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#MadeByGoogle: Google gets serious on hardware
vportiz
October 4, 2017
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Here is everything that was announced.

Google just concluded its #MadeByGoogle keynote that revealed a plethora of devices that solidifies the company’s vision of making its own high-quality hardware. Google CEO Sundar Pichai opened the keynote with a short message for the recent tragedies that had happened. After that, it didn’t waste time in announcing all the new hardware that they have in the pipeline.

Here’s a rundown of everything Google has revealed:

Google Pixelbook – A 4-in-1 notebook that weighs only 1.1 kilograms. The Pixelbook will run Chrome OS and will have Google Assistant built-in. It features a 12.3-inch touchscreen and runs on the latest Core i5 and Core i7 processors. It also supports Google Play, meaning that nearly all your Android apps can run on the Pixelbook. Also releasing is the Google Pixelbook Pen, a stylus that’s described as the perfect companion to the Pixelbook. Pricing starts at $999 for the Pixelbook and $99 for the Pixelbook Pen.

Google Home Mini / Google Home Max – Basic and beefed up versions of the already great Google Home, these new smart speakers have something for everyone. Mini is smaller than a donut and projects 360-degree sound in all directions. Best of all, the Mini only costs $49.

The larger and more powerful Max will have 4.5-inch woofers that’s 20 times more powerful than the original Google Home. Max will have Bluetooth and AUX support so you can connect external audio sources and of course, will be powered by Google Assistant. The Max will cost $399 and will be available later this year.

Google Pixel 2 – Pretty much confirming all the leaks, the Pixel 2 will come in two sizes, the standard 5-inch Pixel 2 and the larger 6-inch Pixel 2 XL. Both smartphones feature nearly identical specs, with the XL getting an 18:9 taller aspect ratio and edge-to-edge display. The headphone jack has now been removed so all audio accessories will pass through the USB-C port (or you can always go wireless).

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will run Android 8.0 Oreo, and will have an Always-On display that has a new Now Playing feature that tell you the song that’s playing in your surroundings without you doing anything.

But the best feature of these new smartphones has to be the camera. In fact, DxOMark just gave the Pixel 2 a score of 98 – the highest score ever on a smartphone camera. This easily beats the scores of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, who are tied with a score of 94.

Google also put emphasis on the cameras so that it does more than just shoot images. The new cameras support AR, which will be enhanced by the software and machine learning.

The Google Pixel 2’s price start at $649 and the Google Pixel 2 XL’s price will start at $849.

A new Daydream View VR headset is also being made available to accompany the Pixel 2 and other Daydream-compatible smartphones.

Google Pixel Buds – Since the Pixel no longer supports a headphone jack, the Pixel Buds steps in to be its perfect accessory. It comes in a nifty case that also charges them so you can listen to them for almost a full day. There’s Google Assistant built-in, so you can ask questions while wearing them.

But the best feature of the Pixel Buds is the live translation feature. Speak into the headphones and it will automatically translate it to any of the supported 40 languages.

Google Pixel Buds will also be compatible to any Android smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher and will retails for $159.

Google Clips – Probably the most interesting product Google has revealed is Clips. It’s a small hands-free camera that can capture spontaneous moments. You simply position it any way you like and it will automatically capture images and video. It uses machine learning techniques to determine when to take the right image. The images wirelessly sync to Google Photos, so it’s immediately available anywhere.

Google Clips will retail for $249 and will be available soon.

These products are great, though the main hurdles is that these devices will only be available in select countries. You can always find a way to get them here, but it would be great if Google starts rolling out these devices in more countries.

So which #MadebyGoogle device do you like the most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

by vportiz

Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech – you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming. Follow him on Twitter at @vp_ortiz17