09:35AM EDT - Hello all, we're live from Google's New York Pixel launch event. We're expecting Google to release the new Pixel 4 which Google hasn't quite been able to keep very secret this year. Alongside the phones, we're also expecting some other new hardware products.

09:35AM EDT - The briefing should start at 10am ET - in around 20 minutes time.

09:43AM EDT - What should we expect from the new Pixel 4? Early reports hint that Google will be introducing a new 90Hz screen to this year's models. Other changes naturally will be related to the camera system which will be upgraded. Will Google update the Pixels with a triple-camera system this year, or will we see the company go in another direction?

09:47AM EDT - The start seems to be delayed a bit - they're saying now it's starting in 20 minutes.

10:01AM EDT - Intro video starting.

10:03AM EDT - "Hearing from the people at Google who design and develop these products"

10:03AM EDT - "Providing a more helpful Google for you"

10:03AM EDT - New Pixel phones, laptops, and home devices

10:06AM EDT - Stadia - Bringing the best experience gaming on any screen.

10:06AM EDT - Stadia launches on November 19th.

10:07AM EDT - Taking a look at the new Pixel 4 motion controls.

10:08AM EDT - New wireless earbuds - video about their design and engineering.

10:08AM EDT - New Google Pixel Buds

10:09AM EDT - Hands-free access to Assistant with the new buds.

10:09AM EDT - Hands-free access to Assistant with the new buds.

10:09AM EDT - Regular "Hey Google" voice assistant interaction.

10:10AM EDT - Long range BT connection up to three rooms away. Entire football field outside range.

10:10AM EDT - "Excellent sound quality"

10:10AM EDT - 5 hours continous playback in a single charge. 24 hours with the wireless charging case.

10:11AM EDT - Flush with your ear without extending outside.

10:12AM EDT - In-ear design for better sound quality - but with a spatial vent to allow ambient sound. Essentially semi-closed design.

10:12AM EDT - In-ear design for better sound quality - but with a spatial vent to allow ambient sound. Essentially semi-closed design.

10:12AM EDT - Available Spring 2020 for $179

10:12AM EDT - Moving on to privacy.

10:13AM EDT - Enabling you more control over your privacy settings.

10:14AM EDT - Google operations have been carbon neutral since 2007. 100% renewable energy matching.

10:14AM EDT - Investing $150M into new renewable energy.

10:15AM EDT - Same amount of renewable energy as consumed by the manufacturing of Google products.

10:16AM EDT - Ivy Ross, Google's design lead, talking about Google's design methodology.

10:16AM EDT - "Design is about solving problems for people"

10:17AM EDT - "Today looking at sustainability in every aspect"

10:18AM EDT - All of the Nest products in 2019 are manufactured with recycled plastics.

10:19AM EDT - Google's offsetting 100% of the carbon footprint of product shipping.

10:19AM EDT - Reducing the amount of hardware need to buy.

10:20AM EDT - "Stadia consolidates devices so all you need a controller and a screen" - Yea but what about the datacenters?

10:21AM EDT - Talking about the design of the Stadia controller and its design iterations.

10:22AM EDT - "It needs to feel right for as many people as possible"

10:22AM EDT - New Pixel Book successor

10:23AM EDT - Bringing the experience to more people at a more affordable price.

10:23AM EDT - "Pixel Book Go"

10:23AM EDT - "Pixel Book Go"

10:24AM EDT - Body made out of magnesium.

10:24AM EDT - The specs flashed for a moment ; it looked like it was Core i3

10:25AM EDT - Moving on to Nest

10:26AM EDT - Talking about privacy commitements.

10:26AM EDT - Requiring partners to pass a security review before they can access your Nest devices.

10:28AM EDT - Introducing the Nest Mini for $49

10:29AM EDT - 1 TOPs dedicated machine learning inferencing chip in the Nest Mini.

10:30AM EDT - "Next Aware" available 2020

10:32AM EDT - Man the format of this presentation is awful - jumping from topic to topic.

10:32AM EDT - Talking about Nest Wifi now.

10:33AM EDT - Updated Mesh routers

10:34AM EDT - New Wifi Point integrates same functionality as the Nest Mini with assistant feature.

10:36AM EDT - Video about the Nest devices design and testing.

10:36AM EDT - Moving onto the Pixel 4

10:37AM EDT - Starting off with Project Soli radar technology.

10:37AM EDT - Started 5 years ago

10:38AM EDT - First smartphone with a radar sensor

10:38AM EDT - "Fastest face unlock in a smartphone"

10:38AM EDT - Motion sense can control the screen on/off based on your movement.

10:39AM EDT - Video about the Soli design process.

10:40AM EDT - Understanding the intention of your movement - trying to account of regular movements.

10:41AM EDT - Privacy is built in from the start. Motion sense can be turned off an on. All processing happens locally on your device.

10:42AM EDT - The new assistant has an on-device language model run locally - this vastly improves the speed and response time.

10:44AM EDT - New audio recorder that's able to live transcribe as it's recording.

