After Amazon, Microsoft and Apple itself, it was time for the Google to present their weapons by the end of the year and the beginning of 2020. And the Mountain View giant came strong: After months of leaks (some even her own), the company showed a solid line, full of interesting news and some nods. to Brazil, including. Let's take a look at everything.
The first of the news of the day, of course, is the new smartphones from Google. As tradition in the line, the Pixel 4 it's the Pixel 4 XL They are identical in almost everything except, of course, in size (physical, battery and screen / resolution); The company's focus remains on the photographic power of smartphones and on new technologies that may help users.
To start, we have for the first time in the Pixel line a system of dual camera at the rear, with a 16MP telephoto lens and a 12MP “Dual-pixel” wide-angle sensor. Most innovations, as usual, are in the software: we have a way Live HDR which features dual exposure controls and a real-time preview of how the final image looks; an automatic white balance adjustment uses machine learning to make all photos look as realistic as possible.
The famous night mode (Night sight) has also gained improvements, and now has a specific feature (called "astral photography") to capture starry skies, planets or satellites; You can simply leave the phone idle for a few minutes in the correct position and the software will take into account factors such as rotation and ground translation and movements made by the device itself.
Another innovation of the Pixels 4 is at the front and explains the huge upper edge of the gadgets. The call Motion sense, the trade name of what Google once called Project Soli, basically a radar installed inside your phone that detects your presence and opens up a range of possibilities.
For starters, it allows the devices to have the fastest face sensor on the market, with the radar working with the front camera to detect the user's face before he even picks up the phone. There is no information about the reliability of the feature, but considering that it has come to completely replace fingerprinting, it is considered that Google has put in-depth security technologies here.
THE Motion sense It has other cards up its sleeve: It lets the device know when you're around and lets Always-On Display turned on only at those times. If an alarm or call is ringing and Pixel 4 realizes that you are reaching for it, the sound is diminished. And you can perform basic gestures, such as sliding your hand over the device, to silence alarms / calls or to pass tracks on a radio service. streaming.
The new smartphones also feature 5.7-inch (FHD +, Pixel 4) and 6.3-inch (QHD +, Pixel 4 XL) OLED HDR displays with a refresh rate of 90Hz putting the smartphones next to the iPad Pro with ProMotion screens (in the sense of displaying much more fluid and realistic animations in the case of the tablet, we are talking about 120Hz refresh rate screens). We also have a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage, narrow speakers, IP68 certification and a machine learning neural coprocessor.
The resource Active edge allows you to "squeeze" the sides of your smartphone to activate Google Assistant, which in turn has come to Pixel 4 in a new version. Now there's “near-zero latency” voice processing, 10x faster responses, and several new techniques, such as the ability to “take your place” when you are put on hold on a call (the assistant will simply send you a notification when you go answered). It also has new integrations with native apps and processes commands on the device itself instead of the cloud.
The new midwife smartphones from $ 800 (Pixel 4) and $ 900 (Pixel 4 XL) in color Just Black (black), Clearly White (White). and “Oh So Orange” (orange, limited edition). Presales start today, and sales will begin in the United States next Thursday (24/10) by the country's largest carriers, a fact that Google has always preferred to work with one or two phones.
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Google has also introduced the new generation of its new wireless headsets that now only fully wireless, without a cord connecting the two ends. The new ones Pixel Buds They feature a new long-distance Bluetooth connection that lets you use them up to three rooms or a football field away from your smartphone. On devices running Android 6.0 or higher, you can connect your headphones with just one tap.
Headphones also feature all kinds of software tricks. Sensors detect when Pixel Buds are removed from your ear, and others can "read" your voice by moving your jaw to ensure that your Google Assistant commands will be understood even in noisy environments. Speaking of which, the assistant is deeply integrated into the headphones and can be accessed with a simple voice command.
Pixel Buds feature a touch-sensitive surface for music, call and volume control; the design of the headphones in-ear, but an opening at the bottom allows ambient sounds to pass through. Oh, and yet another software trick, the headphones can detect when someone is talking to you and turn the volume down automatically.
