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Google Pixel 4 launched at $799, won't come to India

Google, on Tuesday, unveiled its new flagship phones, the Pixel 4 and 4XL, along with other devices at an event in New York. The tech giant's CEO, Sundar Pichai, was surprisingly missing from the company's annual hardware launch event, that kicked off with a keynote by Rick Osterloh, Senior VP (Hardware) at Google.

Pichai, however, took to Twitter at the end of the show to share his excitement.

Among the highly-anticipated launches, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL come with an updated camera and emphasis on AI.


The Pixel 4 sports a 5.7 inch display (4 XL has a 6.3 inch display) and both have a 90Hz refresh rate. They run Snapdragon 855, have 6GB RAM and a dual rear-camera setup (12MP standard and 16MP telephoto).

For clearer selfies, the phones have a 8MP front shooter. There is a 2,800mAh battery in Pixel 4 and a 3,700mAh battery in the 4 XL.

The Night Sight feature also gets an update making it now possible to take pictures of the night sky.

The new phones now comes with better facial recognition for unlocking the phone with a glance. Unlike the existing 'trusted face' feature on Android phones, the new Face Unlock is intended to be more secure and easier to use.

Google has also brought motion-sensing technology, that will allow users to skip songs or switch apps with gestures, to the phones.

There is also a new recorder app that can transcribe in real-time.

The Pixel 4 is priced at $799, while the larger XL version will cost $899. Pre-bookings in the US open today, and the phones will go on sale from October 24. The smartphone won't be available in India, Google confirmed in a statement.

While the company did not give a reason, it said it looks forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India.

"Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India," read the statement.

The Pixel 4 comes in three colours variants: Just Black, Clearly White, and a limited-edition Oh So Orange.

The tech giant also announced its new Pixel Buds, touted as Google's answer to Apple's AirPods. The new Buds offer five hours of continuous listening time on a single charge, and 24 hours of battery life when using the case. They will go on sale early next year at $179.

The light-weight Pixelbook Go also made its debut at the event. The 13.3 inch touchscreen laptop weighs two pounds and is 13 mm thin. It comes with backlit, 'Hush' keys, and up to 12 hours of battery life. Google says the laptop will give users two hours of battery on just 20 minutes of charging.

The new laptop follows the Pixelbook, which debuted in 2017 at $999.

​The 13.3 inch touchscreen Pixelbook Go weighs two pounds and is 13 mm thin.​
The 13.3 inch touchscreen Pixelbook Go weighs two pounds and is 13 mm thin.

The laptop's rippled design at the bottom makes it easy to grip. Priced at $649, it is currently available only in black, with the pink variant coming soon.

The Nest Mini, an upgrade to the Google Home Mini (launched in 2017), was also unveiled. For its smart speaker, Google has taken the sustainability route, and is using recycled plastic bottles to make the Nest Mini.

The Nest Mini comes with a wall mount, and will now be available in a new colour option, Sky Blue.

Other announcements included the Nest Wifi, and details about its cloud-generation gaming platform, Stadia.

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An Event That Lived Up To The Hype

15 Oct, 2019
Tech enthusiasts, rejoice! The much-awaited and anticipated ‘Made By Google’ event, held in New York City, gave the world of tech a lot to talk about in the days to come. If the social media reactions are to be believed, the event managed to live up to the hype and expectations. The products launched by Google - Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel Buds 2, Google Nest Mini and Pixelbook 2 - generated a lot of buzz online. If you happened to miss the event, fret not! We have made a compilation of all the major announcements that happened at the event to keep you in the loop. Read on, and get yourself up to date.

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