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Google Cloud Awarded Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud Services by Canadian Federal Government


Google Cloud has secured a Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud from the Canadian federal government. This agreement now enables Google Cloud to directly sell innovative cloud platform and collaboration technologies to federal agencies, helping them digitally transform and better serve their communities and constituents.



To secure this framework, Google Cloud was assessed by the Canadian federal government against all relevant security, privacy, and usability standards. While Google Cloud already works with several Canadian federal government agencies, the new agreement will permit Google Cloud to better support a wide range of federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations.



"Receiving a framework agreement for secure cloud services means we can now support programs that require high levels of data protection for government workloads,” said Mike Daniels, Vice President Global Public Sector, Google Cloud. “This new agreement reflects our continued investment and support for customers in the Canadian public sector, including the announcement of our second data center region in Toronto. It is another example of momentum we're seeing as government agencies move to the cloud.” 



Citizens have become accustomed to convenient, easy-to-use, digital services in their daily lives. Government organizations face increased pressure to deliver the same convenience as consumer experiences, often under financial constraints and using legacy systems. This new framework agreement with Google Cloud will enable governments to procure cloud services—and subsequently help close the gap between government and consumer services.



Google Cloud Awarded Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud Services by Canadian Federal Government


Google Cloud has secured a Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud from the Canadian federal government. This agreement now enables Google Cloud to directly sell innovative cloud platform and collaboration technologies to federal agencies, helping them digitally transform and better serve their communities and constituents.



To secure this framework, Google Cloud was assessed by the Canadian federal government against all relevant security, privacy, and usability standards. While Google Cloud already works with several Canadian federal government agencies, the new agreement will permit Google Cloud to better support a wide range of federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations.



"Receiving a framework agreement for secure cloud services means we can now support programs that require high levels of data protection for government workloads,” said Mike Daniels, Vice President Global Public Sector, Google Cloud. “This new agreement reflects our continued investment and support for customers in the Canadian public sector, including the announcement of our second data center region in Toronto. It is another example of momentum we're seeing as government agencies move to the cloud.” 



Citizens have become accustomed to convenient, easy-to-use, digital services in their daily lives. Government organizations face increased pressure to deliver the same convenience as consumer experiences, often under financial constraints and using legacy systems. This new framework agreement with Google Cloud will enable governments to procure cloud services—and subsequently help close the gap between government and consumer services.



Google Cloud Awarded Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud Services by Canadian Federal Government


Google Cloud has secured a Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud from the Canadian federal government. This agreement now enables Google Cloud to directly sell innovative cloud platform and collaboration technologies to federal agencies, helping them digitally transform and better serve their communities and constituents.



To secure this framework, Google Cloud was assessed by the Canadian federal government against all relevant security, privacy, and usability standards. While Google Cloud already works with several Canadian federal government agencies, the new agreement will permit Google Cloud to better support a wide range of federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations.



"Receiving a framework agreement for secure cloud services means we can now support programs that require high levels of data protection for government workloads,” said Mike Daniels, Vice President Global Public Sector, Google Cloud. “This new agreement reflects our continued investment and support for customers in the Canadian public sector, including the announcement of our second data center region in Toronto. It is another example of momentum we're seeing as government agencies move to the cloud.” 



Citizens have become accustomed to convenient, easy-to-use, digital services in their daily lives. Government organizations face increased pressure to deliver the same convenience as consumer experiences, often under financial constraints and using legacy systems. This new framework agreement with Google Cloud will enable governments to procure cloud services—and subsequently help close the gap between government and consumer services.



This Small Business Week, we’re helping local businesses forge a way forward together

Over the past six months, retailers and entrepreneurs have had to quickly pivot their business models or transform their operations to continue serving their communities and reach customers. As of mid-September, an estimated 30% of all Canadian small businesses remained closed, and with the current pace of recovery, it could take almost a year and a half for most small businesses to return to normal sales.


The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has led the celebration of Small Business Week for 40 years, in support of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada's culture and economy. To help kick off this year’s event, we’re sharing how Canadian small businesses have used Google tools to get started online and grow their presence, for free. 




