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Google Unveils New Smartphone, Virtual Reality Headset

Google is launching an aggressive push into hardware production, branded “Made by Google.” The company, which predominantly focuses on search and software, announced today that it will sell a virtual reality headset and home assistant — similar to Amazon’s Echo — as well as a new line of smartphones called Pixel.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Johana Bhuiyan of Recode about Google’s new emphasis on hardware, as the company looks for ways to broaden its advertisement-based revenue.

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Johana Bhuiyan, senior transportation editor at Recode. She tweets @JMBooyah.

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Google announced today that it will sell a virtual reality headset and home assistant (similar to Amazon's Echo), as well as a new line of smartphones called Pixel. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Google announced today that it will sell a virtual reality headset and home assistant (similar to Amazon's Echo), as well as a new line of smartphones called Pixel. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)