Google Pixel, an in-house developed phone with 2.5D and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front display and back glass to accent the aerospace grade aluminum body was launched at the hardware and software event on 10/04.
Additionally, the back glass also features “Pixel Imprint” fingerprint sensor, that you can swipe to access your notifications.
Pixel has a 12.3MP camera front camera, with an f/2.0 aperture and big 1.55 micron pixels capable to capture action shots as they happen with Smartburst, which takes a rapid-fire sequence of shots and automatically selects the best one.
With Lens Blur you can capture dramatic landscapes or make faces glow with new exposure controls.
The Pixel and Pixel XL comes in two sizes, 5″ or 5.5″, with a limited edition Really Blue for U.S. only.
Also, Google introducing a new Artworks collection Live Cases that features exclusive designs from artists like Justin Maller, and photographers like Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Additionally, there are also silicone and clear cases available.
Pixel ships with Android 7.1 Nougat operating system, with “software and security updates directly from Google” as and when available, will be downloaded and install in the background.
- 5-inch Full HD (1920x1080px) or 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440px) AMOLED
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 32GB or 128GB storage options
- 12.3MP camera
- Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- USB Type-C port
- 2770mAh (Pixel) or 3450mAh (Pixel XL) battery
Also, Google Assistant is built in to Pixel with Google Duo and Allo pre-installed. And as a bonus, Pixel owners will be getting free unlimited storage on Google Photos, writes google.
With your Assistant, “you can have a natural conversation with Google to find answers or get things done on the go. Say “Ok Google” or touch and hold the Home button and your Assistant is ready to help.”
The first instance appeared in our new smart messaging app Google Allo to help you in group conversations.
Below you can see the new Pixel Launcher powered by Google Assistant:
Pixel can be pre-order today for $649 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia, and will be available in India on October 13.
We count on Wi-Fi at home more than ever. Whether you’re video chatting with mom, binge-watching the latest series, or simply getting work done, strong and reliable Wi-Fi is key to staying connected.
Google Wifi, a new connected Wi-Fi system built on the strengths of OnHub (TP-LINK and ASUS) to give a fast signal in every room, on every device.
The new Google Wifi uses a technology called “mesh Wi-Fi”, so you can simply add new Wifi points, and they would connect to one another “to spread a strong network signal to every room.”
Within mesh network, “each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data,” explains google. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router.
And the Network Assist in Google Wifi automatically places you on the clearest channel and optimal Wi-Fi band for your device, added google. And as you roam around your house, “Network Assist will seamlessly transition your device between Google Wifi system points in real time,” so you avoid dead spots or delays.
Additionally, using a companion app on Android or iOS, you can control Google Wifi like pause Wi-Fi on kids’ devices, see connected devices and bandwidth they consume. You can also prioritize devices within your network for media streaming.
In addition, there are setting for cloud management, and security features such as “wireless encryption, verified boot, and auto updates” to keep your network safe and secure, writes google.
It will be avilable in for pre-oreder in November in U.S.: $129 for a single pack, and $299 for a three-pack at Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Another new product unveiled today called “Google Home“, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.
Google Home’s “smart audio design integrates a high-excursion driver with a dual passive radiator design that delivers crystal-clear highs and deep lows for Hi-Fi sound that streams over WiFi,” google said.
It comes with a clean, minimal design and features a capacitive touch surface in addition to voice enabled. It lets you customize the base with different colors and finishes (metal and fabric, sold separately) to your personal taste.
Google Home taps into the power of Google Search to give you real-time answers to things you want to know by just using a simple voice command. With a simple “Ok Google” you can play music, or stream audio directly from your phone, or cast music from 100+ Chromecast-enabled apps on your Android or iOS device.
It also integrates with your calendar and even pull up the information you want to hear, as well you can set up wake alarm, set kitechen timers, keep track of shopping list and more. For example, say “Tell me about my day” will loud curated personal information that helps you navigate your day.
- You can also control devices around the house that have Chromecast Audio plugged in or Chromecast built-in.
- Or stream videos to a TV equipped with Chromecast.
- you can fire up videos from YouTube as well.
- You can also control your lights, thermostats and switches with popular home automation systems like Philips Hue, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT — with more coming soon.
Google notes in near future, they’ll add support popular apps like Netflix and Google Photos.
As a bonus, after setting up your device, you’ll be able to redeem 6 months free of YouTube Red.
Available from Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart starting in November for $129, or pre-order yours today.
The newly introduced Chromecast Ultra, comes with advanced features like 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, faster speed and Wi-Fi improvements.
For now, Ultra will let you stream 4K content from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu, and will bring more 4K and HDR content from Google Play Movies & TV. Chromecast Ultra also automatically optimizes your TV’s picture, if “your TV isn’t 4K-ready.”
It upload vdeos 1.8 times faster, and also includes major Wi-Fi improvements for full HD to Ultra HD streams as well as wired Ethernet support.
Like original Chromecast, with Ultra you can cast content from thousands of apps using a phone, tablet or laptop, as well as “mirror any content from your Android device or from a browser tab on your laptop using Chrome to the TV,” google said.
Chromecast Ultra will be available for $69 in November in U.S., as well as from international retailers in 15 more countries.
Back at I/O, “Daydream” platform for high-quality mobile VR was launched, today the company is sharing updates across the three key elements of Daydream: “smartphones, headsets and VR experiences.”
Pixel and Pixel XL, ready for Daydream bring support for VR experiences out of the box. With Daydream, “you simply pop a Daydream-ready phone in the headset to start exploring.”
In addition, “Daydream View” the first Daydream-ready headset and controller designed and developed by Google is launched today as well.
Daydream View is a wearable headset made with soft fabric (in slate, snow and crimson colors). It is 30% lighter and can fit over eyeglasses and fits phones big or small.
Just dropin Daydream-ready phone and the auto-alignment system takes care off rest.
Daydream controller lets you interact with the virtual world as you command: “it points where you point, and using its sensors understands your movements and gestures,” google expalied. Even the controller slides right inside the headset when not in use.
In the coming months, we’ll be launching with more apps and partners, and over the coming years, we’ll continue our goal of bringing high-quality, mobile VR to everyone.
VR today can be experienced from the Google Apps such as YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, and Google Photos. Google noted more apps will be launching in the coming months. Additionally, Daydream can be used:
Teleport from anywhere to pretty much everywhere including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” as brought to life by Warner Bros.
Experience sports, live events and more with MLB and NBA. Plus, or watch top shows and movies from Hulu, HBO and Netflix.
Get in the game. Go from the sidelines to the center of action with dozens of titles, including Wonderglade, Gunjack 2, LEGO® BrickHeadz, Mekorama, Need for Speed, EarthShape, Danger Goat, Home Run Derby and Hungry Shark World.
Daydream View arrives this November at the Google Store and for pre-order starting October 20.