Google might be better known for its search engine and the software backbone for all Android phones, but it also holds a hardware event once a year. At its Launch Night In event, which ironically was held during the day, the software giant announced two new smartphones alongside a new streaming dongle and smart speaker. Without further ado, let’s get into everything Google announced.
Google Pixel 5
Google has a new flagship smartphone and surprisingly the Pixel 5 feels more like a midrange device. Sporting a six-inch Full HD display and a Snapdragon 765G processor, this smartphone isn’t firing on all cylinders like other premium handsets. Still, there’s plenty to be excited about with the phone’s boosted 8GB of memory, 4,080mAh battery, and reverse wireless charging capabilities. Of course, the cameras on the Pixel 5 look great with a 12.2MP main wide-angle camera and 16MP Ultrawide, and it has a bagful of new photo and video tricks including enhanced HDR image shooting, AI-based portrait effects, and Night Sight Portrait shooting. You’ll also be able to add cinematic panning to your videos through several stabilization modes.
Google Pixel 4a 5G
If you liked the Pixel 4a, chances are you’re going to love the Pixel 4a 5G. This phone comes with a slightly larger 6.2-inch screen and a slightly faster Snapdragon 765G processor. Additionally, the Pixel 4a 5G features dual cameras with the same 12MP wide-angle and 16MP ultrawide cameras and all the camera tricks as seen on the Pixel 5. Another thing you’ll get on Pixel 4a 5G is a big 3,885mAh battery that can also last up to 48 hours with the extreme battery saver mode.
Google Chromecast with Google TV
Google has a new streaming device and it’s a lot smarter now that its running Google TV. With an Android OS running on the back end, users will be able to download all their favorite streaming services. The Google Chromecast with Google TV also supports streaming 4K HDR content at up to 60 frames per second and Dolby Vision support. It’s also one of Google’s most affordable streaming devices yet at only $49.99, which is less than the cost of a Chromecast Ultra, and it’s available to purchase right now.
After introducing Android TV and YouTube TV, Google is bringing together all its disparate streaming services and platforms under one Google TV umbrella. Of course, being Google this new platform heavily leans into enhancing searching and bringing it virtual Assistant into the picture. Using one universal search bar, users will be able to look up shows and movies and find them on Netflix, Amazon, and more services all at once. Google TV will also bring tailored watching suggestions to the forefront of your home screen with a For You tab similar to the way music streaming services have been able to analyze and suggest what you might like to listen to.
The Nest Audio is Google’s latest smart speaker and it’s putting a strong emphasis on audio quality. Thanks to a new 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer, the Nest Audio is 75% louder and delivers 50% more bass than the original Google Home speaker. The Nest Audio is also smart enough to adapt how it sounds to your home and it has multiple EQ presets for music, podcasts, and audiobooks. The Google Nest Audio retails for $99 and it’ll be available starting on October 5th.
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