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Google Announces iPhone and Amazon Echo Competitors

Google Home, Pixel, Chromecast Ultra, VR

Last night, Google announced a new range of hardware products, including a competitor to the iPhone 7.

They started off by talking about improvements to Google Assistant, Google’s version of Apple’s Siri or Window’s Cortana. Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, announced that the Google Assistant’s knowledge graph has over “70 billion facts about people, places and things”.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The big news, however, is about Google’s first Google-branded smartphone, Pixel. Not just Pixel, but also Pixel XL.

The Pixel has a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution and 4GB of RAM, beating the iPhone 7 on both counts whilst coming level with Samsung S7 on RAM.

google-pixel-XLThe XL, however, boasts a 5.5- inch screen with a larger 1440×2560 pixel display as well as a larger battery. It will, allegedly, charge up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. Obviously, we’ve not had a chance to test this yet.

Both devices will come in 32gb and 128gb options, have aluminium unibody and polished glass designs. They’re available in 3 very cleverly named colours – Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue.

For the 32GB Pixel you’ll be expecting to pay £599 or £699 for 128GB.

The Pixel XL starts at £719 for the 32GB and £819 for the 128GB.

Google Chromecast Ultra

The new and updated Chromecast Ultra is the first series to support Ultra HD videos and is 4K- ready. The new Chromecast is 1.8X faster to load content and supports HDR and Dolby Vision. You’ll be able to pick one up in November for just £69.

Google Home

Another big announcement by Google was Google Home. The Amazon Echo competitor is a voice controlled smart speaker and features Google Assistant integration.google-home

To put it simply, it’s a small, minimalist cylinder with interchangeable coloured bases. There are four LED lights built into the top of the device, which will indicate that the device is on/off.

Two microphones at the top of Google Home pick up your commands or questions and uses machine learning to separate speech from noise. It’s smaller design that Amazon Echo could bode well for the device, as Google wants you to have several of these around your home. This is in an attempt to take on Sonos.

googlehome-edAs well as boasting support for Nest, Samsung, SmartThings, Phillips Hue and IFTTT, Google Home will work in sync like a multi-room speaker system. That means you will be able to play multiple songs in different rooms. If you ask a question to Google Home, it will use intelligent responding so that only one of the devices – the one that hears you best – will reply.

There has been no prices announced in the UK, but the US price is $129, so we can expect to pay between £100-£150 when they arrive in the UK.

What do you think of the new Google products? Will you be choosing a Pixel over an iPhone or Google Home over Amazon Echo? Let us know @Clubit on Twitter.