Here Is What You May Have Missed From Google’s Hardware Presentation
Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Google unit hosted on Tuesday a presentation in which it showed off a new and updated lineup of various hardware products.
The presentation was led by Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola president who is now in charge of overseeing Google’s hardware.
First, Google detailed its in-house developed Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The phones will come equipped with Google’s Assistant, an artificial intelligent feature that can remember all of a user’s information, manage shopping lists, music, videos and much more.
A 12-megapixel camera will feature the capabilities to take pictures in any lighting condition and record video in 4K.
The phone will also give users unlimited access to store photos on its cloud storage platform and other features one would expect from a high-end phone – not to mention a battery life that could last an entire day.
The Pixel will sell for $649 and the Pixel XL will sell for $769 and can be purchased through the Google store.
Next up, Google’s virtual reality headset called the DayDream View VR will sell for just $79 in November. The device itself is 30 percent lighter than its competing product and the company has over 50 partners lined up to offer apps and games.
Google has also been working closely with Netflix (NFLX), Hulu as well as HBO to provide virtual reality content on the device. In addition, Google forged a partnership with J.K. Rowling for an exclusive and unique virtual reality experience based on the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film.
But Wait… There’s More
Google also announced it will sell a wifi system tailored for a busy household which can optimize network settings including signal strength. The routers cost $129 each and can be placed in multiple rooms as the devices will be able to communicate with each other.
Chromecast Ultra, Google’s updated version of the popular Chromecast device that transforms a TV into a wireless streaming device. The new version will support 4K video with DolbyVision and HDR. It is also nearly twice as fast as previous models but nearly twice the cost at $69.
Finally, Google took aim at Amazon’s Echo device and introduced its own smart assistant called google Home. Much like Amazon’s product, users can ask questions but can also offer traffic updates and send directions to a smartphone’s Google Maps app.