The Google event completed just minutes ago, and a whole lot of great stuff was announced and revealed at the event. To catch up with the event we have made a quick and short list of the announcements made by Google; here it is:
Google Home Mini and Google Home Max:
Google Home Mini is a tiny stone shaped speaker that you can easily place anywhere in your room. It looks just like a mini Bluetooth speaker, but it is much more than that. This device is a direct competitor to Amazon echo, yes it is a voice-controlled smart speaker with Google Assistant integration. Google Home Max is a much larger version of Google Home, and yes it can play loud music. In fact, Google throws in a machine learning feature called Smart Sound. It can automatically lower or increase the volume depending on the amount of ambient noise in the room. The Home Mini is priced at $49, and the Home Max is priced at $399.
Pixelbook: High-end Laptop:
Google announced a much more premium version of Chromebook, the Pixelbook. This new device is a laptop-tablet hybrid just like the Yoga tablets by Lenovo and features a 12.3-inch screen. The Pixelbook hardware specifications include a 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are two USB type C ports for connecting your accessories. The device comes with a built-in assistant key through which you can easily give voice commands. The Pixelbook can also be used with a stylus (can be purchased separately at $99 ) having support for both pressure and angles. The Pixelbook is priced at $999 for the base model.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:
After the long wait, Google finally unveiled the second generation of Pixel devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. There have not been many changes made to the design of the smartphones. The smaller one features a 5-inch display with a 1080p screen resolution while the bigger one comes with a 6-inch display and 2880 x 1440 resolution. Specs wise both smartphones are pretty much alike, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB options for storage.
The only difference is in the screen resolution. Both smartphones feature a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 and OIS and an 8-megapixel front camera. Another great feature of the Pixel devices is the “Always On” display. This means that your screen will always be active on low power mode for showing you all of your important notifications. The Pixel 2 is priced at $649 for 64GB of storage and $749 for 128GB variant. Similarly the XL version is priced at $849 for 64GB and go up to $949 for 128GB variant.
Augmented Reality Stickers:
This is currently exclusive to Pixel devices, because the Pixel cameras are optimized for high quality AR interface. You can easily add virtual characters from pop-culture to your recording on real-time and interact with it. You can then save these videos on your device or share them with your friends over the internet.
Pixel buds, the first wireless headphones by Google:
To compete with Apple’s Airpods, Google has come up with Pixelbuds. They are essentially earphones without wires, and you may be needing them since the Pixel devices doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack. Talking about the features, it supports gesture controls, including swipes or touches to switch songs, answer phone calls, or adjust volume levels. If you touch the right earbud it will activate the built-in Google Assistant, which can be later used to get directions, set reminders, or access music and messages. Although the Pixelbuds will work with any bluetooth supported device, the Pixel users may get another benefit. For the Pixel users the Pixelbuds will double as a translator. It will detect the language spoken, translate it in real-time and convey the message through the output . It costs about $159.
Google Clips is a smart camera that captures your photos or videos automatically without any interaction with the device. Clips is designed to capture your precious family moments without having the need to carry your camera around. Just place it in any corner of your room and it will capture your memories for you. It uses a 12-megapixel camera sensor and a 130-degree FOV lens. It costs about $249.
What are your opinions on the event. Did the second generation of Pixel device really lived up to the hype. Which announcement did you like the most. Comment with your opinions on the comments section down below and stay connected to TheMicrople for latest news updates and highlights.
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