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Pixel 5, Chromecast with Google TV, Nest Audio: All of today’s Google announcements

Chromecast with Google TV

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Last week Amazon dropped its annual armada of new products on us — now it’s Google’s turn. The company’s Launch Night In stream Wednesday follows its unveiling of the Pixel 4A budget phone in August. That event confirmed the existence of its next flagship phone, the Pixel 5, and the Pixel 4A 5G. They were launched today, along with a new Chromecast and a new Nest-branded smart speaker, the Nest Audio. There were few surprises, however, other than the Hold for Me phone feature, which puts those awful you’re-on-hold-forever calls in Google Assistant’s hands.

The Pixel 5 announcement, as with Google’s previous flagship phones, has been leakier than ancient plumbing (or perhaps, as CNET’s Lynn La suspects, the “leaks” are part of Google’s marketing strategy).


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IFA 2020 Delivers Several Significant Smart Home Announcements

IFA events are a remarkable experience, as anyone who has attended one will likely tell you. Meticulously planned and held in exciting European locales, IFA gives journalists and tech analysts alike a chance to see what the superstars of the tech space have been working on. Of course, all of that was before COVID-19 came knocking on the world’s door. While the formal IFA press conference in April was canceled, like many other high-profile industry events, I was glad when the organizers of IFA 2020 announced they would be holding a virtual/physical event in early September.

Even with the unorthodox format, there were some newsworthy announcements made at the event—particularly from a smart home standpoint. Here’s my take on what I consider to be the top three.

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