Google Hardware Event 2017

  • Can Google’s AI-powered Clips make people care about lifelogging?

    Can Google’s AI-powered Clips make people care about lifelogging?

    Lifelogging once seemed like an inevitability. Between social media and the increasing ubiquity of cameras, we were all clearly moving toward a sort of constant documentation of our lives’ events. Or at the very least, missing important moments seemed destined to become a thing of the past. Thing is, lifelogging solutions have either flat out sucked or contained some sort of fatal flaw. Read More

  • Google dropped the Pixel’s headphone jack to lay the groundwork for a bezel-free phone

    Google dropped the Pixel’s headphone jack to lay the groundwork for a bezel-free phone

    Another domino has fallen in the march toward a post-headphone jack world. Today Google became the latest company to drop the once ubiquitous port from its phones, though it hardly devoted any time to its own courageous move. The driving motivation for dropping the jack is pretty clear after a quick survey of the mobile landscape: the Pixel is moving to an edge-to-edge display. “The… Read More

  • The hard tech behind Google’s simple Clips camera

    The hard tech behind Google’s simple Clips camera

    Maybe the biggest surprise of Google’s hardware event today was the launch of Clips, a small stand-alone AI-driven camera that can capture up to three hours of video and images and then automatically select the best moments for you. I’m not sure how well Clips will do in the marketplace, but technically, it’s a fascinating product. Read More

  • The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant

    The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant

    Today’s Google event was a non-stop two hour deluge of Assistant news. Yet one small, overlooked announcement may have been the biggest bit boost to the company’s burgeoning AI ecosystem so far. The simple decision to include a Home Mini in early Pixel 2 shipments could prove a more successful method for spreading the Assistant gospel than anything Google has done to this point. Read More

  • The Pixelbook is Google’s first real attempt at a mainstream laptop

    The Pixelbook is Google’s first real attempt at a mainstream laptop

    Google used its annual hardware event to announce the Pixelbook. This is essentially the third iteration of the company’s Chromebook Pixel laptop, though with the Pixelbook, the company is taking a new approach. I’m not just talking about the fact that this is a very thin 2-in-1. What’s different this time is that the company actually believes it can make a laptop for the masses. Read More

  • First impressions of the $49 Google Home Mini

    First impressions of the $49 Google Home Mini

    Today, Google showed off its answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot. It’s called the Google Home Mini. It’s $49, comes in three colors and is actually a pretty snappy little device that’s worth taking a look at. We had some time to get up close and personal with the device; here are some of our first impressions. Read More

  • Hands-on with the $159 Google Pixel Buds

    Hands-on with the $159 Google Pixel Buds

    Google’s Pixel Buds are a $159 pair of wireless earbuds that bring Assistant and real-time translation features right into your ears. They’re not quite like the AirPods and they’re not quite like anything else out there, but you’re not going to get the most out of them unless you have a new Pixel 2. I had a chance to try them out and here are some first impressions. Read More

  • Trying out Google’s ‘Stranger Things’ AR stickers on the new Pixel 2

    Trying out Google’s ‘Stranger Things’ AR stickers on the new Pixel 2

    Google has new AR stickers coming to its Pixel devices, with rollout set to begin later this year. They use Google’s ARCore, which is designed as an easy way for Android developers to bring augmented reality experiences to device users. The AR stickers are built right into the camera app on the Pixel (when they make their way out via software update) and they can be selected like any… Read More

  • Hands-on with Google’s Pixel 2 XL

    Hands-on with Google’s Pixel 2 XL

    Google’s new Pixel 2 XL phone is a major upgrade in a number of ways. It’s a super sleek device, with a stunning front face design and a remarkably bright and vibrant display that renders colors in a trulls stunning way. The phone feels light and yet durable, and has a camera that even in very limited testing, feels like it’ll easily be a category leader. The Pixel 2… Read More