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Google unveils Pixel smartphone and VR headset

See Google Home, Alexa's newest competitor

It’s a large day for Google.

Looking to drum adult consumer excitement, a tech association hosted an eventuality San Francisco on Tuesday to betray a array of products, including dual new phones, a practical existence headset and a Chromecast Ultra.

The flagship proclamation was a introduction of Pixel, a initial Google phone to lift exclusively Google branding. The association called it a “first phone done by Google inside and out.”

The device is staid to take on a iPhone with a built-in artificially intelligent assistant, 4K video and other bells and whistles.

Here’s a closer demeanour during all we need to know:

Pixel smartphones

Google (GOOG) announced a new Pixel line of phones — a 5-inch Pixel ($649) and 5.5-inch Pixel XL ($769). The prices are a same as a iPhone 7 and a iPhone 7 Plus.

The inclination exaggerate 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a fingerprint sensor and a 12MP rear-facing camera.

The phones dump a existent Nexus branding in preference of “Pixel,” a curtsy to Google’s existent inscription and Chromebook line. Both run on Android 7.1 Nougat, Google’s many new mobile handling system.

Pixel smartphones

The inclination come with a built-in AI assistant, Google Assistant. The association demonstrated how a AI program can make a reservation for we right from a device and finish other tasks.

Pixel has a flattering honeyed perk for print fans, too: Users will get giveaway total storage of photos and videos — something Apple would be correct to cruise in a future.

The devices, that are accessible for pre-sale starting on Tuesday, come in 3 colors: utterly black, unequivocally china and unequivocally blue.

Chromecast Ultra

Google denounced a next-generation calm streaming device, a Chromecast Ultra. The gadget, that has sole 30 million units to date, supports 4K streaming. Chromecast Ultra will be accessible for $69 this fall.

Google’s renouned Chromecast device plugs into your TV by an HDMI pier and can tide calm from your mechanism or mobile device.

Daydream

Google also showed off a new practical existence headset for mobile devices, Daydream View. The spectator binds a smartphone, while a user has a hand-held remote to control what’s function on screen.

The Pixel phones are a initial Daydream-ready devices. But there are a lot some-more on a approach from partners, according to Google’s Clay Bavor.

Daydream VR headset

It will be accessible in slate, sleet and flush colors, and cost $79 when it launches in November.

Daydream is rising with over 50 partners and a slew of games. The association is also operative with Warner Brothers to pierce immersive environments to a device, and a headset will support Netflix, HBO and Hulu.

Google isn’t indispensably perplexing to contest with Oculus’ VR hardware ($599) or a HTC Vive ($799). Both of those systems, adored by gamers and early VR adopters, are for immersive VR practice and need PCs.

Instead, a association will aim infrequent VR consumers who have — or will buy — Android smartphones using Nougat. Its closest aspirant could be a Samsung Gear VR headset ($99), built for Samsung Galaxy inclination and powered by Oculus.

Google Daydream headset

Google Wi-Fi

Google is also touting a new router and Wi-Fi manager to adjust a internet tie in a home. Google WiFi automatically finds a strongest Wi-Fi indicate if we pierce around in your home. It also comes with an app, so we can — for instance — spin Wi-Fi off when it’s time for dinner.

Google Home

We got a hide look during Google Home — Google’s voice-controlled intelligent orator — behind in May, though Google has finally common some-more sum about a gadget.

To start, a device is labelled during $129 — about $50 cheaper than a Amazon Echo. It has a slight leg adult from Amazon’s orator too: Google Home pulls from a 70 billion contribution a association has logged via a years.

IO 2016 google home

It comes installed with Google Assistant — a company’s program that searches for answers, schedules meetings, adjusts your calendar and controls intelligent home inclination such as Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats (both companies are launch partners).

To activate Google Home, you’ll need to contend “OK, Google” — a same keyword that activates Google Now on Android.

It’s accessible for pre-order in a U.S. now and will launch with a giveaway six-month hearing of YouTube Red.

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