Google considers launching a mid-range Pixel phone this summer

Google Home and Home Mini

Google has also improved the connectivity and performance on certain carrier networks for the Pixel lineup and addressed the call forwarding issue which was hampering some of its devices.

The tech companies have explored how smart speakers like the Google Home, Amazon Echo, and other devices could monitor more of what we say and do to target ads or product recommendations to us, according to their patent applications filed with the U.S. government and reported by the New York Times (paywall).

However, the cheaper Google Pixel 3 mid-range phone will only be released in India, thus, it might be less probable to see it on the USA market or any top market in the world.

Other products which might eventually arrive in India include the Google WiFi router and Nest's smart doorbell, alarm system, smoke detector, and camera.

According to the report, a midrange Pixel smartphone, specifically for Indian users, may be launched in July-August this year. Now, the company has sent out media invites for the launch event scheduled on 10th April.

With that being said, Indian e-commerce player Flipkart has already set up a landing page for Google Home and Google Home Mini on its website. Although the company hasn't disclosed the prices, the Home may reportedly be priced at Rs 9,999 while Home Mini may come at a price of Rs 4,499, thereby, posing a tough competition against Amazon's Echo smart speakers. Last year, the company introduced the Google Home Mini, which acts as a supporting device for the original Google Home and is useful for larger places and multiple users.

Google has started rolling out the April Android security update for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. Now, just a week ahead of its India launch, Google Home (and Google Assistant, of course) has picked up integration for Gaana and Saavn in India.

The card interface Google is using also shows reviews for the movie from sources like IMDb, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes, apart from more information of the movie you select.



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