Google’s latest announcements: new challenges for developers

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Google held their most recent press conference on Oct 4th, where they showcased several new devices. It’s always very interesting for us and for the majority of developers to know what is happening in the tech world.

Here is our recap!

The launch of Pixel 2 and 2 XL

At PLUS QA, as soon as we got ahold of the original Pixel and Pixel XL phones, we loved them. We wrote several posts on our blog and we posted a review on our YouTube channel . Hearing the news of two new Pixel phones is very exciting to us. As with the original Pixels, these new phones are built by HTC.

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Let’s focus first on the characteristics of the phones:

The Pixel 2 has a 5”, 1920×1080 OLED display. The Pixel 2 XL has a 6”, 2880×1440 OLED display. If you compare it to the original Pixel XL, this one is slightly bigger. It also has a better battery than the Pixel 2: 2 full days on a charge. Two options are available for the phones in terms of memory: 64GB and 128GB. As are the majority of newer phones today, both Pixels are water and dust resistant. Both phones run Android 8.0 Oreo and have new Pixel-specific software features.

As expected, the fingerprint sensor is once again on the back of the phone. We’re not huge fans of this placement. It’s not easy to access, while it is easy to accidentally put your fingerprint on the camera lens just next to it.

They have amazing 12.2 megapixel cameras, with an 8 megapixel camera on the front. The cameras are now smarter than ever before. “Google Lens” adds impressive artificial intelligence to the camera. For example, if you are taking a photo of a flower and you want to know the name of it, the camera will be able to give you this information.

The Pixel 2 starts at $649 and the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849. You can preorder your phone now. Google will start shipping on October 17.

 

In addition to the new Pixels, Google showcased several new products:

 

  • ARCore

ARCore is an AR software development kit focused on motion tracking, environmental understanding, and lighting. It will be compatible with any android device running 7.0 nougat or later. Google’s previous AR platform was limited to specific phones, so this opens up a whole new world to many developers.

 

  • Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini is pretty similar to the original Google Home, just smaller. It will be available on October 19 for $49.

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  • Google Home Max

To please everyone, Google also created a Google Home Max, which is bigger than the original. It is also 20x more powerful.  It will become available in December, for $399.

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  • Google Pixelbook

The new Google Pixelbook has impressive specs, and can be used either as a laptop as a tablet. Different options are available: an i5 or i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB storage. The screen size is 12.3 inches and the battery can last around 10 hours. They also revealed the Pixelbook Pen – a stylus built in partnership with Wacom.

The Pixelbook starts at $999. The pen will be $99. You can preorder both now, and they become available on October 31.

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  • Daydream View VR headset

The Daydream view VR has been updated with a new model. Now, you have wider field of view and new colors. The headset is compatible with the new Pixel 2, but also with the Galaxy S9, Note 8, and LG V30.

VR is getting more and more accessible – the Daydream headset costs only $99 (slightly more than the original, but much less than other competitors), and will be available in November.

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  • Google Pixel Buds

We know that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t have a headphone port, only a USB port, a very similar strategy to the newest iPhones. The new wireless headphones that Google created are called Pixel Buds. Unlike the Apple AirPods, they do have a cord that connects them together. They hold a decent charge of 5 hours of listening, which we wish was longer. We really like the fact that you can activate Google Translate to get real-time translation of conversations for over 40 languages.

The headphones will ship in November, for $159.

 

  • Google Clips

Google Clips is the new camera that you can wear and keep with you everywhere. It doesn’t have the same purpose as a Go Pro, which is more of a sports camera. This is a camera you can clip onto anything, and it takes photos and silent videos automatically when it sees something interesting, like faces. It could be great for recording real-life moments or family events. The quality should be good with a 12 megapixels and a 130 degree field of view. The internal memory has 8 GB.

This product will be coming soon, for $249.

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All this news from the Google press conference is very exciting for all the people who work in the tech field. It brings a lot of new challenges for developers. New products mean new possibilities for mobile and web applications, which should give a lot of inspiration to the developer community!