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Google revealed its first phone and much more. Here's what you need to know.


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Google's product event on Tuesday showed off the first Google-made Android phone, named the Pixel, as well as a few other impressive tech products.

It's a big move for Google. The Silicon Valley search and software giant has until now licensed its code and operating systems to other hardware manufacturers for use in their mobile devices, tablets and laptops.

Tuesday's announcement puts Google in direct competition with crosstown rival Apple. But global mobile phone leader Samsung could be in Google's crosshairs, too.

Google Pixel

Google's first phone is heavily focused on the camera. It offers unlimited full-resolution photo storage. It also has a distinctly Apple-esque look, even down to rounded app icons. 

The Pixel has a 5-inch screen, while the Pixel XL has  5.5-inch screen. The former costs $649; the latter price hasn't been announced.  

And it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, in case you were worried.

Here's how the phone looks.

It seems the headphone jack is a bit of a selling point to some.

Google touted the Pixel's camera as the "best phone camera ever."

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Daydream View

Google's VR device, which will go on sale in November for $79, lets you experience virtual reality by inserting your phone into a headset. 

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Google Daydream (Google)

It also includes a "Daydream controller," a small remote with a motion sensor (kind of like a Wiimote) that lets you interact with VR environments. Daydream is compatible with Pixel phones, with more on the way. 

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The makers of the Harry Potter prequel film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will partner with Daydream, so everyone's dream of living in the Potterverse can come true.

Naturally, the controller translates to a wand, according to Google's director of VR partnerships, Adrienne McCalister.

Daydream also includes streaming TV partnerships like HBO and Hulu, plus Google Photos and YouTube. 

But it wasn't without its critics.

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Google Home

Google Home is essentially a physical digital assistant like Amazon's Echo, but also interacts with "smart" home objects like your lights and speakers.

It will cost $129, including a free trial of YouTube Red. It boasts Google's new Assistant, essentially an upgraded version of Google Now.

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Google Wifi

Google also revealed its router, Google Wifi, which lets people prevent certain users from accessing Wifi. It costs $129 or $299 for a 3-pack.

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