistant and more.
Pixel 2 is also IP67 standard compliant water and dust resistant with important security features baked in and monthly security updates.
Pixel 2 available in two variants running Android 8.0 Oreo, a 5-inch Pixel 2 with a crystal-clear cinematic OLED display in Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue. While the 6-inch Pixel 2 XL with a pOLED 18:9 display in Black and Black & White.
Both phones come with an always-on display for at a glance notifications, new Now Playing feature.
List of features included with Pixel 2:
Pixel 2 camera powered by computational photography and machine learning (ML) capabilities takes crisp, clear, and detailed photos in any light, and the new motion photos capture a few seconds of video around the shot. Videos are smoother as they combine both optical and electronic video stabilization.
Pixel 2 and Daydream View brings in new experiences in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), that renderes at 60 frames per second (fps). And, soon, Pixel 2 will enable Augmented Reality (AR) Stickers to add them to photos and videos.
An all-new Daydream View headset, which you can pair with Pixel 2 or another Daydream-ready phone for great VR has high-performance lenses, a premium two-tone fabric, with a slate of new and exclusive premium content for Daydream.
The new Google Daydream View will be available later this year.
Pixel 2 also exclusively brings Google Lens preview, a new set of visual smarts which builds on advancements in computer vision and ML, combined with Knowledge Graph which underpins Google Search. Also, with Lens, you can copy URLs and contact info from a picture of a poster or business card.
GIF, below shows Google Lens on Pixel 2:
Google Assistant is now accessible via a new feature called ‘Active Edge,’ just a quick squeeze to phone and you can manage more settings and apps on phone. In fea weeks, Assistant on Pixel will help with daily routines including upcoming morning & commute— just by using one simple phrase.
Furthermore, the Pixel 2 is built with eSIM, an embedded SIM that lets you instantly connect to a carrier network wirelessly with just a tap of a button.
To get wireless service with eSIM, you’ll see an option to use eSIM to connect to Project Fi network on both Pixel 2 phones, when prompted insert a SIM card, then tap the button for SIM-free setup.
Alongside, new cases and accessories such as customizable Google Live Cases, range of other cases, cables, headphones and more from “made for Google” program are launched.
Google Pixel Buds, a wireless headphones are just fit them, charge them, and pair them things—comes with swipeable audio controls into a touchpad on right earbud.
A pocket-sized charging case when open near Pixel or any phone running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher with Assistant, will automatically get detect. A simple touch and holding of right earbud will invoke Assistant.
Pixel Buds can even translate between languages in real time using Google Translate. On Pixel just hold down on the right earbud and say for example, “Help me speak Italian,” your Pixel phone’s speaker will play the translation in Italian out loud. And, the Pixel Buds will play back the response translation to you.
Pixel Buds available in November in U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Australia and Singapore.
Google Clips, a new hands-free camera that capture special moments including yourself can be operate through a shutter button available both on camera and in the corresponding app.
Google Clips leverages machine learning to shoot short motion photos that last several seconds. These captured clips sync wirelessly in seconds from camera to the Google Clips app for Android or iOS.
A simple swipe can save or delete clips, or you can save any individual frame as a high-resolution still photo. Clips can be view and organize in Google Photos or other gallery app).
Clips is designed to work best with Pixel, and it also works with Samsung S7, S8 and iPhone 6 though iPhone 8 and iPhone X 10.
The GIF animation shows Clips in action:
Google Pixelbook, the high performance Chromebook is a 4–in-1, i.e. a combination of a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone, uses Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, plenty of RAM, storage options up to 512 GB, with a battery that lasts up to 10 hours.
Pixelbook thinnest, lightest at just 10.3mm /1.1 kilograms, has a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen, a thin keyboard with backlit, the trackpad use special touch-processing algorithms for accurate navigation. It also has Google Assistant built in with a dedicated Assistant key, so can talk or type to it.
