Google’s half-hour “Launch Night In” brought in Selena Gomez and Mark Ronson to sell their stuff, including the company’s first 5G phones.
Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A
Google is “putting the G in 5G” with their two latest smartphones, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A.
Unlike Apple and Samsung’s top of the line phones, Google is ditching cutting edge technology for affordability.
The new Pixel 5 starts at $999 in Australia.
The Pixel 4A with 5G is priced at $799.
Both phones feature the same 12.2 megapixel camera, which adds a new ultrawide lens.
Night Sight has been added to portrait mode and the lighting in older photos can now be improved with software.
Software is at the Google’s heart of Google’s phone philosophy. Do more with cheaper components.
“Extreme Battery Saver” promises to keep your phone going for 48-hours in a pinch.
You’ll never have to listen to hold music again with the new “Hold for Me” feature on Google Assistant, which will notify you as soon as the person on the other line starts talking again.
Finally, Smart Downloads proactively save your YouTube music playlists “so even when you don’t have connectivity your entertainment continues.”
The Pixel 5’s 6.0-inch edge-to-edge display is actually smaller than the 4A’s 6.2-inch display, but has a slightly higher pixel density.
The Pixel 5 has a larger battery and supports fast wireless charging and battery share.
Both are powered by the same Snapdragon 765 chipset, which is a generation behind what you’d find in the newest Samsung phones.
Google has redesigned its Nest Audio smartspeaker to “create the very best smart speaker for listening to music for only $99” (in America).
In Australia, the new Nest Audio will set you back $150.
It comes in five colours, but only two are available via the Google Store right now: charcoal and chalk.
Audiophiles will note that the speaker features a 19mm tweeter and a 75mm mid-woofer to deliver “50% more bass and 75% more volume than the original Google Home.”
The fabric shell on Nest Audio is still made with recyclable materials too.
Google TV combines with a new remote to make streaming video simpler and easier.
The $99 Chromecast promises to organise all of your streaming services in one place, including: Stan, 9Now, YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+
It will give you personalised recommendations based on your subscriptions and viewing history, and allows you to cast many Android phone, laptop and tablet screens to your TV.
Chromecast can also connect with your Google Nest security system or turn your TV into a giant picture frame.
The new remote is pretty bare bones, instead relying on the power of your voice.
Assistant is the only coloured button of eight on the new remote, which you’ll be using a lot.
Bizarrely, it also has dedicated buttons for Netflix and YouTube which is counterintuitive to combining all streaming services in one place.
The new Chromecast and its remotes come in three colours: snow (white), sunrise (pale red) and sky (pale blue).
You can pre-order everything online at https://store.google.com/