Google launches new phones, streaming device, speaker at event (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Updated 2:32 p.m., last update: And that’s a (rapid) wrap. (The COVID-19 world of pretaping events allows for some tight editing.) As mentioned at the beginning, so many details of the hardware had been exposed in previous weeks that the key information was the $699 price point and Oct. 15 availability for the Pixel 5.

Updated 2:24 p.m.: Moving rapidly, Google says the Pixel 5 is base priced at $699. As widely expected, that’s backing off a bit from the $1,000 mark, but still offering 5G capability; it’s promising “no compromise” to bring 5G into an affordable phone. It’s available Oct. 15. As expected, the Pixel 4a 5G is priced at $499.

Updated 2:14 p.m.: The former Google Home smart speaker has become “Nest Audio” (accompanied by the puck-sized Nest Audio Mini). For $99, Nest Audio promises “rich bass, more volume, and fuller, clearer sound” (50% more bass than before,

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