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Google takes digital skills training to South Australia

Google headed to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island in South Australia last week to run digital skills workshops for businesses, community organisations, and locals looking to grow their businesses, organisations, careers and education.

It’s the first time the Grow with Google workshops have been held in Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, and it was great to see locals picking up new skills regardless of where they were on the digital journey.

Grow with Google in Adelaide 
First up, more than 200 Adelaide locals joined special training workshops in Glenelg. We were joined by Steve Georganas MP who officially opened the event.

Caption: Grow with Google visited Glenelg in Adelaide 

Local businesses learned how to grow their presence online and gain valuable insights about their customers — and individuals at all stages of the digital journey picked up new skills.

One Adelaide business that has been using digital tools to grow successfully is outdoor camping gear retailer, Snowys. They created an online shop in 2011 to complement their existing physical retail store, and it’s helped the company grow significantly. Today half of their employees work solely on fulfilling online orders.

Learning new STEM skills at Madison Park 
We also visited Madison Park School to help students prepare their FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team for the upcoming regional competition. Together with the FLL team from Pedare Christian College we ran through robotics missions and provided feedback on their innovative solutions to this year’s City Shaper challenge. We also spent time with the older students talking about careers in STEM and answering all their questions about Google and technology.

Caption: Googlers visited Madison Park School to help students prepare for competition.

With support from Schools Plus and Google, Madison Park has introduced a STEM learning program across all year levels, aiming to lift student engagement in STEM and develop teachers’ skills and confidence in incorporating STEM learning in the classroom.

Last year, Madison Park was not only able to participate in the FLL Competition for the first time, but they won the regionals to then earn a place at the Nationals in Sydney later that year! Through Schools Plus, Google is providing STEM education in schools across Australia, reaching more than 1300 students and 480 teachers.

Grow with Google Kangaroo Island 
Then it was on to Kangaroo Island where we ran workshops over two days for sixty local businesses and community organisations. It was great to see the locals picking up new skills they can put to use to grow their businesses and organisations beyond the Island!

Caption: Kangaroo Island locals joined Google experts for digital skills workshops 

A big thank you to South Australian Senator and Shadow Minister for Tourism Don Farrell and State Member for Mawson Leon Bignell for officially opening the event.

A report released by AlphaBeta in September found that Google’s advertising and productivity platforms were helping more than a million Aussie businesses and had helped deliver business benefits of $35 billion so far this year - including supporting 7,400 South Australian jobs through its economic activity.

Grow with Google aims to provide all Australians with access to digital skills training online and in-person, to help them make the most of the Internet. It includes an online learning hub accessible from anywhere, on any device, with hundreds of handy training modules. The next Grow with Google event will be held in Perth on 19 November. Find out more at:

Posted by Hannah Frank, Public Policy Manager at Google Australia

Indigenous entrepreneurs gain new digital skills to grow their businesses

We were thrilled to welcome forty Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesspeople to our Sydney headquarters today for digital skills workshops designed to help them grow their businesses further.

 The Grow with Google workshop was hosted in partnership with Supply Nation, and was the first one fully dedicated to empowering the Indigenous business community.

At today’s event, businesses learned how to grow their presence online and gain valuable customer insights, and individuals at all stages of the digital journey picked up new skills.

We know there are lots of opportunities for Australian businesses that have a strong online presence, and use the Internet to engage with customers and grow their business. But many aren’t sure how to go about it — so we hosted this event with the community to share digital tips and tools they can put to good use.

Vets on Call is a great example of a business that has been using digital tools to build awareness of their service and engage with customers effectively. Morgan Coleman, a Torres Strait Islander man and owner-founder of the company, created the mobile app which allows users to book veterinarians for home visits.

Google Australia has a Reconciliation Action Plan of which partnering with Indigenous communities to support their economic development and providing access to technology are key components.

Grow with Google aims to create opportunity for all Australians to grow their skills, careers, and businesses with free tools, training, and events. It includes an online learning hub accessible from anywhere, on any device, with hundreds of handy training modules.

A big thank you to Laura Berry, CEO of Supply Nation, and to the local Gadigal people and broader Indigenous business community who made this initiative possible.

Posted by Jean Magalhães, Small Business Marketing Manager, Google Australia

Unlocking the Economic Impact of Public Cloud in Australia

Australia is one of the most advanced public cloud markets in Asia Pacific (APAC) but there’s still plenty of room to grow and benefits to reap.

