Wow… Google really announced a whole lot of products at their Made by Google Event today! From the new Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL to the PixelBook and so much more for the Google Home family, it really is a lot to take in! Don’t worry though, we’re here to distill the biggest and best from the Made for Google event.
Made by Google Event Recap Highlights
The motto, and formula for Google’s future it seems, told to us frequently and enthusiastically is “Hardware + Software + AI.” Google being known for its strength in machine learning and artificial intelligence has gone all-in on integrating AI into its all of its devices and hardware from Google Home, Nest, and throughout the Pixel phones and Pixelbook line.
They are setting themselves distinctly apart in a very saturated field by proclaiming their design approach to hardware as “hardware built from the inside out.” It seems like they are a David against two different Goliaths (Apple & Amazon), but if anyone can dive into the hardware pool and make a splash, it’s Google. By integrating their tried and true, but most importantly trusted, Google Assistant into all devices, they should have some success bringing people into the Made by Google family product line beyond early adopters.
Google’s latest update of their first smartphone has been announced with the Pixel 2! Before we dive into the details, we are pretty excited to announce that we are an official Made for Google Partner and you can buy some of our accessories for the new Pixel 2 here. We will have SO MUCH MORE to announce on that front in the coming days ahead, but let’s talk Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL!
The new Pixel 2 comes in 2 sizes and 4 colors with the highest rated smartphone camera (again). You also receive unlimited free storage for your photos and videos at their original quality with Pixel 2. Pixel 2 also comes with Google Lens fully integrated, so that you can “search what you see”, and just one of the many examples of Google Assistant being robustly integrated into Google devices. More directly addressing the Google Assistant, you can now speak to it just like Apple’s Siri, but you can also now squeeze for real-time help from Google Assistant. Before we get into the specs of the device, for a limited time, you can buy a Pixel 2 and also get a free Google Home Mini, so don’t sit on this great deal!
- Pixel 2’s price starts at $649 and Pixel 2 XL’s price starts at $849
- Pixel 2 color choices are Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue. Pixel 2 XL color options are Just Black and Black & White
- Pixel 2: 5.7 x 2.7-in & Pixel 2 XL: 6.2 x 3.0 in
- Pixel 2 comes with a Cinematic 5.0 in (127 mm) display and Pixel 2XL comes with Fullscreen 6.0 inc (152 mm) display
- Pixel 2 has a 2700 mAh battery and Pixel 2XL has a 3520 mAh battery
- Both devices have 4 GB of RAM and storage options of 64 GB and 128 GB
- Both devices come with 12.2MP rear cameras and 8MP front cameras.
- Both devices come with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processors
Google’s new Pixelbook is the high performance Chromebook that you’ve always wanted, or aways wanted but didn’t know it yet. It’s not just a laptop because you can use it not one, two, or even three ways, but four different ways. You can use it in a more traditional laptop style, or fold into a tablet, or even stand it up. It’s very thin at 10.33 mm and it’s ready to go with a battery that can last all day. And guess what… IT COMES WITH GOOGLE ASSISTANT BUILT IN. Yes, it was really laid on thick that the Google Assistant is everywhere Google is now, but the value in bringing Google’s AI and machine learning skills will only mean much more robust and effective devices.
- Pixelbook’s price starts at $999
- Pixelbook comes with a solid state drive with 128 GB, 256 GB or 516 GB NVMe options
- You can choose from 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM
- The new laptop has a 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor
- Its 41 Whr battery lasts for 10 hours (or all day as Google puts it) and has fast charging for up to 2 hours of charge in 15 minutes
The biggest of the Google Home announcements (which there were many) is that Google has expanded its Google Home lineup three fold with a new version of the existing Google Home, but also adding Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. With these new products, combined with Nest’s new products and Google Chromecast, the internet of things in your home can look and feel a lot more like the Google of Things.
You probably already correctly assumed that you get the Google Assistant in all of these products, but what’s even better though, Google appears to have taken some design notes from Apple. The new Google Home products look sleek, stylish, and are able to seamlessly integrate into your home’s interior design.
And for all the Moshi lovers, supporters and fanatics, can you spot us on screen at the Made by Google Event?!?!?!