A phone with a built-in speaker has been revealed
By Michael Eavis Google has unveiled the company’s first ever Bluetooth speaker, a speaker that’s designed to communicate with smartphones via Bluetooth, the company has announced.
The new speaker will be available in two sizes, the 8.5-inch and the 10.1-inch, and both are expected to be available at the start of the year.
It is the first Bluetooth speaker to feature a dual-headphone interface, with the audio output controlled by the handset’s speakers.
“The world is full of phones that need a voice assistant to communicate, so we wanted to create a device that can connect to your phone via Bluetooth,” said CEO Sundar Pichai.
“The 8.55-inch version is the most compact, and it will work with any smartphone running Android 6.0 or higher.
The 10.01-inch model is the best of both worlds.
It’s the best speaker that has Bluetooth connectivity, but is compatible with your phone’s speakers, too.”
The 8-inch Bluetooth speaker will include a 4-megapixel camera and a USB Type-C port, while the 10-inch will have a 2-megapixels camera, an IR remote, a microphone and a mic jack.
Both versions will be compatible with Android phones running Marshmallow and higher, though the 10″ model will come with the new Pixel XL, which was announced at Google I/O this week.
It will come pre-loaded with Google’s upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, which includes a new voice assistant, new features, improved battery life and a few new apps.
The 8″ model of the 8-series speaker will cost $349, while a 10″ version will be priced at $399.
It should arrive in Q4 2018.