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Google Announces New Products For Smart Home Innovation

Google Announces New Smart Home Products

Google has announced new products for its Made by Google event, which include a new phone, earbuds and devices for the Google Nest brand, to help facilitate a smart home.

“This year's Made by Google products are designed to help you in your everyday, without intruding on your life. They’re designed with privacy at the core: To ensure that your privacy is protected, we've given you tools to stay in control, and keep your most sensitive data on the device,” Google said. “Finally, to do our part to leave the planet a better place, we’ve also designed our products with sustainability in mind. We've used recycled materials, and we're making our shipping carbon neutral.”

The Pixel 4, Google’s newest phone, has two cameras on the back, one of which is a telephoto lens. It can also take pictures in complete darkness with its Night Sight feature. It will offer a new, more integrated Google Assistant and a new Motion Sense feature that will allow for gestures to move pages. It will also sense when it is picked up and unlock using facial recognition technology, the company said.

The new Google Pixel Buds are meant to allow for clear calls and adaptive sound technology. It also allows for real-time translation with built-in Assistant technology, Google said. The buds use Bluetooth technology to stay connected, even if a phone is three rooms away.

Google has also announced the Nest WiFi, which the company said delivers “up to two times the speed and up to 25 percent better coverage. A two-pack can deliver coverage for a 3,800-square-foot home,” which is more than the previously released Google WiFi. Google said the device, which can be managed in the Google Home app, will “provide the foundation for your future smart home devices.”

The Pixelbook Go, which retails for $649, is a smaller Chromebook that is only two pounds and 13 mm. It has backlit keys and a larger battery and comes in two colors.

Google also released a new speaker called the Nest Mini, which the company said is a more powerful, better-sounding speaker with bass that is twice as strong as the original. It comes in a variety of colors and the fabric covering is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Google’s upcoming game console, the Stadia, is set to be released on Nov. 19.

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