10:44AM EDT - Search through your recordings with keyboards.

10:45AM EDT - It's all offline with no external connectivity.

10:45AM EDT - 90Hz display with dynamic switching for best battery life.

10:46AM EDT - Comes in 3 colours, White, Black and Orange.

10:47AM EDT - Starting at $799 for the regular Pixel 4.

10:48AM EDT - Wide & Telephoto - Google missed out on the ultra-wide camera trend this year which I think is going to be a mistake.

10:48AM EDT - Talking about computational photography. Doing less with hardware and more with code.

10:49AM EDT - HDR+ takes up to 9 burst shots.

10:50AM EDT - Talking about the telephoto lens and the zooming capabilities of both optic & super res zoom.

10:51AM EDT - Google thinks telephoto is more important than ultra-wide-angle - I think that's just wrong and Google is on the wrong path here.

10:52AM EDT - LiveHDR+ now showcases approximation of HDR+ in the live viewfinder.

10:52AM EDT - The viewfinder is now WYSIWYG.

10:53AM EDT - New dual-exposure setting feature for highlights and shadows for controlling exposure.

10:54AM EDT - Using ML white balance for all scenarios.

10:54AM EDT - New portrait mode.

10:54AM EDT - Computing depth from dual pixel PD as well as dual camera for better segmentation.

10:55AM EDT - New Night Sight improvements.

10:55AM EDT - Longer exposures and more of them.

10:56AM EDT - Semantic segmentation used for all modes.

10:59AM EDT - Promises of an improved Night Sight in the future with extended dynamic range well ahead of 19 f-stops.

11:00AM EDT - Testmondials from a professional photographer using the Pixel 3 for a year shooting various shots.

11:04AM EDT - Still going on explaining her camera experience and subjects.

11:06AM EDT - "Creating a single consistent experience across your home and on the go"

11:07AM EDT - Wrapping up the event. Thank you all for being here with us.

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  • umano - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    - Google thinks telephoto is more important than ultra-wide-angle - I think that's just wrong and Google is on the wrong path here.

    In terms of mkt the short-medium terms your are probably right, talking about photography they are probably right, getting more stuff in the frame doesn't mean getting a better picture. I think soon most of ppl will soon understand how useless an ultrawide is ( below 24 mm eq) especially in a small sensor, too much distortion, aberration etc etc. The 28 mm eq on the p20 pro maybe is a little too long but almost none need a 20 mm or less on a phone, IMHO of course
  • willis936 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    I was going to comment the same thing. Better telephoto has much more utility than ultrawide, in terms of capturing things I want to capture.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    I agree, but their approach of "less than 2x" is questionable. I was going to say (or I may have already commented somewhere but forgot) if they go for a 22/23 equiv. main with a high resolution sensor (Samsung's 108MP most preferable of course, just that stacking in the ISP would need to be done pre-binned on the sensor level to 27MP) and a 3-3.5x telephoto(it sounds high but would only be slightly narrower than the competition meaning a further sensor size/aperture shrink probably wouldn't be needed) they could get away with most of the benefits of 3 cameras with only 2 modules.
    Mate30P's UWA is only ~21mm equiv. after the 4:3 crop in night mode after all.
  • peevee - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    "I think soon most of ppl will soon understand how useless an ultrawide is ( below 24 mm eq)"

    You've never had many friends around your table, have you?
  • s.yu - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Try not using the UWA anyway, the ones up front will thank you.
  • peevee - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Those who will not fit without UWA will not thank you. And a group AROUND the table or otherwise properly placed does not have to have anybody upfront.

    Anyway, denying the usefulness of UWA when lenses like 14-24 have always been a part of "holy trinity" of professional lenses is idiotic. Yes, there are limitations and distortions - just like with anything else.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Ugh, a group around the table will have two people closest to you whose faces would look the biggest and most distorted, unless they're looking for that effect.
    OTOH the other end, and generally better selling (compared to the UWA) of the trinity is the 70-200.
  • Tanclearas - Friday, October 18, 2019 - link

    Anandtech thinks ultra-wide-angle is more important than telephoto - I think that's just wrong and Google is on the right path here.

    We all have our own opinions. I use telephoto far more than I use ultra-wide. Sure, some may argue (and it appears someone has) that I don't have a whole lot of friends around the table. For one, typically we sit at a long table if we ever have that many. Second, I tend to, you know, go outside more often than sit around a table. When you're outside, things are often in the distance, and I want as clear a shot as I can get.
  • s.yu - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Wow lol the more they rely on software the better for us Gcam port users I guess ;)
    The "up to" 9 shot stack is a surprise, I guess it could simply be configured to stack more with minimal change to the code, since my port does a 24 shot stack already and 9 would fit between "medium" and "high" in my settings, while 24 is "very high".
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - link

    Software is not what its cracked up to be with google, the google camera app is getting worse not better. They putting to much focus on AI gimmick stuff now. So many shots i take now are often blurry, or "off" vs older google phones. Using a 3rd party photo app helps somewhat.

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