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Google unveils new Pixel phones, laptop, other devices

Alphabet Inc.'s Google LLC debuted revamped Pixel smartphones, a smart home hub device, Chromebook laptop, wireless earbuds and other updates at an Oct. 15 event.

Google-parent Alphabet's stock closed up about 2.0% on Oct. 15 following the event.

New Pixels

The Pixel 4, retailing for $799, and the larger Pixel 4 XL, starting at $899, include a new telephoto lens that captures higher-quality photos, as well as an HDR+ feature that allows users to see exactly how their photos will look before shooting.

The new devices feature a motion sensor for improved facial recognition technology and also allows users to skip songs or silence phone calls with the wave of a hand. Also included is a new Recorder app that can transcribe lectures, meetings and other events without an internet connection.

The new Pixels come in black, white and orange, and will be sold by every major U.S. carrier. They are available for preorder and begin shipping Oct. 24.

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Nest Mini

Google also revealed the Nest Mini speaker device. The speaker is a Google Home Hub smart device under the company's Nest brand. The device's bass is twice as strong as the original Google Home Mini, and its volume will automatically adjust to any changes in background noise, Google said.

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

Also under the Nest brand, Google debuted Nest Wifi, an updated version of a Google router system that helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones. A two-piece setup with the Nest Wifi Router and one Nest Wifi Point costs $269 and will cover homes up to 3,800 square feet in size. A three-piece setup with the Nest Wifi Router and two Nest Wifi Points will cost $349 and covers homes up to 5,400 square feet in size.

Nest Wifi is available for preorder and hits stores Nov. 4.

Pixelbook Go

Google disclosed a refreshed version of the company's flagship Chromebook laptop, called the Pixelbook Go. The new laptop starts at $649 and comes in two colors, "Just Black" and "Not Pink." Pixelbook Go includes a more powerful processor and has up to 12 hours of battery life, Google said.

The device is available for preorder in the U.S. and Canada.

Pixel Buds

Google's new Pixel Buds were also revealed Oct. 15. The pair of wireless earbuds will allow users to listen to media and answer calls, among other features, and have five hours of continuous listening time.

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


Google's new cloud-based game streaming platform Stadia will launch Nov. 19. The company first unveiled Stadia 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 players to use dedicated hardware such as traditional video game consoles or PCs.

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