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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.
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), and Pixel is powered by Android Nougat 7.1. The Pixel is available to pre-order from today with prices starting at $649.
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. 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.
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.
Meet Google Home, Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo. 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.
Meet Google Wifi, a smart router succeeding Google OnHub. 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!