Google Launches “Pixel”

(NBC News) Google is launching a new smartphone along with a host of other gadgets.

The company is betting we’ll soon become reliant on artificial intelligence in the form of voice assistants.

With that in mind, Google unveiled its newest line of products Tuesday, including its "Pixel" smartphone, an updated Chromecast 4K streaming device called "Ultra" and an internet connected two-way speaker simply called "Home".

A centerpiece feature for each device is "Google Assistant", the company’s answer to existing voice assistants from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

Google also made a virtual reality pitch with the "Daydream View", a $79 VR headset and controller that uses the Pixel smartphone and rivals similar offerings such as Samsung’s Gear VR.

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