Friday, 15 February, 2019

Google Ready To Launch Pixel Lite, Smartwatch As Ambitions Grow

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Sherri Watson | 14 February, 2019, 11:10

Google allegedly isn't stopping at a new Pixel-branded smartwatch and "Lite" smartphone to drive up the use of the Google product and service ecosystems, either.

The Nikkei Asian Review's sources also reported that new smart speakers, wearables and web cameras will be arriving this year (as well as the premium Pixel 4 too of course). In comparison, Google's latest smartphone model, the Pixel series launched in October past year, was priced at $799 Dollars.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are surely partly responsible for the achievement.

In a report published last December, Android Police's David Ruddock wrote that Google would launch the two phones via USA carrier Verizon in the spring of 2019. Other than the fact that the wearable is created to compete with the Apple Watch, Nikkei doesn't say much about the upcoming device.

The Pixel "Lite," if it ends up with that name, has leaked like a sieve. Android Police believes Google will take the wraps off a new Google Home Hub smart display with a larger screen - potentially closer to the 10-inch display seen on the rival Amazon Echo Show.

Last but not least, Google will release its first smartwatch.

"By contrast, Google Pixel bucked the downtrend and increased its U.S. smartphone shipments by an impressive 43 percent YoY during the quarter".

Finally, Google plans to unveil an updated Nest Cam lineup.

The iPhone XR starts at $749, while the current entry-level Pixel 3 starts at $799, only fifty dollars more.

According to Nikkei: "One person with direct knowledge of the matter told Nikkei that Google plans to release a new security camera later this year after it integrated the team from Nest Labs, the tech startup it acquired in 2014".

Most of these new products aren't expected to make an appearance till later this year, considering the company usually launches new products around October.

The company will purportedly not be abandoning its premium line and will launch premium variants of the Google Pixel 4 as normal.

As always, it's worth taking the above rumours with a healthy pinch of salt.