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Google is expected to focus on not just its new brand of smartphones, but also the official launch of Google Home, its Amazon Echo-like offering and other hardware like a 4K Chromecast and the much-talked about Daydream.
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Devices released by Google today: Google Pixel, Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Chromecast Ultra, Google Daydream View, Daydream controller
Rick Osterloh is back on stage
Embedded Google Assistant SDK also in the works to ensure that Assistant is device-agnostic
Actions on Google: developers.google.com/actions
Creating rich conversations and actions with Google's Assistant API for third-party developers...
Conversation Actions will concentrate more on conversational assistance, with the app/businesses in question itself
Direct Actions build upon voice commands partners have already programmed
Google Assistant new features: Actions on Google will have Direct Actions and Conversation Actions
Scott Huffman from the Google Assistant team on stage.
The base options for Google Home. Again, no gold or rose gold. Yay!
Here are the pricing options
Google Home will go on sale for $129, free 6 months trial of YouTube Red. Pre-orders for Google Home start today in the US
Google Home can play music on all Google Home speakers and Chromecast Audio devices around your house.
Google home will work with Philips, Sony, Toshiba, LG, Harman AV products
You can give commands such as "OK Google watch Stranger Things on TV" and Home will switch it on your TV via voice commands
Google Home can control your Chromecast as well
Google Home will work with Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Philips. Google Home can also be used to voice control your TV
Google Home can work in tandem with your smartphones, thanks to the underlying Assistant support
Google Home also lets you translate language using the underlying Google Assistant support
Google Home can also give you traffic information
Google Home music search is powered by Google. So you can query for a song like you would search on Google
The upper surface of Google Home is touch sensitive. It's also got LEDs that show when it's responding to OK Google.
Google Home supports YouTube Music, Spotify, TuneIn, Pandora, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio
Here are the Google Home's drivers. The base can be swapped to match your home.
Rishi Chandra on stage to demo Google Home
Google Home comes with swappable base in different colours
On the rear side is the mic mute button as well
Here's what to expect from Google Home
Google Home top has a capacitive touch pad and indicator LEDs. It has microphone systems to work even in noisy situations.
4 major points of Google Home: Enjoy Music, get answers from Google, manage everyday tasks and control devices at home.
Google Home announced
Chromecast Ultra to be available in November for $69
The Chromecast Ultra. This image says it all. I'm excited. I'm really excited.
Chromecast Ultra: Supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision and is 1.8x faster than previous generation Chromecast, comes with Ethernet support
Chromecast Ultra: Yuo can cast up to 4K content to your TV with 5.1 channel audio. Google Play Movies to roll out 4K content in November
30mn plus Chromecast devices sold last year
Google Wi-Fi will actively manage Wi-Fi and switch you to a better connection as required
Pre orders start in November and Shipping in December. Single pack $129 and 3-pack for $229
Google WiFi lets you manage the router through an app.
Network Assist will keep your signal strong to ensure you are on the right WiFi channel and there is no speed drop
Google WiFi is a modular wifi router and it works in tandem across rooms to increase the range of WiFi. Network Assist will actively manage and optimise your network
Google building onto the OnHub router technology. Google Wi-Fi announced
Mario Queiroz on stage to talk about Google Home
Daydream View and controller will go on sale in November for $79
Dinosaurs coming to life in Daydream.
We are just moments away from the announcement of Google's new range of Android smartphones that are expected to be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. But the 4 October event is supposed to be include a lot more than just smartphones. Google is expected to focus on not just its new brand of smartphones, but also the official launch of Google Home, its Amazon Echo-like offering and other hardware like a 4K Chromecast and the much-talked about Daydream.
While the Google's marketing and advertising campaigns points to just smartphones, we also have the Google Assistant that is expected to be integrated into its smartphones, cloud and Google Home, that should make it a lot smarter.
Coming to the smartphones, Google will have big explanation to give out as to why it plans to cull its Nexus lineup for the new premium Pixel range that is bound to compete with Apple's iPhones, with both features and price.
More details are expected to be given about Google Home as well. It awaits to be seen as to how Google combats Amazon's Echo and Alexa with its Home and Google Assistant since Amazon did have a pretty good headstart.
Everyone eyes, including Apple, will be on Daydream, a virtual reality project by Google that so far has been a well guarded secret. There's no clue about the hardware requirements but we do know that Google is planning a big launch for the same.