Google have just wrapped their annual hardware event, ‘Made by Google’ in New York. There we got confirmation of several brand new products we’d been expecting, as well as several upgrades and fixes to existing products.
Primarily, we got a glimpse of some of the new capabilities of Google’s flagship phone, the Pixel 4. We also saw a new audio set on the block with the next iteration of Pixel Buds, a little sibling to the Pixelbook with the Pixelbook Go, and a few other Google bits and bobs to place around your home.
Google also made a dedication to invest $150 million into renewable energy sources in their products, starting with some of these newbies. There was also a huge focus on safety and privacy, with the Pixel 4 not sharing any motion data, and all new Google Home products coming with Nest Aware, a service that uses the microphone to detect smoke alarms or voices whilst you’re out of the house, and the option to listen in or call the emergency services.
If you missed out on the event, or just want a refresher, here’s all the products that were announced at the Made by Google event.
The next generation of Pixel is officially here, with a fresh look, upgraded camera with live HDR+, motion controls and a few more nifty features. The Google Assistant will also have an upgrade, with faster response times, the ability to manage activity data and delete data by voice command.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL both launch on 24 October in Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange, but you can pre-order right now. The smaller handset starts from £669/$799 for 64GB, whilst the larger phone starts from £829/$899 for the same storage. Alternatively, you can pay £100/$100 more to upgrade to 128GB storage in either size.
Find out more about the new phone in our Pixel 4 news article.
Pixel Buds 2
The original Pixel Buds didn’t go down too well, so Google are making another attempt. The buds claim to have five hours of continuous battery life, and twenty hours on a wireless charge. The buds also have an environmentally adaptive sound, and long-range bluetooth, which allegedly outdoors can reach up to an entire football field, and up to three rooms indoors.
The new Pixel Buds will go on sale in Spring 2020, and will cost $179. UK pricing is still to be confirmed, but we suspect that they may be around £20 dearer than what they are across the pond. Discover all the details in our Pixel Buds 2 news piece.
Want the Pixelbook but for a more affordable price? The Pixelbook Go hits that market. The laptop is just 13mm, weights 2lbs, has a 12 hour battery life, an ultra-quiet hush quiet keyboard and comes in two signature Google colours – Just Black and Not Pink. The Pixelbook Go is priced from £629/$649. We don’t have an on-sale date just yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. Find out more about the specs in our Pixelbook Go roundup.
In other words – the new Google Home Mini. The fabric cover is made from 100% recycled plastic, and comes in four choices of colour, including a brand new Sky colour. The Nest Mini also comes with a simple wall mount to fit in more places around the home and is designed to pack in 2x stronger bass, more natural sound and comes with a third microphone to listen to more voices. It’s also been built to learn commands much faster that previous home audio products.
The Nest Mini will cost £49/$49, and is available to pre-order from 15 October, with general sales starting on October 22.
The successor to Google Wifi has a brand new design, with a simpler look designed to fit seamlessly into your home (and a few more colour options to choose from). The Nest WiFi extender point also doubles as a Nest Mini speaker, offering microphones and speakers in the product to be more useful around the home.
The Nest WiFi will become available on 4 November – with just the Router available for £149/$169, and a two-pack of a Router and Point for £239/$269. Discover more on how these work in our Google Nest WiFi news piece.