The Google launch event marked the end of September 2020 and it ended with a bang, the Google Hardware event which lasted around 30 minutes was hosted to launch Google’s brand new tech gadgets, the main highlight of this event were the launches of the Google Pixel 5 and the Google Pixel 4A 5G. Along with these highly anticipated phones, Google also launched a bunch of exciting gadgets which are going to made our lives easier for sure. Let’s take a closer look and analyze all the products launched by google during this event.
Google Pixel 5
The Google Pixel 5 is the latest phone in the Pixel Line-up and the the most advanced one. The Google Pixel 5 runs on Android v10 (Q) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa core (2.4 GHz, Single core, Kryo 475 + 2 GHz, Single core, Kryo 475 + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core, Kryo 475) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Chipset. It has 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
Google Pixel 5 smartphone has a OLED display. The screen has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and 414 ppi pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen-to-body ratio of . On camera front, the buyers get a 13 MP Primary Camera and on the rear, there’s an 16 MP + 16 MP camera with features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus. It is backed by a 3500 mAh battery. New features include “Hold for Me,” which will prompt someone when a business is ready to take their call so they don’t have to wait and listen to hold music. A tool called Night Sight is now available for portrait mode, for taking better pictures in low light. Connectivity features in the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, NFC and more.
Google Pixel 4A 5G
The Pixel 4A 5G launched earlier just got a 5G upgrade just in time when the 5G connectivity is being made available widely publicly. It’s more than just the same phone with a new feature, though. For people who wished Google had released a Pixel 4A XL, this is essentially that phone. Unlike the Pixel 5, which was also detailed Wednesday, the 4A 5G lacks wireless charging or reverse wireless charging for sharing power to other devices like headphones.
It has a 6.2-inch OLED screen (the 4A has a 5.8-inch OLED). It shares the same Snapdragon 765G processor found in the Pixel 5 (a step up from the 730G in the smaller 4A), though it lacks a fast-refreshing display or waterproofing of any kind. This model costs $499, making it one of the more affordable 5G phones on the market. It’s going to be available in black or white, and it will launch in November in most countries.
The next release from Google was the Google Nest, it’s a latest smart speaker that looks like a combination of Google Home and Google Home max merged into one, but there’s more to it. The Google Nest Speaker can deliver 70 percent louder sound than the Google Home it is supposed to replace . Also, the Google Nest has 50 percent stronger Bass response which is a significant improvement from the Bass response of the Google Home. When it comes to features, the Nest Audio keeps up with all the latest Google updates like real-time, multiroom audio, voice calling with Google Duo and stream transfer for moving sound from speaker to speaker via voice commands. The most enticing feature about the Google Nest is that it’s body is made up from 70 percent recycled plastic which is surely Google’s step towards reducing the harm the Silicon Valley does to the environment and this step is welcomed warmly throughout the globe.
Sharing screens during Group Video Calls
In the latest announcement, Google unveiled a new feature in which, we can finally share our screen while having a group video call session. This feature was added after considering the scope of screen sharing during the Covid-19 pandemic. As Duo’s functionality stands today, you’re simply able to chat with the front- or rear-facing cameras, so sharing a screen seems great if you want to watch a movie together, or help walk your family or friends through some tricky steps in an app or game. Turning on screen sharing is as simple as tapping the overflow button (three dots) at the bottom right of the Duo screen mid call, then choosing Screen share. Since this is a server-side update, not everyone has it just yet. A pop-up will ask if you’d like to expose sensitive info during the call, choose Start now and you’re good to go.
Google Chromecast and Google TV
Google also announced a new version of Chromecast and the major feature is that is doesn’t require a phone to function. Although, you can still cast your phone on the screen. The chromecast includes a dedicated remote in the box with its own Assistant button, and has YouTube and Netflix quick launch buttons. It runs on its own OS called Google TV.
Wondering what’s Google TV? Well, As part of the announcement of the new Chromecast running Google TV software, the company’s own Google Play Movies & TV app will be merged into a app called — you guessed it — Google TV. The new Google TV experience brings together movies, shows, live TV and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you. To build this, we studied the different ways people discover media—from searching for a specific title to browsing by genre—and created an experience that helps you find what to watch.
This new line-up of products and services are truly a gamechanger from the Smartphone Industry to the Streaming Industry, Google has tried it’s best to lure consumers already in it’s ecosystem by providing same major and some minor upgrades but we shall have to wait to see what the response from consumers around the globe is.