Could Google’s Wednesday Product Event Outshine Apple’s?


Following similar events held by Apple and Amazon, Google is hosting its own major product event Wednesday in California, where the company is expected to unveil several new products.

CNBC reports that the highlight of the event is expected to be the unveiling of two new Google smartphones: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Rumor has it that HTC is building the smaller Google Pixel 2, while LG may have been selected to build the larger Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 will allegedly have a squeeze feature that allows users to launch applications or services by squeezing the sides of the phone–a feature that was introduced in the HTC U11.

Google is also expected to introduce the smaller and more affordable Google Home Mini, which will most likely have the same features as the Google Home, but without the more premium speaker experience. This will enable the company to compete with Amazon’s more affordable Echo Dot.

In addition, there are reports that the company is preparing to launch another Pixel-branded Chromebook called the Pixelbook—the third Chromebook released by Google and one that is sure to highlight any changes coming to Google’s Chrome OS operating system. There’s no word yet on whether it will be targeted for developers (and with a price tag of more than $1,000), or be released to a more mainstream customer base, which means the company needs to drop the price to a more reasonable $300 range.

And there are also rumblings that a successor to the Daydream VR headset is on the horizon, and that the company will be sharing more information about the operating system Android Oreo, which is used for its existing Google Pixel smartphones.



The pressure on banks to modernize their payments capabilities to support initiatives such as ISO 20022 and instant/real time payments has been exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19 and the compelling need to quickly scale operations due to the rapid growth of contactless payments, and subsequent increase in digitization. Given this new normal, the need for agility and optimization across the payments processing value chain is imperative.