Today is the day. Google is hosting their event for the launch of the new Pixel phones and other device upgrades. Today we will see the launch of the new Pixel phones, variations of the Google Home, and possibly more surprises. You can find all information about what is expected at today’s event here.
Below is the YouTube live stream of the event that is being hosted by Google. Below that you can find the live blog we are providing. We will be providing more detailed posts of each new device later today. Enjoy!
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And the event is officially starting now.
Sunar Pichai, CEO, is on stage
Sundar is mentioning the tragic events in the past weeks
Google is working with relief agencies in affected areas
Google is increasing Machine Learning
Google Maps jokes
Sundar is showing the difficulty of Street View mapping Lagos. Showing that Machine Learning can identify the number with ease. Lagos is fully mapped!
Sundar is focusing on car parking in San Francisco, showing how much parking is free in areas
2 billion translations with Google per day
In an AI first world, it is believed that computers should adapt to people, not the other way round
Natural and seamless interaction with AI should be allowed.
Ambient AI is coming
AI needs to be thoughtfully contextual says Sundar
Fitness suggestions coming when you go to new cities. Great bonus!
Computers need to learn and adapt constantly over time
Sundar does not believe in toggling, automation should be coming
Automation should come to security and privacy too
Google wants to progress from automatic leave times.
Working on hardware and software together
At I/O AutoML was announced, today these are hand crafted by machine learning scientists
Google has improved AutoML in the past month by 82.3% precision
Google is trying to improve object detection
Google Lens is coming. What will it be?
AutoML has a new 43.2% accuracy from a previous 39.1% accuracy
Two sports players are communicating via Translate. Sundar wants this to be more automatic- more info coming later
Introducing Rick Osterloh
A few surprises apparently coming
Last year, the Pixel was announced along with Home, Daydream, WiFi
2000 new HTC engineers coming to Google team
Showing last year’s products
Lots of positivity
Rick is back
55 million Chromecast devices around world. WiFi is #1 mesh router. 100 million new unique feature snippets from web added to Google Assistant
Review of specs from last year’s Pixel
No longer looking for big leaps in the rest of the market.
Reimagining hardware from inside out. Integrating AI
Machine Learning is radically helpful
New Home devices coming from Rishi Chandra
Normal talking with Google Home
Launched in 5 new companies, launching in Japan later this week
Trained at scale with 5 million voice samples from different envronments. Best voice recognition in the world. Voice Match launched last year
Rolling out Voice Match to all devices. Hands-free calling be rolled out to the UK later this year. Today, you can call with your own number after verification. Voice Match verifies contacts with user
Isabelle, lead designer on stage
Google focus on design
Introducing Google Home Mini, officially
Sleeker and smoother
Google’s own materials
Lights and touch buttons still on the top under the fabric. 360 degree sound
3 colours: grey, red, and black
Is an Amazon Echo Dot competitor, retailing at $49
Online pre-order today. Coming to all 7 countries.
Smaller than a donut apparently. Full Google Home features
Rishi is back
Soon to be expanding routines
I personally will be switching to the Home Mini from my Echo Dot
Smart home voice control of over 1000 products
Home should adjust to you, working with Nest. CTO of Nest coming to stage
Home should take care of the people inside, and the world around it
More intelligent integration with Google and Nest products
Familiar Faces will be used on Nest Doorbell to recognise visitors. It will automatically broadcast name to Google Home devices
Will also stream doorbell to TV
With a Chromecast of course
Applause is well deserved. Rishi is coming back
Can broadcast a message to all Google Home devices on a network
Family linked accounts, parents can monitor under-13s Google accounts
Google Home will read stories. Partnership with Google to bring stories with Disney characters voices
Introducing a speaker with Google Assistant built-in
A music speaker, not a new addition to the existing Home. Called Google Home Max.
Dual 4.5″ woofers for maximum bass. 20x Louder than Google Home
Introducing Smart Sound to automatically change the sound for optimum sound. Can be done in seconds after moving location
Support for all music streaming services. Supports Cast and Bluetooth
Can play music specific for user with Voice Match. Base is magnetic. For any position. Seamless with multi-room. Available in December for $399. In black and grey. US only in December. Free 12 month YouTube Music in box
Coming to other countries next year
Approved by a Beta user
Can recognise tune and lyrics if you don’t know song name and will play the song
Matt Vokoun is on the stage
Talking about laptops now
Introducing Pixelbook- rumours were true!
Looks good, better performance. Built-in Assistant
Thinnest and lightest laptop made. 10mm thin. 1kg light
4 in 1: Laptop, Tablet, Stand for Screen, Tent Mode to Share Screen. Feels more natural than competitors. Glass inlay on lid like Pixel. 12.3″ touchscreen display. 235 ppi. Quad HD LCD. Soft touch keys and backlight.
Palm rejection on the touchpad. Intel i5 and i7 processor. Up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD
Auto WiFi connection via Pixel phone
Start up in seconds- as per usual
Usual auto updates
First laptop with Assistant built-in
Play Store features on the device
“OK Google” detection
Assistant key between Ctrl and Alt keys
Pixel Pen- press button for assistant. Smart features, such as circling of images- works like on-screen detection. Circle words for more info. Touch stylus. Works in touchscreen mode.
10ms of latency brings quickest and most reliable stylus
Already mentioned Play Store features on the device
Snapchat working with Google to develop app specific for Pixelbook.