Step 1: Get started online for free 


Teatro Verde is a florist in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Over the past 24 years, they’ve established a loyal customer base but the pandemic had an immediate impact on the company’s staff and supply chain, and they needed new ways to serve customers fast. Through the ShopHERE powered by Google program, owners Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino were able to quickly set up an online store for free and promote new services for shopping in-person or online via delivery and curbside pickup. 


“We are a very high-touch business and have a distinct in-store environment, and we wanted to bring that online. The images on our website have really helped people visualize our products,” Gibson said. “ShopHERE is an amazing way to help develop your business for free especially if you don’t have a lot of time.” 


For small businesses looking to get set up online, apply here

Step 2: Build your customer base 


While the pandemic has brought many challenges, it has also opened up opportunities for businesses to find new audiences online. To make local businesses more discoverable, we have launched the Local Opportunity Finder tool. Enter the name of your business and we will provide customized suggestions on how to improve your presence on Google Search and Maps in under five minutes. 


New Google My Business features are also helping businesses organize appointments and keep track of customer flow. Saint Lou’s Barbershop has fostered casual, community connections in Halifax, N.S. for years. But when the pandemic hit, they quickly needed to shift their walk-in-only business model to a more organized, appointment-based system for physical distancing and customer safety. Owner Rob Oxner quickly implemented the “book online” feature on Saint Lou’s Google My Business profile, and says most customers now book appointments online. 



We’ve also made it free to list your products on the Google Shopping tab, so businesses can connect with millions of online shoppers actively searching for their products. Carmen and Jordan West from Abbotsford, B.C., are the duo behind family and baby clothing line Little & Lively. This year, they’ve seen sales increase as more people shop online and turn to “retail therapy.” The couple call Google Shopping their “magic bullet” for eCommerce, allowing them to reach people actively searching for their products. 


Step 3: Stay connected and organized 



With the rise of remote working in March, many companies turned to digital tools and cloud technology to stay organized and connected or to meet new demands. Burnaby, B.C., business One Arrow Meats is one of those companies. Cree-Métis chef and entrepreneur Heat Laliberte’s hand-cured artisan bacon is a staple at Vancouver-area restaurants, farmers markets and grocery stores. Orders have quadrupled during the pandemic and Laliberte quickly needed to find ways to delegate some of his day-to-day responsibilities across the team. They turned to Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite), with collaborative tools like Google Calendar, Drive and Meet to help team members stay connected. 


Say it with a review: A simple way to support Canadian businesses 



Reviews on Google provide valuable information about your business to customers, and can help your business stand out on Google. This year, we’re challenging all Canadians to help small businesses near them by rating their favourite businesses and writing a Google review. These reviews help people research and understand businesses around them, and learn from other people’s customer experiences. This is especially important during the pandemic, as consumers consolidate shopping trips and seek more information around safety protocols. Research has found that positive reviews make 91% of consumers more likely to choose a business. 



Learn more about how you can give help this Small Business Week here

This Small Business Week, we’re helping local businesses forge a way forward together

Over the past six months, retailers and entrepreneurs have had to quickly pivot their business models or transform their operations to continue serving their communities and reach customers. As of mid-September, an estimated 30% of all Canadian small businesses remained closed, and with the current pace of recovery, it could take almost a year and a half for most small businesses to return to normal sales.


The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has led the celebration of Small Business Week for 40 years, in support of Canadian entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada's culture and economy. To help kick off this year’s event, we’re sharing how Canadian small businesses have used Google tools to get started online and grow their presence, for free. 




Step 1: Get started online for free 


Teatro Verde is a florist in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Over the past 24 years, they’ve established a loyal customer base but the pandemic had an immediate impact on the company’s staff and supply chain, and they needed new ways to serve customers fast. Through the ShopHERE powered by Google program, owners Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino were able to quickly set up an online store for free and promote new services for shopping in-person or online via delivery and curbside pickup. 


“We are a very high-touch business and have a distinct in-store environment, and we wanted to bring that online. The images on our website have really helped people visualize our products,” Gibson said. “ShopHERE is an amazing way to help develop your business for free especially if you don’t have a lot of time.” 


For small businesses looking to get set up online, apply here

Step 2: Build your customer base 


While the pandemic has brought many challenges, it has also opened up opportunities for businesses to find new audiences online. To make local businesses more discoverable, we have launched the Local Opportunity Finder tool. Enter the name of your business and we will provide customized suggestions on how to improve your presence on Google Search and Maps in under five minutes. 


