Google is continuing its dip into hardware this year, in an attempt to draw more users into its ecosystem, according to a report from Nikkei.
As earlier reported, Google will be launching a new Pixel 3 Lite, aimed at “price-sensitive” customers. Smartphone prices have long since ballooned out of control, with Apple’s cheapest iPhones coming in at $749. On the flip side, Asian OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei have made it so that you can get more bang for your buck, with the Mate 20 Pro coming in at just over half of what the iPhone XR costs.
Nikkei doesn’t specify the pricing of the new device, just that it will come it at under $749 where the iPhone XR is. Google will also be launching a new Google Home smart speaker which competes with Appel’s HomePod and a new as-yet-unnamed smartwatch which will take on the Apple Watch.
Finally, the firm will be launching a new security camera, a new product line for the firm.
Over the past two years, Google has launched a new line of hardware in October with the Pixels, Pixelbooks, Slates and Home devices headlining the show. While the firm may do the same this year, it seems likely that it may stagger some of the products in this report across the year. The Pixel 3 Lite, for instance, may be launched earlier in the year, while the Pixel 4 makes its debut in October.
Google’s hardware plans will become clearer as we move further into 2019.