>> Google announced its new smartphone and a slate of other hardware today in San Francisco. I'm Paresh Dave, a Reuters correspondent who covers Google and the rest of Alphabet. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are the new smartphones from Google. Last year, Google debuted the Pixel as a big competition point with Apple and its iPhone.
The Pixel 2 isn't a big departure from the first Pixel, but it does pack a few new features and it has one notable removal. There's no headphone jack. Google is switching to USB-C headphone adapters or wireless headphones. Google also released two new home devices. Those are smart speakers that come with Google's virtual assistant.
So you can speak to it by voice and it replies answers to you over the speakers. One of them is a $399 dual woofer big speaker that's meant to be much more powerful than the original Home that launched last year. The second is the $49 Home Mini, which is meant to compete with Amazon's Echo Dot.
Another semi surprise from Google was Clips. That's a GoPro-like portable camera that can take pictures hands free. Google says Clips can take what they call clips, short video snippets that can be chopped down into photos in high resolution. It's clear Google is trying to compete with Apple and Amazon more head on.
The question is how much are they going to commit to marketing and really pushing this out and reaching a broader base of customers?