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#24: Vessels for Google

October 5th, 2017 · 54 minutes

The Made By Google event takes center stage next week, as Google unveils the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL), wireless earbuds, a new AI-driven camera, and a premium Chrome OS laptop. Plus there's intelligent assistant news from Sonos.

Guest Starring: Florence Ion and Jon Phillips

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Links and Show Notes

Exclusive first look at the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL - The Verge

Google's new phones bring a refreshed design, an all-new camera and a lot more Google Assistant.

Pixel 2 XL hands on: 5 reasons why you'll want Google's $849 superphone - PCWorld

Jon Phillips got his hands on Google's new phones.

Google Lens will finally make its debut on Pixel phones later this year - TechCrunch

Lens brings together a wide swath of Google’s machine intelligence services. It combines the company’s image recognition smarts with the real-time translation of Google Translate and the Google Assistant.

Up close with Pixel Buds, Google's answer to AirPods - The Verge

Google is making wireless headphones that are specifically designed to be the first and best option for people who buy Google phones

Google's Pixel Buds translation will change the world - Engadget

If you tell Google Assistant to "Help me speak Japanese" and then start speaking in English, the phone's speakers will output your translated words as you speak them.

Google unveils a $249 smart camera that decides what’s worth photographing - Ars Technica

The Clips figures out when something exciting is happening—happy faces, good lighting, interesting framing—and, when it thinks the time is right, it records (silent) video captures.

Google’s Pixelbook is a 2-in-1 premium Chromebook - Engadget

Google is jumping back into the premium notebook fray with the Pixelbook. The 2-in-1 is a powerful machine, but will run $999.

Google Pixelbook: Pen support and phone tethering could seal the Chrome OS deal - PCWorld

Before you do a spit-take at the thought of a $999 Chromebook, check out all the innovation Google has brought to its Pixelbook.

Sonos One is the company's first speaker with built-in voice control - Engadget

The speaker will cost $199 when it ships on October 24th, which is decidedly pricier than your typical smart speaker, but on par with the One's voiceless precursor.

How Sonos Made Amazon's Alexa Sound Amazing - WIRED

Sonos and Alexa, sitting in a tree...

Google Assistant is coming to Sonos’ new One speaker next year - The Verge

According to Google, Assistant on Sonos One will be the same Google Assistant that it offers on all of its other devices, although Sonos hasn’t clarified exactly how Assistant and Alexa will work side by side on the One just yet.

Sonos will add AirPlay 2 support for direct control in 2018 - Engadget

You'll be able to control a multi-speaker system via your streaming app of choice rather than Sonos' own application.

First look at Google Home Mini and Max - The Verge

With the Home Mini and Home Max, Google is going after both Amazon and Sonos.

Florence Ion (@Ohthatflo) - Twitter
Jon Phillips (@JonPhillipsSF) - Twitter