Live Blog: Made By Google October Phone Eventby Matt Humrick on October 4, 2016 12:00 PM EST
12:06PM EDT - I'm here at Google's October phone event
12:09PM EDT - Google's first subject: using machine learning to approve their assistant AI
12:15PM EDT - This is my first Live Blog, so please bear with me.
12:16PM EDT - Google talking up AI. The next big innovation.
12:17PM EDT - Building hardware and software together let's Google create the best experience around AI
12:17PM EDT - Hardware with Google Assistant at its core
12:18PM EDT - Sounds like more hardware coming from Google in the future
12:18PM EDT - Introducing Pixel
12:19PM EDT - Polished aluminum case
12:20PM EDT - Pixel first phone with Google Assistant built-in
12:20PM EDT - "No unsightly camera bump"
12:21PM EDT - Photography, storage, communications, and VR central themes
12:23PM EDT - Google Assistant searching photos based on date with natural voice command
12:23PM EDT - Uses Google's Knowledge graph to find contextual results
12:24PM EDT - Ask it who's playing at a concert venue, and it will return upcoming shows with dates
12:24PM EDT - Google Assistant works with third-party messaging apps
12:26PM EDT - Ask about a restaurant and get contextual links to Yelp, Maps, etc.
12:26PM EDT - Get directions, message a friend, and make a reservation all in one easy flow without jumping between apps
12:26PM EDT - No more copy-paste between apps
12:27PM EDT - Now talking about Pixel camera
12:27PM EDT - DXOMark of 89
12:27PM EDT - iPhone 7 was 86
12:27PM EDT - 12.3MP rear camera
12:28PM EDT - f/2.0 aperture and 1.55 micron pixels
12:28PM EDT - Smartburst - hold down shutter button and take a continuous picture. Phone selects best image of capture.
12:29PM EDT - HDR+ combines multiple short exposures, reducing noise and improving dynamic range
12:29PM EDT - HDR+ has zero shutter lag
12:30PM EDT - Claims camera capture time is faster than any other phone
12:30PM EDT - Samples gyroscope 200 times per second for video image stabilization
12:31PM EDT - Google Photos integration. Free unlimited photos and videos at full resolution stored in cloud.
12:32PM EDT - Live blogging is hard :)
12:32PM EDT - Presenters talk fast
12:32PM EDT - Google Duo preinstalled on Pixel.
12:33PM EDT - Google Duo preinstalled on Pixel.
12:33PM EDT - This is Google's new video conferencing app
12:33PM EDT - Pixel comes with quick charging
12:34PM EDT - Pixel comes with Nougat, obviously. Software updates installed in background.
12:35PM EDT - New Google tool to make it easy to switch from iPhone to Pixel
12:35PM EDT - Now back to hardware
12:35PM EDT - Pixel has 2 screen sizes: 5" and 5.5"
12:36PM EDT - 3 colors: Black, Blue, Silver
12:36PM EDT - Pixel is first phone to be Daydream VR ready
12:37PM EDT - Verizon is exclusive carrier partner in US
12:37PM EDT - Also available unlocked
12:38PM EDT - Video time
12:39PM EDT - No mention of HTC. Google phone "inside and out"
12:39PM EDT - Video done. Moving on to VR.
12:39PM EDT - VR a transformative technology
12:41PM EDT - Discussing Google's Daydream platform
12:41PM EDT - Daydream View: Google's take on VR headsets
12:41PM EDT - Wanted to make something that is comfortable and easy to use
12:42PM EDT - soft, flexible, breatheable
12:42PM EDT - made from soft micro-fabrics
12:42PM EDT - It's soft and cozy :)
12:42PM EDT - 30% lighter than other headsets
12:42PM EDT - fits over glasses
12:43PM EDT - Which reminds me, I should be wearing mine
12:43PM EDT - Headset includes auto-alignment system and communicates with phone wirelessly
12:44PM EDT - Comes with a small wireless controller. Gyro inside
12:44PM EDT - Controller can be stored inside headset when done using it
12:45PM EDT - Presenter just dropped the controller on the floor. It survived
12:45PM EDT - 3 colors: Slate (gray), Snow (silver), Crimson
12:46PM EDT - Harry Potter VR content: Fantastic Beasts
12:48PM EDT - I've got my glasses on now. Headache averted
12:48PM EDT - Still discussing VR content
12:48PM EDT - VR journalism from New York Times
12:48PM EDT - More than 50 partners already onboard Daydream
12:49PM EDT - Google Play Movies, Photos, Street View, and YouTube will be Daydream compatible
12:50PM EDT - Street View in VR should be useful. An interesting way to explore new places.
