While Google’s Pixel series was the star of its #MadeByGoogle event, the brand has also launched a host of devices dedicated to making your home smarter. The company’s come out with the highly-anticipated Daydream VR headset, Google WiFi router, Google Home speaker, and Chromecast Ultra.
Starting off with the Daydream View first, the device marks a significant upgrade over Google Cardboard. It ditches the cheap material in favor of soft breathable fabric. The gadget is apparently 30% lighter than others and can be cleaned easily, important factors when considering how difficult it can be to keep a headset on your face comfortably for long stretches of time.
The Daydream View will be shipped alongside a Bluetooth-ready controller. Google boasts that the latter has been stuffed with sensors to understand your movements and gestures, allowing you to swing it like a bat or wave it around like a wand. The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first Daydream-ready phones, although there are many other compatible Android smartphones coming soon.
In the US, Google is putting Daydream View up for pre-orders at $79 starting from October 20 via Verizon and its own store. The former is notably giving the offering away for free to people who pre-order the Pixel or Pixel XL. The headset will hit shelves in November across the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany.
Moving on to Google Home, the smart speaker’s obvious rival is the Amazon Echo. Google’s crack at the world of home-based digital assistants relies on the power of Google Search and its AI prowess. The product starts up when it hears you say ‘Ok Google’ and can perform a variety of tasks like adjusting the lights, streaming songs, answering questions, and casting content to your TV through Chromecast.
Google Home is set to arrive in stores in November and is currently up for pre-orders at $129 via the Google Store, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. The brand is offering 6 months worth of free YouTube Red access once the gadget is set up. Interestingly, even the brand’s Google Wifi is priced at $129 for a single pack.
The router’s value goes up to $299 if you buy a three-pack. It’ll be open to advance booking in November via the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart. The gadget takes advantage of mesh Wi-Fi to spread internet connectivity across your home, putting an end to strong data signals being restricted to just a small area around the main router.
Finally, the new Chromecast Ultra’s main selling point is its support for 4K. The new-and-improved iteration of the gadget also throws its weight behind HDR and Dolby Vision. The company asserts it can now load videos 1.8 times faster than its previous variants. It even has a Ethernet port now for wired connections.
The Chromecast Ultra will be available in the US starting from November at $69 via the Google Store, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart. It’ll further be vended in 15 other countries.