New Google My Business features are also helping businesses organize appointments and keep track of customer flow. Saint Lou’s Barbershop has fostered casual, community connections in Halifax, N.S. for years. But when the pandemic hit, they quickly needed to shift their walk-in-only business model to a more organized, appointment-based system for physical distancing and customer safety. Owner Rob Oxner quickly implemented the “book online” feature on Saint Lou’s Google My Business profile, and says most customers now book appointments online. 



We’ve also made it free to list your products on the Google Shopping tab, so businesses can connect with millions of online shoppers actively searching for their products. Carmen and Jordan West from Abbotsford, B.C., are the duo behind family and baby clothing line Little & Lively. This year, they’ve seen sales increase as more people shop online and turn to “retail therapy.” The couple call Google Shopping their “magic bullet” for eCommerce, allowing them to reach people actively searching for their products. 


Step 3: Stay connected and organized 



With the rise of remote working in March, many companies turned to digital tools and cloud technology to stay organized and connected or to meet new demands. Burnaby, B.C., business One Arrow Meats is one of those companies. Cree-Métis chef and entrepreneur Heat Laliberte’s hand-cured artisan bacon is a staple at Vancouver-area restaurants, farmers markets and grocery stores. Orders have quadrupled during the pandemic and Laliberte quickly needed to find ways to delegate some of his day-to-day responsibilities across the team. They turned to Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite), with collaborative tools like Google Calendar, Drive and Meet to help team members stay connected. 


Say it with a review: A simple way to support Canadian businesses 



Reviews on Google provide valuable information about your business to customers, and can help your business stand out on Google. This year, we’re challenging all Canadians to help small businesses near them by rating their favourite businesses and writing a Google review. These reviews help people research and understand businesses around them, and learn from other people’s customer experiences. This is especially important during the pandemic, as consumers consolidate shopping trips and seek more information around safety protocols. Research has found that positive reviews make 91% of consumers more likely to choose a business. 



Learn more about how you can give help this Small Business Week here

The new Nest Thermostat: more energy savings for more people

Nest launched its first smart thermostat almost ten years ago, bringing energy savings to people’s homes in a sleek, beautiful design. Today we’re continuing that tradition with the Nest Thermostat, an easy to use, energy-saving thermostat that you can control from anywhere with the Google Home app. It can even monitor your heating and cooling system and help detect potential issues early, all for just $179.99.

We built this thermostat because people want to use less energy at home, whether to save money or help the environment. But most people are still using the decades-old thermostat that came with their house. To many, smart thermostats still seem too expensive—something that would be nice to have, but not something for their home. So we set out to change that—here’s what you can expect from the new Nest Thermostat.

More ways to help you save energy
Saving energy is the biggest reason people consider upgrading from a programmable thermostat, and the new Nest Thermostat can help find ways to save that aren’t possible with your traditional one.

Quick Schedule (found in the Home app) lets you set a custom temperature at different times and on different days, and it even offers suggested pre-set temperatures that balance comfort and energy saving. You can adjust your settings anytime from the app.

With Savings Finder, Nest Thermostat is constantly looking for small optimizations that will help you save energy in your home. It proactively suggests small tweaks to your schedule that you can accept using the Home app. For example, it might suggest a small change to your sleep temperature to help aid sleep while saving you more on energy.

Finally, the Nest Thermostat can help you avoid heating or cooling an empty house. It uses Soli technology for motion sensing and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left the house and automatically sets itself to an Eco temperature so you don’t waste energy when you’re not there.

Easy to install, set-up and use
You can install your own Nest Thermostat in 30 minutes or less. It works in the majority of houses, and you can check if it works in your home before purchasing with our online Compatibility Checker. And in addition to the Home app, you can also control the thermostat with your voice using Google Assistant on your Nest speaker or display, or with Alexa on other smart devices.



Clean, simple and sustainable design
The Nest Thermostat has a sleek design and comes in a variety of colours to complement any home: Snow, Charcoal, Sand and Fog. And while we know some people will want to do their own touch-up painting when they remove their old thermostat, we’re now offering a Nest Thermostat Trim Kit, designed to cover any imperfections on the wall in perfectly matched Nest Thermostat colours.



