The Launch Night In Google Hardware reveal event watch along live stream.
Google has invited us all to learn all about the new Chromecast, latest smart speaker and new Pixel phones live.
The Google Pixel 5 is landing today, and the company is set to unveil its next flagship phone at an entirely virtual event that the company is referring to as its big Launch Night In Livestream.
The Pixel 5 and a variety of other Google gadgets are set to be unveiled.
We’re expecting to hear more about the new flagship Pixel smartphone, as well as the Google Pixel 4a 5G, and a variety of other products including a brand new Google Chromecast and a new Google Nest smart speaker.
When can you watch along? The event is set for September 30, and it’s due to start at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST (that’s 4am AEST on October 1). You can either watch along live here, with the TechRadar team, or watch the official Google stream at this link – https://launchnightin.withgoogle.com/en/
The New Chromecast
Since June, we’ve heard rumors that the new Chromecast (codenamed Sabrina) will use a remote and a rejigged interface, and we’re expecting to see it finally surface at Google’s Launch Night In event.
Details are incredibly sparse on the specs right now, but the thinking here is that Google is making a device for both its tech-savvy users who know how to Cast as well as some less technical folks who still enjoy using a remote control to peruse their streaming devices.
Early leaked images of the device show that it’s not a massive departure in terms of design from its predecessors and still connects to your TV through an attached HDMI cable. An XDA leaker says that the new Chromecast will come in three colors – white, black and peach – but couldn’t confirm if it would support high-end AV formats like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
No word on pricing or release date yet either, but if it’s anything close to the Chromecast 3rd-Gen ($35, £30, AU$59) or Chromecast Ultra ($69, £69, AU$95) then the new Chromecast could be the new de facto streaming device for most people.
The Google Nest Audio
The so-called Google Nest Audio is rumored to be the company’s latest smart speaker, and it’s set to be the successor to its flagship speaker, the Google Home.
We’ve actually seen a lot of the Google Nest Audio in recent weeks, after the tech giant released a teaser video that showed off the wireless speaker’s new design, with a loaf-shaped build and fabric grille.
Said to offer superior sound to its predecessors, the Nest Audio has even been mistakenly sold by Walmart in the US, as one Redditor discovered.
“Audio quality blows the original Google home out of the water by a very, very wide margin,” the Redditor reports. “Highs are super clear and crisp, lows are remarkably delicate and defined whereas heavy bass items seem to have definition rather than just heavy output. Seems competitive with my Sonos IKEA Speakers at lower volumes.”
Of course, we’ll need to test it out for ourselves to find out whether the Nest Audio delivers in terms of audio quality – as well as its onboard Google Assistant’s smart home integration – but we’re excited to hear more about it at the big event.
The Google Pixel 5 and 4a 5G
The first of the last-minute leaks are in, and this one gives us another look at the Google Pixel 5 before it’s unveiled properly on stage later today.
It’s from Jon Prosser – a leaker of a wide variety of gadgets – who has photos of the Google Pixel 5 in a hand.
We’re not sure if it’s his specific hand, but it largely confirms what we’ve seen from the most recent leaks so we think this is the final product.
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