Google has designed a giant touch-screen canvas for companies trying to make it easier for their employees to brainstorm as they work on team projects and other assignments.
The product is called 'Jamboard,' an allusion to its goal of replacing the physical whiteboards that companies have been setting up in meeting rooms for decades.
It boasts a 55-inch, ultrahigh-definition screen capable of recognizing the difference between when someone is writing on it with a stylus or touching it with a finger.
Google is releasing the device to a small group of companies Tuesday before making it widely available early next year.
As with a whiteboard, employees can post their ideas, documents and images on the Jamboard, only they won't need markers, tape or sticky notes to do it.
Instead, they can use their fingers, a stylus or smartphones and smaller tablets to share information and content from anywhere with an online connection.
All the work posted on a Jamboard can be saved in Google's online storage service, Drive.
Jamboard represents Google's latest effort to lure business and government customers away from Microsoft, which makes a similar product called the Surface Hub.
Google is undercutting Microsoft by pricing Jamboard at about $6,000, a 33 percent markdown from the $9,000 Surface Hub.
Using Jamboard will require a subscription to Google's G Suite of email and other business applications, a service that starts at $5 per month.
Jamboard reinforces Google's push to make its own gear in an attempt to hook more people on its software and other digital services.
Until this fall, Google had teamed up with other manufacturers whenever it made a phone or other gadget.
But Google just rolled out a fancy smartphone called the Pixel that it designed itself. Soon it will start selling an internet-connected speaker called Home.
Both those devices feature a digital assistant powered by Google's artificial-intelligence programs.
Jamboard operates with an application that works on smartphones and tablets powered either by Google's Android software or Apple's operating system for iPhones and Pads.
Jamboard won't work with Microsoft's Windows system, making it incompatible with Surface tablets and most personal computers.
Google to unveil new range of 'Pixel' phones and 4K Chromeca
Rumors surfaced this week suggesting Google may soon drop the Nexus brand for its upcoming flagship phones.
However, there has been no mention of a new product name to replaces the discontinued handsets, until now.
A new report from Android Police reveals that Google has settled on Pixel and Pixel XL for the 5in handset, codenamed Sailfish and the 5.5in version, known as Marlin - and both will be unveiled on October 4th.
‘Speaking to two independent sources, we now strongly believe that Google's formerly-maybe-Nexus-phones, Marlin and Sailfish, will be marketed as the Pixel and the Pixel XL,' wrote David Ruddock of Android Police.
'We do not have pricing information.‘
'At this time, it is unknown to us when Google decided to shift its in-house smartphone brand from Nexus to Pixel or why (though speculation will likely run wild).’
A reliable source told Android Police that the tech giant is hosting a major event next month that is focused on its new hardware.
These new HTC-built devices are said to completely different from any other Pixel hardware Google has released.
Included in this exciting fall event will also be a new 4K Chromecast device, which could be called either the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra.
The firm is also expected to show off the Google Home smart speaker, which made its debut at I/O in May, and in-house design for a Daydream VR viewer device, which is being called ‘Daydream View’.
Android Police explains that have yet to find out what time the event starts and its location, ‘though San Francisco and New York have been their host cities of choice in the recent past’.
What they do know is that the Pixel phones should be available on or sometime after the event.
Although rumors are spreading that Google count dump Nexus, they aren’t turning their back on them just yet.
However, the company is now expanding the update to all Nexus users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, UK and Nordic countries.
To activate the service, Nexus owners can go to the Android Settings app, and toggle the feature on and off in the 'Networking' section.
The Wi-Fi Assistant uses a virtual private network (VPN) to try to secure a connection.
This allows the phone to decide whether a hotspot is safe, without the need for you to check manually.
It is unclear when the Wi-Fi Assistant will become available, however Google has said it will be in the 'next few weeks'.
Google could be working on two new Android Wear watches
Sources close to Android Police claim Google is hard at work right now on two Android Wear devices of its own. According to the report, the watches are fundamentally different from one another, with one acting as a larger and sportier option and the other aimed at budget adopters, smaller and without mobile data and GPS.
Android Police says they're codenamed "Angelfish" and "Swordfish," although there's no pictures or other concrete info to go on yet. The sportier Angelfish is supposedly 43.5mm in diameter, has LTE, GPS and heart rate tracking-- all the better for those new standalone Android Wear apps, plus three buttons on the right side including a crown.The smaller Swordfish model is described as resembling the Pebble Time Round and lacking some the niceties of the Angelfish model.
Special watch faces with quick-access functions to serve up Gmail messages, Hangouts contacts, time and more features are also said to be in in the works. As one would expect, they're built to work around theGoogle Assistant features we heard about during I/O, and may explain why the company is choosing to build wearables itself. It could be a few months before we see either one (if ever)-- the targeted release is only noted as some time after the latest Nexus phones are officially announced.