Daydream about the Google Pixel and Chromecast
September was a big month for Google as they released the Pixel, Pixel XL, Chromecast and the release of even more information about Google’s own foray into virtual reality with the Google Daydream.
Google Pixel & Google Pixel XL
The Google Pixel is a device that launches the Android 7.1 Nougat that is designed to be virtual reality ready for the Daydream release in November. The AI in the Google Pixel is one of the most impressive things about this phone in that it is actually able to understand a limited amount of context – meaning it is leaps and bounds ahead of Cortana and Siri.
The specs on these new phones are incredible, so even the most hardcore gamers will be impressed by how well the Google Pixel handles. Not only are the graphics stunning, but the mobile is astonishingly fast.
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The Google Pixel is beautiful and elegant in the overall design and has been brought out to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the iPhone 7 Plus – though it doesn’t explode or come with the high irritating wireless headphones. It is more expensive than any of the Nexus devices that we have seen in the past, but the Google Pixel is far superior to the Nexus models and is well worth that bit extra.
If you are looking for a waterproof device, you will have to keep looking as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are not waterproof, but the design does combine metal and glass to create a device that really feels comfortable to hold and easy to use. It has a rear fingerprint sensor and camera and the glass on the screen is made from strengthened Gorilla Glass 4.
Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra
Streaming is where the future of home viewing is set to grow, so it came as no surprise that Google jumped on board back in 2013 and that device has gotten even better with the new Chromecast streaming device.
The Chromecast dongle comes as the original piece of hardware, which is even faster than the previous model, as well as an audio-only version and the Chromecast Ultra that is designed for 4K Ultra HD.
The Chromecast works very simply – you plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and connect it to your internet and then you are ready to start streaming! The Chromecast connects with the apps on your mobile or your computer and then streams the app to your TV.
An Audio Only Chromecast
The audio-only version of the Chromecast is perfect for making any speaker into an audio streaming device, so you can connect and listen to radio apps, podcasts and music through a 3.5mm audio jack or a digital Optical input.
Announced as being released in November, the Google Daydream is the internet and technology giant’s steps into the territory of virtual reality for the second time. You might remember Google Cardboard (and if you don’t then there is quite a good reason for that), but you’ll be glad to know that the Google Daydream is very different from the earlier attempt.
Rather than producing a low-cost and disposable VR headset, the Daydream is a high quality and lightweight gadget that is designed to provide higher quality virtual reality experiences for those who are using Android Nougat. The Daydream is definitely a step-up from the Cardboard, and it’s a cheaper option than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but you are still getting a decent experience for your money.