AI Ripples Through Google's New Product Lineup

Kristi Paul
October 9, 2017

Though, this year Google has made it possible to charge new Pixel smartphones even faster with up to 27W USB-C charger. In addition to putting your music and all the power of Google in reach at all times, they offer instant vocal translations straight into your ear - just like a real-life Babel fish. Google announced that 250 apps and games are now available for Daydream, up from the 25 apps and games available past year.

For this reason, Google Assistant took center stage at the event, boasting several updates that make the company's AI-infused voice assistant more useful; the Assistant is also being integrated into some new hardware. At that, here's how to switch from iPhone to Pixel 2. Its top scores in most of our traditional photo and video categories put it ahead of our previous (tied) leaders, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, despite the Pixel 2 coming in lower in the new Zoom and Bokeh categories.

The Pixel 2 comes in rocking with a 5-inch screen, and that should be enough for most smartphone users. It seems that the shipping estimates shot up nearly instantly, especially for the Black & White color option for the Pixel 2 XL (affectionately known as the panda color). Instead the earbuds are held firmly in place thanks to a small adjustable loop in the cable which joins the earbuds. The Pixel 2 starts at $649 for the base model while the Pixel 2 XL can be yours for $849, almost twice what the base model of the Nexus 6P was valued at. In fact, all the audio controls are located on a touchpad on the right earbud, so there are no buttons hanging on the cord. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar offering from Amazon. Want Assistant to work with the buds?

The ability to hear ambient sound also makes it easier to try out one of the features Google was keen to highlight: integration with Google Translate. The setting mentions it uses "device motion and Bluetooth connections", so we assume it also could connect to an Android Auto or Android Automotive device and receive information about whether the vehicle is driving or not. It comes in new fog, charcoal and coal colors and can be used with Pixel and other VR-ready mobile phones.

Speaking to Gadgets 360 about the Now Playing feature on feature phones, Google's Brian Rakowski, President, Android Platform, had explained that the new always-on song recognition feature on new Pixel devices won't essentially use data to identify songs playing in the background. On-screen instructions in their language will tell them to speak, and their words will get translated into your ears via the Pixel Buds. Most other companies have found it hard to turn a profit in that product fight, and a flop can hurt a company for years - both in money and reputation lost.

Last month, Google said it had agreed to acquire a team of 2,000 engineers from the Taiwanese manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion.

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