Showing the trailer
Dual colours in glass
Quality ad as usual
3 configurations: Starts at $999, pen is $99
Pre-order opens today in US, Canada and UK
Mario coming to the stage for the Pixel phones
Another high quality ad
Google believes in questioning the status quo
What if smartphone got smarter and simpler?
Introducing Google Pixel 2
Larger 6″ model with standard sized small model
Looks different. All aluminium body with hybrid body. Refined visor made of sturdy colour glass. Fingerprint sensor in usual position. Faster than on any other phone. Colour on power button. Front facing stereo speakers.
Blue, black and white. With stupid names. Again
Better POLED display. No headphone jack- USB-C adaptor included. Larger Pixel does not have the blue colour. Both have the same features. IP67 water and dust resistant. 7 hours of charge in 15 mins. All day battery. Daydream ready
New Always-On Display
Now Playing shows a song playing currently on phone. Automatic, no info sent to Google. Shown on Always-On Display
Tap on song title takes you to Assistant showing info about the song. Without unlocking device
Live demo- hopefully better than Craig at Apple!
New live wallpaper collection. Subtle movements. Looks great! At a glance space at the top showing updates on the day- will show calendar, traffic, and flight status. Wallpaper moves with the home screen. Better and faster performance. Pixel Ultra announcement soon. Active Edge: Squeeze on phone side (natural hold) brings up Google Assistant
Can identify intentional squeeze from an accidental one. Works with a case
Broadcast through phone to Google Home device at a home
Pixel includes Assistant routines
Pixel 2 will launch with pure Android Oreo
Same first updates OTA
Google Lens (like Bixby Vision).
Tap lens icon, get quick info of key details in an image
Identifies art, movies, books, albums, places
Identifies small parts in each photo. Knowledge Graph is extending. Search in an instant
Over 95% accuracy rating. As good as humans!
Preview of Lens to Pixel users first
Improved AR with new Pixel
AR stickers built-in to camera. Exclusive for Pixel 2 devices
Sticker moves and acts with surroundings
Use multiple live stickers at once. They interact with one another
Pixel 2 camera optimized for AR
Takes better photos, Mario is coming back
teampixel Last year DXOMark 89 score.
This year the DXOMark has issued a 98 mark on the Pixel 2. Never matched or beaten by any smartphone. EVER!
In every shot a small burst is taken, they are all combined for an improved photo with optimum features. No shutter lag. Happens instantly. Optical and automatic image stabilisation. Brings portrait mode
Pixel 2 has only one camera. Uses AI for portrait mode
Trained on millions of photos
Portrait mode photos in front camera too.
Less motion blur even in low light. Supports motion photos (like iOS Live Photos). 3 seconds
Beta tester examples coming now
Images look incredible teampixel
Pixel 2 users will get free unlimited storage for images and videos. In the highest resolution. Pixel users take 2x as many photos as iOS users.
Automatic sorting in Google Photos is improving.
Wireless charging assumed but not mentioned
10 mins or less transfer from old phone. All photos, apps, and messages. Includes iMessages
Standard size 64GB is $649
XL is $849 for 64GB
Available in the usual 7 countries. Support with the Live Pixel cases
Google Home Mini included with each Pixel 2 purchase (small and large) for limited time. In most (not all) countries
Looks like a killer device. Review will be coming ASAP! 🙂
Gorilla glass and 24/7 support also included
Juston Payne on stage
New Daydream View headsets. Updated. New lineup of colours- match the new Pixel and Google Home colours. Widest field of view. Updated fabric
More than 250 high quality VR apps for Daydream. High quality video content coming. IMAX films coming on Play Store. Free for Pixel 2 purchasers
Amazing bonuses with the Pixel 2
Updated Daydream for $99
Pixel Buds- Google’s headphones. Bluetooth. Touch controls. Instant access to Assistant when paired. Look great.
Notification alerts and text message reads. New real-time translation built-in
Demo on the stage now
Demo is working great
Uses built-in microphone
Support of 40 languages
Pocket sized charging case. 5 hours with each charge. Case holds 24 hours of charge. $159. Shipping in November. Pre-orders today. Same colours as Pixel 2 phones
One more device. It’s photography based
New camera type. Works with Pixel. Introducing Google Clips
High performance lens. Shutter button
Applies AI. Takes photos for you.
Clips onto anything
Clips captures the moment. AI develops over time. It knows what to take a photo of. Hands-free and pocket sized
Privacy and control is key. Has an indicator light. Looks for stable and clear shots. Identifies known people via Google Photos people albums. Nothing leaves Clips until user decides to save or share photo from phone
Clips looks great- so does the app. Takes motion photos. You can choose any frame to save as a high-res frame
Google Photos in app. Saves to the service
Coming soon (no date) for $249
“More easily” Hmmm?
Google Assistant is the base of all the new products. Great range!
All the products look great, sound incredible and will be really useful. The 2017 madebygoogle Family will be absolutely amazing. It is a next step in the technology game. Looking forward to the reviews coming soon. All products live on the store.google.com as of now. Trailers uploading to their YouTube.
More coverage of products coming soon.
I’m placing my pre-orders
End of the event.
Thank for tuning in! Hopefully you’re as excited as I am for the new products! Keep an eye out for our coverage later today