We’ve officially reached the heart of the fall and our heads are spinning with all of the new product announcements. Three of the big four tech companies wrapped up their annual hardware events within the past few weeks and next up was Google. The tech giant revealed several new products at the Made by Google Event, most of which will be available ahead of the holiday season. We also got the official release date of Google Stadia which will go live on November 19 at 12 PM Eastern Time. The video game streaming service will be available in 14 countries for now but Google has plans to add to that list in the near future.
Another highly anticipated release was the Pixel 4 smartphone. The smartphone and its xtra large version boast dual rear cameras, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and, for the first time ever in a smartphone, a radar sensor. The “Project Soli” radar chips make for the fastest face unlocking in a smartphone, and also allow the use of hand gestures for dismissing calls, skipping songs, and snoozing alarms.
Next up, we saw the next generation of the Google Pixel Buds. The colorful true wireless earbuds offer five hours of playtime and an extra 24 with the charging case. Google says the Bluetooth range can stretch the length of a football field and will automatically cancel out background noise like wind. In typical Google fashion, the earbuds come in a variety of pastel color but unfortunately they won’t be available until Spring 2020.
Moving down the list, Google also unveiled its lighter and more affordable Chrome OS laptop with 256 GB of storage and 12 hours of battery life. The 13.3 inch touchscreen display comes in full HD and 4K resolutions, and color options include black and coral.
Google also threw in some new smart home products including Nest Wifi and Nest Mini. The upgraded 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. The Nest Points also double as Google Assistant smart speakers complete with microphones and touch controls. As for the Nest Mini, it’s basically a small Google Home that’s wall mountable without the need for adapters. Google also added in more microphones, a new machine learning chip, and better bass to it.
Even though many of these products faced leaks ahead of their official announcements, the Made by Google event did not leave us disappointed.