All the big announcements from Google's Pixel event

Google unveiled two brand new Pixel phones, its new differentiated Android interface, and Android 7.1 Nougat today in San Francisco — along with a bunch of other stuff. Read on to discover Google Assistant, the Pixel and Pixel XL, Daydream View, Google Wifi, Chromecast Ultra, Google Home and more!

Google Assistant

Google Assistant

Google CEO Sundar Pichai hailed the move from a mobile-first computing world to an AI-first computing world, envisioning the new Google Assistant as a seamless, conversational way for users to interact with Google wherever they are. Google's Knowledge Graph, and advances in AI, including image recognition, and machine translation, have helped make Google smarter than ever.

Google announced that it's opening up Assistant using "Actions on Google," which is how partners like Spotify and Opentable are able to interact with the service. It's an expansion of how partners have access to voice actions on Android right now. An example shown on stage showed how ordering an Uber could "bring" an Uber presence directly into the conversation, allowing the user to tell Uber what sort of vehicle to order, before receiving an ETA. Google will reveal more about Actions on Google in December.

Assistant has already debuted on Allo, and they'll be a big part of Google's new phones ...

Pixel

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Rick Osterloh, head of Google's new hardware division, unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. "We're building hardware with the Google Assistant at its core," says Osterloh. "This is a natural step, and we're in it for the long run," he says, adding that we'll hear more from his team over the months and years ahead. "What brings Pixel to life his how the hardware and software comes together."

More: Our Pixel and Pixel XL hands-on preview!

The first phone with Google Assistant built in, with what Google says is the best smartphone camera ever.

Pixel is the first phone with the Google Assistant built in — Assistant now lives behind a long press of the home button. Its new storage capabilities, using the cloud, will ensure you "never run out of space" for photos and videos, according to Osterloh. Pixel's camera has a DxOMark rating of 89, the "highest ever," according to the group. HDR+ is enabled by default, "because there's zero shutter lag." And there's also gyroscope-based video stabilization for even smoother captures, polling the gyro 200 times a second.

Google says Pixel is designed to get through a full day on charge, with new battery optimizations. However the phone also ships comes with Quick Charging capabilities, with up to 7 hours of power from a 15-minute charge. Like Google's Nexus phones, Pixel will get new Android OS versions automatically when they're available, along with software updates. And Google's also built live 24/7 customer support into the phone, along with a screen share option to help support agents diagnose problems.

And yes, there are two versions — a 5.5-inch Pixel XL and 5-inch Pixel. Specs include a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32 or 128GB of storage. In the U.S. Verizon is the exclusive carrier partner, and it'll also be available unlocked from the Google Store and on Project Fi. Pre-sales start today in the U.S., Germany, UK and Canada, and on October 13 in India. Prices start at $649 — add $120 if you want to bump up to the 5.5-inch XL, and add $100 to either choice to go up to 128GB of storage. Color-wise, you're looking at "Quite Black," "Very Silver," and "Really Blue."

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Daydream View

Daydream View

Google announced Daydream View, the first VR headset designed for Daydream-ready phones. Working with clothing designers, Google says it's created something "soft, cosy and comfortable to wear." The headset and any Daydream-compatible phone pair wirelessly, and there's an auto-alignment system to make sure everything fits just right. The Daydream controller is "so accurate you can write your name with it," and fits inside the headset for easy storage. Slate, Snow and Crimson are your color options.

Google's partnered with Warner Bros, the New York Times and others to tell VR stories inside Daydream. And of course Google Play Movies and YouTube are supported, too. Daydream View will be available for $79 in November, and early pre-orders of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL come with coupons for a free Daydream View headset.

More: Google announces $79 Daydream View headset{.large .cta}

Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast Ultra

Google's rumored 4K Chromecast is official. It grows from the circular design of the last generation, adding more speed, an integrated ethernet port and enhanced video capabilities. That means it can handle 4K video, HDR video and Dolby Vision. As part of the deal, Google Play Movies will start rolling out 4K content in November, and you can of course get that high-res content from the likes of YouTube and Netflix as well.

The price is $69, double that of the previous generation but still easily in the "impulse buy" sort of area. It'll be available starting in November.

More: Chromecast Ultra hands-on preview

Google Home

Google Home

Google's smart home assistant, announced back at I/O is official. Inspired by items you commonly find in the home, Google home's design feature a capacitive touch surface on top, based around a large speaker. There are a number of styles available.

