Google launches new Pixel 5 as £699 iPhone rival – plus Nest Audio speaker and next-gen Chromecast
GOOGLE has unleashed a flurry of new gadgets for geeks to pore over – including an iPhone rival and a smart speaker.
Better still, all of the new goodies are out in time for Christmas, so get writing those letters to Santa pronto.
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Google Pixel 5
The headline announcement is Google’s new Pixel 5 smartphone.
It’s a direct rival to the iPhone 11 (and soon iPhone 12)l, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20.
The big news is that it’s 5G-ready, supporting ultra-fast mobile internet speeds across the UK and US.
Google has also baked in some new camera improvements, including the addition of a new ultra wide lens.
Google’s new Pixel phone can stay on the line when you’ve put been on hold[/caption]
Paired with the standard rear camera, you can snap high-quality images of a wide scene.
There’s a Cinematic Pan mode, Google’s darkness-busting Night Sight mode now works with Portrait Mode, and there’s a new photo editor to.
One of the coolest new features is Hold For Me.
It works using the Google Assistant, and will stay on a call for you when you’ve been put on hold.
You’ll be alerted when the person you’re calling is ready again, saving you the agony of waiting on the phone for hours.
Google reckons its new blowers can last an impressive 48 hours per charge thanks to a bigger battery, if you use the Extreme Battery Saver mode.
And you’ll get “all-day” battery life under normal usage.
The back-housing of the phone is made from 100% recycled aluminium.
And every purchase of a Pixel 5 includes the Google Stadia cloud-gaming subscription and YouTube Premium fore threee months, as well as 100GB of Google storage.
Google will start selling the £699 phone in the UK on October 15, and in the US on October 29.
Nest Audio is a new smart speaker to rival Amazon Alexa[/caption]
Google Nest Audio
Next up is the new Nest Audio – a Google Assistant smart speaker under the company’s Nest sub-brand.
Google’s Assistant, which is an Alexa rival, is already pretty good.
So Google is hailing its most serious improvement on the audio front here.
The Nest Audio is 75% louder and has 50% stronger bass than the original Google Home.
That’s thanks to a 19mm tweeter and a 75mm mid-woofer, offering up a rich soundscape.
“Nest Audio’s sound is full, clear and natural,” said Google’s Mark Spates.
“We completed more than 500 hours of tuning to ensure balanced lows, mids and highs so nothing is lacking or overbearing.”
You can connect two Nest Audio speakers to create a stereo pair.
And you can place them in different rooms for a multi-room audio setup.
Google’s Assistant is now faster than ever thanks to a new machine learning chip, promising twice-as-fast responses compared to the original Google Home.
The design is attractive with a slim vertical, and a swanky range of colour options including Chalk, Charcoal, Sand, Sky and Sage.
You can get the Nest Audio for $9.99 on October 5 in the USA, and Oct 15 in the UK.
The new Chromecast is the first model to come with a physical remote control[/caption]
New Google Chromecast
Last but not least is the brand new Google Chromecast.
For the unaware, the Google Chromecast is a plug-in dongle for your telly that gives it “smart” capabilities.
The latest model has an all-new Google TV experience with movies, shows and live TV brought together from across your apps.
The design of the device is compact and thin, and plugs directly in to your TV’s HDMI port.
You can stream video in up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second, with support for Dolby Vision too.
Importantly, this is the first Google Chromecast to come with a physical controller.
The new Chromecast voice remote has a dedicated Google Assistant button that you can make voice requests to.
And there are specific buttons for popular streaming services like YouTube and Netflix too.
There’s a For You tab on Google TV that serves up personalised content suggestions.
And you can stream media from your phone to the Chromecast too.
It’s available for $49.99 in the US right now, and in the UK on October 15.
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