Google’s Fall Event: Pixel 2 and Home Mini News

Last year’s October 4 event was historic as Google introduced two Pixel smartphones, a virtual reality headset, a new Chromecast, a Wi-Fi router, and an Amazon Echo competitor — the Google Home. Google is now a hardware company, and this year it’s planning on cementing its commitment to its physical products with updates to these devices. At its 2017 October 4 event, we’re expecting new Pixel smartphones, an improved Daydream View VR-headset, a mini Google Home, and more. Google fans will find no shortage of gear to fill their holiday wish lists.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. Pixel 2 XL: Flagship face-off

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A 10-step guide on Google Home setup for your new device

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Is your Pixel 2 having camera or Wi-Fi issues? We just might have a fix for you

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eBay will give you a free Google Home Mini with any $119 purchase

Google is having a sale, Amazon is having a sale, and now, eBay is having a sale, too. If you're looking for a new smart speaker for your smart home, you can now get a Google Home Mini for free with any purchase of $119 on eBay.
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Pixel 2 XL now available for $749 at Google Store

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How to use Google Lens to identify objects using your smartphone

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‘Hey, Google, what’s wrong?’ Google Home ‘glitch’ gets a fix

Google has announced a fix for a bug that took down Google Home and Chromecast devices nationwide today. The fix will be implemented in a few hours, or you can reboot your device now to get it up and running again.
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Here's how to switch to Spanish with your Google Home device

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How to set up the Continued Conversation feature for Google Home

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Google's Pixel Launcher will soon include dark theme toggle

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The Amazon Echo Dot is the single best-selling smart speaker of them all

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Smartphone shootout: Huawei P20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 vs. Apple iPhone X

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Keep your Google Pixel 2 XL phone safe with these screen protectors

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Verizon offers Pixel 2, iPhone X for up to half the price with a trade-in

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LG offers two free Google Home Minis with the purchase a washer set or fridge

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Google Home vs. Google Home Mini vs. Google Home Max: It’s all about the sound

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