|Gaggle of Google goodies..."AI + software + hardware"............................................|
Everywhere one looks creative destruction abounds.........................................
An embarrassment of riches.
Google Pixel 2 launch event: Live updates
Oct. 4, 2017 11:58 AM ET|By: Brandy Betz, SA News Editor
Google ( GOOG, GOOGL) will begin its launch event at 12 pm ET. Stream the event live here.
Check back for live updates.
Update: Hardware SVP Rick Osterloh says there are now 55M Chromecast devices around the world. Google Wi-Fi is the top selling mesh router in US and Canada. Assistant can now answer 100M new answers.
"AI + software + hardware" is the event motto.
Google Home products:
Update: Home Product Management VP Rishi Chandra says Google Home will launch in Japan later this week.
Voice Match, the Home's voice recognition and customization feature, will launch to all regions this week.
Starting today, users can use their own phone number for calling through the Home., taking on Amazon's Echo calling push Hands-free calling coming to the UK later this year.
Update: As expected and leaked by Walmart pre-orders, Google Home Mini is the new smaller, budget-friendly addition to the Assistant family.
The Mini, which looks a bit like a fabric-covered hockey puck, comes in three colors and retails for $49. Pre-orders start today with launch on October 19.
Mini will come to all seven Google Home countries.
Update: The new smart home Nest products revealed a couple of weeks ago get some stage time to show off how the products can combine with the Google Assistant to create routines.
Routines can let a user turn on/off smart home features with a simple command like "good morning." Amazon announced a similar setup at its surprise hardware event last week.
Update: The new Broadcast feature sends the same message to all Google devices in the house.
Kid-friendly features coming to Home including parental controls for accounts and a partnership with Disney.
Update: Introducing the Google Home Max, an audio-focused smart speaker meant to take on Sonos speakers, Apple’s upcoming HomePod, and Amazon’s recently announced Echo Plus.
The 4.5-in woofers offer sound 20x stronger than the Google Home and has "smart sound" that can adjust the sound to the size and layout of the room.
Home Max costs $399 and launches in the US in December, the same month as the HomePod. Additional markets will come next year.
The Max comes with a free year of YouTube Red.
Google Pixelbook laptop:
Update: Also as expected, here comes the Google Pixelbook laptop, which is 10mm thin and 1kg light.
Key specs: 12.3-in touchscreen, Quad HD LCD, 235 ppi, Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, and 10 hours battery life.
Pixelbooks can “instant tether” to a Pixel phone, comes with Google Assistant pre-installed, and can run a user’s favorite mobile apps including a custom-built Snap experience coming soon.
Pricing starts at $999 with three configurations available and the Pen costing an extra $99. Pre-orders start today, available on October 31. Initial launch covers US, Canada, and UK.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:
Update: As expected (again), two new Pixel 2 smartphones with a smaller 5-in. device and the 6-in. XL option.
Update: The all-aluminum bodies feature a glass visor and both include a fingerprint sensor, unlike Apple’s premium iPhone X.
No headphone jack, but an adapter is included and there is Bluetooth 5.0 support for wireless headphones.
The Pixel 2 has a full HD OLED display and comes in three colors: Black, Kinda Blue, and Clearly White.
Pixel 2 XL has a pOLED screen with QHD+ and comes in Black or Black and White.
”Active Edge” lets users launch Assistant with a squeeze and can use the Broadcast and routine features through the phone.
Update: The Lens feature in the phones uses machine learning to recognize and optionally provide information about items and people in the image.
The phones were also built with AR in mind, like the new iPhones, and the company has some exclusive Star Wars content.
The Pixel 2 has one camera on the back that’s still capable of portrait mode thanks to machine learning.
Pixel 2 users will receive free, unlimited photo storage.
Pixel 2 starts at $649 for 64GB and Pixel 2 XL starts at $849. Pre-orders start today in US, Australia, Germany, India, the UK, and Canada. Exclusive partnership with Verizon in the US.
Google Home Mini tossed in free with Pixel 2 purchase for limited time.
VR and Clips camera:
Update: New Google Daydream View VR headsets with upgraded lenses and over 250 VR titles available. Headsets will cost $99.
Google Pixel Buds are the new touch-activated wireless headphones with Assistant integration. Cost $159 with pre-orders starting today.
Google Clips is a small “hands-free camera” that can clip onto things or simply rest on a table. Users can “teach” the camera’s built-in machine learning what people or places are most important to the user. Eventually, the camera will take its own pictures of what it thinks the user wants to see.
Users can swipe within the app to save images to Google Photos. The images don’t get stored to the cloud automatically.
Clips is “coming soon” for $249