A new Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report commissioned by Google Cloud examined the public cloud’s economic impact in six APAC markets including Australia, and it reveals that public cloud adoption locally has the potential to contribute:

  • A sizeable US$108 billion of GDP between 2019 and 2023—that’s about 1.5% of GDP when annualised and equivalent to over half of the mining industry’s annual contribution to the overall economy 
  • Public cloud deployments have the potential to create as many as 26,000 jobs with an additional 47,000 jobs influenced over the next five years. When combined, that’s equivalent to 0.6% of the current workforce. 
  • BCG outlines that continued regulatory support and deployment of government applications combined with an increase in the pool of digital talent—the GDP impact could rise by another 20% to US$130 billion with 53,000 jobs created and another 59,000 jobs influenced 

The power of the cloud 
At a firm level, the benefits of the public cloud are numerous; from boosting internal productivity, to creating a robust security environment and reducing the time to market for new products and services.

Large enterprise across a range of sectors including financial services, retail and media and gaming have been quick to adopt the public cloud and are already reaping the benefits. Case in point - ANZ Bank has embraced the public cloud to develop data-driven business insights for its institutional clients, finding that the ability to offer instant insight allows them to expand its services.There is also strong interest growing among traditional industries such as manufacturing and mining.

Public sector is leading by example through its cloud-first policy and improving citizen services through the cloud. For example, Australia Post is improving customer experiences with smart data analytics. BigQuery has given it visibility into every stage of the mail delivery process. Operations managers can now see what’s happening in sorting facilities in real time, helping to identify flow blockages almost instantly. With near real-time data analytics, Australia Post can free up valuable resources, act quicker and provide better service to the millions of Australians that rely on it everyday.

The cloud is also fast emerging as a platform for business to develop AI-driven solutions. Using machine learning through Google Cloud, and its own artificial intelligence-based platform, Brisbane-based medical technology firm Maxwell Plus processes more than 1GB of data per patient — across tens of thousands of patients — to diagnose medical conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease quickly and accurately.

A driver of jobs 
As the public cloud gains momentum it is expected to contribute significantly to employment opportunities in Australia. This includes a combination of non-digital roles such as sales, marketing and human resources, as well as digital jobs such as cloud architects, developers, data and AI scientists. There is also incredible potential for additional jobs to be created as a result of second order effects of key industrial verticals that drive the economy.

With that said, when I speak to customers every day they tell me it’s no longer a question of whether the cloud makes sense, but how quickly they can move and access to skilled talent is critical. That’s why we’re committed to nurturing the next supply of cloud-savvy talent through our regularly Cloud OnBoard events which equip participants to thrive in a cloud-first workplace.

The fundamentals are set for Australia’s public cloud market to drive economic growth and advance digital transformation. Our Google Cloud Region in Sydney is supporting businesses to develop advanced digital capabilities and government agencies in enhancing citizen services - all the while providing these organisations Google Cloud’s world-class security. We look forward to working with Australian businesses and public sector organisations to drive the country’s economic growth and digital transformation.

By Colin Timm, Country Director of Australia and New Zealand

Australia’s future news champions

Young leaders from across Australia came together in Canberra last week to explore democracy and the media at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD).

The News Champions Forum aimed to give young people the opportunity to discuss the role of news in democratic processes, as well as how they are represented in the media.

In the lead up to Global Media Literacy Week, 21 young people took part in the forum to discuss how they can actively engage with news in Australia, capturing their thoughts in interviews with ABC Education. Participants also lead a national discussion on how news can support and engage young Australians.

The forum was part of the Advancing the News Media Literacy of young Australians research project, led by Dr Tanya Notley from Western Sydney University and Associate Professor Michael Dezuanni from Queensland University of Technology.

Google Australia helped support this workshop, along with MoAD, Western Sydney University, Queensland University of Technology and ABC Education.

We’ve also invested to help Western Sydney University to develop a digital news literacy learning framework for the News and Democracy exhibition at MoAD and to map opportunities to incorporate media literacy education into the Australian Curriculum.

This work complements our grant of $1.2m to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to develop new digital media literacy tools for school students, and is part of our broader efforts to help Australians explore and engage with the diverse range of news and information available on the web. 

Congratulations to all the students who took part and shared their experiences to help us better understand how young people interact with news and engage with information online.

