Google announced a slew of new products overnight, including the long-anticipated Google Pixel 4 range and the Nest Mini.
But there were a few new goodies that we sadly won't be seeing in Australia.
We've been waiting for months for this day. After wading through every possible leak imaginable the time has finally come. The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been announced for real. And as an added bonus, they're both cheaper than last year's counterparts. Here's everything Aussies need to know about the new range.
Google Pixel Buds 2
The original Pixel Buds were a bit meh, but it looks like the second generation will be a whole lot better. Not only will they actually be wireless, the charging case looks super sleek and offers an additional 24-hours of battery life on top of the 5 that the buds get themselves.
As for the buds themselves, they at least seem to fit into the ear seamlessly. They'll also have the ability to offer real time translation, which is extremely cool.
The only real issue is that there's a question mark over whether they'll actually come to Australia.
They won't be out in the U.S. until Autumn 2020 and we couldn't get an answer out of Google about whether we will see them here.
Update - Apparently they are coming! We just don’t know when. Yay!
Apple has AirPods, Samsung has its Galaxy Buds, and Microsoft has its Surface Earbuds. Not to be left out, Google announced today its Pixel Buds 2.
Google Pixelbook Go
The Pixelbook Go is marketed as a thin, light and affordable version of the regular Pixelbook.
It comes with 16GB RAM, 256GB storage and extra quiet 'hush keys' which seem super cool. We're also fans of the ridged bottom that's designed for improved grip.
Sadly we've never gotten the Pixelbook range in Australia and there is no local pricing or release date for the most recent edition. Considering that there's no embargo on coverage for the Go, it's probably safe to assume that this trend is going to continue.
Perhaps we'll get it in the future, but chances aren't looking good.
The Pixelbook is the best Chromebook you can buy, but it’s also one of the most expensive Chromebooks you can buy. The big pitch for the Pixelbook Go is that it takes a lot of what you like about the Pixelbook and Google’s aesthetic in general, and charges only $US650 ($962). That’s a damn fine idea, but my limited time with the Pixelbook Go suggests there could be a hefty Google tax for embracing it’s “affordable” Chromebook.
After months of teasing, Google finally announced the launch date of Stadia - November 19 (or 20 here in Australia).
Stadia offers users cloud base gaming, negating the need for a console. Instead, the games will stream online from a remote server.
users will be able to access Stadia via a TV, PC, laptop, tablet or Pixel smart phone.
Much like Netflix and Stan, this streaming service will have a monthly fee of $US10 a month.
Major games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey have been announced for Stadia.
Australia definitely won't be getting Stadia in November. In fact, there is no guarantee that we will get it at all. Considering the state of Aussie internet, this isn't surprising.
In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.