Google pushes deep into hardware with new Wifi, Chromecast, Home, and Pixel smartphone devices at a press event in San Francisco, California on October 4, 2016 / AFP / Glenn CHAPMAN
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Google is taking a page from Apple's playbook by making a bigger push to build its own hardware. Rick Osterloh, head of Google's new hardware group, said that in doing so, Google could take full advantage of capabilities it's designing with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Now, Google is doing the same with the upcoming Pixel phones running Google's Android system.Instead of relying primarily on online orders, as was the case with Nexus, Google will offer Pixel through Verizon as well, starting Oct. 20 .IT'S IN YOUR HEAD Google's new virtual-reality headset, Daydream View, will differ from other headsets like Samsung's Gear VR in having a companion motion controller and compatibility with a wide range of phones, including Pixel.BEYOND GOOGLE Even as it pushes Pixel, Google isn't abandoning the Android system that other manufacturers can use for free. That means Samsung, LG and others can keep making their own phones with Google software.In that sense, Google's approach is more like Microsoft's than Apple's. Google services along those lines include Google Assistant, software that's designed to answer questions and retrieve information, conversation-style.
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