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From Nest Audio to the Pixel 5

here’s everything Google announced at Launch Night In

Upadated – 01 October 2020 | 12:20 PM IST

The Techtober train remains running, with a current stop at the Google Launch Night In Event. meaning new Pixel phones, a Chromecast, and a Nest speaker.

And Google packed all of this into a fast 30-minute event. The Pixel 4a 5G, needless to say, is an upgraded version of the Pixel 4a. Back in August, we called it the simplest affordable Android phone. The 4a 5G adds in support for 5G networks (Sub6 and mmWave standards), features a rather bigger display, and is $499. Pixel 5 continues the 5G party with an equivalent dual camera setup on the rear, a rather smaller display, and more color options. It also features IP68 resistance and reverses wireless charging.

The new Chromecast finally features a dedicated remote and seems like a full-fledged streaming box. It’s running Google TV, which delivers an entirely new layout with attention to the Google Assistant. Lastly, there’s the $99.99 Nest Audio smart speaker. And you guessed it, the main target is on music with a tweeter and mid-woofer inside. Google was pretty pumped and brought out Mark Ronson and Selena Gomez to demo it.

Get comfy, get cozy, and obtain ready, as we’re breaking down everything announced at Google’s Launch Night In Event, alongside the way to preorder and order the new goodies. And, yes, we’re even as confused about why “Night In” may be a daytime event.

Nest Audio: A $99 music-focused smart speaker

Google’s latest smart speaker is now official — and it’s only $99.99.

Nest Audio puts the main target on high-end audio and expanding your Nest ecosystem. meaning it works with Nest Mini, the Google Home, Google Home Max, and Nest Hub screens.

This is the successor to the first Google Home, and therefore the company claims it delivers 50% more bass and 75% more volume compared thereto device. Powering the audio ecosystem maybe a 19mm tweeter for higher-frequency sound and a 75mm mid-woofer to bring the bass. We’ve only seen an indication via this streamed event, so we’ll report back on sound quality once we go hands-on.

Nest Audio is formed from recycled material and features a cloth finish all around. On the front side, you’ll find four LED dots that comprise the screen, which is employed to live volume and allow you to know when the Assistant is listening. It appears to be a tall, rounded speaker and is larger than a Nest Mini and therefore the Google Home. it’ll also are available four shades: Sage, Chalk, Sand, Sky, and Charcoal.

Nest Audio lands on October 5 for $99.99 and is up for preorder now.

Chromecast: a foreign and an OS for $49.99

Google is finally giving the Chromecast the update we’ve been expecting. The new Chromecast with Google TV keeps the dongle-like design and eventually features a remote.

It’s up for order immediately for $49.99 in three fun colors: Snow, Sunrise, and Sky.

The design with this updated Chromecast keeps the product’s heritage. It’s a circular piece of sentimental plastic with an HDMI cable protruding. The Sunrise variant, which truthfully maybe a grapefruit shade of pink, maybe a flattened oval (small enough to suit within the palm of our hand) with the HDMI cord protruding. Google includes the cable and a wall socket within the box, and therefore the company doesn’t recommend giving the Chromecast power from your TV, so it seems it needs more power.

Arguably the large story is within the last half of the name: Google TV. It’s not a relaunch of Google’s legacy service but rather a rebranding of Android TV. It’s launching first on this Chromecast, and there’s an opportunity it’ll arrive on other devices running Android TV. (We’re very keen on checking out if our luxury TV pick, Sony’s A8H, will receive an update from Android TV to Google TV.)

The interface is about up with different tabs and aims to offer you quick access to content. alongside deep integration with Google’s services, the Google Assistant is front and center with an inquiry tab — you’ll type searches in or use your voice with the remote. Yes, the Chromecast finally comes with a foreign. it’s a circular D-pad up top with a microphone inbuilt for straightforward Google Assistant support. There’s a fanatical Assistant button that you simply got to press to invite content. You can, of course, ask non-TV-related questions and queries also. There are dedicated buttons for YouTube and Netflix, alongside classic control buttons. you furthermore may get dedicated volume keys on the proper side.

