Google held an event to present their upcoming products both in the field of hardware and the software. The Mountain View have shown the new smartphone Pixel, a new Chromecast with support 4K, the virtual reality platform Daydream View and announced the release date of Google Home, a new device like Amazon Echo will help us in our house.
The stars of the Google event were the Pixel and Pixel XL, a new range of smartphones made by HTC to replace the Nexus. We are before two almost identical terminals practically only differentiated by the size of its screen. 5.5 inch QHD AMOLED for the Pixel XL and 5 inch Full HD for Pixel.
Both phones have fingerprint reader and inside hide a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 flanked by 4GB RAM and 32GB or 128GB of internal storage expandable via microSD. The rear camera has 12.3 megapixel, f/2.0, 155μm and optical stabilizer and the front offers 8 megapixel. According to Google, we have “the best camera phone”. To store the photos the owners of a pixel will enjoy unlimited storage in the cloud.
There is also a slight difference in batteries for fast charging (7 hours battery life with a load of 15 minutes) supplied by a USB Type C, 2770mAh for pixel and 3450mAh for pixel XL. Both terminals will go out first in the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany with a price of $649.
As Google phones not surprisingly come with Android 7.1 Nougat, the latest version of the operating system for smartphones. Not surprisingly it is the first handset to incorporate Google Assistant, a new intelligent personal assistant that seeks to make our life easier, and to offer support for Daydream, the virtual reality platform of Google and the headset Daydream View VR.
Daydream View VR is cardboard developments. The cardboard is left behind to present a device that looks after the design and strives to be a standard for virtual reality of Android. Any manufacturer and phone (which meets minimum requirements) may be added to this initiative that already has more than 50 applications (including a Harry Potter game). Daydream View VR will be available in November for $79.
As expected the new ChromeCast called Ultra has as its main feature support for 4K Ultra HD, HDR and Dolby Vision. It also loads the content 1.8 times faster than previous versions and has an Ethernet port. All other features are maintained but improvements are paid and the price rises to $69. ChromeCast Ultra will be available from November.
During the event, Google has also shown the operation of Google Home, an intelligent personal assistant that will facilitate our lives indoors and allow to control multiple devices. Google Home was already seen during the last I/O conference, but nothing better than a new video to learn the benefits of the device, which will be sold in the US for $129 from November 4.