A Rundown of Announcements from Made by Google
Across the board, it’s been a whirlwind of a fall. We’ve seen a boatload of new products from Apple and Amazon, and now it’s Google’s turn. The company’s annual Made by Google hardware event kicked off this morning in New York City where we saw tons of colorful and exciting new gadgets. We also received the official launch date for Google’s highly anticipated Stadia game streaming service.
If you weren't able to catch the livestream today, here's a complete list of announcements from the event:
Up until now, we knew pretty much all there is to know about Google Stadia. The device itself will cost $130 for the Founder’s Bundle, the service will be another $10/month, and it’ll be available in 14 countries. The one last detail Google left out was the official launch date of the service. During the event, Rick Osterloh announced that Stadia would be available on Nov. 19, and a Google blog post followed up with the exact launch time of 12PM EST/9AM PST.
In addition to Stadia, the Pixel 4 was also a highly anticipated product. So much so that it faced an endless amount of leaks. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL boast dual rear cameras, Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and, for the first time ever in a smartphone, a radar sensor. These “Project Soli” radar chips makes for the fastest face unlocking in a smartphone, and also allow the use of hand gestures for dismissing calls, skipping songs, and snoozing alarms.
The Pixel 4 will cost $799 for 64GB while the Pixel 4 XL will run $899. Consumers can also choose to upgrade to a 128GB version of either phone for an extra $100.
The next-generation Pixel Buds are keeping to the same pastel color scheme and dental floss charging case. They offer five hours of wireless playtime, which is a bit on the low end for $180 earbuds. Though with the charging case at full charge, you’ll get another 24 hours out of them. Google says the Bluetooth range is strong enough to stretch the length of a football field, and that the earbuds will automatically cancel out background noise like wind. The downside though is that the Pixel Buds won’t be available until Spring 2020.
The Pixelbok Go just got a bit more affordable. The higher-end Chrome OS laptop boasts a larger, 13.2 inch-screen yet it’s lighter than the previous model at just 2.4 lbs. With the Pixelbook Go, you’ll get 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 12 hours of battery life. Color options include black (which is available for preorder today) and coral (availability coming soon).
The upgrade version of Google Wifi consists of a Nest Wifi Router that plugs into a modem, and additional Nest Wifi Points to extend the reach of the signal. Together, the two pieces of hardware are powerful enough to cover 85 percent of U.S. homes with Wifi. In addition to the whole-home coverage, the Nest Points also double as a Google Assistant smart speaker with microphones and touch controls.
Nest Wifi will begin shipping on Nov. 4 for $269 for a two-pack and $349 for a three-pack. Color options include snow, sand, and mist.
The puck-shaped Nest Mini is really just a mini Google Home when it boils down to it. Its small size means it’s now wall mountable without the need for adapters. Google also added in more microphones, a new machine learning chip, and better bass which you can’t complain about for $50. It ships on Oct. 22.