12:51PM EDT - Already 100k+ immersive videos on YouTube?
12:51PM EDT - A lot of possibilities for VR content on YouTube
12:52PM EDT - Headset and controller available in November for $79
12:52PM EDT - plus a Pixel phone of course :)
12:52PM EDT - Now discussing connectivity
12:53PM EDT - Announcing Google WiFi
12:53PM EDT - Expandable system: network of access points
12:54PM EDT - Add access points to tailor coverage to your home
12:54PM EDT - Network assist feature automatically optimizes the network and connections
12:54PM EDT - Makes it easier to manage network
12:55PM EDT - Can control Google WiFi with app on phone
12:55PM EDT - Can disable network access on per user basis
12:56PM EDT - Announcing Chromecast Ultra
12:56PM EDT - cast content up to 4K and HDR
12:56PM EDT - 4K content coming to Google Play Movies in November
12:57PM EDT - Comes with Ethernet port
12:57PM EDT - Old school
12:58PM EDT - Moving on to Google Home
12:59PM EDT - Enjoy music, manage tasks, control devices in home with your voice
12:59PM EDT - Very neutral design
12:59PM EDT - LEDs and touch surface on top
01:00PM EDT - There's a mute button to make it stop listening
01:00PM EDT - Can swap bases to get a different visual look
01:01PM EDT - Several speakers inside base for playing music
01:01PM EDT - Use your voice to control music playback.
01:02PM EDT - Ties into YouTube Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart
01:03PM EDT - Can choose a default music service, so you don't have to keep telling it what source to use
01:05PM EDT - Google Home ties into Google's knowledge graph to answer questions you ask
01:05PM EDT - Also grabs snippets from the Web if it cannot find answer in knowledge graph
01:06PM EDT - Google Home names source of snippet from the Web before reading the answer. That's a nice touch
01:07PM EDT - Can ask it where to buy camping gear and it will tell you a list of stores and how far away they are
01:08PM EDT - Can follow up that query with directions
01:09PM EDT - Seems to work well with natural language queries (at least the examples provided)
01:09PM EDT - Can add items to shopping list and later access it with your phone
01:11PM EDT - Can use voice to control devices in the home.
01:11PM EDT - Can control TVs via Chromecast
01:12PM EDT - Google Home + Chromecast = Siri voice control on AppleTV
01:13PM EDT - Netflix support coming soon
01:13PM EDT - Works with Google Photos to display photos via Chromcast
01:14PM EDT - Google Home works as the voice control interface
01:14PM EDT - Google Home can also control external speakers via Chromecast Audio
01:15PM EDT - Can play music over multiple speakers within a group. Spread music throughout home
01:15PM EDT - Google Home: A WiFi speaker with Google Assistant built in
01:16PM EDT - Costs $129. Available for preorder today. Shipping Nov. 4
01:16PM EDT - 3 colors (fabric): Mango, Marine, Violet
01:17PM EDT - 3 metal base colors: Carbon, Snow, Copper
01:17PM EDT - Video time again
01:18PM EDT - It feels like I'm typing a lot
01:20PM EDT - Now talking about the openness of Google Assistant
01:21PM EDT - New developer options for tying into Google Assistant
01:22PM EDT - New conversation building tools coming in December
01:22PM EDT - Actions on Google
01:23PM EDT - embedded Google Assistant SDK
01:23PM EDT - will launch next year
01:23PM EDT - GA on Raspberry Pi
01:24PM EDT - Should enable third-party hardware with GA
01:24PM EDT - Wrapping up
01:25PM EDT - Thanks for reading along everyone
01:25PM EDT - I'm going to give my fingers a rest now
01:26PM EDT - And that's a wrap. Now for some hands-on