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For those moving across from another device, including iPhones, Google has provided a migration adapter and software tool called Quick Switch to copy all of your old phone’s information on to your new one.

The Tech21 Evo Check case in ‘clear’ colour. The Tech21 Evo Check case in ‘smokey black’ colour.

Phones come in 32 to 128GB memory sizes and it does not appear that you can expand the memory. Also absent is water and dust resistance.

On the pricing front, the Pixel is available for pre-order in Australia today, starting at $1079 RRP. Google Australia says: “We are teaming up with Telstra as our exclusive telco partner to make Pixel available nationwide at all Telstra stores and JB Hi-Fi stores as well as through the Google Store.”

There are even some cases out for the Pixel already, with Tech21 announcing its Evo Check range of drop-resistant cases that feature a ‘checked’ pattern created to work in harmony with the Pixel’s styling.

Google Daydream VR

With the Virtual Reality industry growing all the time, Google is back in the game (let’s just forget about the Google Glasses project) with its Daydream platform and headset.

First off, Daydream is Google’s new home for high-quality VR content, and there will be Daydream compatible devices stating with the Pixel, with more announced soon.


We imagine that these Daydream ‘compatible’ phones will need to have a set level of screen resolution, graphics and processing power to make the grade. It’s likely that Daydream will be an app that you can download to your compatible Android Nougat phone.

The Daydream View is the VR headset that works with Daydream ready phones.


The Daydream View comes in three colours.

What’s immediately obvious is its lightweight fabric construction. Given that you’ll need to place your Pixel phone into the Daydream View headset, it’s good that Google has focused on keeping the weight down as well as comfort.

The fabric comes in three colours – crimson, snow and slate, and is breathable and hand-washable.

Google's street view in VR mode.

Google’s street view in VR mode.