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Google Unveils New Pixel Phones, Chromecast Ultra, & More…

Dave Parrack 05-10-2016

Google has unveiled a host of new hardware at its Made by Google event. This includes new Pixel phones, the Chromecast Ultra for 4K streaming, the Daydream View VR headset, the Amazon Echo-style Google Home, and a new smart router called Google Wifi.


If you have two hours to spare you can watch a replay of the livestream below. But be warned, it’s extremely boring. Instead, we recommend you carry on reading to get the products detailed as succinctly as possible.

Google Pixel

Meet Pixel, Phone by Google. The Pixel comes in two sizes, with 5-inch and 5.5-inch models both boasting quad-core processors, 4GB of RAM, and between 32GB and 128GB of storage. The battery lasts all day, you get unlimited online storage for photos and videos, and Google Assistant is baked right in. The camera is being touted as the best ever put on a smartphone (yes, even the iPhone 7 Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus No headphone port, water and dust resistance, and Apple's best camera yet -- this is the iPhone 7. Read More ), and Pixel is powered by Android Nougat 7.1. The Pixel is available to pre-order from today with prices starting at $649.

Chromecast Ultra

Meet the Chromecast Ultra. This adds support for 4K video, HDR (High Dynamic Range), and Dolby Vision to the Chromecast you already know and love 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Chromecast You have finally taken the plunge and bought yourself a shiny new Chromecast, but what happens next? Here are seven things you didn't know you could do with one of Google's dongles... Read More . The Chromecast Ultra looks almost identical to its older brother, but without the Chrome branding. It also adds an Ethernet port for more connectivity options, and is touted as being faster than the previous model. The Chromecast Ultra will be available from November priced at $79.

Daydream View

Meet Daydream View, Google’s new VR headset. Daydream View is a VR headset lined with fabric to make it soft, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. It comes in three colors, fits over eyeglasses, and includes a handheld controller. The Daydream View will work with any Daydream-ready phone, the Pixel being the first to earn this moniker. Daydream View will be available from November priced at $79.

Google Home

Meet Google Home, Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo Amazon Echo Review and Giveaway Amazon’s Echo offers a unique integration between voice recognition, personal assistant, home automation controls, and audio playback features for $179.99. Does the Echo break into new ground or can you do better elsewhere? Read More . Google Home is a Bluetooth speaker and voice-activated personal assistant. Google Home will answer your questions, update you with weather forecasts, traffic reports, sports results, and more. It can also set alarms and timers, and control your smart home devices. And it can, of course, play music, radio stations, and podcasts from a range of different online services. Google Home will be available from November priced at $129.


Google Wifi

Meet Google Wifi, a smart router succeeding Google OnHub 7 Reasons Why Your Next Router Should Be a Google OnHub Home routers are pretty much all the same. If you've seen one, you've seen them all. But the Google OnHub router is like nothing you've ever seen before. Read More . Google Wifi uses mesh Wi-Fi routing to eradicate wireless dead spots from your home. So, if you position these around your house, you should manage to get consistent internet speeds anywhere within the building. Google Wifi will be available to pre-order in November. One will set you back $129, with a set of three priced at $299.

So, what do you think of Google’s new hardware lineup? Do you like the look of the Pixel phones? Would you make use of the Chromecast Ultra? Does the Daydream View interest you? Will you be trading your Amazon Echo in for a Google Home? Do you need Google Wifi? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Chromecast, Google, Virtual Reality.

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  1. Steve Gossett
    October 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    In my home I have a Mac, Windows PC, iOS devices and Android devices so Im well within the mix of tech but in all honesty I think I worked myself up for nothing in watching io16. I kept waiting for that wow factor and never got it. There were a couple of things that were nice but I didnt see anything innovative that made me want to get it or upgrade/replace anything I currently have. Perhaps I missed something but this years IO was a letdown for me.

  2. Greg Mudd
    October 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I definitely need the Google WIFi and the Chromecast. I am giving serious consideration to the Google PIXEL phone as well. If the advertising is accurate, these are great prodcuts.

  3. dougo13
    October 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    So, nothing to replace my Google Nexus Tablet or my Google Nexus Player Android TV box which both went EOL in the past year? What a letdown! Now I have to look at other company's products for replacements. Shame, shame, shame...

  4. Marijke Groothuis
    October 5, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I like Android, dislike iPhone. That said, I would love to buy an Android phone IF ONLY the reception inside my house was as good as that of the iPhone :-( Each new version of an Android phone looks great but behaves the same way in terms of reception - in rural areas like the one I call "home" I can only receive and make phone calls when I am either on my balcony or veranda. Not very nice in inclement weather I assure you.
    So regardless of how beautiful these devices look and how much they can do, and how powerful they are, there is still a LOT to be fixed before proper reception can be had by ALL...

    • Dave Parrack
      October 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

      The operating system shouldn't affect how good the reception is in your home. The only thing that should affect that is your network. Have you tried using an iPhone and an Android on the same network in the same place?

    • Marijke Groothuis
      October 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

      @Dave Parrack - I received your reply via email but can't see it here, but to answer your question: yes I now have an iPhone after using a Nexus, Samsung, LG, HTC, Blackberry, and a Nokia. Except for the iPhone, NONE of the phones mentioned would work inside my house.