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Google’s Road Ahead

Chromecast Ultra, whole-home WiFi, Daydream VR details predicted for Oct. 4 event 10/03/2016 5:15 PM

Google’s set to launch a bunch of new products and reveal more details on other products that have already been announced at the company’s big to-do on Tuesday (Oct. 4).

 

According to multiple reports, many of the details have already leaked.

 

In addition to a new line of Pixel-branded smartphones that will replace its current Nexus lineup, Google’s expected to announce more info about Google Home, its voice-powered answer to Amazon’s Alexa smart home platform. Per TechCrunch, Google will put a $129 price tag on Google Home.

 

Also expected is a 4K upgrade to the Chromecast streaming adapter with a reported price of $69, about double the cost of the current-gen Chromecast introduced about a year ago. The image above is  purported to be the new Chromecast. 

 

Google announced Daydream VR, its Android-based mobile virtual reality platform, in May, and is reportedly set to announce shed light on more detail, including the first Daydream headset and controller. Bloomberg said earlier that Google’s been lining up talent and apps partners in preparation for the debut.

 

Google’s also said to be teeing up a new whole-home WiFi platform that relies on multiple access points and a mesh-based system. 

 

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While these products/systems have been making inroads at retail, they are also becoming an increasingly important product for cable operators and other broadband service providers

 

UPDATE: The leaks were very accurate. See our coverage of the event here and here.