Alphabet's (GOOGL) - Get Report Google launched a new Pixel smartphone with a radar sensor and improved camera features at an event in New York City on Tuesday. It also announced updates to several Pixel devices to build on its vision of ambient computing across devices.
The Pixel 4's radar sensor can respond to user gestures such as hand waves to control features of the phone, such as answering a call and switching to the next song in a playlist. It can also power down automatically when a user walks away, and start up when the person approaches. And the Motion Sensor features enables very fast facial recognition to unlock the phone.
The Pixel 4 starts at $799, $50 more than the starting price of rival Apple's (AAPL) - Get Report standard iPhone 11 but $200 less than its higher end iPhone 11 Pro. Among the Pixel 4's new camera features are live HDR+ to show what a photo will look while a user is composing a shot, as well as improved white balancing, portrait mode and night sight.
The Pixel 4 is available for pre-order now and will start shipping Nov. 4. It will be available from every major U.S. carrier.
Alphabet shares were rising 1.8% to $1,239.98 on Tuesday late morning and are up more than 18% this year.
Google also announced a new PixelBook Go, which features a battery life up to 12 hours and an ultra quiet keyboard; a next generation Nest Mini with better quality sound and an improved CPU to perform more functions locally; a NestAware monthly service to gather data from all of a users' Nest devices; and a new Nest Wifi system with better speed and coverage.
The Pixelbook Go starts at $649 and is available for pre-order now; the NestMini costs $49 and will be available starting Oct. 22; and NestAware will cost either $6 or $12 per month depending on features and will be available in early 2020.$12 per month-more features.
At the event, Google also gave a sneak preview of its latest version of its Pixel Buds wireless earbuds, which it said would be available in the spring of 2020 for $179. Among the new features are a long-range bluetooth connection, a form factor that fits entirely in the ear and a spatial vent for more awareness of sounds around a user. Wireless earbuds are becoming a hotly-contested battleground among the tech giants.
Finally, Google also announced that Stadia, its previously-announced cloud gaming platform would be available starting on Nov. 19.