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Technology Pixel 4, Pixel Buds, Nest Mini: Google wants its software in every part of your life

19:45  15 october  2019
19:45  15 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Google's Pixel 4 event takes place October 15th

Google's Pixel 4 event takes place October 15th After a cornucopia of leaks, Google is finally ready to show what the Pixel 4 is all about. The internet giant has sent out invitations to see "a few new things Made by Google" at an October 15th event in New York City. It's not offering many clues about what to expect, but c'mon -- you can safely assume the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will be the centerpieces of the event with their touch-free gestures and 90Hz displays. It's everything else that's less certain. One possibility is a Nest Mini smart speaker that would replace the Home Mini. It's believed to be visually similar to the outgoing model, but would pack requested features like an audio output jack and a wall mount.

Google Pixel 4 smartphones revealed – huge iPhone rivals. The headline announcement was the Google reckons they have the fastest face unlock on any smartphone. These direct iPhone rivals Google also showed off the new Pixelbook Go, a laptop running on the firm's Chrome OS software .

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Nothing yet. Google Pixelbook Go. Nothing yet. Google Nest Mini . Will be checked in with updates every few minutes so be sure to refresh! — Very endearing #design video just shown. Rick is on the stage! — Pixel Buds 2 are out of the bag.

Google on Tuesday unveiled a spate of highly anticipated new devices, including its flagship Pixel 4 phone, Pixel Buds to compete with Apple's Airpods, and a new version of the Google Home Mini speaker, renamed the NestMini . But if you really want to understand Google's goals when it comes to consumer hardware, one of the company's less-celebrated products, a lowly Wi-Fi router, provides an apt metaphor.

a close up of a cell phone: Google is talking up © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google is talking up "ambient computing" at its hardware event. Angela Lang/CNET

The search giant unveiled an updated version of its mesh Wi-Fi system, which uses multiple devices to spread the connection more evenly around the house. Each device also serves as an access point for the Google Assistant, the company's voice software akin to Amazon's Alexa or Apple'sSiri . The router could represent Google's broader ambitions:  As people aim to blanket every molecule of air in their homes with a strong internet signal, the company wants that physical space to be dominated by Google's products and services.

Pixel 4 to get brand new Pixel Buds 2 wireless earbuds

  Pixel 4 to get brand new Pixel Buds 2 wireless earbuds The Pixel 4 rumor frenzy continues with a brand new development that doesn’t necessarily concern the upcoming fourth-gen Google phones. Google is reportedly going to launch a brand new version of its Pixel Buds earphones, tentatively named Pixel Buds 2, that will replace the first generation that arrived a couple of years ago. Like Apple, Google launched its own wireless headphones to make up for the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which went away when the Pixel 2 arrived. The Pixel 4 will also lack a headphone jack, not that we expected Google to resurrect the audio port. However, the Pixel Buds aren’t exactly AirPods alternatives.

Google is holding its Made By Google event RIGHT NOW and you can watch the official live stream video right To watch all the action simply click play on the Pixel 4 live stream video below, or on the official Google Twitter The Google Nest Mini improves the Google Home Mini under a new name.

The Google Store offers the Pixel 4 unlocked or with an included SIM from Verizon or Google Fi. Last but by no means least is Nest Wifi, Google 's new mesh router system with built-in Assistant speakers. It'll set you back 9 for the router and 9 for a single point, while a router plus point

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California© Sarah Tew/CNET

Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

The new line of gadgets is meant to inject the company's software into every element of people's lives. The Pixel 4 travels in your pocket or purse everywhere you go. You can mount the Nest Mini on your walls at home. And a new touchscreen laptop called the Pixelbook Go sits on your desk in the office.

"Throughout your home technology works as a single system," Rick Osterloh, Google's hardware chief, said on stage. "Instead of a bunch of devices doing their own thing."

Google's updated Nest Mini James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google's updated Nest Mini James Martin/CNET

Google's stepped-up hardware efforts come as rival tech giants make a big push in consumer gadgets, too. Last month, Amazon unveiled more than a dozen new Alexa products, including high-end speakers, glasses and a ring (the kind you put on your finger, not to be confused with the web-connected doorbell company also owned by Amazon). Even Facebook has ramped up its product offerings, introducing last month a revamped version of its Portal video chat device, as well as a less expensive Portal Mini .

Pixel Buds 2 are likely to be announced later this month, source says

  Pixel Buds 2 are likely to be announced later this month, source says A new source says Google’s next wireless earbuds will arrive shortly, potentially at the October 15 Made by Google event.That source recently spoke to 9to5Google, and says Google will soon introduce second-generation wireless earbuds, although they didn't mention the Google event by name.

We’re now less than an hour away from the Made by Google event, and we’re already fairly confident in what devices Google will be announcing. This morning, four of those products, the Google Pixel 4 (and 4 XL), Nest Mini , Nest WiFi Router and Nest WiFi Point, have all hit the Bluetooth SIG.

The second-generation Google Pixel Buds 2 have now gone official at the Made by Google 2019 launch event. We were not quite sure if the new wireless earbuds refresh would be unveiled at alongside the Pixel 4 but Google showcased the new design and features at the launch event.