The Nest Thermostat is also designed with recycled materials, continuing our commitment to sustainability: Its plastic parts contain 49 percent recycled post-consumer plastic, and the Trim Kit is made from 75 percent recycled post-consumer plastic.

Helpful alerts to keep an eye on your heating and cooling system
Homeowners know how critical heating and cooling systems are, and if they break, they can be expensive to replace. With HVAC monitoring, your Nest Thermostat looks out for potential issues to help make sure everything’s running smoothly with your HVAC system.

If your Nest Thermostat notices that something’s not right, it sends an alert via the Home app or email. From there, it’s easy to schedule a visit from a qualified technician through our partner Handy with someone in your area with preferred pricing, flexible online scheduling and money-back guarantee. This feature will start rolling out to all eligible Nest thermostats in Canada later this month with pro booking support available in most markets.

Where and when

You can pre-order the Nest Thermostat starting today, and it will be available in the coming weeks for $179.99 in Canada on the Google Store and select retailers including Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowes, Rogers and Staples, with the Trim Kit sold separately at those same locations ($19.99 in Canada).





The new Nest Thermostat: more energy savings for more people

Nest launched its first smart thermostat almost ten years ago, bringing energy savings to people’s homes in a sleek, beautiful design. Today we’re continuing that tradition with the Nest Thermostat, an easy to use, energy-saving thermostat that you can control from anywhere with the Google Home app. It can even monitor your heating and cooling system and help detect potential issues early, all for just $179.99.

We built this thermostat because people want to use less energy at home, whether to save money or help the environment. But most people are still using the decades-old thermostat that came with their house. To many, smart thermostats still seem too expensive—something that would be nice to have, but not something for their home. So we set out to change that—here’s what you can expect from the new Nest Thermostat.

More ways to help you save energy
Saving energy is the biggest reason people consider upgrading from a programmable thermostat, and the new Nest Thermostat can help find ways to save that aren’t possible with your traditional one.

Quick Schedule (found in the Home app) lets you set a custom temperature at different times and on different days, and it even offers suggested pre-set temperatures that balance comfort and energy saving. You can adjust your settings anytime from the app.

With Savings Finder, Nest Thermostat is constantly looking for small optimizations that will help you save energy in your home. It proactively suggests small tweaks to your schedule that you can accept using the Home app. For example, it might suggest a small change to your sleep temperature to help aid sleep while saving you more on energy.

Finally, the Nest Thermostat can help you avoid heating or cooling an empty house. It uses Soli technology for motion sensing and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left the house and automatically sets itself to an Eco temperature so you don’t waste energy when you’re not there.

Easy to install, set-up and use
You can install your own Nest Thermostat in 30 minutes or less. It works in the majority of houses, and you can check if it works in your home before purchasing with our online Compatibility Checker. And in addition to the Home app, you can also control the thermostat with your voice using Google Assistant on your Nest speaker or display, or with Alexa on other smart devices.



Clean, simple and sustainable design
The Nest Thermostat has a sleek design and comes in a variety of colours to complement any home: Snow, Charcoal, Sand and Fog. And while we know some people will want to do their own touch-up painting when they remove their old thermostat, we’re now offering a Nest Thermostat Trim Kit, designed to cover any imperfections on the wall in perfectly matched Nest Thermostat colours.



The Nest Thermostat is also designed with recycled materials, continuing our commitment to sustainability: Its plastic parts contain 49 percent recycled post-consumer plastic, and the Trim Kit is made from 75 percent recycled post-consumer plastic.

Helpful alerts to keep an eye on your heating and cooling system
Homeowners know how critical heating and cooling systems are, and if they break, they can be expensive to replace. With HVAC monitoring, your Nest Thermostat looks out for potential issues to help make sure everything’s running smoothly with your HVAC system.

If your Nest Thermostat notices that something’s not right, it sends an alert via the Home app or email. From there, it’s easy to schedule a visit from a qualified technician through our partner Handy with someone in your area with preferred pricing, flexible online scheduling and money-back guarantee. This feature will start rolling out to all eligible Nest thermostats in Canada later this month with pro booking support available in most markets.

