A special event of Google San Francisco, Calif., and the Mountain View giant was certainly thrilled to introduce a whole host of new things to the world, both in hardware and software.
Let's take a brief look at these below?
Pixel and Pixel XL
The main and most anticipated news of the day has a name: Pixel. Thus were named the new smartphones from Google, following the celebrated line of tablets and laptops designed indoors.
The Nexus line, which had been representing Google's “official” smartphones for six years, was discontinued for a very simple reason: it was just a “reference platform” so that other manufacturers could mirror themselves when creating their Android devices; it was designed jointly with other manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei, etc.) and had no big advertising or pretended to sell in bulk.
The real game starts now: Pixel is being widely publicized as the Phone by Google (“Google Phone”), because it is a fully-designed handset in the company and only assembled by HTC, thought end-to-end as an integrated user experience (do you remember any?).
The design, based entirely on aluminum and glass, comes in two sizes: 5 and 5.5 inches. Pixel XL, and the only differences between them are in physical size, battery capacity (2,770mAh and 3,450mAh, respectively) and screen resolution (1920 × 1080 and 2560 × 1440 pixels, respectively). Pixel specifications are expected for a high-end smartphone in 2016: Snapdragon 821 four-core, 4GB RAM, AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4 and 32GB or 128GB of storage capacity. Oh, and headphone jack what needs to be informed today.
One of the big stars here, according to Google, is the camera. A single, 12.3 megapixel, that received 89 points in the DxOMark test (the world's reference camera review site). That's more than the 86 points of the iPhone 7 or any other smartphone, making the Pixel camera "the best cell phone camera in history," as Google is loving to spread out there. The handset also shoots in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second or Full HD 1080p in slow motion at 120 frames per second.
Pixel's other great asset, according to its creator, the software. This advantage already starts in Google Photos which, for all smartphone owners, will give unlimited space to store all photos and videos at full resolution. In addition, Google Assistant, the new generation of Google Now (largely powerful and with a more Siri-like interface) is built into the device, all within the new Android 7.0 7.1 “Nougat”.
Smartphones are unlocked, starting at $ 649 for the 5-inch version and $ 769 for the 5.5 ″ adding $ 100 each to carry 128GB of storage. In the United States, Google has an exclusive partnership with Verizon to sell them under contract. Only three colors: quite black (very black), very silver (very silver) and really blue (really blue this latest, exclusive from Verizon), all available for pre-sale today.
Daydream View VR
Pixels will also be the first smartphones compatible with Daydream View VR, that the second big news of the day. Google's first virtual reality device (not to mention the Cardboard VR, of course) is unlike any we've ever seen: with a body fully lined with soft fabrics and materials, the goal is to make the headset It is as comfortable and inviting as possible.
Daydream View VR comes with a special remote control full of such precise positional sensors that, according to Google, allow it to be drawn with the movement of hands. The small accessory has a specific compartment to be stored inside the headset when both are not in use.
Among the content that will be available for launching accessory is a new game based on the Harry Potter movie “Fantastic Animals and Where to Live”, as well as a new Google Street View app and YouTube 360 video support. Daydream View VR comes initially in color slate, and two others (snow and crimson) I'll come later. The accessory costs $ 79 and will be available in November.
Continuing the flood of launches of the day, Google also announced the Chromecast Ultra, new version of your small (and successful) accessory that turns any TV into a smart TV powerful.
The new model preserves the design of the previous version, but now supports 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision, as well as an external Ethernet port integrated into the cable for more reliable connections. The Chromecast Ultra costs $ 69 and will be available in December; to keep up with the release, Google Play Movies will soon offer 4K content.
In terms of connectivity, the company announced the Google WifiIt's your first own router that has a number of cards up its sleeve. The apparatus is modular, allowing multiple units to be installed within a home / office, creating a unique and intelligent network that directs devices to the fastest or least used frequency.
One app allows the user to granularly manage all aspects of their network, as well as limiting access to certain people simply by pressing a pause button. The device will be available in December, costing $ 129 a unit or $ 299 in a three-pack.
Finally, we also saw the announcement of Google Homeis an intelligent home assistant along the lines of Amazon Echo. The mixed speaker with J.A.R.V.I.S. had already been demonstrated at Google I / O in May, but now we know more about its capabilities (such as natural language, the ability to connect to other devices like TV and the willingness to work together) if there is more than a Google Home in the house, they themselves decide which one should answer the user's call, for example.
Google Home will also come with a six-month subscription to YouTube Red (the YouTube version focused on music and original content) and will cost $ 129, also with a three-unit package costing $ 299. The bottom of the interchangeable device and various colors / finishes will be available. He begins to be dispatched on November 4.
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