The Silicon Valley company is launching hardware in San Francisco, including their latest smartphones and new voice assistant Google Home Mini
I’ll be honest: there are unlikely to be many surprises here. Thanks to a huge amount of leaks, even for Google, we think we know almost everything likely to come today.
Top billing goes to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the new smartphones from Google’s in-house hardware team. The Pixel 2 looks like a rote upgrade to last year’s phone, replete with 2014-era bezels on the front and a single camera on the back, but the Pixel 2 XL is more interesting, taking a Galaxy S8/iPhone X approach to shrinking the phone’s chin.
Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live blog of today’s Google press event. It’s a big day for the company, which is expected to reveal its new pair of flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
They’ll be the first new phones from the company in a year, since the original Pixel came out last August. It’s also the first we’ve heard from Google’s hardware team since they sort-of acquired HTC two weeks ago, bringing the team who built the Pixel in-house.