"Our goal is to build a personal Google for each and every user".
Pixel will be available with a five- or 5.5-inch display, starting at $649 for U.S. customers, similar to the latest iPhone models.
Home will be available on November 4 for about $130, with advance orders starting Tuesday.
Google is taking a page from Apple's playbook by making a bigger push to build its own hardware. Now that Google has finally made a decision to increase the availability of its devices, there's a possibility that it may sell better than the company's Nexus devices. The California group also sought to expand in the smartphone market by purchasing Motorola in 2011, but sold the unit less than three years later. But it's perhaps more interesting because of Google's stated new focus on the full stack of being a hardware business, which includes the retail experience, according to a Google rep I spoke to at the company's launch event earlier this week.
"Google today demonstrated that it's finally serious about hardware", said Jan Dawson at Jackdaw Research.
The disappointing part of this all is that some of these features are exclusive to the Pixel, and will not be available on the regular Android Nougat phones.
The plans to provide a physical location to check out the new hardware isn't a brand new thing for Google; the company has dabbled in retail via store-within-a-store pilots similar to the way Apple operates shops within Best Buy locations, for instance.
Lastly, Google Pixel phones come with a free unlimited storage for the original with high quality photos and high definition videos.
Pixel has a "smart" camera for sublime photos, and a program to make it easy for users to switch operating systems, a move aimed at encouraging iPhone users to convert to Android. "They don't exactly swing anyone around the room".
And instead of relying primarily on online orders, as was the case with Nexus, Google will offer Pixel through Verizon as well, starting October 20. However, it also introduced a variety of other new products designed for use in world driven increasingly by artificial intelligence and virtual-reality technologies.
View headsets are made of soft cloth, purportedly inspired by casual clothes.