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Google unveils its Pixel smartphone and VR headset

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Looking to drum up consumer excitement, the tech company hosted an event in San Francisco on Tuesday to unveil a series of products, including two new phones, a virtual reality headset and the Chromecast Ultra. The flagship announcement was the introduction of Pixel, the first Google phone to carry exclusively Google branding. The company called it the "first phone made by Google inside and out." The device is poised to take on the iPhone with a built-in artificially intelligent assistant, 4K video and other bells and whistles. Here's a closer look at everything you need to know: Google (GOOG) announced a new Pixel line of phones -- the 5-inch Pixel ( 649) and 5.5-inch Pixel XL ( 769).


Google Pixel Phone Is Powered by AI

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With an aim to lead the world of smartphones with its artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology, Google on Tuesday launched much-awaited Pixel -- a new premium device completely designed by the tech giant with Google Assistant built right-in -- at a special event here. Don't Miss: Black Friday 2016: Everything You Need to Know Now The launch also ended the Nexus branding under which the company has always released phones in partnership with other original equipment manufacturers like LG (for Google Nexus 5) and Huawei (for Google Nexus 6P). Although HTC has manufactured the smartphones, the new device bears Google branding. With curved sculpted edges and a unibody made up of combination of aerospace grade aluminum and glass, the device comes in two sizes -- 5 and 5.5-inch with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protected super AMOLED display. Pixel is available in two -- quite black and very silver colors in India.


Here's everything you missed at Tuesday's Google event

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Google's product announcement in San Francisco Tuesday centered on the company's answer to Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri: Google Assistant. SEE ALSO: Pixel is here: Follow Google's event live The tech behemoth announced a slew of new products that integrate with the artificial intelligence technology, the most noteworthy of which is the first Google flagship phone, the Pixel. "When I look ahead at where computing is headed it's clear to me that we are evolving from a mobile first to an AI first world," Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, told the audience at the start of the presentation. Another big trend was the Internet of Things. For the first time, Google presented a comprehensive hardware catalog that could reasonably be used in unison to power a complete smart home.


Google unveils new Pixel phone, VR headset and other goodies

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Google is taking a page from Apple's playbook by making a bigger push to build its own hardware. Rick Osterloh, head of Google's new hardware group, said that in doing so, Google can take full advantage of capabilities it's designing with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Apple has long designed both iPhone hardware and the iOS operating-system software that runs on it. Now, Google is doing the same with the upcoming Pixel phones running Google's Android system. The Pixel is one of several gadgets Google announced Tuesday in San Francisco.


Google's new lineup of phones and gadgets: A quick glance

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is taking a page from Apple's playbook by making a bigger push to build its own hardware. Rick Osterloh, head of Google's new hardware group, said that in doing so, Google can take full advantage of capabilities it's designing with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Apple has long designed both iPhone hardware and the iOS operating-system software that runs on it. Now, Google is doing the same with the upcoming Pixel phones running Google's Android system. The Pixel is one of several gadgets Google announced Tuesday in San Francisco.