Careers with STEM 2019

Are you interested in a STEM career but don’t know where to start? Jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are growing.

Whether you’re interested in becoming an engineer, or a forensic scientist, there’s someone who can tell you all about their STEM career. That’s why we support Careers with STEM: Code - a guide to showcase the great variety of careers that exist in tech.

Careers with STEM: Code magazines are delivered to every High School in Australia to inspire young people interested in technology and provide with role models. Check out some of our STEM superstars below.

Katie Walker, Software Engineer, Google Australia 
Katie applied for an internship at Google in Sydney when she was studying computer science at the University of Adelaide. Katie now works in the Google Photos team. Find out more here.

Photo Credit: Lauren Trompp 

Tom Wright, Engineering Manager, Google Australia 
Tom, a self-taught coder, ensures Google products like the Google Cloud operate smoothly. Tom said people are his first priority and he’s on-call as a first responder for incidents affecting Google services. Find out more here.

Kathy Zhu, Security Engineer, Google Australia 
When Kathy was in high school she didn’t know that a job like hers existed. She loved STEM subjects but didn’t do any coding until she started university. Today she is a security engineer who ensures that Google’s products and tools are safe from cyber attack. Find out more here.

Photo Credit: Lauren Trompp 

Combining problem solving and coding skills with a passion has inspired these great careers. We hope their stories inspire you to do the same!

Digital skills help Melbourne coffee pod business brew success

We all know Melburnians love their coffee but just what is Melbourne’s preferred brew? According to what coffee Melburnians are searching for online, it’s the espresso.

A look at Google Trends over the last 12 months found the espresso came out of top, closely followed by the latte — when compared to other common favourites including the flat white, cappuccino, mocha, macchiato and long black.

One Melbourne business working to capitalise on Melburnians love of coffee in their homes and workplaces - while helping the environment - is Melbourne-based eco-friendly coffee pod maker Pod Co. They’ve built a burgeoning online business combining Melbourne’s penchant for great coffee with digital tools.

Pod Co have used the internet to gain insights into what brews Melburnians love the most, and have run online campaigns to engage with them when they’re thinking about coffee. Since focusing on online sales, customer engagement, and targeted advertising, they’ve doubled their revenue.

While showing other Melbourne businesses how to succeed online, research suggests many small businesses are unsure how to go about it. In fact, while businesses who engage online are one and half times more likely to be growing, 90 per cent of Aussie small businesses aren’t taking the necessary steps.

Caption: Google's Melbourne site leader Sean McDonell opened Grow with Google Melbourne. 

Google Australia is working to close this gap through the Grow with Google program which came to Melbourne today. Grow with Google workshops were held at Hawthorn Arts Centre. At today’s event Melbourne businesses learned how to grow their presence online and gain valuable customer insights, and individuals at all stages of the digital journey picked up new skills.

Since 2014, Google has trained more than half a million people across Australia through online and in-person digital skills training, as well as curriculum integrated through school and partner programs.

Caption: More than 200 local businesses and individuals picked up digital tips from Google experts. 

Grow with Google aims to provide all Australians with access to digital skills training online and in-person, to help them make the most of the Internet. It includes an online learning hub accessible from anywhere, on any device, with hundreds of handy training modules. The next Grow with Google event will be held in Adelaide on 4 November. Find out more at:


Key insights:
  • The espresso, or “short black”, is the most searched type of coffee by Melburnians in 2019.
  • Search interest in “short black” is +30% higher in Melbourne than Australia as a whole.
  • Melburnians are also searching for Turkish coffee (+28%) and Vietnamese coffee (+18%) above the national average.
  • Coffee pods ranked third for search interest in biodegradable products in Melbourne this year.
  • Coffee pods ranked fourth for search interest in compostable products in Melbourne this year.
Top five most searched coffee type, in Melbourne in 2019:

  • Espresso (Short Black) 
  • Latte 
  • Mocha 
  • Cappuccino 
  • Flat White

Never miss your favourite artist on tour again–see tickets for live shows right on YouTube!

