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Google to launch new "Made by Google" products

Audra Reigle | Technology Editor

 

Google is preparing to launch their new line of “Made by Google” products. At an event held on Oct. 4, the company took some time to show off their new products and their features.

One of these products is the Google Pixel 2, the next line of smartphones from Google. The Pixel 2 has a 5 inch screen, and the Pixel 2 XL has a 6 inch screen. Both versions are Daydream ready. Pixel users will receive preview of Google Lens. The phones do not come with a headphone jack, but an adapter will be available to allow users to use wired headphones. It is water and dust resistant.

The Pixel 2 comes in three colors: kinda blue, just black and clearly white. The Pixel 2 XL comes in two colors: just black and black and white. Some versions of these phones have a colored lock button. The Pixel 2 starts at $649, and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849. Preorders are open now. Users who purchase a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL can receive a Google Home Mini for a limited time.

The Google Home Mini is a smaller version of the Google Home. It can be controlled by your voice or by touching it. It can also be connected to Chromecast. It comes in three colors: coral, chalk and charcoal. The Google Home Mini will be $49, and preorders are available online through the Google Store now. It will be available in stores starting Oct. 19.

The Google Home Max was also unveiled at the event. This device is meant to provide great sound based on your environment. Smart Sound will allow it to automatically adjust the volume of your music based on the media you’re playing or other sounds in the background. The Google Assistant can still be used while the music plays, and the device will be able to hear you over the music. It will be available in two colors, chalk and charcoal, starting in December. The Google Home Max will be $399, and it will come with 12 free months of YouTube Red.

There will be a new Chromebook called the Google Pixelbook. It can be used as a tablet or a laptop. It can get up to 10 hours of use, and it can be charged with the same chargers used for the Pixel phones. If you are in an area with no Wi-Fi, it will automatically connect to your Pixel phone. It has the Google Assistant built in. Apps can be downloaded through the Google Play Store, which is fully supported by the Pixelbook. The Google Pixelbook will be $999, and preorders are available now. It will be in stores on Oct. 31.

Also coming with the Google Pixelbook is the Google Pixelbook Pen. This stylus allows users to use the Google Assistant by simply circling information they want the assistant to help them with. It can also be used to write or draw. The Pixelbook Pen will be $99.

Google has also expanded into cameras with Google Clips. This camera is designed to allow users to capture the spontaneous moments in life. It can be attached to everything. It will learn who’s important to you, and nothing will be shared unless you choose to share it. It will also take snippets, so you’ll be able to save the best images from those snippets. Google Clips does not have a launch date, but it will sell for $249.

Accessories for the Pixel 2 were also announced. These include the Google Daydream View and the Google Pixel Buds. The Google Daydream View comes in new colors. It will come with over 250 VR titles, and premium video content will be available. IMAX videos will be available to Pixel 2 users through Google Play Video. The experience can be shared with others through Chromecast on the TV. The Google Daydream View will be $99.

The Google Pixel Buds are wireless headphones. These headphones can also be used with the Google Assistant, and it can provide real time translations through Google Translate. The headphones will be available in clearly white, just black and kinda blue. They will be available in November for $159.