Made by Google Stories May 14

In this week’s top stories: highlights from the Google I/O conference include a roadmap for the Pixel series, showcasing Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, and much more.

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Made by Google Stories May 4

Following rumors, Google announced today that it has acquired microLED startup Raxium to join the Devices & Services team.

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Made by Google Stories April 26

After touting a “quarterly sales record” during the last earnings call, Sundar Pichai said today that the Pixel 6 is the “fastest selling Pixel ever.” The Alphabet CEO also teased more hardware and Android announcements for I/O 2022.

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Made by Google Stories April 19

Almost two years after the last revamp, the Google Store is getting a redesign that simplifies navigation and lays the groundwork for future products, most notably the Pixel Watch.

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Made by Google Stories April 11

Following the last update two weeks ago, the Google Store this morning got another homepage refresh to “Celebrate Earth Day,” as well as deals on Nest thermostats.

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Made by Google Stories April 5

Last year, Google introduced a new Bug Hunters platform to encompass all its Vulnerability Reward Programs. An expanded “Android and Google Devices Security Reward Program” now brings Nest and Fitbit into the fold with Pixel.

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Made by Google Stories April 1

Google Store refresh gives more prominence to Pixel Pass

Google’s hardware storefront is rarely updated outside of product launches and the holiday season at year’s end. In the US, the Google Store is now being used to prominently advertise Pixel Pass.

Made by Google Stories February 18

After the biggest launch for Google in years in late-2021, with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, alongside Android 12, just what can we expect in 2022? Here’s everything you need to know.

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Made by Google Stories January 27

Besides the physical comic book that looks to have confirmed the “Pixel 6a” name, Google also made an online version to celebrate the “inspiration, beauty, and application of hardware colors developed” and used for its products.

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Made by Google Stories January 21

Google is preparing a new device in the same family as the Chromecast with Google TV.

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Made by Google Stories December 31, 2021

Over the last few years, Google has taken an interesting, yet scattered strategy to gaming. I believe that a dedicated handheld device for Android gaming could be just what Google needs to unify its gaming ambitions.

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Made by Google Stories November 25, 2021

Like in previous years, Made by Google is providing a “sneak peek” of holiday deals. The Google Store’s 2021 Black Friday sale will start a week before Thanksgiving, and the highlight is $50 off the Pixel 5a with 5G.

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Made by Google Stories October 28, 2021

Hawkeye still uses a Google Pixel 3 in new Disney+ series [Video]

Google’s Pixel lineup made its first major movie cameo in Avengers: Endgame, when Clint Barton picked up a Pixel 3 to answer a call from his snapped-back-to-life wife. As it turns out, Hawkeye seems to like the Pixel 3 quite a lot, as he’s still using it years later in his new Disney+ series.

Made by Google Stories October 26, 2021

During the Alphabet Q3 2021 earnings call, Sundar Pichai was asked about augmented reality and the CEO shared some brief thoughts about what Google is working on in the AR area.

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Made by Google Stories October 19, 2021

At the Pixel Launch Event, Google fully detailed the Pixel 6 Pro after weeks of pre-unveils and teases. All the expected flagship specifications were confirmed, while pricing and availability is now official.

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Later today, Google will conclude 11 weeks of teasing and fully detail its highly anticipated 2021 flagship. You can watch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro event at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. UTC.

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On the eve of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro launch, a new report quantifies Google’s manufacturing push for its existing and upcoming phone lineup.

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Made by Google Stories October 8, 2021

Google has operated a “community” of the Pixel’s “biggest fans” since at least 2019 — if not earlier. Earlier this week, Made by Google launched a new round of invites to join “Pixel Superfans.” 

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Made by Google Stories September 26, 2021

Despite being incorporated on September 4, 1998, Google has long celebrated its birthday on September 27. Shoppers in Europe can take advantage of a birthday hardware sale in their local Google Stores today.

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Made by Google Stories September 6, 2021

Google’s chip ambitions have always been rumored to go beyond the smartphone and eventually be used for Chromebooks. A report last week pegged 2023 as when we’ll see such a computer. There are many open questions about what the resulting Chrome OS device(s) will look like, but Tensor will undoubtedly be Google’s best chance to reboot the Pixelbook and offer a broader lineup.

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Made by Google Stories September 1, 2021

All consumer tech requires good consumer support, and Google today just revamped its “Nest Community” where people can get help by posting questions.

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Following the initial launch and wider international availability with the Pixel 5a, Google is rolling out the first update for Pixel Buds A-Series to fix some bugs.

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Made by Google Stories August 8, 2021

Google planning Silicon Valley ‘hardware center’ with shipping warehouse

At the start of 2021, Google opened a new hardware engineering hub in Taiwan that houses Pixel, Nest, and Chromecast teams. Google is now eyeing a so-called “hardware center” in San Jose.

Made by Google Stories August 6, 2021

A “Wireless Streaming Device” from Google passed through the FCC on Thursday, which many have taken to mean a new Chromecast is on the way, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Made by Google Stories August 5, 2021

The last security camera to come out of Google’s Nest brand was the Hello doorbell over three years ago. Google today announced a successor with the Nest Doorbell.

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With the current lineup featuring a model that dates back to 2015, Google’s security cameras are in sore need of a refresh. That call is now being answered with a new Nest Cam line that’s comprised of three devices.

