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At this year's I/O keynote, the company has announced three updates for Google Home, its voice-based virtual assistant for homes.

Google Home

Hands-free calling


With the help of Google Assistant, Home shall be able to call any number in the US and Canada. The best part is that Google will not charge any additional fee for the same. Hands-free calling supports multiple users as well, so Home will perform the personalized action depending on who is requesting for it.

Increased entertainment options


Google Home now supports HBO Now, CBS All Access, HGTV (Netflix is already added) and also Spotify's free service along with Soundcloud ad Deezer, hence increasing the number of available entertainment options. Bluetooth is supported as well.

Visual responses via Chromecast


Adding interfacing with other devices like smartphones and TV screens (via Chromecast), Google Home will now 'show' information instead of just speaking it out. For instance, when asked for driving directions, Assistant will route it to the smartphone. If connected via Chromecast, appointments and search results can be viewed on the big screen.

Google Lens and standalone Daydream VR headsets are also announced. Stay tuned for more announcements from the Google I/O event.
The Google Daydream mobile Virtual Reality platform is getting an interesting expansion. In this world of smartphone-based VR headsets, Google has announced at the I/O event that standalone VR headsets will be manufactured.

Google Daydream based VR headsets will now be standalone


What this effectively means is that the new headsets will not rely on any device whatsoever, be it a console, PC, or smartphone.

Even though there is not much information regarding how this is supposed to work, Google has hinted at the use of WorldSense to achieve the same. The technology will not require any external sensors. It will employ inside-out positional tracking instead.

As far as motion control is concerned, the sketches presented by the company at the keynote hints at a controller just like the one that ships with Daydream View.

HTC Vive branded standalone VR headsets are coming soon


Google has partnered with HTC and Lenovo to produce such devices. HTC's Vive branded standalone VR headset is expected to hit the markets sometime later this year. Exact release dates or pricing information is not revealed yet.

Google Lens and updates to Google Home are also announced. Stay tuned for more announcements from the Google I/O event.
Google I/O keynote for the year 2017 is underway, and the first new product coming out of their stable is Google Lens.

Google Lens


As the name suggests, the technology makes use of the device's camera. It is a combination of artificial intelligence, image recognition, machine learning, and the existing Google platform, coming together to understand the surroundings. One can just launch Lens, point the phone's camera at an object, and it will automatically provide more information about the same in real-time.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai presented a few use cases to explain the usage of Google Lens: find the type and background information about an unknown flower; locate a business, find its working hours, and read reviews just by pointing the Lens at a brick-and-mortar storefront; or automatically connect to a WiFi network by pointing the Lens to its credentials.

Google Lens will be incorporated with Google Photos and Google Assistant. In combination with the Assistant, the Lens can perform a variety of tasks including adding events to the calendar, buying tickets for the same, or translating stuff across languages.

Standalone Daydream VR headsets and updates to Google Home are also announced. Stay tuned for more announcements from the Google I/O event.
It is a well-known fact that HTC developed Google's Pixel smartphones. How does their latest flagship, the HTC U Ultra, stand against the Pixel XL? We try to find out.

Google Pixel XL vs. HTC U Ultra

Battery capacity


Google Pixel XL boasts a 3,450 mAh battery, while the HTC U Ultra has a 3,000 mAh battery. Thus, the Pixel XL has 15% larger battery capacity.

Color options


Black and blue are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a silver variant, while the U Ultra also comes in white.

Design


Pixel XL features an aluminum unibody, while the U Ultra boasts of a glass aluminum design. HTC seems to have taken a cue from Samsung since the U Ultra looks almost the same as Galaxy S7 Edge. (Read the comparison between Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge).

Dimensions


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. HTC U Ultra is 162.4 mm in height, 79.8 mm in width and 8 mm in depth. Thus, U Ultra is around 5% taller and wider, and around 10% thicker in comparison.

Display pixel density


Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while U Ultra has only 513 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size


Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while U Ultra sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, U Ultra has a 4% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Display type


Google Pixel XL uses AMOLED technology, while the HTC U Ultra employs Super LCD 5.

