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Google Enjoys A Launch Night In With New Product Announcements


Google has rarely repeated themselves when it comes to doing the big reveal for their product or developer presentations. Yet today s 30 minute Launch Night In event was definitely as far as one could go on the opposite side of the energy spectrum of previous Blimp filled performances. And perhaps that was for the best as many of the products were confirmed, thanks to leaks and retailers breaking street dates, rather than announced. An update to the Chromecast line, an original Google Home replacement and two new phones were the stars of the program. While a few services did get a brief mention amongst the various staff driven vignettes.

Below you will find links to Google s own blog with the official details of today s announcements. Additionally, under those links, there is a collection of hands on information about the new products. Plus, a whole lot of Google related news that transpired earlier in the month looms further down the page.

From The Google Blog

Our newest lineup of helpful devices
Our best Chromecast yet, now with Google TV
Google TV: Entertainment you love, with help from Google
Made for music, the new Nest Audio is here
Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 pack 5G speeds and so much more
A new, more helpful editor in Google Photos
Get a better handle on the work day at home with Google
House music: New multi-room audio control from Nest
6 ways to use your voice to get more done
5 magical ways to conjure up a spooky and safe smart home this Halloween
Need a dose of Disney+? Just ask!

Coverage from around the web

Here's all the cool stuff announced at Google's 'Launch Night In' event!
THE 7 BIGGEST ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM GOOGLE S PIXEL 5 EVENT
Google s new $50 Chromecast runs Android TV and comes with a remote
Google announces the Chromecast with Google TV, available now for just $50
CHROMECAST WITH GOOGLE TV REVIEW: MOVE OVER, ROKU AND AMAZON
Chromecast with Google TV review: Successful in spite of its shortcomings
Google Chromecast (2020) hands-on: A helpful new remote and Assistant
Chromecast with Google TV: Hands-on with Google's new $50 4K HDR streamer
Chromecast with Google TV comes with color-matching AAA batteries
The new Chromecast with Google TV will get an Ethernet adapter, but it will cost $20
The new Chromecast with Google TV won t officially support Stadia at launch
The $30 Chromecast won t be discontinued, but Chromecast Ultra will only be sold w/ Stadia
Google Play Movies & TV is now Google TV but it s not the same Google TV that runs on Android TV on the new Chromecast, it s an app
Google TV is the future of Android TV but Android TV will still exist (and yes, this is confusing)
Android TV as you know it today will be replaced by Google TV over the next two years
Chromecast with Google TV wants to help you find what to watch
Google announces the Nest Audio, a Google Home successor for 2020
Google launches Nest Audio speaker, successor to Google Home, available Oct. 5 for $99
Google s new Nest Audio smart speaker is official, costs $99.99
Google's latest smart speaker is the $100 Nest Audio
Google announces Pixel 5 with wide-angle lens, 8GB RAM for $699 on October 15th
Google Pixel 5 is official with 90Hz display, dual cameras, and more
Google announces the Pixel 5 for $699
Google's Pixel 5 includes 5G and an ultrawide camera for $699
Pixel 5 gives Google a 5G flagship phone
Google Assistant on the Pixel 5 will sit on hold so you don't have to
Everything you need to know about the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G
Google announces Pixel 4A 5G with larger 6.2-inch display for $499
Google Pixel 4a 5G officially launches w/ 5G connectivity, $499 price
Google's $499 Pixel 4a 5G is almost as powerful as the Pixel 5
Google details its $499 Pixel 4A 5G
Nikkei: Google expects to ship just a few million Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and 4a (5G) units
Pixel 5 event's Easter egg will make you feel like a jazz pianist

Android 11 and other phones/tablet stories

We made Google s official Android 11 Red Velvet Cake recipe
Android 11 review: An incremental update that needs some polish
Android 11 The Ars Technica Review
Turning it up to Android 11
The Android 11 interview: Googlers answer our burning questions
Android 11's Pixel-first features are here
Google confirms Android 11 will limit third-party camera apps because of location spying fears
Here's what Android 11's automatically revoked permissions look like once they're triggered
Google Pixel 4a review The simple, basic, reasonable Google phone
Some Pixel 4a units are exhibiting a touchscreen bug on Android 11
Google won t support Playground and AR Stickers on newer Pixel phones
Android 11's new media controls remain buggy in public release
Android 11 Sound Picker Will Eventually Work With Google Cast Devices
What Android users need to know about spatial audio
How Android 11 Beats iOS 14 for Handling Messaging Apps
iOS 14 widgets make Android's look like an absolute embarrassment
What Android gets right that the iPhone gets so wrong
9 things I learned switching from the iPhone SE to the Google Pixel 4a
Microsoft commits to three years of Android updates for the Surface Duo
Surface Duo accessibility overview
Microsoft Accessibility Insights for Android Release - 2020.422.21
Accessibility Insights: Helping developers build more accessible products
Microsoft Defender for Android arrives on the Play Store
Report: This mid-range Samsung phone was the top Android device in H1 2020
A new 5G BlackBerry phone with Android and a physical keyboard will arrive in 2021
Motorola One 5G has a Snapdragon 765 and 90Hz display for under $500
OnePlus explains why it moved away from stock Android
Android tablets stink: Here's why
Lenovo is giving premium Android tablets another go
Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab Active3, a Smart New Tablet Built for Demanding Environments
Android's yearly updates aren't for you anymore

