Last week, we featured an article on Amazon’s fall hardware event 2020 where we saw an exciting range of gadgets. Earlier last month, it was Apple’s “Time Flies” event 2020 featuring the latest iPad and Apple Watch. Finally, Google has joined the party and launched the most awaited Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. This comes after Google unveiled the more affordable Pixel 4a 5G in August, 2020. Along with that, we will also see a new Chromecast and a new Nest smart speaker – Nest Audio.
It would be right to say that we saw this coming, the surprise however lies in the Chromecast and Nest Audio upgrades. The last month or so has been a bliss for Technology and Gadget lovers all over the world. Let us dive deeper into the exciting announcements from Google.
Google Pixel 5
After trying to emulate the iPhone for sometime, Google is now taking a different route with its latest flagship smartphones. The Pixel 5 is a more wholesome phone, providing more value per dollar spent. Google opts for a modest 5G capable Snapdragon 765G processor instead of Snapdragon 865. The technology giant also got rid of Pixel 4’s Soli radar module. This means no face unlock and touch-less motion sense controls.
The exclusion of Soli confirms the Pixel 5 has a fingerprint sensor on a dynamic design. This paired with a 6-inch, 2340 x 1080 stunning display. Google still includes a 90Hz refresh rate screen like Pixel 4, which is good. If you had troubles with the battery life of Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, you would be glad to know that the Pixel 5 comes with a larger 4,000 mAh battery.
Some other remarkable features include a camera system consisting of 12MP and 16MP sensors for excellent performance. A Pixel launch is incomplete without a software upgrade. So, Google has introduced a panning tool to produce a smooth video. To sum Pixel 5, you get support for Qi wireless charging, a clean water-resistant design, 128GB storage and available from $699.
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Pixel users will question the lack of XL in the model mentioned above. Well, that is because there is no XL this year. Alternatively, Google intends to unveil a more premium version of the Pixel 4a and an affordable version of the Pixel 5. Fans had been asking for a more affordable phone from Google in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and Google didn’t disappoint. When you combine the prowess of Pixel 5 with the affordability of Pixel 4, you get Pixel 4a with 5G. Pixel 4a is remarkably close to the Pixel 5 in terms of the same processor and front/rear cameras used. The only features missing in the 4a 5G is Qi wireless charging, a 90Hz display and water resistant body. It sure does come with a headphone jack, if you are old fashioned.
There is some good news for Chromecast fans out there, Google has finally added a remote to the casting device. If you were wondering that is it, there’s a lot more than just a remote. The new Chromecast has got an elegant design taken from the Chromecast Ultra and the colourful Nest Mini speakers. Also, there is a new processor inside that enables the Chromecast to play 4K HDR videos at about 60 frames per second. Hold on, there’s now support for Dolby Vision and surround sound too.
Coming to the remote, it comes with an inbuilt microphone for ease of use. It has the following buttons: Power, Back, Home, Mute and input keys along with a volume rocker. The remote also has a shortcut for YouTube and Netflix, because why not.
We thought the new Chromecast would run on Android TV. But, it now runs on Google TV, which is dependent on Android TV so that’s confusing. The Google TV interface is a replica of Google’s Play Movies and TV app. You can now get your hands on the new Chromecast at $50.
Google Nest Audio
Finally, we come to the last announcement by Google named Nest Audio. Nest Audio is wrapped in fabric just like the previous Nest Mini. It is equipped with a 19mm tweeter and 75mm mid-woofer. Google claims this feature makes Nest Audio 75% louder than the Google Home. Naturally, it also delivers 50 percent more bass than the previous version.
There are LED lights on the speaker that turn on when you speak to Google Assistant. If you are self sufficient, you can turn off or mute the switch on the back of the speaker. Additionally, there’s a Media EQ function that automatically tunes your Nest Audio based on what you’re listening to, along with multi-room audio support. The best part, you can pair two Nest Audio devices for stereo imaging as the device is available only for $100.
We are sure that if you made it to this point, you are surely excited about these product announcements just like us. Google has surely surprised us with the Chromecast and Nest Audio as we expected Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 based on the leaks. What do you think about these product offerings from Google? Let us know in the comments below.
Dhruvil is a Writer & Marketeer for Nimblechapps, joining December 2014, based out of Sydney, Australia. He has worked briefly as a Branding and Digital Marketing Manager before moving to Australia. At Nimblechapps, he worked on Social Media Marketing, Branding, Email Marketing and Blogging. Dhruvil studies Business at University of Western Sydney, and also handles Operations for the company in Australia.