Over one billion fans come to YouTube each month to connect with their favourite artists and discover new music. And now, we’re making it easy for Aussies to go from experiencing music online to seeing live performances through partnerships with Ticketmaster and Eventbrite.
Starting today, Australian fans watching videos from Official Artists Channels will see ticket listings for live music performances throughout Australia. With one easy click on the “Tickets” button, they’ll be able to purchase directly from ticketing partners such as Ticketmaster or Eventbrite, and more partners in the future. Australia is one of the first countries to have this feature outside of North America.
Live events continue to be a major source of revenue for artists, so we want to help artists keep fans updated on their upcoming shows and sell more tickets to live performances. YouTube’s global audience also lets artists find new fans, with 24% of Millennials and 33% of teens claiming they discover live music events through the platform, according to a Nielsen report from 2018.
The new feature aims to connect fans with not only the global artists they love, but also will give them a chance to discover more intimate events with breakthrough Aussie talent like Tash Sultana, Rüfüs Du Sol, Alison Wonderland, The Jungle Giants, Lime Cordiale or the Teskey Brothers.
YouTube is the space where many Australian artists first built their online platform. We’re excited to continue furthering the power of video discovery on YouTube by bringing those artists and fans closer together through live shows.

Nest Mini brings twice the bass*

It’s only been two years, but already, millions of people around the world have received hands-free help from the Google Assistant in any room in their home, all thanks to Google Home Mini. Back in May, we brought together the Google Home and Nest teams under the Google Nest brand. And now, we’re bringing you the second-generation Google Nest Mini, which is re-engineered to make everything you love about the original even better.

A new speaker with powerful sound

We know that people love listening to music on their Google Home and Nest devices. Since launching the original Google Home, people have listened to billions of hours of music. So with Nest Mini, we upgraded the hardware and software to make it sound even better, and it really brings the bass.

Nest Mini provides bass that’s twice as strong as the original Google Home Mini (measured from 60-100 Hz at max volume). Our expert audio engineers developed proprietary audio tuning software, allowing us to get the most out of the hardware with a full, clear and natural sound at every volume level.

If you’re listening to music, podcasts and other types of media on Nest Mini, thanks to ultrasound sensing, LED lights will light up as your hand gets close to the device, indicating where you can tap to adjust the volume. We’ve also improved Mini’s ability to hear you in noisy environments.

Whole home audio

You can connect Nest Mini to your other Nest speakers to build a sound system for your whole home. If you have more than one Google Home or Nest smart speaker or display, simply create as many different groups as you’d like in the Google Home app, and enjoy music, podcasts and more throughout your home.

And with stream transfer, you can fill your home with sound by moving your music, audiobooks and podcasts from one speaker to another just with your voice. Even transfer music or podcasts from your phone when you walk in the door. For example, If I’m hosting a dinner party, once I’m done cooking in the kitchen, I just say, “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker” to keep the party going.

The power of whole home audio goes beyond music, and it can be a helpful way to stay in touch with family and friends. We’re enabling an intercom feature on all Nest smart speakers and displays which lets you talk to anyone in the home from your phone or another Nest smart speaker or display. You can also call home right from the device your Google Home app, and your Nest Mini will ring. With Duo, Google’s communications app, you can call anyone with a Duo account on Android or iOS devices, as well as PC’s with Chrome.** It’s hands-free, so just say, “Hey Google, call Mum.” You can also call specific devices in your home from the Google Home App when you’re on the go. And if you’re a Telstra customer in Australia you can voice call any contact, business or 000 when your hands are full or your phone is out of reach.***

Your Assistant will keep getting better

The new Google Nest Mini has all the things you loved about the original version – ask it questions, tell it to do things, get news updates, control devices around your home and more. Up to six people can connect their account to one Nest Mini, so if you ask your Assistant for help, it can distinguish your voice from other family members or housemates. As the Google Assistant adds functionality over time, Nest Mini will automatically update its software so you don’t have to lift a finger while it keeps getting better.

Sustainably and safely designed for your home

Nest Mini has the same iconic design as the original Mini, with soft rounded edges that blend in with your home. It comes in four colours: Chalk, Charcoal, Coral and a new colour, Sky, which was inspired by Lake Como in Italy.**** We’ve also incorporated wall mounting capabilities into Nest Mini, because you told us that you needed creative ways to incorporate Nest Mini into your decor and save precious counter and shelf space.

Like so many of you, we’re committed to helping the planet, so the fabric covering on Nest Mini is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles (meaning plastic bottles that have already been used and recycled). A single half-litre plastic bottle makes enough fabric to cover more than two Nest Mini devices. The external enclosure is also made from 35 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. Now, all Nest products launching in 2019 are built using varying amounts of recycled plastics.

