Google has successfully used the hype built up by the Pixel 2 smartphone, to launch a slew of other fascinating new products. These include two new versions of the Google Home speaker called, Home Mini and Home Max along with Pixel Buds wireless headphones and the Clip camera.
Google Home Mini
With the launches in the home speakers department by Amazon last week, the launch of two widely priced Home speaker devices from Google makes sense. The $49 Google Home Mini is a smaller version of the traditional Home but shrunk down, with a 360 degree surround sound tech.
The Google Home Mini can be said to be a direct competitor of the Amazon Echo Dot. But in terms of visual appeal, the Home Mini seems to be a step ahead with the puck-like design covered by soft fabric and soft colours like Chalk, Charcoal and Coral that highlight even the smallest of spaces.
The four LED lights on the Home Mini light up to let users know it is active. With the new Far-Field microphones inside the device, the Home Mini picks up the user’s voice even with music and noise in the background. It is already up for pre-order in the US and will be available starting October 19.
Google Home Max
Google Home Max is a larger speaker than the Google Home. It has dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers for delivering deep bass. Google says that its 20 times louder than the regular Google Home.
Home Max is Google’s first speaker to come equipped with Smart Sound that keeps checking the environment and adjusts the volume of the device accordingly. The speaker works with a large number of music streaming services and supports Bluetooth and auxiliary for connection. It will be available in Chalk and Charcoal colours and will go on pre-order in the US starting November 13.
Both the speakers come with technology that can differentiate the voices of different people using ‘Voice Match’ tech and give them customised results. Google announced the integration of its Home with Nest as well. This will allow Nest devices to connect to Google Home and simplify tasks like seeing who’s at the door and surveillance.
The Pixel Buds are a pair of wireless (though they are connected to each other using a wire) earphones which are the first to come with Google Assistant and real-time language translation. No this is not a spy movie, this translation technology is revolutionary says Google. The two Buds are secured by a fabric loop.
The right earbud has the touch sensor to register all the inputs. Users can double tap on it to active Google Assistant or swipe to change the tracks. The earbuds come with their own charging case which gives a backup of 24 hours. The Pixel Buds are priced at $159 in the US and come in the same colours as the Pixel 2 smartphone, namely, Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue. The earbuds are up for pre-order in the US and will ship in November.
The Clip camera that Google introduced is a new accessory for those who love clicking images. It records on its own when you keep it on. The device uses machine learning to understand the activities on the lens and captures the most important moments, according to Google.
The piece of hardware learns to recognize the faces of people that play a significant part in the life of the user and captures moments with them. Unsurprisingly, the videos are called clips. It has a corresponding app as well. Both the camera and the app include a shutter button and the clicked images or videos can be seen in the connected Google account’s Photos app. Clip is priced at $249 in the US and Google is yet to declare a release date.
New Google DayDream View
And last but not the least, Daydream view has got a bump up in the specs and now come with high-performance lenses, that results in better image clarity and a wider viewing angle. It is made out of premium two-tone fabric that gives the headset a soft and light texture, and it comes in three new colours: Fog, Charcoal and Coral.
As for AR, Google is introducing new AR Stickers and are previewing apps and experiences built by partners on ARCore, the AR software development kit (SDK) for Android. The Stickers are the fun bit of the AR where people can interact with objects.