The Future of Google Is Here (Tomorrow)
Need to Know
Tomorrow, Google will introduce a slew of new consumer devices at an event in San Francisco, along with some product upgrades. This could be big.
The highlight is expected to be the unveiling of Google Home, a competitor to Amazon’s highly successful Echo virtual assistant. The device will be powered by an artificial intelligence platform known as Assistant, and looks a bit like an air freshener, as The New York Times helpfully points out.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones should also make their debut – marking the first time the company ditches the Nexus brand (it’s possible that Google worked with HTC to develop the Pixel).
The phone’s specs were accidentally leaked by U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse, suggesting that the phones will feature “quick-charge capabilities that offer seven hours of battery life from a 15-minute charge, and customized phone cases called Live Cases.”
The Pixel reveal could also help distance the company’s Android OS from the disastrous launch of Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7.
The Daydream VR platform – first introduced at Google I/O in May – could make its official launch on a variety of Nougat-equipped phones. There’s also the possibility of a dedicated VR headset, the first since Google Cardboard.
The big event kicks off tomorrow at 9AM PT – you can stream the festivities right here.
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