Held this Tuesday in san Francisco (USA), to the launch of new Google products. The Observer was in London for the meet, an event that brought together journalists from all over Europe. It may seem bizarre, but explains it in a simple way: we (like the rest of us by the world outside) to the display via the streaming, but we had the opportunity to experience at first hand some of these updates – no is still available in the market – with the highlight for the new smartphone.
Dare to say that the new phone that Google gave the name of the Pixel has not even been the star of the afternoon. The big highlight was, on the one hand – as we have explained already in this article – the actual creation of what is called the "ecosystem technology", that is, devices and operating systems with the seal of a single manufacturer – #MadeByGoogle. On the other, the reaffirmation of the brand as one of the major protagonists in the production of software ever more intuitive and "smart", now running on new devices. Are five, let’s get to know them. #MadeByGoogle
Since 2010, Google presented the "your" mobile phones Nexus in partnership with other manufacturers, a strategy which now fell to the ground – although it is the public that are manufactured by HTC. The new Pixel bring now the seal G (Google), have finishes premium, with the body in polished aluminum and glass, screens, 1080p 5-inch display in the Pixel and 5.5 inch Quad HD in the Pixel XL, coated by a glass Gorilla Glass 4.
Both have fingerprint sensor (which also serves <> > > > > trackpad) a Snapdragon processor 821, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 128GB of storage, features top handle without gagging with the new Android Nougat (Version 7).
In the design of the smartphone stands out the absence of the protrusion of the camera, presented as the best ever made for a mobile phone. With 12.3 MP and an aperture of f/2.0, was evaluated by DxOMark with a score of 89 out of 100 (four points above the iPhone 7).
The best integration between software and hardware allowed us to achieve other goals interesting: the application (camera) "opens more quickly than any other"; the function Smartburst, an intelligent system that chooses the best photo of a series (referred to as a "burst" sequence of pictures taken when we leave the finger on the button shooting); HDR + turned on by setting, with better color contrast; a video stabilizer is more efficient, which relies on the analysis of the image 200 times per second to make the proper compensation of the movement.
The technical characteristics we added a feature that will win a lot of people: to change the main camera to that of the selfies, simply shake the phone. The first impression was very positive.
The new Pixel have a USB port-C and are equipped with a quick-charging system that ensures 7 hours of battery life with only 15 minutes of charging. After that, a "treat" that was one of the reasons that Google got to enjoy with the Apple: those who have a Pixel will have unlimited storage of photos at full resolution.
two More notes that made you laugh: the Pixel have a bookmark jack to headphones that do not are new and will be available in three colors: Quite Black (quite black), Really Blue (really blue) and Very Silver (very silver).
Who you want to switch from iOS to Android will be easier with new Switching, that allows you to move and pack up all (?!) the information with more efficiency, simply connect the iPhone to the Pixel with a cable.
The update system also happens to be automatic, being unloaded in the background and updated the next time that the mobile phone is switched off.
pre-orders began on Tuesday in four countries (the Uk is one of them) and will cost unlocked in the Google Store, from 649 dollars. Has not been announced release date.
once more, the big highlight is the integration of the machine with the software. The Pixel is the first smartphone to have the wizard of Google integrated root.
The Pixel are also the first phones to be prepared from scratch to fit (literally) in the new headset virtual reality. Google left out the media card ("cardboard"), and has produced some new "glasses" made of fabric and other synthetic fibers, as well of the comfort of use.
The recognition of the one and the other is instant, just snap the phone in the holder so that it is turned on the function to Daydream, which puts it in the eyes of the user in the virtual world, controlled by a command very small. Through these new glasses it is possible to see a regular movie on YouTube but the experience will only be complete with the movies or the games, dedicated with the videos 360 – the journalism, the documentary was presented as a good example of the application of these technologies.
we Tried a game demo and we guarantee that, in addition to comfortable, the glasses in conjunction with the Pixel to present a good resolution. The image still has some "grain" but it already gets respect – it is hard not to be bothered with the snout of a monster alien "breathing our air".
it Will be available in three colors and will be put on sale in November, for 79 dollars.
The small insert has been sold more than 30 million times, a number that gives confidence to Google for this upgrade of functions: the new device streaming video will have the capacity to take up to the television image in 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision.
This model Ultra is 1.8 times faster than normal, supports connection for plug ethernet (cable the conventional internet network) and will be on sale in November for $ 69 dollars. In the same month, the Google Play store is going to provide movies in 4K resolution.
The problem is not only not new as it is recurrent: the wireless network is not good to overcome or work around the house. The Wi-Fi signal loses quality with too much ease, and to solve this, Google is proposing a new set of routers modular that connect automatically to each other to expand the home network.
they Are small boxes that will not spoil the decoration, the aesthetic concern is cross-cutting in all of these new products. The feature "network assist" means it is possible to walk around the house without ever losing the connection, to ensure the automatic transition between the devices.
The Google wi-fi allows you to control the access of devices to the Internet, through an application on the phone. The classic example: when you want the kids at the table for dinner, simply turn off them network.
strictly speaking, none of this is new, but is perhaps more practical and beautiful. Still not have release date but may be ordered from November: a router will cost 129 dollars and a pack of three, 299$ .
we Followed the alignment (see the video here) and we leave for the end one of the main highlights. Presented in may at the Google I/O, were this Tuesday known the details of the "hub" that is intended to be a personal assistant and home to help in the organization of the day-to-day, to control the devices of the house (home automation) such as switches and thermostats, and to listen to music.
In fact, the base is a set of columns (say that the sound is good, but do not hear), to which is coupled a system evolved of microphones and an algorithm tested on thousands of different conditions of ambient noise, optimized to be able to distinguish the voice of the rest of the sound. In addition, the system of "machine learning" (learning) of assistant Google allows you to customize the device, with time and with use.
breaking down the concept, it is a small box or column connected to the Internet that is always listening. Just talk to her. The key to voice "Ok Google" wakes up the system and this one happens to behave in the same way that the wizard on the smartphone. It is a hands-free device to spread through the house, literally. Google explained that, once synchronized, the only device that responds is the one that best captures the voice – was not the case of having multiple machines talking at the same time all over the house.
In regards to music, the system allows for the even distribution of sound that is synchronized by the different divisions. Interestingly (or not) the examples demonstrated ended always in the result of YouTube (which is a platform of the image), but Google clarified that it will allow the integration of other platforms streaming, namely Google Play and Spotify, in addition to news and podcasts.
it Will be possible to control the television via Chromecast and, soon, also Netflix is going to respond to the requests of the Google voice Home. Another example of the potential and "intelligence" of the wizard: just ask for "that song by artist X that is part of the film Y", which Google finds.
you Can still ask how is the traffic to work, how is that going to be the time, what is it that has pointed to the calendar or add a note or event, how do you say a particular phrase in another language, how is it that if confeciona certain dish, etc. And because it has the ability to learn, respond better to voice commands and speeds up the response according to the habits (in the management of the zones, for example).
The artificial intelligence begins to win, more than one way, a utility for the day-to-day, here in the format of "hands-free" based on the wizard of Google.
And don’t be scared who do not want an "ear" always listening to spread through the house: the Google Home does not have command, but has a button to turn off.
it Will be available in six colors, with three bases in fabric and other three in metal, from the 4th of November for 129 dollars – with the offer of six months of YouTube Red, an option without advertising that is not available in Portugal.
The Observer traveled to London at the invitation of Google.