Google Pixel: Getting to know the Android hero and its crew

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We’re nearly halfway through October but it looks like the tech calendar is far from over. As we all know by now, what was supposed to be an epic battle between the latest iPhone and Galaxy Note has ended in an explosive disaster. With Samsung on the losing side, all eyes are on Google as it enters the battlefield to uphold Android’s fortress of pride.

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Pic/James Bareham, The Verge

On October 4th, Google unveiled 5 new devices that promise to reinvent your mobile user experience.  Let’s take a look at each of them and see if the real deal has managed to meet the expectations the hype has set.


The pack leader

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL
International shipping weight – 2 kg

Quick specs – Google Pixel has a 5-inch screen with a high-definition 1080p display. Pixel XL, on the other hand, has a Quad HD panel on its 5.5-inch screen size. Storage capacity for both ranges from 32GB to 128GB and with a 4GB RAM. Both devices will also be running on Android 7.1 Nougat straight out of the box.

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Key features – Google’s effort to level up its mobile game seems to have paid off with Pixel and Pixel XL. The 12-megapixel rear shooter alone has already won the highest score of 89 points in DxOMark’s mobile camera category, beating HTC 10, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Sony Xperia X Performance.

Both Pixel devices are also designed for a high-end virtual reality experience and ultrafast, multiple connectivity. With the aid of other Google devices, Pixel and Pixel XL have become forces to reckon with.

Google Assistant – Part of the Pixel’s deal is Google’s mission to change the user interface from touch to voice technology. Google Assistant aims to pave and cement the path towards the ultimate interaction between technology and its user — conversation.

Price and release date – Premium devices are expected to have an equally premium price range. The 5-inch Google Pixel starts at $649 for the 32GB storage and $749 for the 128GB version. If you want the larger phone, the 32GB Pixel XL costs $769 and $869 with the 128GB storage. Both devices are slated for release on October 20th and are now available for preorder.


The rest of the squad

It is no longer a secret that the Pixel and Pixel XL are on the upper-class level of the mobile hierarchy, software-wise especially. These devices, however, can’t achieve their full potential on their own. They need the right hardware’s help, and Google has made sure to provide Pixel and Pixel XL with high-end accompaniments.

Plush virtual reality

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Daydream View Headset
International shipping weight – 3.5 kg

Bid Google VR adieu as Google takes its Virtual Reality technology to a higher level of sophistication with the Daydream View. Dressed in a “soft and cozy” fabric, Daydream is a definite upgrade from its cardboard brother not just in viewing experience, but also in aesthetics.


Ultrafaster than ever

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Chromecast Ultra
International shipping weight – 1 kg

You can now stream HDR, Dolby Vision, and 4K content from your mobile phone to your television using Chromecast Ultra. This version also has an Ethernet port integrated into its power adapter. Preorders for Chromecast Ultra will start in November.


Network routing made easier

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Google Wifi
International shipping weight – 1 kg

Set up router points and manage your home network using Google Wifi’s partner application. Through the app, you can easily control who can use the Internet and maintain maximum coverage no matter which part of the house you’re in.


Your smart home assistant

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Google Home
International shipping weight – 2 kg

Google Home works just like Google Assistant only that it covers a wider range than the feature in your device. The speaker operates by using a set of voice commands and can work on multiple units (run your television and music player with the help of Chromecast, etc.) all for the user’s convenience.

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All devices are now available for preorder at madeby.google.com.


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