In terms of battery, the headphones last 5 hours on a charge; Combining this with the refills provided by the case, we have 24 hours of use; Pixel Buds also bring resistance to water and sweat. The only problem is availability: According to Google, the phones will be released only between March and June 2020, so $ 180.
The little Nest mini (new version of the Google Home Mini, now that the nomenclature "Google Home" has been discontinued) was also announced at today's event, and its biggest news for us, Brazilians, at least that the device will be Google's first smart speaker to land in our beloved republic; There is already a Portuguese page for the product, stating that it will be available here "soon" and inviting users to join a waiting list.
Even almost identical to its predecessor, the Nest Mini has some new cards up its sleeve. The sound, for example, is superior, with bass reproduction up to 2x better; We now have three microphones (against the two before) to hear from anywhere. The processor is faster and allows you to connect multiple speakers around the house, creating a single sound system; A presence sensor causes the Nest Mini to light up as you approach to control its volume.
The accessory is also able to detect ambient noise and increase or decrease playback volume so that you can hear the assistant or your music even if some noise comes in your presence. In addition, the Nest Mini also has a built-in stand for you to attach it to the wall, like a frame, and its fabric cover is made 100% with recycled plastic bottles.
The Nest Mini will be launched in the US next Tuesday (22/10) by $ 50. There is still no information about the price of the device in Brazil, but we will be aware.
Google also combined its Assistant with routers: with the new Nest Wifi, you can configure your home internet with strategically located devices (via so-called networks). mesh, or mesh) that, guess what, also respond to your voice commands, answer questions, and perform tasks.
We have a main device, the Router (Router), which can be connected to Points (Dots), secondary devices that extend the range of your Wi-Fi network to other places in the house. A combination of one Router it is a Point enough to cover a 350m house for example but it is worth noting that only the Point has built-in Google Assistant.
The Wizard can also be used here to control the home network with a little help from the Google Wifi app. You can, for example, ask him to “pause the children's internet” at bedtime.
Nest Wifi be sold in bundles, all with a Router: the two-piece kit comes out for $ 270while the bundle with a trio of devices cost $ 350; the devices are backwards compatible with Google Wifi routers and will be launched in the US on November 4th. There is, unlike Nest Mini, mention about launching in Brazil.
Do you think it's over? Because Google also presented the Pixelbook Go, the most affordable Chromebook ever made by the company. Starting from $ 650, the laptop has ultra-slim design and satisfactory specifications including a 13.3-inch screen (which, depending on configuration, can be Full HD or 4K), Intel m3, Core i5 or i7 processors, 8GB or 16GB RAM and 64GB storage and 128GB. The model with Full HD screen can handle 12 hours away from the socket.
Unlike previous Google creations, we don't have a convertible screen here or anything like that; the Pixelbook Go a laptop and that's it. But it has its charms, such as a textured bass (designed to carry your computer more firmly in your hands), a pair of slim speakers and a trackpad multitouch generously sized. He runs of course the Chrome OS.
The Pixelbook Go is already pre-sold in the US, in black version (pink version will be available soon), and will reach the shelves of the country on October 28th.
Finally (phew!), Google announced the release date of its gaming platform by streaming. THE Stadia arrive on the day November 19th to the following countries: Germany, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Sweden. There is still no information about Brazil.
In the US, the Stadia Pro cost $ 10 a month, with game library access (which already boasts renowned titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey), 4K broadcast at 60fps, HDR and sound surround 5.1.
Your gaming progress is saved in the cloud and accessible on any compatible device. Next year players will also be able to take advantage of Stadia for free, in a model where games will be purchased individually (in this case, gaming will be limited to 1080p).
An access kit called Founder’s Edition, is already being sold by Google for $ 130 and features a Chromecast Ultra unit, a navy blue controller and two three-month Stadia Pro subscriptions; Those who purchase this package will be able to access platform j on the day of the premiere.
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