Google's next great platform is AI with the Google Pixel and Google Home
What's happening, Brian Tong here and welcome for everything Google this week on Googlicious.
And really it's more like last week.
Sure it might be a little late, but I was on assignment with the Nike mags in New York and, yeah, it was awesome.
But it's never too late to digest what we saw at Google's latest keynote with product Galore.
Now let's start off with the small stuff and then we're gonna build up and dig deeper from there.
First off the Chromecast Ultra is it going to shock the world but it's a solid upgrade for 69 bucks which supports HDR, 4k and Dolby Vision content and it's almost twice as fast.
Now this will make a great gift for your tech obsessed friends and family, and it's available in November.
Next up, Google wi-fi is going to be a great home wi-fi set up, especially if you're looking to build a single network that's spread over a lot of space.
The best feature?
Its Network Assist transitions you to the best WiFi point and channel that has the least interference without you lifting a finger.
Like where have you been all my life?
I'm talking about the Google WiFi and not you, so Sorry if you got confused.
Now a single one is 129 and the three pack is 299.
Preorders in November available in December.
Next up, Google's Daydream View VR headset is made of fabric.
It's only $79.
Thirty percent lighter than most of its competition, and its controller fits in the headset Plus it works with the Google Pixel which we'll talk about a little later in the show.
Now this isn't a must have for me.
I really like Samsung's Gear VR but it's $79.
It's a pretty cool holiday gift for someone you know who is a techie and you don't really know what to get them because they pretty much have everything and they happen to also have a Pixel phone.
So, that doesn't sound like to many people but I'm kind of luke warm on it right now.
Okay now it's time to get to the big boys.
Google Home is their answer to the Amazon Echo and being an owner who loves the Echo himself, I can't wait to match them up against each other.
The biggest advantage for Google is their Google assistance.
And it's arguably the most complex AI we've seen in a consumer product along with the Pixel phone.
Now that's where this is going to shine with its complex ability to handle more natural conversation, queries, and really the power of the Google search engine for information.
Alexa is no chump but you can already tell the Google Assistant is just smarter.
But then you'll still have to learn what it can and can't do.
And what it can and can't support.
Just like the Echo.
Now check this out Amazon dominates when it comes to hardware partners for smart devices and partnerships with apps and services.
When I say dominate Google Home works with big hardware names like Nest, Samsung Smart things, Phillips light bulbs, and the Chromecast.
But Literally, that's it for now.
Now, Amazon's Echo works with hundreds of thermostats, smart bulbs, fans, light switches.
Alexa list is ridiculous, and yes, services galore.
So Google Home will need to catch up.
But it had a great start, and it will be interesting to see how both of these companies push each other to be better.
Home costs 129, pre-orders start now, and it comes to stores November 4th, and really this Artificial intelligent home assistant is one of the most exciting areas in consumer electronics right now.
But you can never sleep on a smartphone and Google has finally put it's stake on the ground with a phone of their own with the help of HTC.
It's the first Google phone called the Pixel And Pixel XL.
Finally, hardware and software working together ala Apple but in a Google phone.
Now I'm not here to go spec digging, you can do that on your own.
Early reports claim the iPhone 7 is faster in benchmark testing.
But the truth is that.
This phones are already fasten up.
I look at this phones more from the experience above all things.
So check this out.
Pure android fan.
You know you're gonna love this phone.
That's always been the case.
But now we're talking about this smartest phone on planet earth.
With the best AI in a phone that we've ever seen.
Artificial Intelligence is a platform and google has the best one today.
See, it's #notaiphone, get it?
AI, like A-I phone.
Something that Apple is desperately trilling in compared to the [UNKNOWN].
Now, this phone has the highest rated camera ever on a mobile phone by DXO Mark.
And sure it doesn't have that fancy portrait mode effect, but it has the highest rated camera ever.
On a mobile phone.
And even if you only purchase this from Verizon in the US, all you have to do swap out the SIM card and it will work with all the other carriers.
Now everyone is going to choose their platform based on ecosystem and preference.
But when you talk about what's the next great thing on our phone, it's not the wallet or the camera.
It's AI and even if you don't care about this phone right now, when you look back This is going to be a key moment where artificial intelligence made its first big jump on the consumer space be on just a voice assistant on your phone.
Now, the pixel starts at 649.
It comes in three colors, quite black, very silver, and the sold out really blue.
I'm going to get one as my work phone but not my daily phone but come on, we should all be excited about where artificial intelligence has taken us Or extremely scared because we're staring right at the eye of the Terminator 2 future.
[SOUND] All right, that's gonna do it for this week.
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