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Google event live updates: Pixel 4 smartphones revealed

Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC is expected to unveil a revamped Pixel smartphone that will come in a variety of sizes and colors at its annual fall product launch Oct. 15. Google is also expected to reveal a speedier Google Assistant, an AI-powered virtual assistant developed by Google; a more affordable Pixelbook, Google's portable laptop-tablet hybrid computer; and refreshed wireless earbuds. Follow S&P Global Market Intelligence's live coverage of key announcements here.

10:45 a.m. ET

Google unveiled its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones.

The devices include a new telephoto lens that captures higher-quality photos, as well as an HDR+ feature that allows users to preview photos before shooting.

A new motion sensor provides for improved facial recognition technology and allows users to skip songs or silence phone calls without touching the device.

The phones come in black, white and orange, and will be sold by every major U.S. carrier.

The Pixel 4, which starts at $799, and Pixel 4 XL, which retails at $899, are available for preorder and begin shipping Oct. 24.

10:30 a.m. ET

The Nest Mini smart speaker is here. The speaker is a Google Home Hub smart device under the company's Nest brand.

Google said the Nest Mini's bass is twice as strong as the original Google Home Mini, and its volume automatically adjust to any changes in background noise.

Retailing for $49, Nest Mini will be available Oct. 22.

10:20 a.m. ET

Google took the wrappings off its Pixelbook Go, a refreshed version of the company's flagship Chromebook laptop.

The device starts at $649 and comes in two colors, "Just Black" and "Not Pink."

Pixelbook Go is available for preorder in the U.S. and Canada.

10:15 a.m. ET

Google revealed its new Pixel Buds, a pair of wireless earbuds that allow users to listen to media and answer calls, among other features. The devices will have five hours of continuous listening time and 24 hours with a charging case.

Pixel Buds will launch in the spring of 2020 for $179.

10:05 a.m. ET

Google's new cloud-based game streaming platform called Stadia will launch Nov. 19. The company first unveiled the device in March at its Game Developers Conference.

The service will allow players to stream games via the Chrome browser on a range of devices, including desktops, laptops and select phones and tablets. The games will be streamed from Google's globally connected network of data centers, eliminating the need for the player to use dedicated hardware such as traditional video game consoles or PCs.

"You'll be able to play games wherever you want," Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of devices and services, said during the event.