Google shows off Assistant-enabled Pixel smartphones, Daydream VR headset

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Google shows off Assistant-enabled Pixel smartphones, Daydream VR headset
(4th UPDATE) Google announces the Google Pixel smartphone lineup as well as the Google Daydream View virtual reality headset at an event in San Francisco on October 4

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Google on Tuesday, October 4 (October 5, Manila time), revealed a number of devices that hope to integrate technology with machine learning and artificial intelligence via the Google Assistant.

Google started their keynote by introducing Pixel, which they designed inside and out to be simple and smart.

Google’s Pixel – which will come with a 5-inch, and 5.5-inch versions – will be the first phone with the Google Assistant built-in.

PHONE BY GOOGLE. Screen shot by YouTube.

Google is also touting photography, storage, communications technologies, and mobile virtual reality as part of the Pixel experience.

Google’s assistant are meant to help with the big and small things in a person’s life. For instance, Google Assistancewill let you engage with your phone and ask it questions. The phone, via the assistant, will provide relevant information connected to your question as well as context-sensitive replies to your questions.

With regard to photography standards, DxOMark ranks the Pixel’s camera with an 89, the highest rating for a mobile device. 

Below are the specs for the new Pixel smartphone:

HARDWARE SPECS. Screen shot from Youtube.

The Pixel will ship with Android Nougat, the latest version of Android. As for battery life, fast charging takes on a new dimension, as 15 minutes of charging will allow the device to have 7 hours of battery life.

Those who purchase a Pixel will also get free unlimited storage for high resolution media captured on the phone. 

The Pixel will be available for $649, with pre-orders available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany now.

India will also have pre-orders beginning October 13.

DAYDREAM VIEW. Screen shot from YouTube.

Google also announced the Daydream VR headset, which will allow Pixel smartphones and other future smartphones to run on the system.

Google has also said that they will have 50 partners before the year’s end, with “hundreds more on the way.”

Daydream View and its controller will go on sale in November for $79.

More information on the Pixel and Daydream View will be available on the Made by Google website. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.