Google unveiled a raft of new products at its annual autumn event, including the Pixel phone, the Daydream View headset, a new Chromecast and the Google Home speaker, an AI-powered rival to the Amazon Echo.
From phones boasting unlimited photo storage to immersive virtual reality experiences, here are the new devices and features Google is rolling out.
Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will have Google Assistant built in, giving users quick access to everything from photos and calendars. Google Assistant can also take care of daily tasks like booking reservations and providing real-time traffic information.
The phones get seven hours of battery life when charged for just 15 minutes, according to the company.
The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL will come in black, silver, and blue, and will be available for $649 or a monthly payment of $27. Pre-orders start Tuesday on the Google Store in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Google Home plays music, answers questions using Google Search, and manages everyday tasks. Users can give hands-free commands via voice, with a mute microphone option for turning it off.
Google Home is available for pre-order through the Google Store, and will hit retail stores on November 4.
The new Chromecast supports 4K video streaming, with access to YouTube’s catalog of 4K movies, and new 4K content from Google Play, which will launch in November.
The new version loads content 1.8 times faster, the company announced, and will be available in November for $69.
Google's new expandable system allows for stronger Wi-Fi coverage in the home, using multiple Wi-Fi points that work together to offer a consistently strong signal.
There will also be a mobile app you can use to manage your family's Wi-Fi, with pre-orders starting in November at $129 for a single pack and $299 for a pack of three.
Virtual Reality Headset
Google’s Daydream virtual-reality platform will include new headsets created out of fabrics for increased comfort and wireless controllers with built-in sensors to enable users to have a VR experience from their phones.
Google is partnering with various companies to bring playful VR options to life, including a new experience from “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and educational opportunities with companies like Star Chart—an app that lets you explore the solar system.
Users will also have VR access with Google's Street View, letting you get up-close tours of famous sights from unique perspectives, like through the eyes of a sheep in the Faroe Islands. Google is also creating 150 curated tours of the world's most incredible destinations for VR tours. The headphones come out this November at $79.
Future Integration of Google Assistant
Google also announced that it is working with partners to eventually allow partners the ability to use the Google Assistant to interact with users.
If a user wants to hail an Uber, they can use Google Assistant to hail the car, at which point Uber will jump in and ask where the user would like to go, for example.
The company said it plans to roll out the feature sometime next year, with more details coming in the next few months.