Building on years of work and investment in machine learning, he added, Google is marking that shift by bringing its intelligent Google Assistant to both the new Pixel phones and the new smart Google Home device.
Most of the attention at Google's big press conference on Tuesday focused on several new hardware products, but I was more impressed with a software service called Google Assistants that runs on some of the new Google gadgets, and soon, other companies' new hardware.
The shots we've seen taken from the Pixel camera so far look incredibly promising, and it's certainly one of the better smartphone cameras out there.
Yet all the products that Google announced at its event introduced either complemented or reacted to the phone. If you've got plenty of Apple products already, and loads of App Store purchases, get the iPhone 7.
The Galaxy S7 has a very rich 5.1 inch 1,440 x 2,560 AMOLED display. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch LCD-display with a resolution of 750×1334 pixels and 326ppi. Despite that, it's clear from looking at the specs and features that both phones are very evenly matched - even when it comes to price.
The difference between displays on the larger phones, however, is night and day.
If you've held an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, you pretty much know what to expect from the iPhone 7. Concerning RAM, the standard 7, unlike the 7 Plus, offers a barely passable 2GB. The omission of either of these features is pretty odd, and although they're not as essential as people claim them to be, we'd have liked to see both phones with a headphone jack and water resistance.
Google says the Pixel should give you 26 hours of talk time, 13 hours of Wi-Fi use, and 19 days of standby. For the 128GB variant, you will pay $869, which is $120 more than the 256GB iPhone 7.
The regular Pixel's camera sports a higher megapixel count - 12.3mp to 12mp - to the iPhone 7, but the Apple device has a wider aperture that should allow more light in for better shots at night, especially with its quad-LED true tone flash.
Even if Google could sell more, it's unlikely that HTC would be able to handle greater volumes.
Even though they're both metal rectangles, both the Pixel and iPhone 7 look remarkably different. Over on the video side of things, the Pixel phones are capable of 4K recording at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps. What really makes its camera special, however, is the addition of HDR+ along with a smart-burst feature that automatically takes a selection of rapid photos and selects the best one.
The iPhone 7 gets an upgraded camera over its predecessor, too.
For many, software will be the main factor when it comes down to deciding between which model to buy.
Assistant and a number of other Pixel-related features will not make the jump to other Android devices once the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 7.1, is released, according to a changelog published by the search giant.