Google Releases a Flood of New Hardware

Wednesday Oct 5th 2016 by Developer.com Staff
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Smartphones, VR hardware, an IoT home automation hub and more.

On Tuesday, Google unveiled several new pieces of hardware that could be of interest to mobile development pros. Here's a quick overview:

  • Pixel smartphones—The Pixel and Pixel XL feature top-of-the-line components, including superb cameras and a fast-charging capability that provides 7 hours of battery life from 15 minutes of charging. Prices start at $649 and $769, and they are only available through Verizon.
  • Google Home—Google's answer to Amazon Echo interoperates with a lot of home automation products and costs $130.
  • Daydream VR—The virtual reality headset works with Pixel smartphones and costs just $79.
  • Google Assistant—Similar to Siri and Cortana, this new artificial intelligence tech is built into the Pixel and Google Home.
  • Google WiFi—These routers offer the ability to control connections for individual devices, and they can create a mesh network.

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