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Google Chromecast Gets an Upgrade, Google Home Support

11 October 2018

The much-awaited event to announce a slew of products by Google was held in NY on Tuesday and leading the pack were undoubtedly the Google Pixel smartphones, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. However, the Slate can be configured with up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB and 256GB of storage, specs more fitting of Google's aspirations of a laptop replacement. You also get a dual-window feature, similar to the Snap feature on Windows devices, which should help Google live up to that productivity claim.

Google is also likely to roll out several other gadgets, including new version of its "smart" Home speaker, a rumored tablet with a detachable keyboard and an update to its Chromecast streaming device, based on media leaks. (The iPad Pro doesn't even have a touchpad.) Pinch-zoom and two-finger scrolling were quick and responsive.

Shares of Alphabet barely moved on the announcements.

It works with Google's Assistant and hardware. "They come at the intersection of AI, hardware and software working together".

Verizon touted the camera's functionality, saying that thanks to new AI functionality, it can select the best shot from motion photos.

Expanding geographic distribution should provide a small boost to the Pixel line-up. The new Pixel 3 comes with an IP68 rating, whereas the older Pixel 2 used to come with an IP67 rating. It's the first time Google has embraced the format, which Apple adopted a year ago with its ballyhooed iPhone X. If accurate, that's when the Pixel 3 should be available in stores across the world. Touch interfaces on desktop sites can lead to some pretty mixed results, so hopefully Google knows what they're doing here. "But as a lot of the technology advancements become more naked to the eye, it becomes that much tougher to sell". However, both the phones are rated now at IP68 versus the IP67 of the Pixel 2.

Otherwise, why on Earth else would enormo-publisher Conde Nast have agreed to use its new Google Pixel smartphones for its most recent magazine cover shoots?

Google is also hiring photographer Annie Leibovitz to take pictures with the new Pixel in an effort to persuade consumers that its camera is superior. In response, Google doubled warranties to two years.

The Pixel Stand is a wireless charger to power up your phone.

Google said it would augment distribution by opening two temporary stores in popular neighborhoods of Chicago and NY on October 18 and putting up displays at USA tech retailer B8ta and Goop.

In the morning, the stand will adjust your Pixel 3 screen's brightness in a way that "mimics the sunrise", and shows you that day's weather, what's on your schedule, and how long it will take you to get to work.

Although Google achieved a fair bit of success with some Google Nexus phones in India back in the past (such as the Nexus 5), the company has not been able to make a mark with the Google Pixel phones. They will be sold in 11 other countries, including the United States, Australia and Singapore.

The nod to privacy concerns comes as Google and other big US tech companies try to bounce back from recent data breach scandals.

Google Chromecast Gets an Upgrade, Google Home Support