Here is Everything You Need to Know About Google’s Latest Event

Here is Everything You Need to Know About Google’s Latest Event

Finally, the Google revealed on October 2, 2017, its latest hardware products at a press event in San Francisco. The hardware products launched include two smartphones, smart speakers, a brand new laptop, smart earbuds that within a second translate words into your dialect, a camera that takes its own photographs and a revamped VR headset.

Here is a look at Google’s new smart products:

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Smartphone

Pixel-and-Pixel-XL

The Pixel is Google’s Smartphone that is particularly designed to show the best possible version of its Android mobile OS. The latest editions of these phones include new fingerprint sensors, OLED screens and are water resistant. A powerful rear camera is something that makes these phones amazing.

In May, Google previewed its Lens feature. The biggest attraction in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is they have access to Google Lens feature. Here are some functions of what Lens can do:

• Provide details about a movie based on its poster
• Scan a document and identify phone numbers, email address etc.
• Identify the type of flower in a photo
• Show reviews and ratings for a business based on its storefront

In other words, we can say that Lens can find the information based on the photos you have snapped or saved.

This time, Google created a portrait mode with just a single camera that utilizes the machine’s learning program. Google says that its machine learning is so smart that it can even perform the desired effects on front-facing camera and does not require a big sensor cluster like iPhone X.

Google’s Pixel 2 has a 5″ screen and Pixel 2 XL has a 6″ screen. Both the phones are now available for pre-orders in Canada, Australia, India, Germany, U.K. And the U.S. Last time, it was a typical task to get a Pixel phone in your hand. This time too, it is unclear yet if Google will increase its supplies for these new models.

Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds

The new smart buds by Google are wireless and are attached to each other with a string. These headphones are designed to work only with Google Pixel as of now, but they have one really amazing feature. The buds can translate 40 languages by Google Translate. The built-in microphones help handle almost real-time translation. While giving on stage demonstrations, the company translated Swedish to English.

Google Clips

Google Clips

Google Clips are a little square camera for individuals who don’t like pressing buttons. You just need to put it in front of a scene, for example, on the floor of a room where kids play often. It will know or detect when something worth recording happens and captures still photos and silent videos.

It particularly detects faces you have trained it to recognize. The Clips’ battery lasts for 3 hours, and its LED lights let you know when it’s recording. The device is not completely original. There have been similar products in the past, but those don’t include Google’s powerful AI technology. Presently, it can work with the pixel, iPhone 6 or later, Galaxy S7 and S8 phones.

Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini

Google launched its small-sized version of Home speakers which is named as the Google Home Mini. It is a spherical disk with hottest new technologies. While the size is small, it has the same functionalities as the large-sized Google Home like, voice recognition, smart home and calling powers. Four LED lights are embedded at the top and it plugs into the wall.

Google Home Max

Google Home Max

To give a direct competition to Apple’s forthcoming Home Pod, Google is also releasing its Home Max. It is a higher end speaker with Google’s built-in Assistant Technology. It contains a feature called Smart Sound, which allows you to set the audio depending upon the surrounding environment. The device is available in light or dark gray color.

It is expected to launch in December and includes 12-months free subscription to YouTube Red.

Tech companies like Google and Apple tend to announce their new products at this time of the year, before the holiday shopping season. This time, both the companies have come with gigantic products. To see the highlights of Apple’s tech event, click here!

Mozilla Firefox’s Attempt to Bring a web-first focus on Smartphones

Firefox OS

The mobile market may still essentially be a two horse race, with Android and iOS enjoying a significant lead, but there are lots of upstarts trying to make inroads too. One of those is Mozilla firefox OS attempt to bring a web-first focus on smartphones. One has to respect a company or organization that tries to reinvent itself. So when an organization such as Mozilla, makers of the once uber-popular Firefox browser, decides to move step up way beyond its comfort zone and try to make a full-fledged mobile operating system, they know people will pay attention. This article is not a review but just presents information on and about Firefox.

Mozilla claims to transform the future with Firefox OS with the mission;

“We’re out to make a difference, not a profit. When you choose Firefox OS, You’re helping build a brighter future for the web and users everywhere.”

Let’s check out what this Firefox OS is and what it offers, please note this is not a rev. Firefox OS is open source and therefore free from proprietary technology and is the result of this long-term bet for Mozilla and, even though it’s still in its dormancy, it has its fair share of fans and enthusiasts. Mozilla is using very similar talking points that Google used when Android was launched: Open, customizable, free for the Man! Except that carriers will be able to bend Firefox OS to their will.

In a nutshell, Firefox OS is a Linux-based OS that boots up into a Gecko-based environment that looks like the lovechild of iOS and Android. Every user-facing element of Firefox OS, from the UI (Gaia), to the dialer, to the apps, is programmed using open web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS — and rendered using Gecko, the exact same rendering engine used by desktop and mobile versions of the Firefox web browser.

Firefox OS aims at putting the power of the Web in people’s hand. The advantage of Firefox OS is that it is built to completely open Web standards. With this it has garnered significant industry support since it was introduced at MWC 2013. Devices have quickly commanded market share in Latin America and gone on sale in 14 markets including nine in Europe, with four operators and three handset manufacturers. Its flexibility allows for easy customization to meet the unique needs of a localized consumer base that are ready to move from feature phones to smartphones. But 2013 was just the beginning. In 2014, Mozilla has announced the launch of Firefox 2.0 and plans to differentiate the user experience and the Partners are growing the portfolio of devices.

Firefox OS is also expanding to additional form factors, as partners and contributors work to optimize the software for TVs, tablets and other devices. Panasonic has announced a partnership with Mozilla firefox OS to release next-generation smart TVs powered by Firefox OS. Geeksphone has been an early Firefox OS hardware supporter, and now it has launched a higher-end device with the ability to dual-boot to both Android and Firefox OS out of the box.

Firefox OS, the mobile operating system Mozilla hopes will loosen the grasp Google and Apple hold over the mobile market, whether you define it as a free OS, a low-end OS, a developing market OS, there’s already something out there and already selling handsets. Android fills all those roles mentioned above, and it does it well especially at the higher-end. Mozilla firefox OS has a big task to achieve.