Where and when

You can pre-order the Nest Thermostat starting today, and it will be available in the coming weeks for $179.99 in Canada on the Google Store and select retailers including Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowes, Rogers and Staples, with the Trim Kit sold separately at those same locations ($19.99 in Canada).





A new licensing program to support the Canadian news industry

In our biggest move yet to support the future of journalism, we are launching a news experience called Google News Showcase. In the first three years alone, we will pay more than USD$1 billion globally to publishers creating and curating high-quality content for this product, with plans to extend beyond that as part of our long-term commitment to supporting the news industry. News Showcase will first roll out to readers in Brazil and Germany and will expand to other countries in the coming months where local frameworks support these partnerships. We are thrilled to announce today that this program is coming to Canada. 


News Showcase builds on our existing news licensing program, which is already paying publishers for quality journalism and other news-related efforts like Subscribe with Google and Web Stories. Our new service will give readers in Canada more context and perspective on important stories in the news and drive high value traffic to a publisher’s site. 


We’ve already signed partnerships for News Showcase with nearly 200 leading publications across Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the U.K. and Australia with more countries to follow. 





Our Canadian publisher partners say this is a positive shift in direction. “We are always exploring new ways to attract readers to our network of local, community based media sites,” says Jeff Elgie, CEO of Village Media. “The new Google News Showcase program will allow us to drive meaningful new revenue for our business, help us further develop our audience, and provide trusted, in-depth news to our readers in partnership with Google.” 


Narcity Media sees the value of extending their reach and increasing revenue with the new Google program. “Finding new ways to reach our core audience and showcase our premium content in a curated environment, is a top priority,” comments Chuck Lapointe, CEO of Narcity Media. “Google’s partnership in news will give us access to new markets and provide additional commercial benefits.” 


Today’s launch of News Showcase is not only about our substantial financial commitment, but also about a different kind of online news experience—one that will benefit from the editorial curation by award-winning newsrooms to provide readers with more insight on the stories that matter, and let publishers develop deeper relationships with their audiences. 


More About Google News Showcase 


News Showcase is made up of story panels that will appear initially in Google News on Android. The product will launch soon on Google News on iOS, coming to Google Discover and Search in the future. These panels give participating publishers the ability to package the stories that appear in readers’ news feeds, providing deeper storytelling and more context through features like timelines, bullets and related articles. Other components like video, audio and daily briefings will come next. 




News Showcase is distinct from our other news products because it leans on the editorial choices individual publishers make about which stories to show readers and how to present them. Publishers can also bring more detail and context in their own voice—summarizing a complicated story, including an explainer, or adding an interview with a person at the center of a long-running story. The panels are designed to represent a publisher’s individual brand within Google’s products to help readers recognize the unique value and perspective these publishers bring to top stories. And a simple click will take you to the publisher’s site. 


These panels will appear in personalized feeds along with other ranked content. Readers will be able to browse content from participating publishers and follow specific publishers whose stories they want to see more prominently featured. News Showcase is also working with partners to pay for free access to select paywalled articles on a publisher’s site. 

Long term commitment 


The launch of News Showcase and our commitment to spend significant amounts for quality content will contribute towards the overall sustainability of our news partners and builds on our other efforts to help the industry. Those include not just the 24 billion visits we send to news websites globally every month, but also the many projects of the Google News Initiative, including emergency funding for over 5,600 local publishers globally, 150 of which were Canadian, to help with the impact of COVID-19. Over the course of the pandemic we also waived ad serving fees for news publishers globally and drove initiatives to support local news through partnerships and our own marketing efforts. And we recently announced the Digital Growth Program aimed at small and medium-sized publishers. 


As a company whose mission focuses on making information universally accessible, we share a common cause with publishers in creating a more informed world. Alongside other companies, governments and civic society groups, we want to play our part by helping journalism in the 21st Century not only survive, but thrive. 

Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 pack 5G and so much more




Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 are here, packing more helpful Google features into phones backed by the power of 5G.* From Google’s latest AI and Assistant features, to the biggest batteries we’ve ever put in a Pixel, to industry-leading camera features, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 join our much loved Pixel 4a in providing more help at a more helpful price.

