The Wall Street Journal: Google shows off new Pixel phones, hybrid Chromebook, voice-controlled Home Hub

Google launched new mobile and home gadgets aimed at ensuring the voice-controlled Google Assistant is never out of shouting distance.

As it battles Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN, +0.32% Alexa, Apple Inc.’s AAPL, +1.39% Siri and Microsoft Corp’s MSFT, +1.27% Cortana for voice-computing supremacy, the Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -0.93%GOOG, -0.88% unit unveiled two new Pixel smartphones, a Chromebook that acts as both tablet and laptop, and a smart display designed for kitchens and bedrooms. All let you launch Google Assistant without using your hands.

The company’s latest Android smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which will sell for $799 and $899, have an updated design and improvements to their already lauded cameras.

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