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All the latest from the Google Pixel 2 event

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Google announced its new flagship device last Wednesday, the Google Pixel 2. The long-awaited smartphone has some interesting features, but it’s not the only thing the tech giant unveiled on its event.

 

Google Pixelbook

A brand new 12.3-inch screen Chromebook, the Google Pixelbook is going to be priced at roughly £750 ($999).

Working both as a laptop and a tablet, the 2-in-1 device runs on Google's Chrome OS, and it’s the first Chromebook coming with Google Assistant, with whom you can interact by speaking, typing or through the new stylus from Google - the Pixelbook Pen.

 

Google Home Max

Coming as direct competition to Apple's HomePod and Amazon's new Echo new speakers, Google Home Max  comes with Smart Sound, a feature capable of adjusting the speaker’s audio settings and volume according to its surroundings.

Google also claims the Home Max is it's 20 times more powerful than the original Google Home, since it would be able to offer  deeper bass powered by dual 4.5-inch woofers.

 

Google Home Mini

A less powerful version meant to give it a warmer look when placed in living areas, the Google Home Mini it's a shrunken-down version of Google's smart speaker priced at around £37 ($49), the perfect competition to the Amazon's Echo Dot.

There are four LED lights on the device that glow to indicate the device is listening, and it's available in three colours: chalk, charcoal and coral.

 

Google Pixel Buds

An ambitious move in the real-time translation tech scenario, the Google Pixel Buds allow you not only to summon the Google Assistant at any given time, but also to translate language in real time when used in conjunction with your phone.

You could, for example, say "Help me speak Italian," and your phone would render whatever you next said into Italian to a friendly gondolier in Venice. When the gentleman responds in Italian, you'll hear the English translation through Google's Pixel Buds.

The Pixel Buds work with 40 languages, and will be available in the U.S. in November, whilst there’s yet no release date for the UK.

 

Google Clips

Creepy as much as useful, Google's new Clips gizmo is a smart camera that's designed to autonomously snap photos for you.

The tiny £190 ($249) device can be put on a surface or clipped onto clothing or furniture, and it uses artificial intelligence to automatically detect when a photo should be taken.

Google claims the camera will learn to recognise your friends and family members, enabling it to improve at capturing images during opportune moments.

Of course, the company said that all the is recorded through Google Clips stays In Google Clips, meaning none of the data obtained by the camera is going to be sent to the cloud.

 

Google Assistant Updates

With artificial intelligence (AI) being at the heart of its event, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Google also announced some interesting features to its Assistant.

New child-friendly voice interactions featuring characters like Mickey Mouse will be added, as well as educational trivia games and bedtime stories.

Google is also enhancing its Assistant when managing routines and events across multiple devices.

That includes an improved compatibility with smart home devices, particularly those branded Nest, that would allow you, for instance, to say "I'm home," to trigger your smart lights and thermostat.

 

Google Pixel 2

The stars of the show,  Google's new Pixel smartphones look really promising.

The two phones, a 5-inch display and a 6-inch screen one are both including improved displays and cameras.

From the old model’s LCD screens, the new Pixel has now an OLED screen, which is typically better at displaying and a new design that allows the screen to occupy much more space on the front of the phone.

The Pixel 2's camera feature is a 12-megapixel and features interesting modes, from slightly blurring the foreground to make the subject pop, just like Apple's Portrait Mode, to Google Lens, a feature that allows you to interact with augmented reality information in real-world by simply pointing the phone's camera at specific items.

As mentioned earlier, Google Assistant has been improved further. On the new Pixel phones, it means for example summoning the Assistant by squeezing the sides of the phone rather than pushing a button or speaking.

The 5-inch Pixel 2 starts at roughly £500 ($649), while the larger 6-inch Pixel 2 XL will set you back around £640 ($849) or more.

What do you think of the new Google line-up? Will you buy any of these devices?




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