5G at affordable prices
5G is the latest in mobile technology, bringing smooth download and streaming to users around the world. Whether you’re downloading the latest movie**, listening to your favourite music on YouTube Music, catching up on podcasts with Google Podcast or playing a game on Stadia, Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will provide you with 5G speeds.

YouTube, YouTube Music and Google Podcasts on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 also give you access to the content you want when you don't have connectivity by pre-downloading content via 5G when you don’t have WiFi connectivity*. For more information go to g.co/musicdownloads.

New camera, new lenses—same great photos
Ask any Pixel owner and they’ll tell you: Pixels take great photos. Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 are no exception. These phones bring Pixel’s industry-leading photography features to the next level.

  • Ultrawide lens for ultra awesome shots: With a new ultrawide lens alongside the standard rear camera, you’ll be able to capture the whole scene. And thanks to Google’s software magic, the latest Pixels still get our Super Res Zoom. So whether you’re zooming in or zooming out, you get sharp details and breathtaking images.
  • Better videos with Cinematic Pan: Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 come with Cinematic Pan, which gives your videos a professional look with ultrasmooth panning that’s inspired by the equipment Hollywood directors use. 
  • Night Sight in Portrait Mode: Night Sight currently gives you the ability to capture amazing low-light photos—and even the Milky Way with astrophotography***. Now, these phones bring the power of Night Sight into Portrait Mode to capture beautifully blurred backgrounds in Portraits even in extremely low light. 
  • Portrait Light: Portrait Mode on the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 lets you capture beautiful portraits that focus on your subject as the background fades into an artful blur. If the lighting isn’t right, your Pixel can drop in extra light to illuminate your subjects.
  • New editor in Google Photos: Even after you’ve captured your portrait, Google Photos can help you add studio-quality light to your portraits of people with Portrait Light, in the new, more helpful Google Photos editor.



Save time with Helpful Features
Pixel has even more helpful features to save you time thanks to Google Assistant. Every month, Call Screen helps people with more than 25 million calls, saving users 2 million minutes, and Duplex helps users with a variety of phone tasks, including reservations and getting business information.

Stay connected and entertained with Duo
To make it easier and more enjoyable to stay connected to the most important people in your life, the new HD screen sharing in Duo video calls lets you and a friend watch the same video, cheer on your favourite teams together and even plan activities—all while being thousands of miles apart. And coming soon with Duo Family HD mode, you will be able to keep kids entertained and engaged with new interactive tools, like colouring over backgrounds, while you video chat. 



A smarter way to record and share audio
Last year, Recorder (English only) made audio recording smarter, with real-time transcriptions and the power of search. Now, Recorder makes it even easier to share your favourite audio moments. Since Recorder automatically transcribes every recording, now you can use those transcripts to edit the audio too. Just highlight a sentence to crop or remove its corresponding audio. 



Once you have something you want others to hear—say a quote from an interview or a new song idea—you can generate a video clip to make sharing your audio easier and more visual than ever. To improve searching through your transcripts, smart scrolling will automatically mark important words in longer transcripts so you can quickly jump to the sections you’re looking for as you scroll. But most helpful of all? Recorder still works without an internet connection, so you can transcribe, search and edit from anywhere, anytime.

The biggest Pixel batteries ever
Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 also have all-day batteries that can last up to 48 hours with Extreme Battery Saver****. This mode automatically limits active apps to just the essentials and lets you choose additional apps you want to keep on.

And now, the specs
Like all Pixel devices, security and safety are paramount in Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5. Both devices come with our TitanTM M security chip to help keep your on-device data safe and secure, and both phones will get three years of software and security updates.

Plus, Pixel 5 is designed with the environment in mind; we used 100% recycled aluminum in the back housing enclosure to reduce its carbon footprint

When you purchase a Pixel 4a (5G) or Pixel 5, you’ll also get Stadia and YouTube Premium trial for 3 months, 100 GB of storage with Google One for 3 months and Google Play Pass. See g.co/pixel/4a5Goffers or g.co/pixel/5offers, as applicable, for more details.

Pixel 4a (5G) is available now for pre-order on the Google Store and will be available in Canada starting November 19. Pixel 5 is available now for pre-order on the Google Store and will be available to customers on October 29 in Canada through the Google Store, Bell, Best Buy, Freedom, Tbooth,TELUS, Videotron and WIRELESSWAVE.




