Google dives into hardware with the Google Pixel, Daydream VR and 4K Chromecast
At Google’s big press-event today the company introduced several new products that will be releasing over the next few months. Taking the center-stage at the event was Google’s new smartphone, made by Google itself, called the Google Pixel – as well as a VR device, smart hub and wifi-extender.
The Pixel will be available in two sizes, the standard Google Pixel and the slightly larger Google Pixel XL. The phone will be a Verizon exclusive here in the United States, a tactic that Apple pulled with AT&T when the first few iPhones first launched.
Both versions of the Pixel will include unlimited storage for photos and videos in the cloud, and they will be stored at full resolution. Google will also offer a smart storage feature that lets your Pixel free up space automatically when you need it.
The Google Assistant on Pixel and Pixel XL is a new way to help you get things done throughout your day, much like Siri is used on the iPhone. Users will simply say, “OK, Google,” or touch and hold the Home button and ask a question or make a request. The Google Assistant can easily help you do things like make a dinner reservation, add items to your shopping list, create calendar entries or search the Internet for the latest sports scores.
The standard size Google Pixel will come with a 5.0″ FHD 441ppi display, while the Pixel XK will offer a 5.5″ WQHD 534ppi display. Both models will come with a free 3 month subscription to Google Play Music and run on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS. The phones are powered by an impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and will offer 4GB RAM.
It’s worth noting that the batteries are different between the two models, the Pixel will offer a 2770mAh battery, while the Pixel XL features a 3450mAh battery. The phones come in a 32GB option, but the Black and Silver models are also available in a 128GB size.
Since cameras are such a hot-topic in today’s smartphone wars and Google quipped the Pixel with a 12.3 megapixel rear camera, and an 8 megapixel front camera. The Pixel and Pixel XL will also feature a USB Type-C charger, offering up to seven hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. To conserve battery when you aren’t using your phone, the Android-exclusive Doze function automatically puts it into a deep sleep state to extend your battery life.
The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be available in the colors Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue. Google will also offer Live Cases, the popular slim cases that offer companion live wallpaper and a programmable shortcut button. The Google Trends Live Case brings top trending Google Searches to your home screen and one-touch access to learn more about those topics. The Google Earth Live Case showcases beautiful imagery from Google Earth; pressing the shortcut button opens that location in Google Maps. In both cases, the shortcut button can be customized to open your favorite app.
Google also introduced the Daydream View, a virtual reality headset and controller for experiencing high-quality, immersive media, apps and games. Users can insert their Pixel (or other Daydream-ready phone) into the headset to take advantage of new VR apps, games and media. Google will also bring services like YouTube, Street View, Google Play Movies and Google Photos into VR, and the company will announce new features over the coming months.
Both the Pixel and Pixel XL are available for preorder on Verizon today and available in stores and online on October 20.
The Google Chromecast Ultra is new 4K version of the popular Chromecast streaming device. Users will be able to stream 4K content from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix to their 4K monitors or TVs over wifi. Google Play will eventually feature 4K movies to stream, but those options won’t be available until later this year. The device will also support the popular HDR format, so you’ll be covered in both aspects of UHD viewing. The Google 4K Chromecast is more expensive, coming in at about $70 domestically. The device is expected to launch this November.
Google also announced the “Google Wifi,” which can be bought as a single unit or in bundles to spread across your home or office. A single Google Wifi will cost $129, but you can save on a three-pack for $299. The device is designed to increase your wifi strength around your home, while also improving how the internet traffic is routed. As you move throughout your home, your phone or tablet will connect to the nearest port, making sure you have the strongest single available. The device offers AC1200 wireless speeds, and you can set them up to run on a 2.4GHz or 5GHz networks (or both).
You can checkout all of the product videos from Google’s announcements below, thanks to a quick upload from the company.
More information on Google’s new products can be found on the official blog at madeby.google.com