Google’s bigevent Wednesday was the latest in a flurry of September tech announcements. The virtual event, which saw the unveiling of the and Google’s first entry into the 5G space, followed its in August. That event confirmed the existence of Google’s next flagship phone, , and the . Both new phones were launched at Google’s September event, along with a and a new Nest-branded smart speaker, the . There were few surprises, however, other than the phone feature, which puts those awful you’re-on-hold-forever calls in Google Assistant’s hands.
The Pixel 5 announcement,, has been leakier than ancient plumbing (or perhaps, , the “leaks” are part of Google’s marketing strategy).
Google’s latest flagship adds 5G support to Google’s rota, and it went live on Google’s store before the announcement. It starts at $699 (£599, AU$999). The camera adds Portrait LIght and Night Sight in portrait to the camera. And with the new phone, Google’s added a big bundle of services called Google One, a la Apple One.
The $50 (£60, AU$99) updated Chromecast has a new remote with an Assistant button, plus dedicated buttons for high-profile streaming services. “A more helpful TV” is Google’s tagline for Google TV, which seems to be Android TV: The Next Generation. It updates the recommendation engine and delivers better search results, plus aggregates your streaming subscriptions.
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More bass, value and skinniness seem to be the hallmark changes to the Nest smart speaker. It’ll run you $100 (£90, AU$149).