For years, Google has been playing a role as a software company. The company writes apps and services for supporting business to put on their devices. This model seems well suited to Google: Internet search engine and Android are the most popular in the world. However, it seems that Google does not feel satisfy with its success, the giant technology are developing their own hardware, smartphone, smart speaker based on AI, etc. Like many competitors, Google does not reveal much about unlisted products; however, rumors and leaks give us some idea of how the picture Google will draw in 2017.
Virtual Reality Headset
Google has been experimenting with virtual reality for several years. At first, Cardboard, a cheap VR version, allows users to make a headset without the need for a phone, two lenses, and a cardboard case. In 2016 Google launched Daydream, essentially Cardboard, but included a more fashionable headset to put the phone in, remote control and some minimal technical requirements.
In early May, at the I / O event, the company introduced a much more compelling: virtual reality independent headset. They have worked with HTC and Lenovo to develop this headset and are about to launch this year (though not sure of the date), selling for a few hundred dollars. This is great because the VR headset usually requires expensive gaming PCs to run, and Google’s new headset does not need any equipment.
Last year, Google launched Pixel’s high-end smartphone, designed to confront Apple and show off the best of Android. The equipment was a huge success and received positive reviews.
Google confirmed it would release Pixel (and Pixel XL) second generation this year. The biggest changes include almost overflowing screen (like the Galaxy S8), waterproof and internal configuration enhancements. It is also rumored to remove the headphone jack like the iPhone 7.
Large phone or tablet
Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 may not be Google’s only smartphone this year. There are rumors that Google wants to launch a third smartphone with a bigger screen. Taimen is said to use the screen more than 5.5 inches. Another option is that Taimen can go from phablet to tablet.
Google Home 2
One of the attractive areas of technology today is the intelligent speaker equipped with virtual assistants. They control your home, arrange life, play music and do more sophisticated functions, all by voice. Amazon is the first major player to enter the market with the surprising success Amazon Echo. Google is also chasing Amazon with Google Home in 2016.
The company is believed to be developing the second generation of Google Home for 2017. It can be combined with the technology used in the Google Wi-Fi router to help strengthen the Internet connection in the home.
Project Tango integrated phone
Project Tango is Google’s real-world technology, its camera maps the physical space around you and inserts virtual objects, whether it’s rivals in the game or the furniture you’re looking to buy.
Project Tango in particular and AR in general are still niche markets but become more familiar when the technology needed to support is becoming more sophisticated. ZenFone AR features a 5.7-inch screen, smaller than the 6.4-inch screen on Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the first Android phone to incorporate Project Tango technology.