Google’s annual fall hardware event is here, where the company announces a slate of devices that have so throughly leaked that some of them are already being sold in stores.
Osterloh explained Google’s investment in AI “is an opportunity to go forward in many areas at once. The big breakthroughs you’ll see are not in hardware alone.”Without giving numbers, Osterloh added that Google Home’s daily active users have grown 5 times year over year.
He introduced the Pixel 3 smartphone, the Pixel Slate, and the Google Home Hub. After talking about a “shared vision” between Google and Nest, Diya Jolly comes onstage to discuss the smart home. The Google Home Hub looks to be a combined tablet, microphone, and speaker setup which uses AI to act as a personal assistant and smart home device controller. The device has no camera, which directly fires a privacy-based shot against Facebook’s own Portal device. The Google Home Hub has a dashboard that, with one downward swipe enables Home View – allowing users to check the status of their smart home devices. There’s also the Home App, which allows control using your smartphone remotely. Hub is integrated with Nest devices, such as Nest’s thermostat or smart doorbell. It’s also connected to Google Photos and YouTube, among other Google properties. The Home Hub is priced at $149, with purchases to come with 6 months of YouTube Premium.
And the Google’s Pixel Slate, A Chrome OS experience meant to be held in your hands, but also provides a desktop experience, according to Google. It uses custom LCD display called LTPS, or Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon. It also has front and rear cameras that take advantage of machine learning and portrait mode for great photos. The Pixel Slate starts at $599, the Pixel Slate Keyboard comes in at $199, and the Pixelbook Pen will cost $99. An9d guess what, those who buy a Pixel Slate or Chromebook gets 3 months of YouTube TV free.
The brand new Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL come in a 5.5-inch Pixel 3 model and the 6.3-inch Pixel 3XL. The phones come in Black, White, and Not-Pink (which looks pink, really). It also has an edge-to-edge flexible OLED display., and front-facing speakers that boast 40% more volume. You can expect louder audio and more screen real-estate. A 12.2-megapixel rear camera, but dual front cameras. Google’s Pixel Visual Core chip helps you get the best photos, and they have a feature called Top Shot. Top Shot lets you slide across alternate shots in HDR+ to pick the best photo..
Last but not the least Google also introduced the Pixel Stand – a best-in-class Pixel 3 wireless charger. The Pixel 3’s UI adjusts when it’s docked, and can act a bit like the Google Home by allowing for voice-activated Google Assistant use. The Pixel 3 starts at $799 and comes out first on Verizon on October 18.