The search giant Google introduced a whole new set of products and services at its recently held ‘Made by Google’ press event. The event was all about new Pixel phones, the Google Home, Chromecast Ultra, Daydream VR headset, and Google Wi-Fi. In this article, we have mentioned almost everything the company introduced. Let’s take a look!
Machine Learning & AI
Google emphasized a lot on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) during the whole event. Google has been working around Deep-Learning and Machine Intelligence for quite some time i.e. captions on images, object classification, natural image processing and so on. Hence it would have been surprising to see Google not coming up with any upgrades around these areas, which was not the case yesterday. Google also talked about matching human-like behavior, especially while dealing with text-to-speech and translations.
More or less it all boils down to Google Assistant which is more personal than ever. Do you remember Allo’s suggested responses? Well, that was just the beginning. Google Assistant is now so advanced that it can also figure out the information you might be looking for. Google made it possible using Assistant’s unique ability to understand what user has on the screen. So let’s say you are going through some restaurant’s page on Zomato. Here all you have to do is ask Google Assistant “how far is it from my place?” or “suggest me similar restaurants,” instead of running a different search query all over again.
Phone “by Google”
Google officially unveiled its much-awaited Pixel lineup, consisting of Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Both the devices have everything in common except the screen and battery capacity. Google categorized its key offerings into several parts: Google Assistant, Photography, Storage, Communications, and Virtual Reality.
Google’s Pixel devices are first to feature built-in Google Assistant, Google Photos (with unlimited storage), Google Duo, Pixel launcher, and support for Daydream VR platform. Both the Pixel phones come with quick charging support, which company claims to deliver 7 hours battery life in 15 minutes of charge. The pre-booking starts on October 13 in India across Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma. Read our full coverage on Google Pixel here.
Google announced Daydream View, first Daydream-ready VR headset to go on sale in November for $79. It is made out of soft fabric, which according to Google makes the Daydream View 30% lighter than similar devices. All you have to do is drop in your Daydream-ready phone and that is it. The phone and headset will then connect wirelessly without any connectors or cables.
Assisting the headset is the Daydream controller, a small remote-like device. The controller has its own set of sensors which record your gestures and movements helping interactions in Virtual Reality.
Google unveiled Google Wi-Fi, a new wireless solution aimed at offering faster and reliable connectivity across different devices. It uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi. This allows high-powered connectivity over various wireless points, resulting in faster connectivity across a much wider area. It also features Network Assist technology which can detect changes in your network’s health.
Network Assist automatically puts you on the reliable channel and optimal Wi-Fi band for your device. Hence you will no longer require manual adjustments on your router. Google Wi-Fi is priced at $129 for a single piece and $299 for a pack of 3 pieces. It will be available in December 2016.
Google announced the new Chromecast Ultra in order to drive more quality content to the big screen. Priced at $69, the Chromecast Ultra supports 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision. What it means is you can now stream 4K content from Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play Movies on your TV.
The Chromecast Ultra also comes with ethernet support and Google claims it to be 1.8 times faster than earlier Chromecast. The company announced to have sold over 30 million Chromecast all across the globe.
It’s a new product by the search giant that can turn up the music with your voice commands. It features built-in Google Assistant to let you enjoy music from Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and so on. You can get instant answers, control devices like Chromecast, and manage everyday tasks. If you are privacy conscious, you can also turn the ‘Always Listening’ down when not required.
Google said that support for voice casting via Netflix and Chromecast is arriving pretty soon. The Google Home comes at $129 along with 6 months of free YouTube Red subscription. It will start shipping on November 4th.