Everything Google Announced at Its "Made By Google" Event

Google unveiled its plan for consumer hardware earlier today, showing off Pixel phones, the Google Home hub, Google WiFi router, Chromecast Ultra and Daydream VR headset, plus its Assistant AI ready to tie everything together. 

Assistant is capable of can be strangely difficult right now. That's because Google currently has three different ways to use the Google Assistant. Google says it’s the same Assistant in each place, but it can (and can’t) do different things depending on where you use it.
  • Google Assistant on Google Home (the new speaker)
  • Google Assistant on Pixel (the new phones)
  • Google Assistant on Allo (the new-ish chat app)

Google Assistant has the same goal in each location — get you information and perform basic tasks. But it accomplishes that goal in different ways. And in some limited instances, can only accomplish certain tasks on certain devices. 

The Google Assistant is, at its core, just a new way to make Google searches, but in a conversation with an AI that knows a lot about you. It's sort of like a mashup of Siri and a chatbot: you can ask it questions aloud or by typing, and it'll try to pull in whatever you're looking for, be it the solution to a math problem, directions to a store, or instructions on getting something done.

Google unveiled two brand new phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. 
The Pixel line of phones look like they’ll be replacing the Nexus phones as the “pure Android” experience from here on out. Unlike previous Nexus phones, which were made in partnership with third-party hardware manufacturers, these phones are entirely Google-branded (even though HTC still seems to be involved with the production, according to FCC filings).

The Pixel will be the first phone to include the Google Assistant (which we’ll discuss in a bit). The company spent a great deal of time touting how it made the “hardware and software together” which implies that it won’t be a simple software rollout to add Google Assistant to older phones.

With the standard Pixel and its smaller, 5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display -- it would've been nice to get a Quad HD screen in here, but text was plenty crisp and colors were sufficiently bright in Google's too-dim demo area. (Don't worry: the Pixel XL's 5.5-inch AMOLED screen brings the Quad HD heat.) Everything feels nice and fluid too, though that's to be expected from pair of smartphones with quad-core Snapdragon 821 chipsets and 4GB of RAM. All told, the Pixels have more than enough horsepower to keep even the pickiest phone buffs pleased. Beyond pure computational power, I'm looking forward to seeing how the Pixel and Pixel XL's batteries hold up -- their capacities are 2,770mAh and 3,450mAh, respectively.

 Very nice Camera with a DXOMARK at 89

The Pixel phones will also include unlimited photo and video backup through Google Photos. It even saves them at full resolution. That’s a pretty big deal when your phone is recording at 4K and very stable video recording  for shaky hands. Normally, Google limits you to 16 megapixels and 1080p video, otherwise your uploads count against your Google Drive quota. 

 Built in Google Duo Messenger.

Fast Charging up to 7 hours of battery life  in 15 minutes

They’re also the first phones to support Daydream VR (again, we’ll come back to that). 

Google Home Launches November 4th, Will Cost $129
It will cost $129, launch November 4th, and you can pre-order it now. This is Google’s answer to the Amazon’s Echo, the little speaker that sits in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom and passively listens for voice commands. However, Google wants to take its speaker to the next level with Google Assistant.

Google Home can also control devices in your home. For example, you can ask it to play a video from YouTube or Netflix on your Chromecast. Google will automatically find the video you ask for, connect to your Google Cast-enabled device, and start playing the video. Google will also work with smart home providers like Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and Nest (which Google’s parent company Alphabet also owns) to control more devices in the future.

The Chromecast Ultra Brings Simple, Cheap Streaming to Your 4K TV for $69
The Chromecast might be one of Google’s more clever ideas in recent years. Now, if you have a 4K TV, the Chromecast has your back. For $69, you can get the new Chromecast Ultra, which supports 4K video. Google says it made the device faster, but let’s be real. The only reason you’re getting this device is if you need 4K. Otherwise, just get the regular Chromecast for half the price.

Daydream Is Google’s VR Platform, Coming First to the Pixel Phones
Daydream is Google’s next foray into virtual reality. The company announced the Daydream View VR headset. It’s very similar to Samsung’s Gear VR, just with a bit more polish. The headset comes in a selection of colored fabrics (red, gray, and white), comes with a simple controller, and retails for $79. Simply drop your phone into the headset to get an Oculus-like VR experience.

The control has motion detector Google claim it so precise that you can actually draw with it..

 The Daydream is made of especial fabric is like soft clothing , and there is Facemask you can remove and washable too! that's great for a hygiene everyone wearing it not so cool if stinky.

Google demoed several new experiences to give you an idea of what Daydream can do. The company showed a Harry Potter game, where players can pretend to be wizards, which might be the best use of VR yet. Google also announced VR-capable apps for YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more so you can watch 360 videos, or just watch movies in a virtual home theater. 

Google will also have a VR version of Street View that includes "tours" of 150 global landmarks, like the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids in Egypt, along with the ability to see any location in 360-degree VR.

Google WiFi Makes It Easy to Extend Your Network, Has Parental Controls, More
Google’s continuing its effort to get into the home networking game with the Google WiFi router. For $129, the device bears a striking similarity to the OnHub router the company released last year. It will let you control it remotely, selectively block certain devices from the network (to give your kids an internet time-out, for example), and reset your router.

The most head-turning feature, however, is that Google wants to make it dead simple to expand your network for large houses. Just add another Google WiFi device to your home and it will extend your network. Of course, if you’re savvy you can accomplish the same thing with any old router, but if you’d rather spend the money to let Google do it for you, the company offers a three-pack of its routers (yes, really) for $300. 

 source :  The Verge, Gizmodo, Engadget, Wired

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