Assistant, Music, Google Cast and smart home control, all in one box.

Google Assistant is built in, allowing Home to answer questions in natural language using Google's Knowledge Graph — including translations, querying Wikipedia and summarizing information you'd get from a web search. All the same intelligence you'd get from Google Assistant in Allo or on Pixel phones is available through voice in Google Home.

Google Home can play music from YouTube Music and other top music services, including Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and others, with voice controls, including volume controls — all without using your phone. You can also cast from Android and iOS devices through Google Cast. The device also works as a remote control for your TV via Chromecast, easily letting you view TV shows or cast your Google Photos, using your voice.

As the name suggests, Google Home also allows you to control smart devices inside your home, with support for Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue and IFTTT.

Google Home will be available for $129, with a free 6-month YouTube Red included. Pre-orders start today in the U.S., with availability on November 4.

More: Google Home hands-on preview

Google Wifi

Google Wifi

Google's expanding — and kind of supplanting — its OnHub program with Google Wifi, a new router system designed to let you to cover all the various corners of your home with full Wi-Fi connectivity. The base stations are small, and can be simply networked together to expand your coverage to hard-to-reach or far-away places without additional configuration. "Simply add Wi-Fi points to expand coverage," and "without compromising aesthetics." There's also a companion app to allow you to control the Wi-Fi access of your kids.

A single Google Wifi is just $129, or you can get a 3-pack for $299. Pre-orders start in November, shipping in December.

