Google Unveils Pixel 2 Smartphone, Pixelbook, and Two New Google Home Speakers

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  1. csurfr macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    That's a really good idea, I never thought of installing Hangouts. Thanks for the tip!
  2. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
    when you have 3 devices that have paired with the bluetooth and you need to switch between the three, that's where the flow breaks down.

    Either device #1 and #2 are connected and you want to use device #3 which means you need to manually pair #3 again, or manually disconnect device #1 so that #3 auto connects. And let's just hope that device #2 isn't taking priority or else you need to manually disconnect device #2 as well.
  4. rGiskard macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2012
    But the tele doesn't produce better results than simply cropping a Pixel 2 camera pic.
  5. fairuz, Oct 5, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2017

    fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco
    Eh, it's crap. I use it at work. Good feature set, but it drops during calls, runs 100% CPU*, etc. Unrelated, there's a strangely unintuitive interface for calling people. Greatly prefer FaceTime; Hangouts could be good but needs to mature.
    * only in the web version, not the iOS app, it seems
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    I don't know why, but Bluetooth still doesn't work right in 2017. I gave up on it years ago and thought they'd fixed the pairing by now, but apparently not. Something goes wrong at every edge case. I doubt it's the standard but rather the bad implementations of it, or maybe the standard makes things confusing for devs and causes bugs like that (see: XMPP).
  6. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Then maybe you are better off using Facebook messaging since its everywhere.
  7. tongxinshe macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2008
    The instant translate feature itself, in Google Pixel Bud, already worth more than that $159 price tag!
  8. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    u n k n o w n
  9. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    No, I was talking about the front surface fully covered in fabric which original Home didn't have. Pretty obvious IMO. Yes, everyone knows how speakers look, but first Echo and Home had different unique design (unlike HomePod which looks like a generic speaker), but now they altered it in the style of your speakers and I believe the reason might be the HomePod. Is it clear now?
  10. ginkobiloba, Oct 5, 2017
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    ginkobiloba macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    I’ll Take IBM any day over Google and their almost fascist/political ideology that’s getting even more frightening than the most dystopian sci-fi films.
    In fact, Apple should really get in bed wth IBM, get more involved than their recent corporate deals of getting iOS in enterprises. They both have something than the other need, it would be a real win-win for them.
    Deep corporate kmowledge, advanced AI research, networking, etc... on IBM side, and consumer clout, knowledge on how to create great human user experiece, great soft/hardware integration on the Apple side..
    Au revoir Siri, here comes Watson.
  11. Brien macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2008
    Really hope Apple offers up a smaller, cheaper HomePod...
  12. iLLUMI macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2012
    Real time translation is cool but that will most likely go to all devices (incl. iPhone etc) in the near future.
    But the design of the Pixel 2 leaves a lot to be desired. iPhone and Samsung phones are still impressive when it comes to design.
  13. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Doubt so.

    It’s simply not feasible to offer great speaker quality at that cheap a price point. When you look at the amazon echo, it’s purpose is clear - as a means of delivering a smart assistant to your home and collect your data. This makes sense for amazon and google but not for Apple, since that’s not Apple's business model.

    Doubt so. This instant translation feature will likely be a very niche and specialised feature. No doubt it’s cool and uses a lot of AI processing in the background, but I just don’t see most people using this feature on a regular basis.
  14. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    I don't know. I like it. The back has a kind of Ikea chic. ;) The fingerprint sensor is much better positioned than on the Samsung S8. I also like the thin display bezels on the big one better than The Notch.
  15. Burger Thing, Oct 5, 2017
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    Burger Thing macrumors 6502a

    Burger Thing

    Jan 7, 2009
    Around the World
    I think you should not get your negativity about The Verge (you certainly are very opinionated about them, checking your posting history) into the way. In that article he was quite clear that he didn’t like the fact that the jack was removed. Just like when Apple did it. Or how could he ever concluded the article with And that... is pretty user-hostile and stupid

    Did you actually read the article at all?

    The Verge has like many techsites different writers. This Vlad guy seems to think somehow the removal of the jack was justified according to another article.

    Astonishing though that this thread is running so long. A thread about niche products and vaporware, at best demos of a technological platform. For most people around the world the products are not even orderable. As a competitor for specific products (phone, speakers, etc) Google is therefor irrelevant in the grand scheme of things to Apple. Which is a shame, because competition is good.
  16. Rum_Becker macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2017

    Nope that's not what you said.
    You mention fabric, which the Google home had first covering the speaker part just like the home max and mini, nice try though.

    This first Google home was never suppose to be a great audio device, it was made to more or less beta test the concept of a Google Assistant device. This is evident with the rapid release of fetures on an almost weekly basis. With the functionality of the Google home software almost complete, Google is now making a high performance version, no one wants to beta test a 400$ speaker.
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I always felt the verge leaned more Apple than google anyway lol.

    Agree with everything you’ve said though.
  18. fairuz macrumors 65816


    Aug 27, 2017
    San Francisco
    I do, but it's not good for video calls. Or IDK if it can even do them.
  19. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010
    Have you read anywhere about how big the Buds case is in comparison to the Airpods? The convenience of being able to carry AirPods everywhere without taking up much pocket space is a huge factor for me. I wonder how much larger the Google Buds case is.
  20. symphara macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2013
    Duo is nicer, and now it has a good web client too. Also WhatsApp is pretty good.It also has a desktop client so you can see the messages from your phone when you’re sitting down at your computer.
  21. cfurlin macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    I'd rather sell my soul to Satan.

    Far better deal...
  22. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    That's what I meant. You didn't get it.

    When I wrote my first comment I was sure someone will reply something like what you have replied. At times I just want to restrain from comments because I can see such outcome and I don't want to explain and expand every single word so the last kid on Earth will understand me. You tried to be smart and funny but instead it was boring and predictable. If you politely asked why I do think so, I would explain it and we could discuss it, but you preferred the different way.

    As @trusso said recently "You find a bunch of people who simply enjoy making smart-ass remarks with nothing to back them up. As a cultural phenomena, that needs to stop."

    Google surely could make their earbuds and speaker cheaper than Apple (and that makes a lot of sense), but it seems Google wants to enter and co-create some elite niche market alongside Apple with higher prices. I don't think new Home Max have SO much more hardware than the usual Home that it justifies such price. It's just marketing.
  23. Brien macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2008
    Hope you’re wrong. I could care less about audio quality, I just want something other than my phone(s) that I can ‘Hey, Siri’ to.
  24. Rum_Becker, Oct 6, 2017
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    Rum_Becker macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2017
    I did not get it because that is not what you said, lol. Even if that is not what you meant, you would still be wrong as the look and feel of the devices are completely different, lol

    Smart ass comment in reply to a stupid statement as Google used fabric for their speakers first. Google did not Copy Apple in any way, google had the speaker first, fabric first and the Home max looks nothing like the home pod. One looks like a speaker (google home max) and the home pod looks like a Mac pro.

    Your reasoning is completely laughable keep it up!!!

    Nothing to back it besides your own statement where you said that google copied apple by using fabric. lol

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    I agree, I'm going to pick up a bunch of mini's at christmas just for the assistant. Going to give them to the kids and to the nieces and nephews. It has made my christmas shopping really easy this year.
  25. iDiots macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2017
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    How many Google apps do you have on your Android, I mean iPhone?

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