Posted by Brian Rakowski, VP Product Management

*Requires a 5G data plan (sold separately). 5G service and roaming not available on all carrier networks or in all areas. Contact carrier for details about current 5G network performance, compatibility and availability. Phone connects to 5G networks but, 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary. Some features not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info. 
**Download speed depends upon many factors, such as file size, content provider and network connection. 
***See g.co/pixel/astrophotography to learn more about astrophotography. 
****For “all day”: Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby and use of other features. Testing conducted on two major carrier networks using Sub-6 GHz non-standalone 5G (ENDC) connectivity. For “up to 48 hours”: Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby, and use of limited other features that are default in Extreme Battery Saver mode (which disables various features including 5G connectivity). Testing conducted on two major carrier networks. For both claims: Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 battery testing conducted by a third party in California in mid 2020 on pre-production hardware and software using default settings, except that, for the “up to 48 hour claim” only, Extreme Battery Saver mode was enabled. Battery life depends upon many factors and usage of certain features will decrease battery life. Actual battery life may be lower.

Our best Chromecast yet, now with Google TV




Chromecast changed the way we enjoy our favourite movies, TV shows and YouTube videos by making it easy and inexpensive to bring your online entertainment to your TV—a revolutionary idea in 2013. Today, we have more content choices than ever, sprinkled across an ever-expanding variety of apps...which can make it difficult to find what to watch. This inspired us to rethink what simple and easy content discovery on your TV should look like. So today, we're making our biggest leap yet to help you navigate your entertainment choices with the all-new Chromecast with Google TV. 


Best Chromecast yet
Chromecast with Google TV has your favourite Chromecast features and now comes with the all-new Google TV entertainment experience. Google TV brings together movies, shows and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you.* We're also bringing our most requested feature—a remote—to Chromecast.

A new look, inside and out
The new Chromecast with Google TV comes in a compact and thin design and is packed with the latest technology to give you the best viewing experience. It neatly plugs into your TV's HDMI port and tucks behind your screen. Power it on and you'll be streaming crystal-clear video in up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second in no time.** With Dolby Vision, you’ll get extraordinary colour, contrast, brightness and detail on your TV. We also support HDMI pass-through of Dolby audio content.

More power in your hand
The new Chromecast voice remote is comfortable to hold, easy to use and full of new features. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button that can help you find something to watch, answer everyday questions like “how's the weather?” or play YouTube Music, all with just your voice. And when it's time to cozy up on the sofa for movie night, you can control your compatible smart home lights to set the mood and check your front door with Nest Camera to keep tabs on your pizza delivery. We also have dedicated buttons for today’s most popular streaming services, YouTube and Netflix, to give you instant access to the content you love. Best of all, you won't have to juggle multiple remotes thanks to our programmable TV controls for power, volume and input.

TV just For you
In need of some good movies or show recommendations? Google TV's For You tab gives you personalized watch suggestions from across your subscriptions organized based on what you like to watch—even your guilty pleasure reality dramas. Google TV’s Watchlist lets you bookmark movies and shows you want to save for later. You can add to your Watchlist from your phone or laptop, and it will be waiting on your TV when you get home.

Best of all, you'll also have access to more than 6,500 apps globally (including CBC Gem, Crave, Sportsnet and ICI Tou.TV), and the ability to browse hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows sorted and optimized for what you like—just ask Google to see results from across your favourite apps. Plus, Stadia support is coming in the first half of 2021.

Starting today in Canada, Chromecast with Google TV is available for pre-order on the Google Store for $69.99 in three colours: Snow, Sunrise and Sky. Chromecast with Google TV will be available to customers on October 15 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Home Depot (online only), Lowes, Rogers, Staples, Tbooth wireless, The Source, Walmart and WIRELESSWAVE.






*Subscription(s) may be required to access certain content. Some apps, features and/or content may not be available in all countries. Subject to availability. 
**Chromecast with Google TV requires a TV with an HDMI port, a Wi-Fi network, a Google Account, a nearby electrical outlet and a compatible mobile device. Minimum OS requirements are available at g.co/cast/req. To view content in 4K, a 4K-capable TV and reliable broadband internet connection are also required.