The Silicon Valley company is launching hardware in San Francisco, including their latest smartphones and new voice assistant Google Home Mini

Ellis introduces the “Now Playing” feature, which listens for music and tells you what it hears. Interestingly, it does this without connecting to the net, through an on-device database of songs, which will be some salve to the privacy aware among us.

She then moves to another new feature: “At a glance”, which lives on the homescreen. A permanent widget, the data display will launch with support for calendar events, but eventually become – yes – AI powered, to include traffic, directions, weather and more.

Now for the main event: Mario Queiroz, a VP of product management, is on stage to introduce the new Pixel phones.

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