Hardware is no longer just a hobby for the internet giant.
Yesterday, Google unveiled several new devices, many of which directly compete with Apple and Amazon. This first round of “Made by Google” devices includes the Google Home and the Pixel.
Here’s a breakdown of everything announced.
Pixel 2 & Pixel XL
Not unlike competitor Apple, information about the hotly anticipated new Pixel phone leaked in the lead-up to the event, and turned out to even be pretty accurate.
There are two new phones: the Pixel 2, and the larger Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel has a 5-inch 1080p OLED screen, and front-facing speakers, and the Pixel 2 XL has a massive 6-inch OLED screen with an 18:9 screen ratio to fill the surface of the phone more efficiently.
Internally, Google gets right what other device makers don’t by ensuring the smaller Pixel 2 isn’t at a disadvantage to the larger Pixel 2 XL. Both phones start with 64GB and there’s an option to upgrade to 128GB. The Pixel 2 and the XL run the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system which will support Google Lens, the machine learning-based object recognition platform Google demoed earlier this year, out of the box.
Neither phone has a headphone jack, and the phones’ single 12.2MP back camera is said the be the best on the market.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be priced at $650 and $850, respectively, for the base models. Verizon is the exclusive carrier partner, however unlocked devices will be available in the Google Store.
Google Home Mini & Max
Google isn’t leaving behind the Google Home it released last year, but it is adding some new devices to the Home voice assistant line.
The Google Home Mini directly takes on Amazon’s Echo Dot and is priced at $50. Just like the regular Google Home, you can talk to the Mini and issue voice commands, the only differences between the two is that the Mini is a much smaller speaker and isn’t suitable for playing music.
The Google Home Max comes complete with all the Assistant features built in, and is a much larger speaker. The speaker has dual 4.5-inch subwoofers, and a “smart sound” feature that optimizes based on the environment. The price for the Max clocks in at $399.
Google’s Assistant platform has also been upgraded with new features including tighter integration with Nest cameras and Chromecast, and can now help you find your lost Android phone simply by asking “where’s my phone” or something similar.
The original Chromebook Pixel was one of Google’s first in-house hardware projects, but it has been a few years since the company has released its own Chromebook. Now there’s the Pixelbook with pricing starting at $1,000.
The Pixelbook takes on styling cues from the Pixel phones, and has an aluminum body frame that’s just 10.3mm thick and a glass inlay at the top of the back panel. The hinge folds all the way back for tablet or tent mode, and the Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and supports Android apps.
The new device, which is in direct competition with Apple’s iPad and iPad Pro, boasts a 2400 x 1600 pixel touch screen and comes with 8GB of RAM.
To round out the big device debuts discussed above, Google also announced a handful of accessories.
The Google Clip is a $249 action camera which has an AI engine that records when it thinks something interesting is happening, and uploads it to generate video montages.
Since the new Pixel phones don’t have headphone jacks, Google produced Pixel Buds, $149 bluebook earbuds. The Buds have Google Assistant built-in and have an integration with Google Translate when paired with the Pixel 2 phones.
Both new phones are also compatible with Google’s Daydream VR platform, and the company announced a new Daydream View headsets. The new $100 Daydream View has better lenses than previous models, and the field of view has been boosted.