Dual screen


Pixel XL has only one screen, while the U Ultra features a second smaller screen above the main display, just like the one seen in LG V20. Not so Samsung-like, eh HTC?

External storage


Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. U Ultra, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 2 TB via a micro SD card.

Fingerprint sensor placement


Pixel XL has the fingerprint module at the rear, while the U Ultra has the sensor embedded in the physical Home button in the front.

Headphone jack


While the Google Pixel XL comes with the standard 3.5 mm jack, HTC U Ultra has taken a leap and removed it.

Home button


Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the U Ultra has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options


Pixel XL offers a base variant with 32 GB memory, while U Ultra starts with 64 gigs of storage. There is an additional 128 GB model for the Google Pixel XL.

Optical image stabilization


Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the HTC U Ultra has this feature.

Price


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). U Ultra is available at $749 (for 64 GB).

Primary camera aperture


Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the U Ultra's primary camera has f/1.8 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the HTC U Ultra.

Secondary camera


Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. HTC U Ultra has a 16 MP front shooter. Thus, U Ultra has double the megapixels in its secondary camera.

Other common features


  • Weight (170 g approx.)
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Android 7 Nougat

Verdict


HTC U Ultra does not sound like a big deal. It seems to be inspired from features already available in other brands. Moreover, although it does come with Android Nougat, it is likely to receive no or very slow updates when compared to the in-house Pixel XL. With almost similar features and a proven camera record, Google Pixel XL definitely wins over the HTC U Ultra.
We already compared Google Pixel XL with Huawei Nexus 6P. In this post, Korean giant's flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is pitted against Google's latest offering.

Google Pixel XL vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Battery capacity


Google Pixel XL has a 3,450 mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge boasts a 3,600 mAh battery. Thus, the S7 Edge has around 4% larger battery capacity.

Charging interface


Pixel XL comes with the reversible USB Type-C port, while the S7 Edge sticks to the good old micro USB port.

Color options


Black and silver are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a new blue variant, while the S7 Edge also comes in gold.

Curved display


Pixel XL does not come with a curved display, but the S7 Edge boasts a curved screen at the front edges of the device, thus giving it a unique look.

Dimensions


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is 150.9 mm in height, 72.6 mm in width and 7.7 mm in depth. Thus, Pixel XL is around 3% taller and 4% wider in comparison.

External storage


Pixel XL does not have the option to expand its storage capacity by any means. S7 Edge, on the other hand, can widen the memory up to 256 gigs via a micro SD card.

Home button


Pixel XL comes with an on-screen Home button, while the S7 Edge has a physical off-screen button located below the display.

Internal storage options


Pixel XL has only 32 and 128 GB models. S7 Edge offers an additional 64 GB variant.

Mobile payments support


Pixel XL is Android Pay ready via NFC (Near Field Communication), while the S7 Edge is Samsung Pay compatible via both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission).

Operating System


Pixel XL comes with Android 7 Nougat out-of-the-box. S7 Edge currently runs on TouchWiz UI based on Android 6 Marshmallow. The Korean giant already promises an update to Nougat, but the exact dates are not known.

Optical image stabilization


Google Pixel XL does not come with OIS, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has this feature.

Primary camera aperture


Pixel XL has a rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 while the S7 Edge's primary camera has f/1.7 aperture size. Hence, more light is allowed to pass through in case of the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Processor


Pixel XL boasts of 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz. S7 Edge runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz. In markets other than China, Japan, and the US, Galaxy S7 Edge has an octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset.

Secondary camera


Google Pixel XL comes with a 8 MP front camera. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5 MP front shooter. Thus, Pixel XL has 60% more megapixels in its secondary camera.

Virtual Assistant


Pixel XL comes with the new Google Assistant. S7 Edge features the junior Google Now assistant as well as the proprietary S-Voice.

Virtual Reality support


Pixel XL is Google Daydream ready out-of-the-box, while the S7 Edge is Samsung Gear VR compatible.

Water resistance


Pixel XL is not water resistant, while the S7 Edge comes with an IP68 rating. This means that the Galaxy S7 Edge can stay in up to 1.5 meters of water for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Weight


Pixel XL weighs 168 grams, while S7 Edge weighs 157 grams. Thus, Pixel XL is almost 7% heavier.

