Last Wednesday, Google unveiled its new products, redoubling its commitment to the gadget business. These products have been made keeping in mind its competitive counterparts from Apple and Amazon.
Google introduced four new products: Generation 2 of its smartphone Pixel, a Pixelbook laptop, wireless earplugs and a small camera. All these devices operate on the Google-developed operating system Android and feature Google’s services, particularly the voice assistant. Through this, the company aims to increase revenue from its core ad-sales business.
Speaking at the launch event, which was held in San Francisco, Google Hardware Chief Rick Osterloh said the new products “perfectly demonstrate our strategy of reimagining hardware from the inside out.”
The new products are:
PIXEL 2 AND PIXEL 2 XL
The company launched its smartphone Pixel’s next generation – the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. The new devices come with 5.5-inch and 6-inch displays respectively. Available in “kinda blue,” “just black” and “clearly white,” the devices feature a plastic OLED curved display that runs nearly to the edges. The Pixel 2 XL will ship in black or black and white.
The phones have an always-on display that shows notifications and the time even when the device is locked. The phones can also always detect any music playing in the background and will show the song on the lock screen. The latest feature is that users can take a selfie by squeezing the phone. The squeeze motion can also be set to perform other tasks. The phones run “pure Android Oreo,” Google said.
The Pixel 2 will start at $649. The Pixel 2 XL will start at $849.
Google’s first-ever set of wireless Bluetooth-operated ear buds, Pixel Buds, will be able to translate languages in real time, read messages aloud and provide notifications. These buds are available in white, blue and black, and they come in a case that provides up to 24 hours of charge.
The buds start at $159.
Google’s own GoPro-like camera Clips is a small square camera that can be placed in a busy room and take still photos or silent videos of faces – it’s been taught to detect both humans and animals. Photos and 15-frame-per-second video files can be transferred to the Pixel, iPhone Galaxy S7 and S8 phones via Wi-Fi.
Google Clips starts at $249.
An answer to the Amazon Echo, the smaller version of the Google Home speaker, Home Mini, functions identically to its predecessor. It has voice recognition and is supposed to be smaller than a doughnut, making it convenient to place anywhere or carry it around.
The speaker starts at $49.
The higher-end version of Home Mini, this speaker can stream music from YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music and other such services. Google Assistant is also built in.
THE Home Max starts at $399.
Google’s Pixelbook is its first-ever laptop with a convertible 12.3-inch touchscreen. It has a 10-hour battery charge, Google Assistant and instant tethering, which connects automatically to a Pixel phone’s Wi-Fi network.
The computer starts at $999, with a $99 stylus also available.