Google considers launching a mid-range Pixel phone this summer

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Google India has also confirmed on Twitter via a tweet that the smart speakers will be launched soon but did not reveal the launch date.

The news comes from Variety who last week interviewed Google's vice president of Home devices Rishi Chandra.

Google Home and Google Home Mini come in India after a long wait.

As per a report by Economic Times which sources four senior industry executives, Google is planning to launch its smart speakers, Pixelbook laptop, intelligent home automation product and a mid-range smartphone designed for markets like India. In the USA, the Google Home costs 130 Dollars which is equivalent to Rs. 8,400 and the Google Home Mini costs around 50 USD which is around Rs. 3,400.

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Further details are awaited. These smart speakers also feature "Voice Match" which recognises your voice and accordingly gives you personalised information.

It will precede the Pixel 3, and will arrive in time for a summer launch in those regions.

That handset now costs £559, while the larger-screened Pixel 2 XL will set you back £629. So it makes sense for Google to try and regain some foothold with an appropriately priced, mid-range Pixel phone. For example, it improves Wi-Fi stability on Pixel 2 devices after several users reported intermittent WiFi issues.

Google has renewed its focus on hardware to test and model artificial intelligence tools like Google Assistant and Android software for OEMs and developers. While Google is a relative newcomer to the smartphone scene, they are already starting to capture the attention of a flagship market that is now dominated by Samsung and Apple. The company also has access to the search data and might have found that Indians are interested in having a speaker based smart assistant at their home. It will be interesting to see if Google goes for a lower pricing with its speakers. Amazon's speakers start at Rs 4,499 for the Echo, Rs 9,999 for Echo and Rs 14,999 for the Echo Plus variant.

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