Google has unveiled two new smartphones designed to showcase the best of its Android mobile operating system – including one new feature no other phone has that tech fans have been praising.
The new Hold For Me feature uses the Google Assistant to wait on the line for you if you get put on hold, and will let you know when a real person comes on the line.
The feature will be available on the new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 before being added to older Pixel phones as well, and some people can’t wait to get their hands on it.
Google fans seem torn over the phones themselves, however, with some praising the value offered by the Pixel 4a but a little less enthused about the new Pixel 5, which occupies the middle ground between mid-range and flagship – where compromise lives.
Others argued that the reason to buy a Pixel phone was because of its software, and that hadn’t changed.
Google also announced a new Chromecast with Google TV, a software suite that aggregates your subscription streaming services into one interface, similar to Apple TV.
Google previously had a similar product called Android TV, as many have noted on social media, but general consensus appears to be that the switch to Google TV on Chromecast will be welcomed.
Google also announced it would follow Amazon’s lead in improving its smart speakers with the announcement of the redesigned Nest Audio, designed to create a cheap and effective multi-room audio system with the added support of Google Assistant for voice commands.
Some viewers questioned whether people would actually buy the speakers, while others who already owned Google speakers said they couldn’t wait to upgrade.
The new devices were announced at an online event like most other tech announcements have been this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, though some thought virtual announcements from Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and others had Google beat.