If numbers from IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo are anything to go by, Google managed to ship 3.9 million Pixel smartphones in 2017 — double of what they did in 2016. While impressive, one must remember that the original Pixel and Pixel XL went on sale only in late 2016 so they did very well in just 3-4 months despite a limited marketing push from Google.
When the Google Pixel Buds launched last year, the wireless headphones were only available in two countries: The United States and Canada.
Google Maps has become an indispensable part of almost every smartphone users’ life. Google has been continuously updating Maps with more features and data to keep it up to date. Despite all these improvements though, Google has also ensured that even Maps works on even older OS platforms.
Google has Android TV in its efforts to take over the living room, as well as its lineup of Google Home speakers, but there is still room to expand.
Google unveiled the Pixel Visual Core co-processor in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones last October, which uses an HDR+ algorithm and machine learning to try and boost image quality.
Last year, Google officially launched YouTube Go in a beta in India. The app, which is a streamlined version of the standard YouTube app, allows users to quickly download and share content without heavily impacting their data allotments.
Let’s be honest: the Google Play Store is filled with sub-par apps. These apps pop up on the Play Store almost every other day masquerading as a popular app and end up being installed by hundreds of unsuspecting users and steal their data. If you thought Google does not care about this, then you are wrong.
Back in October 2017 at its Made by Google event, the search engine giant had unveiled Google Clips — a clip-on camera powered by machine learning. Clips is unlike any other camera we have ever seen. It is not an action camera despite what its diminutive size may suggest.
Audiobooks have certainly picked up attention over the years, and Google is finally jumping on board the idea.
Back in 2016, Google unveiled the Nexus 5X alongside the Nexus 6P. Made by LG, the handset was the spiritual successor of the massively popular Nexus 5 from 2013 and was offered as a cheaper alternative to the Nexus 6P with the same excellent 12MP rear camera. Google also started offering the handset through Project Fi in the US.