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Google Home available on 4th of November for $129, pre-order from today

Google Home was announced earlier this year at I/O, and since then we've heard little about the product itself. Today at the #madebygoogle event, Google has released all the details, including price, shipping date, more about its abilities, and when you can pre-order it (i.e. throw your money at Google).

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The Google Store offers financing and protection plans for the Pixel and Pixel XL starting at $27 a month

Google's new Pixel phones aren't the developer-friendly devices that the Nexus phones were, and they aren't priced like them, either. The Pixel starts at a whopping $649 for the standard 5-inch 32GB version. A 128GB upgrade costs an extra hundred bucks ($749), and the Pixel XL is $120 more expensive at both capacities, $769 and $869, respectively. Google has added financing options to the Google Store, very much like US and international carriers, to help with the sticker shock. Customers can spread that price over 24 monthly payments. The cheapest option is $27.04 a month.

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Chromecast Ultra formally announced, will cost $69

As with all devices formally announced today at Google's event (so far), we already knew about the Chromecast Ultra. The name and price was leaked two weeks ago, and not long after, the first images of the device appeared. After 30 million Chromecast devices have been sold, Google has formally announced the Chromecast Ultra.

The new device has the same hockey puck shape as the current Chromecast, but now with a 'G' logo in the place of a Chrome design. As expected, the Ultra will be capable of 4K playback with HDR and Dolby Vision.

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Google asks for a do-over on routers, announces Google Wifi for $129

How's your OnHub doing? Still pretty much the same as it was a year ago? Yeah, me too. Google never pushed many updates to the OnHub, which was supposed to be a hub of home automation. Hell, the USB port still doesn't work. The OnHub isn't dead, but Google is clearly moving on with the announcement of Google Wifi. This networking solution takes more of a mesh approach to cover your home, rather than using a single unit with a bunch of fancy antennas.

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Google Daydream View is Google's fabric-wrapped VR headset, available in November for $79

Google announced its Android-powered VR platform, Daydream, at Google I/O earlier this year. Today's Pixel announcement brought with it the formal debut of Daydream View, Google's official first-party VR headset that's designed to work with the new Pixel phones. In addition to compatibility with Google's custom software, the design has a unique fabric approach that treats the hardware like a true "wearable."

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Google makes the Pixel phones official, pricing starts at $649

Google's annual phone announcements are always leaky, but this year we had the extra complication of the Pixel re-branding. Well, now it's all out in the open. Google has made the Pixel official, and it looks like the leaks were dead-on. These are aluminum unibody devices, available in three different colors, and the pricing is much more "premium" than the Nexus devices were. Go big or go home, I guess.

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Google releases advertisement for Pixel phones in Canada, hours before the event

Apparently, Google couldn't wait a few more hours for their own event (9am PDT in California, by the way) and decided to leak their own phones via an advertisement in Canada. The ad is a minute long and doesn't show us much that we didn't know, save for an interesting URL at the end.

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Allo's rank on the Play Store is in freefall

After hitting 5 million downloads and #8 in the Top Charts just under a week ago, Allo is now falling fast. As of writing this, it is in 86th, but was 75th a few hours ago and, according to this tweet, 62nd earlier yesterday. This probably shows that after millions downloading it during the initial release and hype period, that has now passed and the number of downloads has fallen dramatically.

As you can probably infer, this is most likely not good for Allo's adoption rates. Looking at my personal contacts list, I have 9 contacts who have set up an account, out of 100+ phone numbers I have on my phone.

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[Update: Quite Black too] Verizon and @evleaks reveal even more of the Pixel and Pixel XL, show off Really Blue and "Google Magic"

We know, we know, there are only a few more hours until the Google event, but details about the Pixel phones just keep on spilling. Our latest peeks come courtesy of Verizon Enterprises, which, as you can probably tell from the name, sells smartphones and plans to businesses, and prolific tech leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). On Verizon's site, both Pixel and Pixel XL listings showed up on the "SmartPhones" page, but they didn't lead to any live listings; however, there's still some info we've gleaned.

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[Finally] Nexus 6 gets official Android 7.0 Nougat with October 5th security patch

Ever since the Nougat update officially debuted for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 9 WiFi, and several other Google devices, Nexus 6 owners have been left hung out to dry with their mere Android N Developer Previews. A short while after that, Google informed us that the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 LTE Nougat updates would be rolling out "in the coming weeks." Well, it's been three weeks since that statement, and Android 7.0 Nougat is finally rolling out to Nexus 6 owners.

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