Google held an event that it used to unveil quite a number of hardware and software products to the market. Led by the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the event also brought to life the Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, 4K Chromecast Ultra as well as the Daydream VR headset, among others.
But which of these should take a look at? Here’re the 5 major announcements that came from the Google Pixel event.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL
As expected, the event was dominated by the launch of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, which mark the first phones from the company to come without a Nexus branding. Featuring premium aluminum and glass designs, the two handsets are basically differentiated by size and display quality. There is a 5-inch screen on the Pixel with a Full HD 1080 resolution while the Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with QHD 1440p resolution.
Under the hood, the two phones have a Snapdragon 821 SoC with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM. You get two storage options of 32GB and 128GB, but there is no microSD card. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back of the two phones while the battery units stand at 2770mAh and 3450mAh for the Pixel and Pixel XL, respectively. Both handsets support fast charging technology that promises up to 7 hours of battery life with a charge of just 15 minutes.
There is a special version of Android running on the two phones, which also incorporates support for Daydream View VR headset, Google Assistant, and many other tweaks. You can pre-order the Google Pixel starting from $649 for the smaller version.
Daydream View VR headset
Another major announcement to come from the Google Pixel event is the $79 Daydream View VR headset, an advancement of the Google Cardboard. The device works with any device that supports Daydream and it is indeed soft and cozy, but of course, it is also not the perfect VR headset around. Still, for its price tag, you will be getting a great device that will jump you into the same VR experience that the pricier HTC Vive and Oculus Rift offer.
The Daydream View HD headset supports the likes of YouTube, Google Street View, as well as Google Photos, all of which can be controlled via the remote. With this device, you will be able to enjoy 360-degree videos on YouTube, among many other unimaginable experiences. This device will be available for purchase starting next month.
Google Wi-Fi Router
Google also came in with a device known as the Wi-Fi router. This is a multi-point network device that allows the placement of modular router points around your house for the best coverage possible. It manages your connection in the house, optimizing the router that you are connected to. You will need to part with $129 to get a single router, but a three-pack will cost $299. This device will be open for pre-orders beginning November, with shipping starting the following month.
Google Chromecast Ultra
The new Chromecast Ultra is an upgraded version of the current Chromecast, coming in with support for 4K content, Dolby Vision and HDR. You will still get the basics, but there are new additions such as an Ethernet port that has been integrated into the power adapter. At $69, the new Chromecast Ultra is more expensive than its predecessor.
The Chromecast Ultra will go on preorder starting next month and official sales will begin in December.
Google Home, like the Google Wi-Fi router, is valued at $129 and will be available for purchase beginning next month. For those who want a three-pack, it will cost $299. The new Google Home comes to take on the Amazon Echo, which has a price tag of $179, but the former adds the new smart assistant features and is designed to work with multiple units across a home. As for now, there is still no support for multiple Google accounts, but this should be available in future. Still, you will be able to enjoy free YouTube Red trial for a period of 6 months.
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