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Google's October 4 event recap : Here's everything Google launched

05 October 2017 5

Google started the event by explaining the accomplishments it achieved in the area of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Well, it was necessary as the company is moving from the mobile-first to AI-first world. Google’s CEO explained that it’s time to shift the focus from the smartphones to the machine-learning, which is part of the artificial intelligence.

Pichai showcased an example that how Google Maps together with the power of machine learning is able to detect the images and thus helps the people in knowing even the unknown streets.

Google in a transition from a mobile-first to AI-first world

Giving an introduction at the start was quite necessary as Google’s every announcement made yesterday is built around the AI features. Automate Machine Learning or simply AutoML is becoming more efficient and accurate than that of the hand-tuned algorithms. Google said that the AutoML is now quite efficient in detecting the images. And, this accomplishment has now been added to the hardware that the company launched. Even that tiny camera is holding that essence.

Google announced that Neural machine translation now understands 96 languages and does 2 billion translations per day.

Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini is a compact version of the Google Home, the company launched last year. Its function is similar to the Google Home. You simply need to say prefix your question or command with "hey Google," and the Google Home Mini will produce the desired result. The introduction was more about the design than the functionality of the device since we are already aware of its role.

Google Home Mini is quite compact and has a round shape. The device will compete with the likes of Amazon Echo Dot. Google Home Mini holds a clean, cloth-topped design and it's hoped to replace the kitchen timers, recipe books, radio, light switches, air-conditioning control, and even your bedside alarm clock. The price of the Google Home Mini is just $49.

Google Home Max

Another product from Google that holds the machine learning essence is the Google Home Max, which is a smart speaker coming for $399. Google Home Max is a tabletop speaker or you can also call it the multiroom WiFi speaker. The smart speaker spices up your space with impressive and crisp sound.

Now, this gadget is also bound with the string of AI. It's smart because it recognizes the noise in the room and controls the audio volume accordingly. Google put an example, let's say you're listening to the songs while working in the kitchen and you started washing dishes, Home Max will recognize the noise and will adjust the audio itself so that you never miss a beat.

It's really really loud and pumps out the sound with more than 20 times more power than Google Home.

Google Pixelbook

Google also launched the Pixelbook, which is a high-end thin and light convertible with Google Assistant built-in and comes with Pixelbook Pen. It features a 12.3-inch display and can be flipped 360-degree so that you could also use it like a tablet. It has a dedicated button to summon the Google Assistant or you can simply call "Ok Google," to get the work done.

You can get it with a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, as much as 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of memory. Pixelbook runs Chrome OS, so you get latest security updates.

The price of the Pixelbook high-end Chromebook is $999 and the cost of the Pixelbook Pen is $99.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Well, the major announcements made by Google were indeed the second-generation Pixel phones. The Pixel 2 may not look anything better in design than the first-generation but the Pixel 2 XL gets a serious design change and it looks quite mesmerizing. The main highlight of the Pixel 2 is the camera that scores the highest on the DxOMark rating. Google used "dual-pixel" camera as opposed to the dual rear camera setup that most of the flagships today are. Both have 12MP dual-pixel rear camera and an 8MP front-facing camera

They both are powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and coupled with 4GB RAM and come in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. Pixel 2 has a 5-inch screen that measures 1920x1080 pixels, and the Pixel 2 XL comes with a 6-inch display with 2880x1440 pixels resolution. Both are OLED screens, thus offer deeper black and better pictures. Pixel 2 XL has a bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ration; both have the always-on display.

Both the phones have a unique quality, known as "Active Edge" that lets you squeeze the edge of the display to call up certain actions. As you might know, this feature was first introduced on HTC U11. The price of Pixel 2 is $649 and the Pixel 2 XL costs $849.

Pixel Buds

Google's main ingredient that spices up just everything is its personal assistant. Yes, Google Assistant is even present in the newly launched Pixel Buds. You can long press the sides of the earbuds to call the Google Assistant.

These are the wireless earbuds and can be thought of the rival of Apple Pods at $159. You can tap the side to play or pause your music, swipe forward and back to change volume.

The best part is they also have Google Translate built-in, with the capability to translate languages in real time.

Google Clips

Google has even applied the power of AI behind the tiniest lenses. Yes. Google launched a plethora of products at its event happened in San Francisco. Some were surprises as we didn't hear about them before through any kind of rumor. And, this Google Clips is part of our surprise. This cute little camera captures your undefined moments in a much-defined way.

It has been trained to capture soundless videos. In the demo, Google shows that an LED light blinks when the camera is on. It has a 12MP sensor and a 130-degree field-of-view lens and takes photos at 15 fps. You can export them in GIFs, videos, or photos. Google Clips is priced at $249.

Daydream View

Google also announced the second-generation Daydream VR headset that comes with a wider field of view and a better overall viewing experience.

Google announced the new content coming to Daydream, including a new original YouTube series in VR. You can pre-order it now, starting at $99.

AR stickers

Well, Google is also doing its efforts in the AR industry and those powerful cameras on Pixel 2 devices have been employed for a reason. The phones together with powerful processors will handle the augmented reality well.

Google showed off a collection of AR stickers that is coming to the Pixel 2 devices' camera. These stickers can be dragged and dropped to the viewfinder at any time. The inclusion of these stickers in the camera is quite seamless and the output of your images looks quite lively.

Google Home new features and capabilities

Google Home gets new features, these include Voice Match and Broadcast. You would have guessed the work of the first feature right. The Voice Match recognizes the voice of its master and thus tailors everything accordingly. For instance, if it has recognized you then it will be more easy and fast to dial your contacts. It's like matching the voice of the users first and then take out the responses from a separate database that belongs to the particular user who's calling it up.

The next up feature is the Broadcast, which is able to transmit a message to all Google Home devices around the house.

Furthermore, the Hands-free calling feature is now getting expanded to the UK customers. So, users will be able to use their regular phone number to make calls. The feature would be helpful in relaying your message to the every part of the home, well, if you have a big home and many Google Home devices.

Google also announced that the Google Home speaker will be released in Japan later this week.

Google also announced that Home speaker will work well with over 1000 products across a hundred brands but it claimed that deeper integrations would work well with Nest’s newer line of products. For instance, the users will be able to cast the live footage of Nest’s security cams right on their TV with the help of Google Chromecast.

Under "Made for Google" accessories program, Google has announced partnerships with several companies working in the smartphone accessories area. With the help of this program, the users will be able to find the third-party accessory easily.

This program will include phone cases, to USB-C earbuds, power adapters, and more, many of which are already available in the Google store alongside the company’s new hardware.

So, these were the announcements made by Google at an event in San Francisco.



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