Google held its annual hardware event earlier today, Made by Google, following speculation about new smartphone, VR and smart-home possibilities. The event did not disappoint, announcing new Pixel devices, a VR headset, Google Home smart speaker, Chromecast updates, Google Assistant and Google WiFi.
Google kicked off the event by revealing the new Pixel and Pixel XL devices. Both devices boast aluminum and glass designs, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and reportedly the best smartphone camera of all time. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL are available for preorder beginning today at $649 through Google and Verizon.
Following the announcement of the new Pixel devices and their AI abilities, Google revealed the new Daydream View VR headset. The new headset works wirelessly with Pixel devices and comes in grey, white and red microfiber beginning at $80. Google’s new headset brings opportunities for more direct competition with other successful VR devices.
Along with new competition opportunities in VR, Google revealed Google Home, a smart-home speaker that employs Google Assistant, both competitors to Amazon Echo and Alexa or Apple’s Siri. The new Google Home speaker is available for purchase today beginning at $129, and ships November 4.
Google revealed an improved Chromecast for more at-home tech. The newest chromecast will stream videos in 4K resolution and supports HDR10 as well as Dolby Vision HDR studio. The Chromecast Ultra also has the option to connect via Ethernet to support larger amounts of data, and will be available in November.
Google also introduced a new at-home networking device, Google WiFi. The router has the option to add units to its hardware to increase coverage in a certain area, as well as manual usage controls. The new device will begin at $129 for a single pack and is available for pre-order in November.