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Google Unveils New Phones, Speakers to Counter Amazon, Apple

Google Unveils New Phones, Speakers to Counter Amazon, Apple

The phones are euqipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation. It's around 10mm thin and weighs in at 1kg, making it Google's thinnest product to date. Now according to latest leaks from Roland Quandt, we've the fresh look at Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL front. That leaves it way behind Apple and Samsung when it comes to sourcing important hardware components like displays and marketing and supporting the gadgets. The case provides four charges over 24 hours before it has to be plugged in.

Then we've got the Pixelbook, rebranded from "Chromebook Pixel" to just "Pixelbook", which offers numerous same features as the original Chromebook: Chrome OS, Google Assistant, etc. This display offers a 16:9 aspect ratio, as we mentioned above, and its resolution sits at 1920 x 1080, which delivers a pixel density of 441ppi, just like the 2016 model.

On the software front, you get Android 8.0 with an improved Google Assistant and redesigned Pixel launcher. It's also the first notebook to come with Google Assistant built-in.

You can also expect to see the Pixelbook, an improvement over the Chromebook Pixel.

With Apple releasing its iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the souped-up iPhone X, Google is firing back with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Demoed on stage at Google's event today, this feature lets two Pixel Bud wearers chat in their native languages by translating conversations in real time.

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In addition, the Pixelbook will last for up to 10 hours of use on a single charge and support Google's new instant tethering feature for immediate Wi-Fi connectivity.

The smartphones will be available for order starting Wednesday in India and five other countries starting at Rs 61,000 for Pixel 2, and Rs 73,000 for Pixel 2 XL.

Google is counting on the knowledge that it has accumulated through its dominant search engine to make its assistant far more intelligent than either Alexa or Siri, giving it an edge over its rivals over time. Following Apple's lead, Google's new phones have ditched the jack entirely-necessitating either Bluetooth headphones, headphones using the newer USB-C connector, or an adapter (great) to listen to tunes through your positively archaic 3.5mm-equipped cans.

This upgrade allows the speaker to understand who is talking to it so it can update specific user calendars or alerts.

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said the new devices showcase the tech giant's artificial intelligence. The color options are called Kindla Blue, Just Black and Clearly White.


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