Google made a list of interesting announcements at its “Made by Google” 2019 event. The company launched its much-awaited smartphones, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL along with a bunch of other interesting products and services. Google announced its latest second iteration of Pixel Buds wireless earphones, Pixelbook Go Chromebook laptop, All-new Nest gear, and more information about Google Stadia.
Here is everything you need to know about this year’s Made by Google announcements.
Pixel Buds 2
Google unveiled its all-new latest iteration of the wireless earphones in the form of Pixel Buds 2. The company has come up with these true wireless earbuds to compete with the growing market demand for these types of devices. Google confirmed that it will start shipping the Pixel Buds starting next spring. The company also revealed the price of these earbuds. Pixel Buds 2 will be retailing at $179, pretty close to the price of the market-leading Apple AirPods.
Google has engineered the Pixel Buds 2 for better sound, clearer calls, and hands-free help from Google Assistant. Google at the event said they designed Pixel Buds 2 based on thousands of ears for a customizable and secure fit. The earpods also come with an ambient vent, which keeps users connected to their surroundings. The Pixel Buds 2 is sweat and water-resistant and can also do real-time language translation.
It has been a long time since Google brought a premium Chromebook to the market. However, the tech giant announced its all-new Pixelbook Go at the event. The device comes with a very sleek, lightweight, and stylish form-factor. The company also said the device can last as long as 12 hours on a single charge.
The company launched four different variants of the Pixelbook Go. All these variants come with different processors and innards. The device sports a 13.3-inch Full HD or 4K Ultra HD Molecular display. Users get to choose the processor from Intel Core m3, Intel Core i5, or Intel Core i7. The Pixelbook Go comes with 8GB/16GB of RAM and offers 64GB/128GB/256GB of onboard storage variants.
The Pixelbook Go is currently up for preorders at the Google Store and shipping is expected to begin as early as Oct. 28.
Google Stadia: Launch date announced
Google utilized the stage at Made by Google 2019 to finally reveal the launch date of its much-hyped online gaming service, Stadia.
For the uninitiated, Google Stadia is a one-of-a-kind on-demand cloud game streaming service. The whole point of Google Stadia is to allow users to experience graphic-heavy and rich games without having to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on gaming equipment. Google said Stadia will go live on Nov. 19, which is when some people who preordered the Stadia controller will receive their devices.
New Nest gear at Made by Google
Nest Aware is Google’s cloud storage solution to add surveillance video recordings stored in the cloud. While the service is not new, Google has made a few changes in terms of usage and pricing.
The company has introduced a flat fee for Nest Aware — $6 per month for 30 days of event history (just the bits of the video that is needed). Meanwhile, $12 per month can fetch you up to 60 days of event history or 10 days of 24/7 video history. Both these plans will remain the same no matter how many cameras are connected.
Google Home Mini is now rebranded as the Nest Mini, and there are some changes in the device besides just the new name. Google says the new Nest Mini offers double the bass when compared to that of the Google Home Mini. The device is now wall-mountable out-of-the-box and comes with a machine learning chip on board for quicker responses. It also comes baked with more microphones for better audio reception. It is now available to buy for $49.
Google has finally unveiled its first-ever hybrid home speaker and WiFi router. Nest WiFi is a one-of-a-kind WiFi router/smart speaker hybrid. The device can function as a regular Google Home Speaker and can serve as a WiFi router. The Nest WiFi will be shipped starting in early November and a two-pack will cost $269, while a three-pack costs $349.
Be it smartphones, computing, home electronics, or even the multimedia segment, Google is coming with a unique range of products or services for the masses. And all of this was clearly on display at Made by Google 2019.
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