Like our entire Google Nest range, Nest Mini has been designed with your privacy in mind and, per our privacy commitments, there’s a switch for you to disable the mic. You can also access, review and delete your queries at any time via My Activity.

You can buy Mini in Australia for RRP $79, and starting today, you can pre-order from the Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys. You’ll find Nest Mini on shelves at those retailers and more from October 29.

Once you set up Nest Mini, just say, “Hey Google, what can you do?” to get started. And once you do that, say “Hey Google, play bossa nova” and get ready to party.

Posted by Mark Spates, Product Manager, Google Nest

* As compared to Google Home Mini. 
** To make Duo calls, Google Duo accounts are required for you and the call recipient. Emergency calling is not supported. 
*** Requires a Telstra mobile service with credit on a smartphone, a powered Google Nest Mini connected to an active Wi-Fi network and activated through iOS/Android Google Home app. Data charges may apply. Call charges will be in accordance with your Telstra mobile plan. To call E000, say “Hey Google, call Triple Zero.” 
**** Not all colours are available in all stores. Posted by Mark Spates, Product Manager, Google Nest

Boost your home’s signal and style with Nest Wifi

Homes weren’t built for Wi-Fi, so when we introduced Google Wifi in 2016, we built Wi-Fi to work for anyone, in any home. With Nest Wifi, we’re taking everything you love about Google Wifi and making it even better, with a powerful router and a Wifi point that includes the Google Assistant, bringing you more help at home.

Whole home coverage

The Nest Wifi system is actually two separate devices: The Nest Wifi router plugs directly into your modem, forming the basis for a strong and powerful home network, and the Nest Wifi point expands your coverage where you need it most.

Nest Wifi is more powerful than Google Wifi, delivering up to two times the speed and up to 25 percent better coverage. A 2-pack Nest Wifi router and point is great for most 1-2 bedroom homes while the 3-pack can cover most 2-3 bedroom homes.* The system is scalable, so you can add more points later to make sure you’re covered. And if you’ve already got a Google Wifi network, you can easily add Nest Wifi to it for additional coverage.

Simple setup and control in the Google Home App

Setting up Nest Wifi is easy. Plug it in and download and open the Google Home app, which will guide you through setup in minutes. Once you’re set up, you can manage your network in the app alongside your other supported connected devices.

The app makes it easy to share your Wi-Fi password with guests, prioritise devices (like when you’re on a video call), test the speed of your network, set up a guest network or change your password. Plus, if you have a Nest smart display like the Nest Hub Max, you can share the guest network and password right on the display—and scan the code with your phone to get online.

You can also manage separate homes in the app. I’m the tech expert in my family, so with their permission, I also manage my parents’ network. This way, when I get a call that the Wi-Fi isn’t working, I can quickly check what’s wrong or let them know if they need to call their internet provider.

My sons are in middle and high school, so while I want them to go offline at certain times during the week, I don’t mind if they stay up later on weekends, playing video games or streaming their favourite shows. With Family Wi-Fi features in the Google Home app, I can easily set my sons’ devices on a Wi-Fi schedule, pause the Wi-Fi to their devices at any time and block adult content on their devices.

Hands-free help with the Google Assistant The Nest Wifi point also has a speaker with the Google Assistant, which means it can do everything that Nest Mini can do; it’s really two devices in one. We’ve even incorporated the same speaker as Nest Mini, so you can add it to a speaker group and rock out to your favourite playlist throughout the house.

And if you’re like me and sometimes have trouble getting your kids’ attention, just say “Hey Google, pause the Wi-Fi for Dylan’s device.” You can also use the Assistant to get more info about your Wi-Fi network. Just say, “Hey Google, what’s my internet speed?”

Designed for your home

Many routers are hidden in a closet or cabinet, where the signal is blocked and can be reduced. Nest Wifi has a beautiful design with soft, rounded edges and unobtrusive lighting. It’s meant to be placed out in the open, where it’ll perform at its best and will naturally blend into your home.

Nest Wifi is built using sustainable materials. The router enclosure is made from 45 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, and the point enclosure is made from 40 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.

Smart home support

We also built the Nest Wifi system to provide the foundation for your future smart home devices. It has local home connectivity, which means that some devices can connect directly to the system without needing a hub, so you can easily set up the most popular lights and plugs right from the Home app.

