Google Unveils New Smartphone, Virtual Reality Headset

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In this May 18, 2016 file photo, Google vice president Mario Queiroz gestures while introducing the new Google Home device during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, the search giant will ramp up its consumer electronics strategy with expected announcements of new gadgets including new smartphones and an internet-connected personal-assistant for the home similar to Amazon’s Echo speaker. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Google is launching an aggressive push into hardware production, branded “Made by Google.” The company, which predominantly focuses on search and software, announced today that it will sell a virtual reality headset and home assistant — similar to Amazon’s Echo — as well as a new line of smartphones called Pixel.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan of Recode about Google’s new emphasis on hardware, as the company looks for ways to broaden its advertisement-based revenue.


Johana Bhuiyan, senior transportation editor at Recode. She tweets @JMBooyah.

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