And you guessed it: YouTube TV is integrated here also. There’s a whole Live TV section that acts as a live guide. It’s shaping up to be a very nice interface for cord-cutters. you’ll even browse by movies, TV shows, apps, and a full library of content — all from one device. The Chromecast supports Stadia — Google’s cloud gaming service — directly on this device (you’ll just need a gaming controller).

The expected apps are here as well: Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, AT&T TV, Sling, YouTube TV, YouTube, and countless others.

The Chromecast with Google TV is up for order immediately.

Pixel 5: Return of the fingerprint and therefore the addition of 5G

Google’s flagship Pixel is official. The Pixel 5 lands on October 15 for $699 and brings with it some new features. Notably, it’s only one size: a 6-inch FHH+ OLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. The Face Unlock feature is gone, which means the notch is also. Instead, just like the 4a and 4a 5G, there’s a pinhole notch within the top-left corner. It contains an 8-megapixel lens.

On the flip side, Google is going to be making tons of individuals happy (we included) with an ultrawide sensor. Yes, the Pixel 5 features a 12-megapixel main lens and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. The latter is going to be perfect for capturing a wider field of view without having to maneuver. Think skylines, larger groups, and lots of other scenarios. It supports Night Sight, which may be a mode that uses AI, or AI, to spice up low-light photos. The results are pretty impressive and enable astrophotography, essentially the power to photograph stars. Lieve HDR+, Portrait Light, and Cinematic Pan round out the photography experience.

Powering Android 11 on the Pixel 5 may be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 8GB of RAM. this could be plenty for a zippy experience, because of Google’s diligence fine-tuning the software for this device. There’s also a reasonably sizable 4,080mAh battery inside, which is larger than the cells found within the 4a 5G and 4a.

For the primary time, alongside Qi-enabled wireless charging, the Pixel 5 supports reverse wireless charging, aka the magical tech that permits you to charge other devices (Pixel Buds, AirPods, or maybe another Pixel) on the rear of your Pixel. Pretty cool. the planning may be a bit more rugged also, with an IP68 rating for water resistance.

The Pixel 5 is going to be available in only Black and Sorta Sage, and both of those cost $699 and have 128GB of storage. you’ll preorder the Pixel 5 immediately and it’ll ship on October 15.

Pixel 4a 5G: Adding in 5G and a few upgrades over the 4a

We really enjoyed our time with Pixel 4a, and therefore the Pixel 4a 5G seems to be an improvement in some ways. it’ll be launching soon for $499, with 128GB of storage.

The 4a 5G features a bigger 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate. That’s up from a 5.8-inch screen on the 4a. There’s also an upgraded camera during a pinhole notch within the top-left corner. It’s an 8-megapixel lens that ought to be handy for selfies and Google Duo calls.

It’s running Android 11 out of the box and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB of RAM. We expect that between Google’s software customizations and this processor, the experience on the 4a 5G should be zippy. It should be plenty to power a two-camera experience on the backside also.

Yes, the 4a features a 12-megapixel main lens (same as on the 4a) and a 16-megapixel ultrawide. The latter is that the lens we wish was on the first 4 and 4XL from the beginning, but Google decided to double down on telephoto. With the ultrawide lens, you’ll be ready to capture away from the wider field of view, sort of a skyline, tall tree, or suburban street. The classic Google camera features are here as well: Night Sight and Live HDR+. With the latter, the view from the viewfinder of the camera app is going to be exactly what your photo will appear as if.

Rounding out the Pixel 4a 5G may be a 3,885mAh battery, the Titan M Security chip, a fingerprint reader on the rear, a headphone jack, and a USB-C port. The 4a 5G will launch in November with preorders closer thereto time-frame. it’ll are available black and price $499.

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