NEWSLETTER Google 2017 Launch & VR Travel with Google and Discovery

NEWSLETTER: Google 2017 Launch & VR Travel with Google and Discovery

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I value knowledge. And like your metal trinkets, knowledge is more valuable when it is rare.” ~ Brainiac (Supervillain, DC comics)

GOOGLE UNVEILS A TREASURE TROVE OF NEW GADGETS

THE STORY

Google reveals tons of new tech including a new Pixel phone, Google Home Speakers and more.

WHAT ALL HAS BEEN RELEASED?

Just when we felt that the Apple event in September was the biggest tech launch in 2017, Google literally sideswiped everyone at their annual event held on the 4th of October. The blew the sheets off several new products that will give a tough time to rivals. The biggest of them all was certainly the highly awaited, Pixel 2 Smartphone, alongside the bigger Pixel 2 XL. But other releases such as 2 new Google Home smart-speakers, new DayDream VR headsets, Pixel Bud Headphones, Pixelbook Laptop, and Google Clips AI Camera.

With such a vast product launch, Google has certainly raised the bar for competitors such as Apple, Microsoft, GoPro and Amazon.

CAN YOU TELL MORE ABOUT PIXEL 2?

Ever since the latest Android Oreo was released, more and more fans clamoured for a next-gen Pixel smartphone that displays the best of its OS’ capabilities. Unlike Apple, both Pixel phones have the old-fashioned fingerprint ID. The smaller Pixel 2 comes with a 5 inch display, 1080p resolution, and larger camera lens to differentiate it from older model.

Pixel 2 XL on other hand has a 6-inch screen, trimmed out bezels and a nearly perfect edge-to-edge display. It is capable of 2880×1440 resolution that might upset Apple X’s sales. Both phones come with 12.2 megapixel camera in the rear that uses a trademark “Dual-Pixel” technology. This helps the Pixel 2 to create similar results as iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, with a single camera.

WHAT ABOUT COMPETITORS?

With this big reveal, Google has certainly proved that its move from being a search engine giant to a consumer electronics brand wasn’t something unnatural. Google’s CEO, Mr. Sundar Pichai has repeatedly talked about how AI is their newfound focus, which clearly reflects in the newly revealed gadgets. They already claim that their improved Google Assistant is far more capable than Siri and coupled with their superior AI technology is set to outperform competitors.

Even when talking about the missing headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google’s new Pixel Bud Bluetooth headphones with built-in voice controlled assistant is sure make AirPods look like an old hat.


TRAVEL IN VR WITH DISCOVERY TRVLR

THE STORY

Discover channel and Google combine forces to create a virtual reality travel experience.

WHAT IS DISCOVERY TRVLR?

If you ever wanted to experience various places around the globe, it can now be done while never leaving your house. Google and Discovery Communications have come together for a special 38-episode travel series named as Discovery TRVLR. While travel shows are nothing new, this new show is completely viewable using a VR headset and will be available for all platforms including, Android, iOS and web.

According to a Discover VR official, “Discovery’s viewers look to us for innovation and expect to be taken places that satisfy their desire for exploration and adventure. Like Discovery, Google’s VR team shares a passion for VR storytelling, and we are thrilled to partner with them on Discovery TRVLR, our most ambitious endeavor to date.”

HOW CAN I WATCH THIS SHOW?

Once the show makes its debut on Friday, November 3, 2017, it will be available to viewers on YouTube, Discovery VR.com and Discovery VR app. Viewers would require a VR headset to watch the series and works with both Google Cardboard and Daydream VR.

BUT WHAT IS THE SHOW ABOUT?

According to the official Discovery communications web page, “The one-of-a-kind immersive series takes viewers beyond the television screen and drops them directly into the lives of fascinating locals in every corner of the globe across all seven continents. Exploring unique cultures through a visceral 360-degree storytelling experience, Discovery TRVLR explores the mind-blowing rituals, obscure traditions and life-threatening quests that define a variety of cultures in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica and Europe. As viewers enter these worlds they will be surrounded by extraordinary environments; sights, sounds and stories that reveal the extremes of human nature.”

Akshay Peter

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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