With Google Assistant leading the way, Google has just announced a host of new hardware devices (all made within Google own product development, not third party makers) in which Assistant will function as an “everywhere” AI for both smartphones and in the home. Here’s a quick rundown of Google new hardware arsenal, brought to you just in time for prime placement in every major Black Friday ad, which should start leaking out any day now (it is October, after all…sign up to get instantly notified when Black Friday ads leak).
Google gets Pixel Perfect, in more ways than one…
The new Pixel smartphone from Google was the headliner today, featuring a polished aluminum case with up to 7 hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charging. Pixel will support the Duo video calling service and has a camera that rivals the new iPhone 7. One great software feature is that updates download and install in the background. Initially available exclusively on Verizon, Pixel will also be available for sale unlocked (bookmark cell phone deals and accessories on FatWallet). Pixel pricing starts at $649 and is available for pre-order today in silver, black and blue with options for a 5-inch screen and 5.5-inch screen in either 32 GB and 128 GB (USB-C is supported).
The new Pixel smartphone will support Google’s new VR platform called Daydream, a VR headset for designed for Pixel (and other smartphones) that is said to be more comfortable and breathable than other competing VR headsets. Daydream will stream from Google Play movies, photos, Street View and YouTube. Daydream also features a small controller (remote) with a touchpad and two buttons. Daydream headset with controller will be available in November starting at $79.
Google Chromecast Ultra was also introduced as their new flagship streaming media device. Chrome cast Ultra will support 4K, loads content 1.8x faster and comes with an ethernet connection.Available to purchase in November for $69 (some early 2016 Black Friday predictions may get altered to include the Chromecast Ultra as a $50 doorbuster).
Google Wi-Fi, a new system designed for improving in-home Wi-Fi (extending the Google Home ecosystem by connecting them with each other). Google Wi-Fi has companion software that lets you control other devices linked to the router and manage access for kids. Pre-orders start in November and ship in December for
$129 (single device) and $299 (3-pack).
Google Home was on display as the new competition to Amazon Echo. Home utilizes Assistant to interact with user requests. LED lights blink while Home completes requests…a verbal “google” machine, if you will, that also plays music. Home works seamlessly with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and other streaming music services (Apple music??, probably not). Google has partnered with Philips, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and even IFTTT to assure support with other smart home devices, of which can be controlled through Home. Google Home will be available available to buy on November 4 for $129 (includes YouTube Red free for six months)
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