Google Unveils Pixel Phone, Smart Home Hub, and More at AI-Focused Event

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    At its media event today in San Francisco, Google announced a few new pieces of hardware, mainly centering around the company's artificial intelligence initiatives and the confirmation of a new pair of smartphones called the Pixel and Pixel XL.

    Additionally, the company revealed the new Chromecast Ultra streaming dongle, a VR headset called Google Daydream, and gave more details about its connected smart home hub device, Google Home. Bits and pieces of information on the Pixel smartphones and Google Home have surfaced online over the past few weeks, correctly predicting most of today's announcements.

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    The company started off by providing details on its artificial intelligence platform, called Google Assistant, which the company says is like "your own personal Google." The assistant can perform normal tasks like playing music, performing search queries, and providing navigation directions, as well as carrying on a normal conversation with the user. The company showed this by providing an example of a user asking for directions, then inquiring about restaurants at the destination's end, and finally setting a reservation at one.

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai also discussed a few intelligent updates coming to the company's search system, including improvements to image descriptions, better translation fueled by machine learning technology, and more human-like text-to-speech abilities. Pichai said that the assistant will "constantly get better" as the company introduces it to more and more users, which it's started doing with the recent launch of Google Allo.


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  2. JaySoul macrumors 68030

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    At that price....

    No OIS
    No waterproofing
    No stereo speakers
    No wireless charging
    No dual lens cameras
    No Iris scanner
    No 3DT

    No chance.
     
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  5. itsmilo macrumors 68020

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    Verizon exclusive :D
     
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    Not a barn burner, yet appears to be a capable device for those seeking an alternative to the iPhone.
     
  8. nfl46 macrumors 604

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    I'll pass, but at least Google Assistant is light years ahead of Siri. :(
     
  9. MI MacGuy macrumors regular

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    Was hoping for something about a new Chromebook Pixel or Andromeda but nothing but crickets unfortunately.

    I personally like the split glass/metal back of the Pixel phone but it's not enough to pull me out of Apple's ecosystem.
     
  10. Sefstah macrumors 6502a

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    Googles gonna steal your info and sell it, blah blah blah. Let the complaining begin
     
  11. Stella macrumors G3

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    Looks like a good phone, all-round.

    Something the iPhone needs:
    "Get up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. ⁴"

    The unlimited storage is good too - even for video.
     
  12. enriquesh96 macrumors regular

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    So this is an iPhone for android users... let see
    Same form factor as iPhone - checked
    Antenna bands - checked
    Gimmicky attempt at siri - checked
    No sd card - checked
    Clean and simple UI - checked
     
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    Competition is healthy, the design is outdated. I hope apple keeps working on staying ahead of the curve.
     
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    Like Google or not competition is good and Google Home looks pretty cool
     
  16. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

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    But it comes with the same wallpaper as your iPhone 7!
     
  17. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

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    An incredibly boring presentation with lackluster announcements.

    Google's highlight was when they announced the colors for their "made by Google" device named the Pixel: "Quite Black", "Very Blue", and "Really Silver". I'm glad doge has done well for himself, landing a job at Google naming flagship products.
     
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    They are crazy charging iPhone prices to what appears to be a slightly above mid-range phone. I don't see these selling well.
     
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    Except Google Now is more useful and reliable) than Siri.

    YMMV
     
  22. CrashX macrumors 6502

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    Do you still have to slide to answer?

    Hopefully Hermes will make a satchel for it, and then Google becomes the ultimate in luxury ;)
     
  23. TrumpsWithUs macrumors newbie

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    ok, that looks like an iPhone 5. Why is the fingerprint on the back if you have that big of a bezel? Why no front stereo speakers on that big bezel? Not waterproof? Verizon or Project Fi only (I'm guessing that means you can put it on T-Mobile). O, and the Very Blue is already out of stock (YEAH RIGHT.... they even copied Apple's marketing style). Sorry, but this will be a bigger flop then the Fire Phone (no, not the Note 7.. which is a flop in its own right).
     

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