What to make of a cheaper Google Nest with Soli radar, and more tech news today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Friday, 9 October 2020.

1. New Google Nest Thermostat with Soli

Google Pixel 4 XL Teardown Soli Radar

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is usually hot on the heels of Apple news. Or, is busy talking about the Los Angles Lakers. But he had a Google scoop late yesterday: the company looks close to releasing a new, cheaper Nest Thermostat.

  • Now this isn’t A1 news because, you know, thermostats.
  • The original Nest Thermostats are a little bit special to me. I recommended them early on to some friends and colleagues, and each one raved about it more and more.
  • It became a challenge to find someone who didn’t absolutely love the improvement over old-style thermostats.
  • Being in Germany and stuck with incredibly terrible thermostats again, you come to appreciate what Nest created. Before Google stepped in and snapped them up, of course.

Anyway, Google is stepping

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Google Commits To Future Hardware Building And Hints At Soli Return

Google has reiterated its commitment to continue building hardware in the future. A blog post by Senior Vice President of Devices & Services Rick Osterloh confirms this.

Osterloh opened and closed Google’s Launch Night In event. There he announced the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G to much fanfare.

He also hinted at Soli Radar and Motion sensor would be making a return to hardware the in near future. The technology took Google a long while to develop to is was interesting to see no sign of it at this year’s event.

Google reiterates commitment to building hardware

Like most years Osterloh summarized the theme for Launch Night In/Made by Google 2020 as reported by 9to5. Normally this sees him bang the drum about Google being helpful. However, alongside this, he also made the point about Google products becoming more affordable too.

He continued to not that Google would be “building

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