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Google Unveils New Phones, Speakers to Counter Amazon, Apple

Google Unveils New Phones, Speakers to Counter Amazon, Appleā€

Google's least expensive smart speaker begins at $49, while the Google Pixelbook will start at $999.

According to Google, its new Pixel Pen has nearly lag - registering only 10 milliseconds of latency and more than 2,000 levels of pressure-sensitivity.

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Google is all set to unveil the Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2, and Google Home Mini in its October 4 event, in addition to the Pixelbook and the new Daydream View.

Today, Google not only announced the Google Home Mini, but also a bigger Home device with better speakers. It features a 12.3-inch touchscreen with Quad HD LCD, as well as a wide trackpad, soft-touch keyboard, and a backlit design. There is no word on if or when the feature would be available natively on Pixel devices.

The much anticipated Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL - a follow-up of last year's Google Pixel - have been launched at a retail price of $649 and $849.

It is rumoured that Google is ditching the 3.5mm audio-jack from the new Pixel smartphones like the iPhones.

"It makes Google Home more accessible to more people in more rooms", Google's Isabelle Olsson said at a Wednesday event in San Francisco.

The Google Pixel could be touted as one of the best smartphones released a year ago.

Google's new Pen boasts a number of the same features as rival devices, including the Surface Pen and Apple Pencil. Popular leaks also showed us how the device will look like with pictures of the device's front and back panel which includes Pixel XL 2. Last week, Amazon announced the next generation of its Echo speaker, coming out in time for the holiday shopping season, will cost just $100, a price that Google decided not to match. With that said, one can also expect HTC's Edge Sense feature to arrive on the Google Pixel 2. For now, Google Chrome OS is compatible with Android apps and is already available on the Pixel phones.

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL: When will it be available in India? When you combine that concept with the ability to control your TV and various devices (lights, thermostat, etc.) through voice, it's easy to see how Google Home Mini could effectively make your home far more connected.



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