Right, so the #madebygoogle event just ended & well… my expectations were not met. I expected some breakthrough in hardware (Google Pixel) or at least some new & innovative piece of software; expectations not met.
Google Assistant – we’re there already with Siri and Cortana. Of course, Google has a lot more data about you meaning it can give you better, more personalized results, but that’s far from innovation.
Next, Google Pixel – a phone designed entirely by Google.
- it’s the first phone to come with Google Assistant & Daydream VR
- camera – apparently the highest rated camera on a smartphone. Great performance in low light, HDR+ and very fast image capturing (they actually said it’s instant – curious about that)
- fast charging 7 hours in 15 minutes
- unlimited storage for photos & videos on Google Drive
Curious to see actual reviews but so far I’m not impressed.
- in the US it will be available exclusively on Verizon; with an unlocked version available on the Google Store
- the retail price for Google Pixel is $649
- countries: US, Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK; India starting on 13th of October
Colors – this deserves more than a bullet point. I thought it’s 1st of April. The phone will be available in:
- quite black
- very silver
- really blue
Google Duo – some new video calling app with a neat Knock feature which will live-stream the caller before you answer; really cool when it’s your kid calling – hopefully they thought of preventing abuse. Nothing new otherwise.
Daydream VR – requires a headset. Very similar in shape & size to a Samsung Gear VR. The “BIG” difference is that it’s covered in fabric as to offer better comfort. I’m not sold.
It has wireless communication with the device & a small controller containing various sensors to allow you to interact in the virtual reality.
Daydream VR will become avaiable somewhere in November for the retail price of $79.
Google WiFi – basically a bunch of WiFi repeaters with a user-friendly management app. Great for non-techies, don’t know about me.
Pre-orders start in November with shipments in December. The price tag will be $129 for the single pack and $299 for the 3-pack.
Chromecast Ultra – now with 4K resolution, HDR and Dolby Vision support. Apparently 1.8x faster than it’s predecessor.
Best of all – it now has an Ethernet port!
As for availability – somewhere in November for around $69. Hope they change the name before they release it – call it something like Chromecast 3.0. Chromecast Ultra…
Google Home – you know Amazon Echo? Take that & put Google Assistant on it and you get Google Home. They show off with sound quality – but I doubt they can compete with a home cinema.
Worst of all – it comes with 6 months of YouTube Red – meaning that after that expires you’ll get ads. I would’ve expected that since I’ve actually paid for the device I wouldn’t get ads while streaming on the TV. I was wrong.
The thing will retail for $129; they didn’t say when.
& the event ended with a high-level presentation of whats coming for developers later in December – ways to interact with the Google Assistant through Actions (more details: https://developers.google.com/actions/).
Still don’t know what to make of it. Disappointing in a way. What do you think?