Google Assistant and services

Google Docs is now easier for visually impaired users to navigate
Google rolls out captions for audio and video messages on Duo
Google updates Action Blocks with dark theme widgets, Assistant vibration, and more
You can now use Assistant to send audio clips in Google Messages hands-free
Google Assistant sings a song to remind you of the benefits of wearing a mask
Google Assistant s Gentle Sleep and Wake feature now works with all smart lights
Google Assistant is rolling out a bare-bones clone of Siri Shortcuts
Google Podcasts Swipes Your News Update From Assistant
Assistant s Your News Update coming to Google Podcasts, adds more natural TTS voice
Google Meet won t limit calls on free plans to 60 minutes until March 2021
Google Meet s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android
Google Meet now lets you cast your videoconferences to the TV screen
Google expands its free Shopping listings to merchants worldwide
Android developer class action suit targets Play Store and its 30% transaction fee
Google plans Apple-like crackdown for in-app purchases, enforcing rules it previously ignored
Google announces crackdown on in-app billing, aimed at Netflix and Spotify
Google to enforce 30% take from in-app purchases next year
Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier
Amazon, Apple, and Google s open-source smart home standard is on track for a 2021 launch
The Downside of Conveniently Signing In With Google, Facebook, Twitter, or Apple
Even Google Employees Found Google s Privacy Settings Confusing

More Home and Nest stories

What s the Deal with Google Home and Nest? Is There a Difference?
Google's giving up too much ground in the smart home fight
Comment: Google s Nest lineup is overdue for new hardware as the competition advances
Google Home app loses ability to manually and quietly trigger Assistant Routines
The Google Home app has a new 'presence sensing' feature here's what it does
Google fully details how Home & Away Routines with presence sensing will work
Routines are replacing Nest Home/Away Assist, but it's a little confusing
Ringing alarms and timers on a Google Nest speaker can now be stopped from another room
Sonos sues Google for infringing on five more speaker patents
Google Home Essentials: Assistant makes Hunter s Cavera ceiling fan a smart addition to any home

Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromebooks

Google is separating Chrome from Chrome OS it's a big deal, here's what you need to know
Chrome OS is getting a major UI revamp with a new light and dark theme here's what it looks like
4 things we'd change about Chrome OS in 2020
Google Chrome's overflow menu is about to get easier to navigate
Google Chrome will try to stop you from typing into risky text boxes
Google is shutting down paid Chrome extensions
The Best Chrome Extensions to Prevent Creepy Web Tracking
This Chrome extensions turns articles into audio playlists
ChromeOS update is causing Chromebooks to overheat what to do
Chromebooks are finally getting a native screen recorder
Zoom for Android update brings virtual backgrounds, drops Chromebook support
6 things that still really annoy us about Chromebooks in 2020
Is this Chromebook about to die? Why Google's expiration dates matter
Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet review

Tips and tricks

How to Perform Actions by Tapping the Back of Your Android Phone
How to transfer your Google Authenticator 2FA to a new phone
How to Schedule Announcements on Google Assistant Speakers and Displays
How to use Google s free transcription tools
How to activate dark mode in the Google Play Store app
What Are Google Play Points, and How Do You Use Them?
How to Make Your Day Better With Google Home Routines
Google Home tips: 32 of the coolest and quirkiest things your voice assistant can do
Did you know that you can pair your Google Home Mini with your laptop? Here s how
Connect Google Home to your phone for super convenient speakerphone calls. Here's how
Google Home connection problems: 3 common issues and how to fix them
Waze now lets you send directions from your computer to your phone
How to Find Latitude and Longitude Coordinates Using Google Maps
How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)
How to turn an old laptop into a Chromebook
15 best Chromebook tips and tricks 2020

Moonshots

Google researchers use quantum computing to help improve image classification
Google working on 'Kaleidoscope' streaming service hub for Chrome
Google Groups rolling out redesign that includes improved mobile site
Google s latest AI experiment wants you to lip-sync a song to help it learn how we speak
Google launches a work-tracking tool and Airtable rival, Tables
How Google Maps uses DeepMind s AI tools to predict your arrival time
How Twilight Ruined Google Image Search Forever

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.


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