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Made by Google Stories August 2, 2021

Google sharing some details on Tensor, its “first custom-built SoC,” was as important as today’s tease of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. In an interview, Rick Osterloh was asked about Google Tensor in the context of AR, and the hardware boss shared some rare thoughts on smart glasses.

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‘Google Tensor’ is the official name of the Made by Google ‘Whitechapel’ processor

Earlier this year, we leaked that Google’s next flagship phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, would run on a Made by Google ‘Whitechapel’ chip instead of one made by Qualcomm. Today, Google has formally unveiled its first Whitechapel hardware as the “Google Tensor” chip.

Made by Google Stories July 19, 2021

Google is alerting Pixel 4 XL owners that it’s running an extended repair program for the 2019 flagship phone. It’s specifically limited to four countries and applies only to “certain power-related issues.”

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Made by Google Stories July 7, 2021

Google’s recent advertisements for Pixel phones have been somewhat all over the place. Continuing that trend, the company today released a trio of short ads that focus on one feature each of “The Google Pixel.”

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Made by Google Stories June 15, 2021

One of last year’s more curious Made by Google products was a relaunched Google Wifi that starts at $99. After debuting in the US in October, Google is taking it to Canada and Europe as a more affordable alternative to the Nest Wifi.

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Made by Google Stories June 14, 2021

Last month, Google announced that its hardware division would be opening a permanent retail location. Google Store Chelsea is now set to open this coming Thursday in New York City at 10 a.m. ET.

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Made by Google Stories June 4, 2021

A new Google “Wireless Product” has hit the FCC at the unusual time of Friday evening. It bears some similarities to a device that arrived at the FCC in March that has yet to launch.

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Made by Google Stories June 3, 2021

Following the 2nd-generation Nest Hub, the next major new product from Made by Google is the Pixel Buds A-Series. As the name implies, Google is offering a more affordable pair of truly wireless earbuds that build on the company’s success with mid-tier phones.

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Made by Google Stories June 1, 2021

For the second generation of Pixel phones, Google made a relatively last-minute decision to shelve an HTC-made Pixel 2 XL for the LG one that launched. There were a handful of reports about this change in 2017, but the first pictures of the “muskie” Pixel 2 XL prototype have now emerged.

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Made by Google Stories May 27, 2021

Despite the fact that Tile trackers are a fairly solid product and integrate nicely with the Google Assistant, the recent release of Apple AirTags had us thinking about a Made by Google equivalent.

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Made by Google Stories May 23, 2021

On Thursday, Made by Google announced that its first physical store would open this summer. Google’s hardware division has dabbled in retail with pop-ups for the past several years, but this is the most significant investment yet. 

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Made by Google Stories May 21, 2021

Midway through March, Made by Google started the “Switch to the New Google Pixel” ad campaign. These videos posted to YouTube range from two to five minutes and match the process of setting up a new Pixel (from your old phone) with a random activity.

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Made by Google Stories May 10, 2021

Google shares one heartwarming reason to get vaccinated as captured by a Nest Hello [Video]

Back in March, Google kicked off a “Get back to what you love” Search campaign. The latest iteration of that message to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine comes from Made by Google and was captured by a Nest Hello.

First introduced with the Pixel 4 in 2019, Car Crash Detection can automatically call 911 if you’re in a vehicle accident. Google is now highlighting that safety feature, along with Live Caption, in a new True Pixel Story video series. 

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Last month, Google started showing reviews for Pixel and Nest products on its retail site. The latest addition to the Google Store is a “Help” button that appears on every page and quickly launches a support chat.

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Made by Google Stories May 4, 2021

At the end of March, we exclusively reported about Google’s next wireless earbuds, and the first image leaked a week later. Google today announced the “Pixel Buds A-Series” on Twitter, though the reveal was entirely an accident.

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Made by Google Stories May 3, 2021

At the end of March, Made by Google started shipping its latest Smart Display in six countries. Google will be making the new Nest Hub (2nd gen) more widely available in Europe next month.

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Made by Google Stories April 11, 2021

As we’ve reported and spotted, Google’s next wireless earbuds are the “Pixel Buds A.”  The launch of a presumed cheaper model should not impact the second-generation pair launched a year ago. That said, the Pixel Buds are no longer available in Oh So Orange.

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Made by Google Stories April 9, 2021

Despite rumors this morning to the contrary, Google has just issued an on-the-record statement that the “Pixel 5a 5G” does indeed exist and will not be canceled.

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[Update: Nope] Report: Google Pixel 5a canceled due to ongoing chip shortage

After having appeared in multiple leaks and renders, it seems the Google Pixel 5a has been canceled, according to a new report.

Update 10:40am: Google has given a statement confirming the Pixel 5a will not be cancelled, denying earlier reports.

Made by Google Stories April 5, 2021

Google releases a rather late Pixel 4a vs. Pixel 4a 5G comparison video

Assuming a normal release schedule in 2021, the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G are nearing the end of their retail availabilities, though that’s not stopping Google from releasing an official comparison video today.

Made by Google Stories April 2, 2021

9to5Google can report today that Google’s upcoming phones for this fall, including the presumed Pixel 6, will be among the first devices to run on the “GS101” Whitechapel chip.

During an earnings call last fall, Google CEO Sundar Pichai teased “some deeper investments in hardware” and that there was a “terrific roadmap ahead” in 2021. Many interpreted that as a confirmation that Google would be developing their own processors, an effort codenamed “Whitechapel.”

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