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

172 Comments
  • Still "eh" on the design, personally. Maybe it'll look a lot better in black.
  • The design is fine, what I'm worried about is the price. $650 for the smaller phone sounds extreme to me. So much for having a cheap good Nexus. We may never see another one like the original Nexus 5. PS. I do understand this isn't a Nexus, but given that there is no more Nexus as far as we know ...
  • I was about to hit yes on my pre-order, but the 128gb XL was $850. Not worth it
  • Might as well get a Samsung or other phone for that price.
  • The days of Google's phone being cheap is over. We should think of Google's phone lineup as just another similarly priced flagship lineup that provides a responsive UI and the latest software from Google. You can't get that from Samsung.
  • But I'll still buy a Samsung over this any day. More features plus an SD card slot make Samsung phones the better buy.
  • Some folks may be willing to pay extra to NOT have bloatware. Damn Galaxy I just bought is crazy ridiculous!
  • Should have bought the unlocked version.
  • US unlocked version seems to be slow with patches, though. My GSM-unlocked Galaxy Note 7 has been on September for a while.
  • Yea, and might as well get a device that has broken camera glass after 3 months without ever dropping it, and only 32gb of internal storage, with an sd card that most things can't even be transferred to.
  • To start out with yea i'm upset about the price. However, I do understand what good is trying to do. They are trying to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. It seems like they are about to start dropping some money into advertising. They are focusing more a providing services. So from a business prospective I can see why they are hitting the higher price tag. I wish it was still cheaper I remember everyone lost there mind when the Nexus 6 came out and it was a $650 price tag but it was still cheaper than a Note (comparable size). I think it was a mistake going with Verizon exclusive, but at the same time I can understand since they have such a huge subscriber base and Verizon hasn't been the nicest for Nexus phones. (I'm currently on VZW with a 6P) So as much as I really hate it I do understand why things are like they are.
  • Jesus its not not a nexus phone. Its a flagship.
  • It's certainly not flagship spec.
  • 650 would be a bargain for UK buyers. The cheapest Pixel model here is preorder for stg 599 (usd 763) up to usd 1042 for the top XL model. You would have to have more money than sense to pay these figures for a non expandable single sim phone. Hope the use and stag are not confusing but this was marked as spam when symbols were used.
  • Agree on the price. I was expecting a $499 Pixel in the release but the strategy seems to be best of the best for this round.
  • Agreed- disappointed with the hardware design. Both the Iphone 7 and Galaxy S7 look much nicer.
  • Google is providing a truly stylistically uninspired, Nexus-like phone at nearly double the 2015 retail cost with a slightly modified launcher. These phones are DOA. Sales will be worse than the 6P/5X with the tech savvy, and non-existent with the masses. Google should stick with search and mobile OS and leave the manufacturing to the adults.
  • No reason to buy Samsung phones anymore running that bad software.
  • I don't think it's that bad now, though. Not perfect and still has some ways to go, but a far cry from the truly awful versions in the past IMO.
  • Eh, it was still not that good on the Note 7 I had (returned due to recall). The touchwiz design has never bothered me. It was always the way it performed. LAG. why did my $850 service lag that much?
  • It's horrible, it always has been, and until they make it an optional downloadable app that stands on it's own it will always suck. That stands for any user interface on top of the default android interface. I'm not saying some of these things manufacturers put in aren't worth it, just being forced to use them is the pain. Switching launchers isn't enough of a solution.
  • I don't really mind them these days. If anything, I actually enjoy using some of them as some of them do add to the Android experience without taking away the basics.
  • What a stupid comment. There have always been great alternatives to Samsung if they aren't your thing.
  • I'm waiting for the new updated TouchWiz ui interface along with the android n update for my s7
  • Keep waiting... March next year, the earliest
  • Alternatively, there's now no reason to buy a Google made device, since they cost basically the same.
  • Unless you want wireless charging, waterproofing, Samsung pay, an SD slot, and a much better looking phone. Sure, if TW is unbearable then get a Pixel. But seriously, what an ignorant comment.
  • Google Assistant was the only redeeming thing about Allo. Hope they release it as a stand alone for us non-Pixel users
  • Holy crap, could the bottom bezel get any bigger? We want smaller bezels, not bigger.
  • Google's obviously trying to compete with the iPhone's bezels.
  • Didn't you know, Apple has already "explained" that the huge bezel on a phone is a "New Awesome Feature", Google is just riding that bandwagon... /sarcasm
  • Funny how the phone comes with Duo pre installed, but not Allo... Not sure why this is though, hoping its because they realized Allo's feature should just be rolled into Hangouts.
  • I thought they said that both were pre-installed
  • Seriously. I was expecting some reason as to why they have that ridiculous chin but I guess not. Epic fail by Google imo.
  • The bezel isn't even that big..
  • If they did that..you wouldnt need to buy a pixel lol
  • Good guy Osterloh.
  • Was the event intended to be this empty? I wasn't expecting an Apple like event but there appears to be more people at our local fuel station than here? You could taste the awkwardness when that dude quipped "and there's no camera bump". Oh man......
  • laughing OUT loud !!!!!!!!!!!
  • Although the phone does look decent fair play. Could this finally be the phone which replaces my GS4? (don't laugh lol, if it ain't broke don't fix it and all that :-))
  • "Assistant now lives behind a long press of the home button" ... Wow, Now on Tap didn't get to keep that position very long.
  • Google is constantly scrapping interface things that don't work. How long did lockscreen widgets last? Long press of the home button is a premium spot to place something. I can totally understand if they want to try to find a better solution.
  • On tap has basically been added to the assistant. If you long press and swipe up, on tap is there. If you watch the event, they demo this in a text message. So yes long press isn't direct to on tap, but basically.
  • So no "new" announcements yet, this was all leaked for awhile...yawn...
  • You can order the Pixel now, apparently. Yeah, about the unicorn that's the V20....
  • Not sure what to make of this announcement yet. Kind of dull actually. Daydream looks more exciting than the phone
  • LG will ship in Poland to be first.
  • Lol, unicorn, that it most certainly is.
  • I'm not saying I called this weeks ago. But I totally called this weeks ago.
  • Looks like they improved the camera speed ! That is my one bugbear on my nexus 6p
  • Am I really the first to touch on how incredible that camera is?
  • Camera does look great
  • No OIS though... seems like that should be a standard on top of the line phones by now. The camera is cool but only real life testing will prove if its as good as they say it is.
  • Yeah instead the best video stabilization I've ever seen on a mobile device. That said I've had the S7 with OIS, and the 6P/OP3 without it. Considering that the only times it really comes in handy is in extreme low light, which they showcased it being really good at, I'm not worried about OIS. I've never missed it regardless, but I guess maybe I have abnormally steady hands?
  • Don't drop the vr remote.... It may break
  • No OIS :(
    DXOMarks puts their cameras on tripods to test, doesn't deliver accurate picture of picture quality in real life usage.
  • Pretty sure some of the shots they displayed weren't on tripods.
  • I don't care about their camera samples, in life life people's hands shake. especially mine.
    Big letdown for me, OIS has been proven to improve camera quality in real life.
  • OH...ok.
  • Omg. Seriously? Next.
  • They didn't leave a camera hole in the daydream cover, so no augmented reality possibilities! Seems like a big oversight.