[ #Google ] Google announced a new Pixel line of phones - the 5-inch Pixel ($649) and 5.5-inch Pixel XL ($769). The prices are the same as ...
The phones drop its existing Nexus branding in favor of "Pixel," a nod to Google's existing tablet and Chromebook line. Both run on Android 7.1 Nougat, Google's most recent mobile operating system.
The devices come with a built-in AI assistant, Google Assistant. The company demonstrated how the AI software can make a reservation for you right from the device and complete other tasks.
Google Pixel has a pretty sweet perk for photo fans, too: Users will get free unlimited storage of photos and videos -- something Apple would be wise to consider in the future. The devices, which are available for pre-sale starting on Tuesday, come in three colors: quite black, very silver and really blue.
The Pixel phones are the first Daydream-ready devices. But there are a lot more on the way from partners, according to Google's Clay Bavor.
Google also unveiled Chromecast Ultra - device plugs into your TV through an HDMI port and can stream content from your computer or mobile device. Google Wi-Fi - new router and Wi-Fi manager to adjust the internet connection in the home. And Google Home - Google's voice-controlled smart speaker.
Preorders for the phone start Tuesday in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Australia. The devices start shipping in about two to three weeks, preinstalled with the latest version of Android software, dubbed Nougat. The phones are available with two storage sizes -- 32 gigabytes and 128GB -- and three colors: "quite black," "very silver" and a limited-edition "really blue." Verizon is the exclusive US carrier for the phones, but the Pixels are also available unlocked through Google.
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