Preferred Care, provided by Assurant, is offered at the time of purchase for a number of Google products including Pixel phones that covers two incidents of accidental damage with the payment of deductibles and also provides comparable manufacturer warranty protections for a year. (The company previously brought John Legend's voice to the Assistant.) With the prompt, "Hey Google, talk like Issa", the Assistant will activate the Emmy-nominated actress's voice-with a few easter eggs to boot.
Additionally, Pixel 4 features a new Personal Safety app that can automatically call emergency services in your area if it detects that you've been in a vehicle accident, and the ability to end-to-end encrypt face unlock data with Google's custom-built Titan M security chip, which is also used for secure payments and app unlocks.
As with its predecessors, the hardware doesn't tell the whole story with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. Along with Susana Suarez, Des went on a road trip with the new handsets and the first thing that we see is the new UI for Google Assistant.
The notion of online services and machine smarts being all around and always ready to serve people instead of needing them to tap at smartphones or keyboards is referred to as "ambient computing".
Unlike in previous years, though, there's less of a feeling that the Pixel is really just a way for Google to package its computational photography talents. Still, Google accounted for under 1% of smartphones shipped during the second quarter, according to IDC. It still manages to feature 15% better battery life, and a new keyboard that's even quieter than the one on the original model.
Google is updating its Nest Mini with a new color option called Sky, and it also has an integrated wall mount on the bottom. The new version of the voice assistant runs locally on the device which makes it significantly faster to process voice requests. The subscription will cost $6 or $12 per month depending on how much storage you require.
Google is simplifying its Nest Aware pricing into two plans, both with unlimited devices.
The clear path forward for the Pixelbook Go is to be competetive in the market Google has helped curate over the years.
Motion-sensing technology that Google has been working on for some time is built into Pixel 4 and will allow for some basic controls, such as silencing alarms or skipping to the next song, by holding up or waving hands. It will also support calls to emergency services using Nest speakers or the Google Home app. ®. Both phones will be available beginning October 24.