Peace of mind

Nest Wifi has been designed with your privacy in mind and per our privacy commitments, there’s a switch for you to disable the mic on the WiFi points. You can also access, review and delete your queries at any time via My Activity. With Nest Wifi, you’ll also never have to worry about whether or not your router is up to date. We automatically push security and performance updates to your Nest Wifi devices, to help keep your network safe and working at its best.

Nest Wifi is available for preorder today and will be on sale in Australia from November 5. You can get a two-pack with one router and one point for RRP $399, or a three-pack with one router and two points for RRP $549 at the Google Store, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and more retailers in the coming months.

Pixel 4 is here to help

With a camera that helps you get the perfect photo every time, a new way to use your phone without touching it, and a fast and responsive display, Pixel 4 packs new technology into a striking new design. Best of all, Pixel includes the latest version of Android and Google’s best software, which gets better with each update.

Get the perfect photo with Pixel 4

Pixel 4 brings Pixel’s largest camera upgrade yet. There are now two cameras on the back of the phone, including a new telephoto lens. When you combine this new hardware feature with our Super Res Zoom software, it gives you exceptional image quality—even from a distance.

Night Sight already helps you take beautiful photos in full darkness, and now, we're turning to the stars. You can use Night Sight for shots of the night sky, the stars, and even the Milky Way when you find a clear night.

Pixel has delivered outstanding photo quality ever since we introduced always-on HDR+ (High Dynamic Range) in the original Pixel. With Pixel 4, you can fine-tune the brightness and amount of detail in the shadows, helping you balance difficult shots like sunrise portraits. Pixel 4 also brings Live HDR+ in the viewfinder so you know exactly what your photo will look like, even when you're using the new controls in tricky lighting.

Caption: Sunrise photo captured using dual exposure, taken by Uge from Aquabumps on Pixel 4

A phone that senses what you want it to do

Pixel 4’s Motion Sense* feature uses a miniature radar sensor to understand what’s happening around your phone. It can sense when you’re reaching for the phone and will initiate face unlock, or turn off your screen when you’re not around. New Quick Gestures let you skip your music when you’re doing something else: cooking, running on the treadmill or even when you’re in another app or if your display is off. Just wave your hand to snooze alarms, dismiss timers, or silence your phone. Motion Sense will be available in Australia when Pixel 4 hits the shelves.*

Built for performance and security

With 6GB RAM, a 90hz display,** and Pixel Neural Core, Pixel 4 is fast and powerful. Pixel Neural Core is the engine for on device processing, always-on computing, and machine learning, meaning more tasks are done on the device for performance and privacy.

Pixel 4 also includes Google’s custom-built Titan M security chip*** to help protect your most sensitive data and ensure the integrity of the operating system. Combined with the latest version of Android 10, monthly security updates, and access to Google’s advanced security services, Pixel 4 was designed to keep your data secure.

New built-in apps

Pixel’s new Recorder app brings the power of search and AI to audio recording. When you open the Recorder app and start a recording, you can keep track of meetings, lectures, jam sessions — anything you want to save and listen to later — and the app simultaneously transcribes speech and tags sounds like music, applause, and more. Then, you can search your recordings to quickly find the part you’re looking for. All Recorder functionality happens on-device, so your audio never leaves your phone. We're starting with English for transcription and search, and we'll be rolling out to more languages soon.

A new Google Assistant is on the way

Thanks to a deeper integration into Pixel 4, we’re making improvements to the Google Assistant to bring you a faster way to get more things done. The new Google Assistant will launch in Australia on Pixel 4 in summer via a software update to your phone. By asking the Assistant, you’ll be able to multitask across other app, search your phone, and more. Stay tuned to hear when the new Google Assistant is live in Australia!

Pricing and availability

Beginning today, you can pre-order a Pixel 4 – from RRP $1,049 and Pixel 4 XL from $1,279. Pixel 4 comes in three colours, including Clearly White, Just Black, and a limited edition, Oh So Orange**** – and will be available from October 24 at Telstra, Vodafone, Optus, JB Hi Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and the Google Store.

* Not functional in Japan. Motion Sense functional in the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, and most European countries. Not all phone features are controlled by Motion Sense. For more information see 
** Not available for all apps or content. Display automatically adjusts to optimize for best viewing and battery performance. 
*** See for additional security information. 
**** Oh So Orange is available in 64 GB only.