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Google will reportedly launch mid-range Pixel smartphone for emerging markets

03 April 2018

Ahead of the official release, Flipkart has the product listing page live on its website.

The Pixel 2 starts at $599 at the Google Store in the United States, while the Pixel 2 XL has a starting price of $774. The first smart speaker was introduced two years ago and it has since received a number of updates and integrations with several products and services.

Google Pixel 3 is meant to be a smartphone that attracts more and more users to the Google smartphones and Android platform and the integration of a facial recognition system similar to Face ID might do the magic.

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It could not be said with clarity that whether these cheaper Pixel phones would be knocking on other market segments or it would just be limited to certain segment like some Android One phones. Google has already teased the launch of the Google Home and Google Home Mini speakers.

This will be the second major brand to release its smart speakers in the Indian market since the Amazon Echo line of products - Echo Plus, Echo Dot and Echo - launched in India in October 2017.

Several months ago, it appeared that Google was letting other companies, such as Lenovo and LG, take the lead in creating Smart Displays with Google Assistant built in.

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A user on Reddit noticed the availability of Gaana and Saavn on the list of available music services for Google. Interestingly, it has been also reported that there will be support for Netflix as well.

Apart from the midrange smartphone, the company is also expected to release its range of smart speakers. But that said, this rumored mid-range model wouldn't necessarily be exclusive to India, and we could also see it spread to similar markets overseas. Emerging markets are much more price sensitive when it comes to smartphones, so entry-level and mid-range smartphones rule the roost with cash-strapped consumers. This means the company could possibly be planning to extend its hardware product offerings to more countries.

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