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Google Pixel 2: release date, features, price and everything we know

Google is preparing to launch its latest Pixel smartphone in October, following on from the success of its first Google Pixel last year.<p>The tech giant will reveal what is expected to be called the Google Pixel 2 alongside a larger XL version. The phone is thought to be among the first new models to …

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Google set to release new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, insiders say

Sources speaking exclusively to the Guardian reveal details of new phones and a smaller Google Home Mini smart speaker ahead of October launch<p>Google is set to release two new smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as a smaller Google Home Mini smart speaker on 4 October, the Guardian has …

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Google To Launch Mini Version Of Google Home, Says Report

Smart home technology continues to grow and also get smaller, at least the devices themselves. Now Google Home is reportedly going to launch a …

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Regulatory Filings Confirm Google Home Mini Name, Reveal Additional Details

A pair of filings with regulators in the U.S. and Canada just revealed some additional details about an upcoming smaller version of Google’s Google …

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Google's $1.1 billion deal with HTC is about something much bigger than making a better smartphone

• <b>Google's acquisition of a team of smartphone engineers from HTC could prove important to its future.</b>• <b><br>In the short term, the team should help Google's Pixel phones better compete with Apple's iPhone and other flagship smartphones.</b>• <b><br>But longer term, the deal fills in an important gap for Google, as it</b> …

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What does Google want with HTC's smartphone business?

Google is acquiring a $1bn chunk of HTC’s smartphone arm, including 2,000 employees and access to intellectual property, as it bets big on hardware<p>Google has announced that it’s acquiring a $1.1bn chunk of HTC’s smartphone business, and with it providing the once leading Taiwanese phone brand a …

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Google Shells Out $1.1 Billion for HTC Phone Unit

Google and HTC have agreed that the search giant will acquire part of the Taiwanese gadget maker's phone division for $1.1 billion, the companies …

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More Google Home Mini details hinted at in FCC listing

Speculation that Google would introduce a “mini” version of its Google Home smart speaker began circulating recently, and it was tipped to be a $49 competitor to the Amazon Echo Dot. A couple of days ago, we got a potential first look at the device, and now, a recent Federal Communications …

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How to Add Users to Google Home

Sometimes all I need in this crazy world is a brisk walk to clear my head and some good music bumping through my headphones. But when that simple …

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Nest puts positive spin on product delays

The product logjam at Nest, whose intelligent thermostat was the first device to turn the “smart home” into a household phrase, is over.<p>That, at …

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Google Dives Into Hardware With $1.1B HTC Deal | Investopedia

Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) subsidiary Google has signed a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement with Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC in a bid to …

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LOFT is a $49.95 portable battery base for the Google Home

I know it might sound ridiculous, but I sometimes find myself yearning for a way to move my two Google Homes around. I have one in the hallway that …

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New battery packs turn the Echo Dot and Google Home into portable speakers

But... why?<p>The accessory company Ninety7 is continuing its quest to untether smart speakers from wall outlets with the introduction of new battery packs designed for the Echo Dot and Google Home.<p>First up is the Dox, which will sell for $39.95 (but is launching on sale for $29.95) and adds a …

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You can now add a battery to your Google Home with ‘LOFT’

Smart speakers have been around for a while, but this fall they’re going to see <i>a lot</i> of expansion. With Google Assistant, that includes the first portable option in the TicHome Mini. However, if you’re looking to add a battery to your current Google Home unit, the “LOFT” does just …

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Google Home Mini leaked in detail, expected to cost $49

Last year's Google Home was a pretty great product, and has only been made better through numerous software updates. Back in August, we shared that …

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New Google Home Mini Leaked, Will Cost $49

It looks like Google is getting ready to launch a new cheaper Google Home device. The new device is called the Google Home Mini and you can see it in …

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iPhone 8 reviews have landed, a T-Mobile and Sprint merger?

Today's biggest headlines in tech include iPhone 8 and 8 Plus reviews, a possible T-Mobile and Sprint merger and the leaking of a new small Google Home assistant called Google Home Mini.

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Here is the Google Home Mini, the Smaller $49 Google Home | Droid Life

When Google takes the stage on October 4 at a phone-related event in San Francisco, most of us expect there to be non-phone related product …

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Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Now Come with Esquire Wisdom

Want to know what Esquire might have to say about that thing you're pondering? You're in luck, because Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are now equipped with 80+ years of Esquire wisdom. Google Assistant is available on Google Home, Android phones, and iPhones. Amazon Alexa is available on Amazon …

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Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing.<p>Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with deals and product …

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This is how headphones with Google Assistant built-in might work

We’re quickly approaching the release of the first of many headphones with Google Assistant built-in — the Bose QC35 II. Since our story outing these as the first with Assistant, we’ve been seeing a lot of questions regarding how they’re different from current Bluetooth headphones that have an …

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Upcoming 'Google Home Mini' Smart Speaker Details and Images Leaked

We've previously covered rumors that Google has been working on a "mini" version of its $129 Google Home smart speaker, which is expected to be unveiled at the company's Pixel 2 smartphone event scheduled for October 4. But it looks as if details and images of the "Home Mini" have already been …

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Google Pixelbook is Google's New Chromebook With Pixelbook Pen, Starting at $1,199 | Droid Life

As we noted in our earlier Google Home Mini reveal, a report from a couple of weeks back had actually suggested that Google would soon release a …

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FCC filing reveals new ‘Media streaming device,’ likely Google Home Mini

A Google filing for a “media streaming device” has just passed the FCC and taken in conjunction with yesterday’s leak is likely the upcoming Google Home “Mini.” Documents filed with the regulatory agency reveal a circular base that lines up with the renders of the smaller Assistant speaker.<p>Today’s …

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Google AI chief: computers aren't as smart as children

Google executive John Giannandrea opined a couple years back that artificial intelligence had reached the level of a four-year-old child. But …

Artificial Intelligence

Motorola redux? Google appears set to buy HTC | Ars Technica

Google might buy a dying Android OEM again.<p>Evidence is mounting that Google is going to buy HTC. Bloomberg's Tim Culpan is reporting HTC shares will …

Mobile Technology

Amazon to release Alexa-powered smartglasses, reports say

Unlike Google Glass and Snapchat’s Spectacles, the glasses reportedly won’t feature a camera, instead focusing on linking to Amazon’s voice assistant<p>Amazon is planning to release a pair of Alexa-enabled smartglasses as the latest addition to its range of voice-controlled devices, according to …

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Apple HomePod Faces Tough Odds Against Amazon Echo in Connected Home Market

Three months before its anticipated launch, some experts have already discounted Apple HomePod's prospects for success.<p>HomePod, due in December, is …

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Google Home Mini leaked, expected to cost $49 USD

Google’s October Pixel event is still a few weeks away, but images of the miniature successor to the Google Home smartspeaker have already …

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How to link and unlink smart device services from the Google Home app

Some things seem more complicated than they should be.<p>The Google Home app does more than setting up the Google Home itself. You use it to set up …

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