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(L to R) Google Wifi, Google Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel and Google Dreamview VR are displayed during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Beck Diefenbach TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Google takes on rivals with new premium-priced Pixel smartphones

Google took on rivals Apple, Samsung and Amazon in a new push into hardware on Tuesday, launching premium-priced Pixel smartphones and a slew of other devices showcasing artificial intelligence prowess.

The unveiling of Google’s in-house designed phone came as part of an expanded hardware move by the US company, which also revealed details about its new “home assistant” virtual reality headset and Wi-Fi router system.

The San Francisco event marked a shift in strategy for Google, which is undertaking a major drive to make Google Assistant artificial intelligence a futuristic force spanning all kinds of internet-linked devices.

“We are evolving from a mobile-first world to an AI-first world,” Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said.

“Our goal is to build a personal Google for each and every user.”

Source – TheSouthAfrica

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