Google released new hardware with a goal to be radically helpful. They’re doing this by combining Hardware + Software + AI. They showed off 6 new pieces of hardware which we dive into.
The Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
- Portrait mode with a single camera (but multiplexing the sensors)
- No headphone jack
- 3 colors
- Squeeze for Assistant
- It’s a move away from having the best specs and a focus on what makes Google special: AI and machine learning
- One button. Turns out you need to let people take pictures with their camera.
- AI Driven, They’re using a custom chip used in Tango to help take the most interesting pictures
- GoPro dropped 5%, or ~$65M, after the announcement.
Google Home Mini and Max
- $49 for the Home Mini: Designed to compete with the dot, not for music, mostly for connecting with Google Assistant
- Because of a glitch, Google is removing all touch functionality from the Mini.
- $399 for the Home Max: Not a sounds system replacement, just a very substantial speaker.
- Ranging from $999 to $1,649
- i7 Processor with 512G of storage and 16G of RAM
- Simple design changes, and new lens design with bigger FOV. Nothing radical
- Wireless earbuds
- Tap on the bud to control it
- When paired with Pixel 2, you get google assistant and translate easily
- Easy adjustment for better fit
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Google Hardware Show Notes
Everything Google Announced Today by Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo
The Pixel’s missing headphone jack proves Apple was right by Vlad Savov, The Verge
The Pixel 2’s Biggest Gimmick Might Actually Be Its Best Feature by Jacob Kleinman, LifeHacker
The Google Home Mini is officially a disaster by The Hustle
GoPro slides as Google announces its tiny Clips camera by Akin Oyedele, Business Insider