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The Pixel 2 and everything else Google unveiled at its launch in San Francisco

Including a new VR headset, Google's answer to Apple AirPods and a camera that learns.

Google has unveiled a wide range of new devices, including a new flagship Pixel 2 smartphone.

The tech giant also announced two new versions of its smart speaker as well as a new laptop, earbuds and a VR headset, during a launch event in San Francisco.

Here is a breakdown of all the new devices that were introduced.

Pixel 2

A woman holds up the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

Google’s answer to Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 features a curved screen and narrower bezel.

Available in five-inch and six-inch screen sizes, the new Pixel phone, according to Google, has the “best camera of any smartphone” and comes with augmented reality capabilities.

The company says it is water-resistant, comes with unlimited online photo storage and features super-fast charging.

The headphone jack is notably absent but wired headsets can be connected using an adaptor and a USB-C charging port.

The device can be squeezed to trigger Google Assistant – the company’s artificially intelligent personal assistant.

Prices for Pixel 2 start at £629.

Google Home Mini

Google’s Isabelle Olsson speaks about Google Home Mini
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

Priced at £49, the Google Home Mini is a smaller and more affordable version of the Google Home speaker and costs the same as Amazon’s rival product, the Echo Dot.

The Mini has a voice match feature that recognises up to six people.

The doughnut-shaped device, which is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, comes in three colours – chalk, charcoal and coral.

One of its key features, which is set to be rolled out in the next few days, allows the user to search for more than three million recipes and follow step-by-step cooking instructions from the smart speaker.

Google Home Max

Google’s Rishi Chandra speaks about the Google Home Max
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

Max is Google’s premium-level speaker and is packed with dual 4.5-inch subwoofers and tweeters that can deliver bass-heavy music.

Pegged as a competitor to Apple’s HomePod and Sonos, the device will not be available in the UK for the time being but will retail in the US at $399.

Pixelbook

Google’s Matt Vokoun speaks about the Google Pixelbook
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

The £999 premium laptop comes with an aluminium back and a 360-degree hinge that lets users convert it into a tablet by flipping the screen over.

The device is just over 10mm (0.4in) thick, weighs 1.1kg (2.4lbs) and can get up to two hours of use when charged for 15 minutes.

It is also the firm’s first laptop with a built-in Google Assistant.

The Pixelbook runs Chrome OS and has the capability to run Android apps full-screen.

Pixelbook Pen

A Google employee demonstrates a Google Pixelbook Pen
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

For an extra £99, Pixelbook owners will be able to purchase the new stylus.

Pixelbook Pen is believed to have high-pressure sensitivity and tilt support, allowing users to draw smooth lines and write sentences with “virtually no lag… like a pen on paper”.

But the interesting part is the way the Pen works with Google Assistant.

Users can trigger the personal assistant to search for items by simply circling the words or images on the screen.

Google Pixel Buds

A demonstration of Google Pixel Buds
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

Google has followed Apple and ditched the headphone jack in its new devices, instead selling wireless earbuds for a hefty £150.

They come with a charging case and go on sale in November.

The key feature is the real-time Google Translate which purportedly translates conversations in real time.

In a blog post, Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware, wrote: “You’ll get elegant touch controls that put the Assistant just a tap away, and they’ll even help you communicate in a different language.”

Google Daydream View

Google’s Juston Payne speaks about the Google Daydream View
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

The sleek new VR headset is a second-generation version of last year’s Daydream. It houses more than 250 VR titles and will cost £99. It will be available from October 15.

The new Daydream comes in three colours – charcoal, fog and coral – and has a wider field of view.

Daydream-ready phones include Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ & Note 8 and Moto Z & Z2.

Google Clips

A Google employee gives a demonstration of the Google Clips camera
(Jeff Chiu/AP)

A device that puts artificial intelligence behind the lens, Google Clips uses machine learning to recognise faces and look for interesting moments to take photos of.

However, this biscuit-sized camera that can be clipped on to clothing won’t be available in the UK for the time being.

Mr Osterloh wrote: “Google Clips is a totally new way to capture genuine, spontaneous moments – all powered by machine learning and AI.”

“This tiny camera seamlessly sends clips to your phone, and even edits and curates them for you.”

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