Wireless charging


Google Pixel XL does not support wireless charging, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge does.

Other common features

  • 5.5-inch display size
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • Pixel density of 534 pixels-per-inch
  • Pressure insensitive AMOLED display
  • Single lens 12 MP primary camera
  • Fast charging supported
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensors available

Verdict


Both the devices give neck-to-neck competition to each other in most of the cases. Google Pixel XL seems to be leading regarding operating system, camera, and virtual assistant. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has an edge in external storage, water resistance, and a whole lot of content for the Gear VR. However, now that even the Galaxy S7 Edge seems to be following the blasting spree of its Note sibling, we expect our readers to make a wise decision.
Google has launched the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to take the Apple devices head-on. This also means that the Nexus brand of devices is now officially discontinued. Now that the bandwagon of Android flagships is passed onto the new devices, it is high time we see how the new products fare against their predecessors. In this post, Google Pixel XL is compared with last year's Huawei Nexus 6P, which was launched in India in October last year. It was also one of the most googled devices of the year.

Google Pixel XL versus Huawei Nexus 6P

Color options


Black and silver are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a new blue variant, while the Nexus 6P comes in gold and white as well.

Dimensions


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Huawei Nexus 6P is 159.3 mm in height, 77.8 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Thus, Nexus 6P is around 3% taller and wider in comparison.


Display pixel density


Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while Nexus 6P has only 518 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size


Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while Nexus 6P sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, Nexus 6P has a 3.5% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Internal storage options


Google Pixel XL has only 32 and 128 GB models. Huawei Nexus 6P offers an additional 64 GB variant.

Price


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). Nexus 6P is available at $499 (for 32 GB variant), $549 (for 64 GB variant), $649 (for 128 GB variant).

Processor


Google Pixel XL boasts of 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz. Nexus 6P runs on 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2 GHz.

RAM


Pixel XL offers 4 GB RAM, while Nexus 6P only has 3 GB. So you get an extra gigabyte of RAM in the former.

Virtual Assistant


Pixel XL comes with the new Google Assistant. Nexus 6P features the junior Google Now assistant.

Virtual Reality support


Google Pixel XL is Google Daydream ready out-of-the-box, while the Huawei Nexus 6P is not.

Weight


Pixel XL weighs 168 grams, while Nexus 6P weighs 178 grams. Thus, Nexus 6P is almost 6% heavier.

Other common features


  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Not water resistant
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • Pressure insensitive AMOLED display
  • Single lens 12 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, and 8 MP secondary camera
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) missing
  • 3,450 mAh battery capacity; fast charging supported
  • USB Type-C interface
  • No wireless charging
  • Non-expandable storage
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Rear fingerprint sensors
  • Onscreen buttons instead of capacitive touch ones
  • NFC enabled. Hence Android Pay supported
  • Android 7 Nougat

Verdict


Huawei Nexus 6P is, without a doubt, an excellent phone. On paper, the Google Pixel XL sounds very promising. Also, since it is the first phone to bear the Google banner, I expect it to bridge the gap between software and hardware that is visible in other Android flagships. Google Assistant and Google Daydream also sound promising. A detailed review should clear out the picture soon.
Google has finally launched the newest version of Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio in India. Note that these devices were first unveiled sometime last year.

The new Google Chromecast

The new Chromecast comes with a sleek design, and can hence easily fit into TVs with crowded ports. It is expected to make streaming faster since it supports the latest WiFi standards. The device is priced at ₹3,399 ($50 approx.) on the Google Play Store. It is expected to hit the usual online marketplaces in the coming months.

Google Chromecast Audio

Chromecast Audio is a device that plugs into speakers to stream radio, podcasts and music over WiFi. The small device can be plugged into your speakers. With the multi-room feature, multiple speakers can be connected together to create a perfect home-entertainment system. It is also priced at ₹3,399 ($50 approx.).

The Chromecast app has been updated to make it easier to search for content. Functionality for improved search and personalised suggestions has been implemented.