Alphabet Inc's Google has unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphone along with new voice-enabled home speakers, redoubling its commitment to the hardware business as it competes with a surge of devices from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc. Silvia Antonioli reports
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but the tech-giant might have had a slight sneeze as Google unveiled a series of new products that rival the smart phone king as well as Amazon and Go-Pro. It was a typical California tech-style presentation (UPSOT PRESENTING PIXEL 2) Google's Pixel 2 lacks the brand appeal of Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy smartphones but its camera and software won praise from reviewers. Google also launched wireless headphones with the ability to translate, a laptop-slash-tablet, voice-enabled speakers that rival Amazon's Echo and a smart video camera. JUSTON PAYNE, GOOGLE PROJECT MANAGER: "And I am really excited to share an entirely new type of camera that works with your Pixel. We call it Google Clips" The camera, seen as a direct competitor of action camera maker GoPro, records automatically when it detects actions like a child cracking a smile. Its launch sent Go- Pro shares down more than six percent. The push into hardware is strategic for Google as users of its devises are bound to use more of its services like search and maps boosting its key ad sales business. The Google smart phone and most of the other products will be available by the end of October. beating Apple's iPhone X, at least on timing for now.