At the event, Osterloh pushed the idea of "ambient computing" -- an always-on, always-connected vision of everyday life, where you're not only interacting with software when you're on your phone or laptop, but while you're lounging around the house or driving in your car. That philosophy has broad implications, especially as Google's parent company Alphabet toils away at moonshot projects including smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

"We're getting a first-generation look at the fusion of those ideas," said Frank Gillett, an analyst at the market research firm Forrester. "They are trying to build a coherent system."

Beyond phones and smart speakers

The ambient computing strategy makes sense as Google tries to get customers to buy more of its devices, but it also behooves the company's larger business. The search giant generates more than $100 billion a year in revenue through targeted advertising, a business buttressed by personal data the company collects on people using its services. Google, for its part, has been trying to tamp down privacy concerns related to its ad operations. In May, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would strive to do more with less data.

Leaked Google videos show the Pixel 4's 'Motion Sense' gestures in action

  Leaked Google videos show the Pixel 4's 'Motion Sense' gestures in action After all the countless Pixel 4 leaks, you may have tuned out at this point, but for those that are still paying attention, 9to5Google has shared what it says are official marketing videos Google will release to promote the phone. The twosets of videos show the Pixel 4's Soli-powered "Motion Sense" gestures in action, as well as the new, faster Assistant the phone will include before any other Android device. In the first set of videos, we see how the Pixel 4's touchless gestures will work. To silence calls and alarms, you simply wave your hand sideways above the phone. Skipping songs is done the same way.

Google has announced the Google Nest Mini , the follow up smart speaker to the Google Home Mini . Highlight improvements include the Google Nest In terms of audio, the Google Nest Mini delivers an improved speaker system, which is capable of pumping out two times stronger bass when compared

Google is having an event in New York where it will officially unveil the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL In addition to the smartphones, we are hoping to see a new pair of Pixel Buds that can take on the There is also a new Nest Mini incoming, and some leaks mentioned an updated Home Mini with a

Still, Google's approach seems to be more measured than Amazon's, at least in terms of volume. Google unveiled five new devices on Tuesday. Amazon's approach has been to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. Last month, Amazon unveiled 15 new Alexa products, including high-end speakers, glasses and a ring. (A common joke among Amazon observers is that it'll one day make an Alexa kitchen sink.)

Google's consumer device line has come a long way. The company first rejiggered its hardware division in 2016, when it tapped Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola executive, to head up one dedicated device unit. That year, Google unveiled the original Pixel phone, its first branded smartphone.

a blue and white surface: Google's Nest WiFi mesh routers James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google's Nest WiFi mesh routers James Martin/CNET

Before the Pixel, Google had worked with handset makers including HTC and LG to manufacture a line of Nexus phones that ran a "stock" version of Android that was free of bloatware, a derisive term for software that carriers and device makers force onto the phones. To spur the operation, Google two years ago shelled out $1 billion in a deal with HTC to hire thousands of its engineers to work on Pixel and other Google hardware devices.

The new true wireless Pixel Buds are always listening

  The new true wireless Pixel Buds are always listening To say that Google's Pixel Buds were "maligned" is putting it lightly. We even said that, compared to the competition (most notably Apple's Airpods), they felt unfinished. But Google is giving it another go, with actual truly wireless pair. The new Pixel Buds (no number differentiator here) don't look terribly different from the originals, but this time there's no cable connecting the two. And they have a nice two tone finish that matches the colors of the new Pixel phones. Google claims it's also improved the fit. A number of reviewers complained that the originals weren't terribly comfortable to wear over long periods of time.

Plus, the Pixel Buds 2 are likely to support the Pixel Buds ’ real-time translation feature, which can interpret between over 40 languages while paired with a smartphone Could a Google -designed smartwatch make its debut on the same day as the Pixel 4 , Pixelbook Go, Nest Wifi, and Nest Mini ?

Google is pitching its Pixel 4 phones as being able to take the kind of astrophotography images that required specialist camera kit in the past. They are also the first handsets to use a motion-sensing radar chip that switches off some functionality when the phone is left unattended, saving battery life .

Now, Google is hoping to set its Pixel 4 and other devices apart in a hypercompetitive market by relying on the company's hardcore engineering chops. The new phone has motion and gesture sensing technology that lets people control the device by swiping their hands in the air. Google had been developing the tech, called Project Soli, since 2015. Another tool for the Pixel 4 is a feature that automatically calls 911 for you if the phone detects you've been in a bad car crash.

With the new Nest Mini, Google has added a machine learning chip that trains itself based on the most common commands people ask it. For those queries, it'll do all the computing on the device locally, instead of sending the request to the cloud, so you'll get responses faster.

While Tuesday's event was focused on consumer hardware, the strategy could one day also funnel into Google parent company Alphabet's grander ambitions. The conglomerate is working on driverless cars through its Waymo subsidiary. Sidewalk Labs, another Google sister company, aims to develop a smart city neighborhood in Toronto, where buildings would have flexible, movable wall panels. Automatic awnings would protect people from downpours and sensors would measure how public facilities are being used.

It's "ambient computing" at a whole other level. A new Pixel phone or a Nest Mini that you mount on your wall could just be the beginning.

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Google is all about ambient computing. That much was made clear at the company's launch event this week. Its products were leaked so thoroughly that there were barely any surprises left. Yet, finally getting to see Google's full portfolio of devices makes it clear: the company is very serious about getting into every facet of your life. This week, Cherlynn is joined by senior mobile editor Chris Velazco in Devindra's absence, and the two take aListen below, or subscribe on your podcast app of choice.

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