Gone are the days when “Google it” means you open your browser, type google.com, then key in the idea you are looking for. Google may have long been (and still is) a search engine for most of us, but its recent event proved it is more than that.
At this recently held Google Pixel 2 event, this “technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products” announced seven cool gadgets we should be expecting in the very near future. (Thanks, Wikipedia, for the company information.)
Google Gadgets List
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
The highlight of the event is, of course, Google’s latest flagship phone (or phones, rather): the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. These two phones are similar in a lot of ways except for the screen size, screen type, battery size, and some hardware designs.
One of the key features of these phones is the OLED screen that has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio as the maker claims, which is darned better than the fruit of temptation’s 1,400:1. (We mean the 8.)
Design-wise, Google has chosen to track the more pragmatic route. You won’t find any wow factor when you see either of the two phones. You’ll probably say meh, but everything on the phone works as expected so why bother?
Speaking of pragmatic, the headphone jack is now gone on both phones too although we’re not very sure that is practical.
But all in all, you get most of what you need from a phone’s physical attributes with the Pixel and Pixel 2 including a grippable aluminum finish.
Other than that, you get pretty standard specs such as the Android Oreo OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 12 and 8 megapixels for rear and front cameras respectively, 4GB of RAM, and Bluetooth 5.0.
Prices are $649 and $849 for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Plus respectively for the 64GB storage. Add $100 for either of these phones and you get the 128GB.
Google Pixel Buds
As mentioned above, the latest flagship phones kissed the headphone jack goodbye. But the good news is Google is giving us a solution for that—the Pixel Buds. The bad news is it’s not for free. For $160, you get these earphones similar to the AirPods but with a cable that holds the two together.
Aside from the slight advantage of not losing either of these earphones, Pixel Buds claims to foster world peace by having the Google Translate feature. This intends to translate almost any foreign language you encounter in real time.
OK, that will not ensure world peace, but at least you’ll understand it when someone calls you 바보 then you can react accordingly.
Rumors and leaks have been circulating the web about the latest Chromebook otherwise known as Pixelbook, and today Google has put those to rest with the launch of its third iteration of the Chromebook Pixel laptop.
To be honest, when we think of Chromebooks or Pixelbooks, we think of reference designs that were too much ahead of their time and only a few people could benefit from (read Google employees). But the newest Pixelbook seems to be targeting a wider audience this time.
Undoubtedly, it is still running the Chrome OS, which allows for Android apps installation. But what might make you dig it are its inner specs and bells and whistles that can compete with almost any full-fledged laptop.
To start off, you get at least 128GB of storage. That may not be much compared to other laptops, but set side by side with the old Chromebooks that had merely 16GB of storage space, this is already a big leap.
You also get either Intel Core i5 or i7, 16 GB of RAM, and a touchscreen with 2,560 x 1,700 resolution display.
On top of that, you can get the Pixel Pen (sold separately) and doodle your ideas any time you want. But what sets this pen from the ones from Apple and Microsoft is that it can activate Google Assistant. Yep, it can go from the assistant mode to the drawing mode on the fly.
Regarding the design, you get an all-glass back and a 360o hinge that lets you turn the keyboard into a stand or type with the screen facing the other way (seriously?), and a 10mm thickness. In other words, its like Surface and MacBook made love to each other and Pixelbook is their lovechild.
You can get the Pixelbook starting at the price of $999.
Google Home Max
If you like Apple Homepod or Sonos, check out Home Max too. This voice-activated speaker includes dual 4.5-inch subs and tweeters that hopefully make the sound balanced and clear. (Nathan Ingraham from Engadget says it does.)
It comes in white or black slab with a fabric covering and measures 13.2 in x 7.4 in x 6.0 in. The good thing about Max is you can place it either horizontally or vertically depending on your available space.
The better part is it works with Google Assistant; the best part is that it has smart audio features that adjust the sound depending on the location.
Home Max is priced at $399.
Google Home Mini
The smaller version of Google Home and the better-looking version of Amazon Echo Dot (at least for us) is the Home Mini.
It doesn’t differ much from its big brother in terms of capabilities and access to Google Assistant, but with a diameter of approximately four inches, this is a perfect choice for small spaces.
Note, though, that it only comes with one speaker so do not expect an elegant sound system.
Get yours for only $50.
Google Daydream View
Google’s new wave of phone VR is still the easiest to use but much more comfortable than the old version.
As with the old Daydream, the new one is intended to extend your phone’s screen across your field of vision. And with the help of some apps and the included controller, you may be transported into a virtual world that transforms you into a Jedi, a fisherman, etc.
It may not be as powerful as the VR headsets we’ve come to know, but it works well with any compatible mobile phone and is a whole lot cheaper at $99, so we got that going for us which is nice (insert meme here).
Plus, the cushy fabric cover is cozy too.
For those who are into spying, Google has just created a $249 cracker-sized camera that you can clip onto almost anything and will snap photos at random moments. It relies on artificial intelligence to recognize ambient lighting, expressions, and framing.
It can also capture motion pictures sans the audio for several seconds.
This is great for those unexpected moments where we’d always say, “I wish I had that on camera.”
These cool new gadgets from Google prove that “Google it” may no longer be understood the same way in the very near future.