>> Made by Google.>> Google going after the iPhone Tuesday, launching the sleek Pixel. Its first smartphone designed fully in-house. It's not the tech giant's first foray into smartphones. You may have heard of the Nexus line of phones, which flopped. But this time Google is signaling it's serious about making its mark in hardware.
But the move threatens to undermine a key relationship with Samsung, says Reuters Global Tech Editor, Jonathan Weber.>> They feel that they need that tighter integration of the hardware and the software and the services, especially as we move into artificial intelligence and machine learning and some of these newer technologies.
So they are making a big push in hardware. It is very risky for them. Hardware is a tough business. Further, they do risk alienating the hardware partners that they have.>> So how does the new phone stack up? Google says the camera is rated better even than the iPhone 7.
And it's offering free unlimited storage on the cloud of your videos and photos. You can get seven hours of battery life with a 15-minute charge. And of course, Google's version of Siri, Google Assistant, will be there to help you. And it's ready to use with Google's new virtual reality headset, Daydream, which costs $79, much less than top headsets on the market.
The phone, you'll have to fork out at least $649. In a jab to Apple, Google's promo video says the phone comes with a standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, quote, satisfyingly not new. But it's not just Apple and Samsung that will be on guard. Google is taking on Amazon's home assistant, Echo, which as been a hit with reportedly well over 3 million sold.
Now you can order Google Home for $129 and get it early November. And all this hardware gets connected to Google's artificial intelligence, that even beat out the best Go player in the world.