Don’t miss out: Everything Google announced yesterday

October 5, 2016 12:58 pm

Sabrina Ellis, Director of Product Management at Google, speaks about the new Pixel phone during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California. (Image: Reuters)

Google hosted its hardware releases event Tuesday evening in San Francisco, during which the company made several announcement and product releases.

Here is your brief of the night:



Google announced two models of the first Smartphone entirely created by the company inside out. The models are called Pixel and Pixel XL, and are powered by Android 7.1 Nougat.

The new operating system allows software and security updates to be received as soon as they’re available, directly from Google. The firm also claims that updates can download and install in a seamless background process, so no more waiting for your phone to update.

Google worked with mobile handset partners to build the phone, but every aspect of the phone is purely Google’s vision and what it feels should go into a Smartphone.

“With Google, we obsessed over every detail, from the industrial design to the user experience,” a Google blog post read.

Pixel comes in a critical time, when Samsung is muddled up in a Note 7 international crisis. Google’s phone is also definitely expected to give serious competition to Apple’s iPhones.

Pixel also comes with Allo and Google Duo, so owners can call and text with their family and friends, regardless of the platform or location.

Best camera ever? – Google claims that the camera on Pixel is the “best Smartphone camera ever created”.

The phone has a 12.3 MP camera, featuring an f/2.0 aperture and 1.55 micron pixels to capture as much light as possible. According to the company, the camera took a year to design, develop and optimise.

Free, unlimited storage – Pixel allows for “free unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos at full resolution in Google Photos,” the firm claims.

Pixel is available in 5” or 5.5”, and comes in a variation of three colours: Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue. The blue is a limited edition available in the US only.


Google Assistant

Google introduced Google Assistant, a direct blow to iPhone’s Siri. Google Asisstant is built into the phone and allows users to have a conversation with Google to find answers to their inquiries.

Pixel is priced at $649 and pre-orders have already started in the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and the US.



Google shared updates on its high-quality mobile virtual reality platform, Daydream, which was first announced at Google’s annual developer conference, I/O, held in May.

“Our goal from Daydream is to simplify the complexity behind virtual reality,” Google said.

Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, Daydream is accessible simply by plugging in the headsets in the phone. Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL are Daydream-ready.

Google also announced Daydream View, the headset and controller it designed and developed. Made from soft fabric, it is 30 per cent lighter than other similar devices and features an auto-alignment system, so there is no need for cables or connectors.

Daydream View is also available in different colours and will be available in November.



Google Home

Google unveiled its Google Home device, which operates on voice commands and is powered by Google Assistant.

Besides replying to commands, Google Home can tap into music apps and radio stations to stream music.

During its hardware announcements event on Tuesday, the company stated that Google Home will be available in November.



Google WiFi

This is a connected WiFi system that promises to provide a fast signal in every room of the house and on every device.

This is an upgrade from Google’s OnHub, the firm’s new router, introduced last year.


Chromecast Ultra


An upgrade from Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra offers 4K streaming abilities.

It can now stream content from YouTube, Netflix and Vudu, and Google Play movies will be supported by Chromecast Ultra come November.

The company claims that Chromecast Ultra operates fast, no matter whether it is used with 4K TV or not.



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