Google Launches Cool Products With Inflated Snobbery

Days after the Apple iPhone X launch, Google stumps the world with what it considers to be the ‘iPhone killer,’ aka the Google Pixel 2 and the 2XL. Along with new smartphones, several other cool gadgets like the Google Home Mini and Home Max smart speakers, the Google Clips always-on camera, the Pixelbook laptop cum tablet cum phone and the famous Pixel Buds were also launched. So a pretty exciting lineup of Google products for Google fans worldwide. The company’s event could have received positive responses had it not been so desperate to make jabs at Apple. The launch presentation, the communication script, the entire essence of the event seemed to have just one focus – prove it to the world that Google is doing a better job than Apple. This exaggerated and inflated attitude has marred what could have been an otherwise amazing launch event.

Anyways, so does Google live up to its rhetoric? Does it have some fantastic products ahead? You bet it does.

The Pixel 2 and 2XL

The Pixel phone series, of course, made headlines with its supposed new features. Remember back then Google mocking iPhone for removing the headphone jack? Well, in an ironic twist of fate (or modern technology), the Pixel doesn’t have the jack either. Yep, the once-upon-a-time disagreement with headphone jacks has just gained massive acceptance. With Google joining the wireless bandwagon, tech critics and experts who were against Apple for removing the technology have no other choice but to accept the inevitable.

In its defense, Google states, ‘“The primary reason [for dropping the jack] is establishing a mechanical design path for the future,” Google product chief Mario Queiroz told TechCrunch after the event. “We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge. Our team said, ‘if we’re going to make the shift, let’s make it sooner, rather than later.’ Last year may have been too early. Now there are more phones on the market.” Oh well. As long as the prodigal son returns. The Pixel 2 camera features new augmented reality technology that can be used to create apps and add information to the real world. It can create portrait shots with depth and add rich texture to your photographs.

P.S – The DxOMark rates the Pixel’s camera at a whopping score of 98100 scoring way higher than iPhone 8 and Note 8 at 92 and 94 respectively. If you’re someone who cannot compromise on a high-end phone camera, the Pixel is it.

The Pixel Earbuds

The Pixel Earbuds would have been the butt of jokes but Google knew better. This is where Google actually has an upper hand over Apple. The headphones can finally do what tech innovators and inventors have been trying to do for years. It can translate over 40 languages in real-time! Imagine the power of being able to communicate without having to worry about language barriers! This technology has the force to change our communication mode with the world and truly turn the world into a global village.

Designed for use with the Pixel phones, it works as a translator, gives you directions, places a phone call and all other essentials. The defining technology however is in its ability to translate between languages as you speak. So if you want to communicate with someone in French, you only need to tell the headphones to, ‘help me speak French,’ and then start speaking in English. The phone’s speakers will translate your words as you speak them in the form of an audio output and the other party’s language will be translated into language as you hear them. So if you’re planning to travel to China, India or France next, get the Pixel brothers to help you out!

Pixel Book

The Pixel Book has mixed reviews, simply because Google seemed way too ambitious for its own good. Priced starting at $999, the Chromebook is a hybrid that comes with a touch stylus pen and is also the first to feature Google Assistant. The laptop runs on the Chrome OS and, ‘combines the best parts of a laptop, tablet, and smartphone to fit how we use technology today,’ as told by Google Product Director Matt Vokun. So if you’re looking for a 3 in 1 device the Pixel Book is what you need, provided you are a fan of the Google Chromebook series.

Although Google started off the event with corporate snobbery, it has managed to WOW skeptics with this 2017 lineup of amazing software and hardware designed to change the world. True, Google may be late to the party, but what it brings along is actually quite worth the late time. These devices are expected to roll out soon, so for Christmas this year, you know what you’ve got to get!

Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.