Google Pixelbook Go and updated Pixel Buds debut in US, Stadia arrives on November 19

By Xite - October 15, 2019
Google has launched a slew of ‘Made by Google’ products at an event in New York. these products include Pixelbook Go laptop, updated Pixel Buds and the company also provided an update on Google St....

After weeks of build-up, Google finally launched a slew of ‘Made by Google’ products at its annual launch event in New York. Google started by reiterating its commitment towards clean energy and announced that it has used recycled materials in making its products and making its shipping carbon neutral. On that note, Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Devices & Services, showcased an image of the 2019 product lineup.

Google Pixelbook Go 

After launching the first Pixelbook two years, Google says, it is now taking a step forward in making its Chromebook available to even more people with Pixelbook Go. The Pixelbook Go is essentially an affordable Pixelbook with Google’s indigenously developed ChromeOS. The machine weighs two pounds (approx 0.9kg) and is 13 mm thin. It borrows features like backlit keys and a big battery. It comes in two Just Black and Not Pink colours. The Pixelbook Go starts at a price of $649 (approx Rs 46,000). Pixelbook Go pre-orders start today in the US and Canada, and in January in the UK.

The Pixelbook go has a matte finish with finely painted magnesium casing. Google says that the design makes the machine more grippable. The Pixelbook Go has a battery which is claimed to deliver up to 12 hours of battery life. The company claims that the machine can run for up to two hours with just 20 minutes of charging. When it comes to the keyboard (something with which Apple has struggled in the past), Google says the quiet Hush Keys ensures quite typing experience.

Under the hood, Pixelbook Go has high-performance components, combined with the Chrome OS. Google says that the Pixelbook Go starts up in seconds, and stays fast and secure with automatic updates. Customers have the option of choosing from 8th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7 processors. The chipset can be paired with 8GB/16GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB/256GB SSD. The laptop sports a 13.3-inch touchscreen display with 16:9 aspect ratio and an HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) or 4K (3840 x 2160 pixel) resolution. The 2MP front-facing camera is claimed to be capable of recording 1080p video at 60fps.

Pixel Buds

Google has also launched the Pixel Buds with an aim to make quick tasks easier and faster, with instant access to the Google Assistant. The company says that the new Pixel Buds are ‘comfortable and secure in your ear, deliver high-quality sound, make clear calls, and have a long battery life.’

Google says since everyone's ears are shaped differently, it scanned thousands of ears to create a design that’s comfortable ‘for as many people as possible.’ The Pixel Buds feature a stabilizer arc that tucks in the ear, and together with the interchangeable eartip, they stay put even while exercising.

When it comes to the design, Google says that Pixel Buds have a hybrid design with eartips seal the ear to isolate the loud outside noises, and give high quality audio. There is a spatial vent underneath each Pixel Bud that lets through the right amount of environmental sound to keep the wearer aware of the things around him/her. Pixel Buds also have Adaptive Sound, which adjusts the volume depending on the environment they are wore in. In simpler words, the volume decreases automatically if you move from a noisy environment to a quite one, and vice-versa.

Pixel Buds have microphones in each earbud that is claimed to suppress other sounds in the background. Pixel Buds have a voice accelerometer that can detect speech through the vibrations of users’ jawbone. It means that users can talk clearly even if they are in windy conditions, like running or biking. The wearables are claimed to have long-range Bluetooth connectivity, that is, they’ll stay connected even if your phone is a football field-distance away.

Pixel Buds automatically detect when they’re in your ear and each earbud has touch controls for play or pause, and swipe to adjust volume. Pixel Buds are said to deliver up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge, with up to 24 hours with the wireless charging case. They are sweat and water resistant. Google Pixel Buds will be available next year in the US at $179 (approx Rs 13,000), and will come in four colors: Clearly White, Oh So Orange, Quite Mint and Almost Black.

Google Stadia

Google announced that Stadia Founder’s Edition will start arriving on November 19. Those who have pre-ordered and received Founder’s Editions will be able to buy and play games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11, Kine, and more on your TV, laptop, desktop, and select tablets and phones from 9 a.m. pacific time (9.30 p.m. IST) on November 19. The gamers will have three months of Stadia Pro, with access to Destiny 2: The Collection. Using the included Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Controller, gamers will be able to play in up to 4K HDR with 5.1 surround sound.

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