Your Guide To Everything Google Unveiled At Its Pixel Event
Google finally held its highly anticipated event and let us just say that there is plenty to be excited about. The highlight of course is the company’s unveiling of its new Pixel smartphones, but apart from that, the tech giant also debuted some other cool stuff. So without further ado, here are the cool things you should check out.
The Pixel and the Pixel XL Smartphones
Google certainly wants to go head to head with the best smartphones from industry leaders such as Samsung and Apple. With the new Pixel and the bigger Pixel XL, the tech giant clearly more than holds its own. The new Pixel devices basically share the same specs, except for a few differences. For instance, the Pixel’s size is at 5 inches while the Pixel XL is at 5.5 inches.
Hardware specifications include a formidable Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip set, an Adreno 530 GPU, 4 gigabytes of RAM, and Google’s own Android 7.1 Nougat mobile operating system. Impressive specs to be sure, but there is no doubt that Google will be eager to promote the Pixel devices’ camera specs. Both smartphones feature a 12 megapixel camera on the rear side and an 8 megapixel camera on the front side. Camera reviewer DxOMark has already recognized the Pixel handsets’ camera by giving it the best rating ever for a smartphone camera. Moreover, the Pixel smartphones provides users with unlimited cloud storage for mobile photos and videos. Available in color options of quite black, very silver, and really blue (apparently, already sold out), the Pixel’s price starts at $650, while the Pixel XL’s price starts at $770. The devices will launch on October 20th, with Verizon Wireless reportedly as the exclusive carrier (the Big Red is already accepting preorders).
Daydream View VR Headset
Aside from introducing new smartphones, Google also announced its Daydream View virtual reality headset. This VR headset is the first from Google that is compatible with its Daydream VR interface (unveiled back in May earlier this year). Offered at $79 and launching some time next month, the Daydream View headset is much lighter compared to other VR offerings out there, and comes preinstalled with exciting new apps that include a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them tie-in wand game, the Star Chart astronomy app, a first person space shooter game, movies in VR from leading streaming providers, and more, plus support virtual reality support for Google Play Movies, Google Photos, Street View, Google Maps, and YouTube.
Google’s answer to Amazon Echo has finally arrived. Google Home basically has all the features of Google Assistant, plus smart home controls. It offers voice activated music streaming playback, information on traffic and weather conditions, translations, summaries on tasks, and of course, answers to queries. Google Home is offered at $130.
Evolving from Google’s OnHub router from last year, Google Wifi is a modular router with multiple access points and built in features for maximizing one’s Wifi signal at home. It costs $130 individually, and $300 for a pack of three, and will be launching in November of this year.
With its new Chromecast Ultra, Google has added 4K UHD support with HDR and Dolby Vision. This new offering is priced at $69.