Whether it’s on public transport, at the office, or kicking back for a round of Fortnite at home, there’s a pretty good chance I’m wearing headphones. And as someone who wears glasses, finding the right mix of comfort, style and sound can be a bit of a hurdle.
Today Google has introduced us their second generation of hardware at their Made by Google Event. Did you watch it? What was your most exciting new hardware? 2017 lineup is packed with new stuff and we feel that they have covered all ends from the new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, new designed Pixelbook, Google Clips, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. It's a lot! And all powered with AI where Google Assistant will easily make your life easier. From squeezing your Pixel 2 to using the Pixelbook pen, Google Assistant will learn a lot from its cutting-edge AI. Where are we heading next?
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Today, we introduced our second generation family of consumer hardware products, all made by Google: new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, an all new Pixelbook, Google Clips hands-free camera, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. We see tremendous potential for devices to be helpful, make your life easier, and even get better over time when they’re created at the intersection of hardware, software and advanced artificial intelligence (AI).
Mini and Max to the Google Home
Google Home has been a tremendous success by bringing Google Assistant within your household. Now they are introducing a smaller version where they call it: Mini. With a sleek design, the Mini is about the size of a donut. I do love the integration of a 360-degree sound that comes into 3 different colours (chalk, charcoal and coral). Google is also introducing Max which is their first speaker with Smart Sound, a new audio experience powered by Google’s artificial intelligence, that can adjust the sound of its speaker depending your environment, your context, and your preferences.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
The announcement I was personally most excited about. Introducing the Pixel 2 with again the most highest-rated camera on the market right now. The Pixel 2 is also water-resistant with no headphone jack, which is kind of a standard in terms of smartphone nowadays. But the feature I was most intrigued about is "Google Lens" where it's an introduction of visual smarts where you will be able to look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies and artwork by clicking on the Lens icon in Google Photos, all around you. I was slightly disappointed that the camera is still the "same" hardware but it's all part of the software this year.
Combining the best parts of a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone, all together into one. Pixelbook is a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen that comes with premium hardware, speed, simplicity, security of Chrome OS, smarts of the Google Assistant; and all your favorite apps on Google Play. It's very neat to see how they have integrated "Google Assistant" like from a keyboard key for example. I would be interested to test it out as being the main tool of a design project.
This announcement that took me by surprise and it's the intro of the Pixel Buds. A wireless headphones that help you do more within Google Assistant and the feature where I feel is the most exciting is the built-in Google Translate capabilities. Can you believe that it works with 40 languages? It would be interesting to see it used in the wild.