Alongside, Google also introducing Google Pixelbook Pen, a smart, responsive stylus which uses machine learning for handwriting recognition, has a 10 milliseconds latency, 60 degrees of angular awareness and 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Just press and hold the button on Pixelbook Pen and circle an image or text, to look up words, find out more about a picture, add an event to calendar, and more.
So, what if no WiFi access is available, Pixelbook can automatically connect to a Pixel phone’s data.
Pixelbook is available in three configurations starting at $999 in U.S., Canada and the U.K.
The new Mini and Max added to the Google Home family makes the Google Assistant more accessible than ever.
Google Home Mini, is small for hands-free help about the size of a donut, has LEDs under the fabric, that light up when Google Assistant is active. It projects 360-degree sound. While, Google Home Max with artificial intelligence redefines audio, comes with dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers works with a wide range of music services and supports Bluetooth and auxiliary port.
Also, if you’ve a Chromecast, you can keep an eye on your home with just your voice —say “Hey Google, show me the the backyard” to see live feed, right on your TV.
Google Assistant, now powering all new family of Google hardware gets new exciting features as follows:
- Choose a new voice by going to settings in Google Home app or Google Assistant on phone and navigate to preferences.
- Soon, more than 50 new ways for families with support for kids’ accounts managed with Family Link already on Android phones and coming to Google Home. Soon, you’ll be able to say “Ok Google, let’s play a game” and go on an adventure.
- Soon, you’ll be able to manage daily routines across devices after you’ve set up preferences. Just say, “Ok Google, let’s go home” or “Ok Google, I’m home.”
- Over next week, you’ll also be able make purchases with Assistant, by just saying, “Ok Google, talk to Ticketmaster.”
- New broadcast feature, just say, “Ok Google, broadcast: come on upstairs for dinner in 5 minutes” will announce to Google Homes around the house. Even you can broadcast from phone to Google Home with Assistant, like say, “Ok Google, broadcast: I’m on my way!”
- Soon, you’ll be able to use Google Lens in Assistant, that will provide a conversational experience for quick help with what you see, right in the moment.
- On Pixelbook, Assistant can help send quick email, create a new doc or get details of calendar event. And with Pixelbook Pen, you can circle text or images on the screen to get more information or take action.
- Pixel Buds optimized for Assistant, can play music, read notifications to you, get directions or set a reminder, all without looking at your phone.
- With Nest Camera, you can say “Ok Google, show me the entryway on my TV” to your Assistant on Google Home and keep up with what’s going on in your home.
- Next year, Familiar Faces on Nest Hello, when a doorbell rings and Nest Hello recognizes the person at the door, it’ll automatically have Assistant broadcast the information to all Google Home devices in the house.
Here is a quick rundown of 2017 lineup of new Made by Google products:
- Pixel 2 has the best camera of any smartphone, again, along with a gorgeous display and augmented reality capabilities. Pixel owners get unlimited storage for their photos and videos, and an exclusive preview of Google Lens, which uses AI to give you helpful information about the things around you.
- Google Home Mini brings the Assistant to more places throughout your home, with a beautiful design that fits anywhere. And Max is our biggest and best-sounding Google Home device, powered by the Assistant. And with AI-based Smart Sound, Max has the ability to adapt your audio experience to you—your environment, context, and preferences.
- Pixelbook, reimagined the laptop as a high-performance Chromebook, with a versatile form factor that works the way you do. It’s the first laptop with the Assistant built in, and the Pixelbook Pen makes the whole experience even smarter.
- Pixel Buds combine Google smarts and the best digital sound. You’ll get elegant touch controls that put the Assistant just a tap away, and they’ll even help you communicate in a different language.
- updated Daydream View is the best mobile virtual reality (VR) headset on the market, and the simplest, most comfortable VR experience.
- Google Clips is a totally new way to capture genuine, spontaneous moments—all powered by machine learning and AI. This tiny camera seamlessly sends clips to your phone, and even edits and curates them for you.
Watch this Google’s home made products video demostration: