Made by Google 2018, the launch of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the Google Home Hub and Pixel Slate. Along with this annual event, Google updated the list of brands that participated in the Made for Google program and gave us tips on accessories coming soon.
Last year, Google introduced the new Made for Google program, whereby companies can get their accessories certified to work well with Pixel and Google Home. Even though it had not taken its step in 2017, it seems that things this year are going to pick up 18 new brands added to the official Done for the Google Catalog.
Today we take a look at the brands who they are and what we expect them to expire.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
3M have created scratch protector that also responded to the screen when viewed from an angle for Google phones as far back as the Nexus 5X. A screen protector for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be included as the list implies, but with a company like 3M, we can not be safe before an official announcement. Earlier this year, 3M joined Google and other brands in the Universal Stylus Initiative, but I doubt what we're looking at in this case.
Bigben is a French (not British, despite name) company that makes game consoles and smartphone bags, as well as accessories. They have a line of connectable Bluetooth game controls, aptly named "Gamephone Controller", in the intersection of these markets. One of these will probably be their Made for Google offer, which marks their first accessories designed for a Pixel device.
Bondir is the first brand to match a topic I've noticed on some of the new Made for Google Partners: brands that almost exclusively made Apple accessories. Bondir certainly knows how to make a cool thing and I'm excited to see their vision for Pixel 3.
Gamevice is known for its playable game controls that work via USB-C. Their latest controls work on Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 phones (not XL models), and offer a 3.5 mm headphone jack powered by a built-in USB DAC. Gamevice Controller for Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 is now available on the Google Store.
Japanese casemaker Gourmandise offers designs for a variety of devices from an even wider collection of brands like Disney, Star Wars, Spongebob and Pokémon. Their Made for Google product has not been published yet, but it will most likely be another set of Japanese exclusive cases for Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Here you are hoping for a deep Pikachu case.
GRAMAS, another Japanese casemaker, has unveiled its line of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL monitors and screen protector, including an interesting set of leather book cases. It's very exciting to see how many Japanese brands Google has been involved in launching Pixel devices in the region.
LuMee is an interesting brand and offers phone bags with built-in light. The target audience is makeup artists, or anyone who wants better-informed selfies and pictures. LuMee designs primarily cases for iPhones, so their creation of products to Pixel 3 will be a great addition to the Made for Google line.
Known battery machine Mophie has joined the Made for Google program. In addition to traditional battery packs, Mophie designs battery caps for phones that can extend your work or play time while still Qi compliant. If this really is what Mophie has in mind for Pixel 3, I hope that it might be compatible with Pixel Stand functionality. Nothing has been published yet, so we have to wait and see.
Another designer of cases almost exclusively for iPhone, Nomad, has unveiled a pair of high quality leather bags for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Nomad claims that these cases, created with Horween Leather, are designed to patina naturally, so each case slowly becomes one of a kind.
The last mark on our list, Sonix, more than all the others, seems focused on the female audience, and again, almost exclusively for iPhone. A noticeable factor for Sonix cases is that they try to let the underlying design of the phone still shine through, the Apple logo when it comes to iPhone. Given the attractive style of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, this could be an opportunity for some creativity with Google's design.
Google Pixel Slate
Our dedicated readers are sure to recognize the Brydge name given our comprehensive coverage of their (unintended) location in our discovery of Google Pixel Slate. Now that Pixel Slate is official, it's also the Brygge G-Type keyboard.
It is interesting to note that the leak also indicated a Chrome OS desktop keyboard that has not yet been announced. For that matter, we are not even sure which device such a keyboard would be for. There are many unanswered questions here, so we keep an eye on this company in the future.
Considered the Gold Standards for Workplace Safety Device, Kensington, is also added to Made for the Google Catalog. Kensington's product lines are too varied to guess what their Made for Google contribution could be. Generally, it's probably an accessory to Pixel Slate, giving the company's history of docking stations and locks to Microsoft Surface.
Logitech has made keyboards, mice, speakers and more for everything from PCs to video game consoles, and of course smartphones, since the 80's. It was probably just a matter of time before they created their first Made for Google accessories. Although nothing has been officially announced, I think Logitech will be a perfect match for Google Pixel Slate.
Technically, Logitech Jaybird is also available in the Made for the Google Catalog, but they are listed separately.
Headphones and Speakers
Last month, Jaybird, a Bluetooth headset brand dedicated to athletic accessories, released its new Tarah Headset with Made for Google Certification. Our fellow men at 9to5Toys got their hands on one pair and absolutely loved them. They are available for purchase on the Google Store.
Master & Dynamic
Audiophiles everywhere would like to know that Master & Dynamic also participates in the Made for Google program, on its own. Instead of creating dedicated headphones for Pixel 3, the company seems to choose to make a special USB-C to 3.5mm cable competing with Google's own adapter. Although this is intended for use with Master & Dynamics own headphones, there should be no obstacle to working with other headphones.
This item is not yet for sale yet, since the Made for Google page offers a broken link to the item on the Master & Dynamics website.
Skullcandy is a brand known as the style of the headphones as for the sound. (I'm actually a little fan of some of their styles.) Your Riff Bluetooth Headset and Method Sports Bluetooth Headset is now both available for sale on the Google Store.
Not all made for Google is an accessory for the device. This is the case for GE's offerings, light bulbs. Especially smart bulbs that can communicate directly with Google's home and assistant. A Smart Light Starter Kit bundling one of these bulbs and a Google Home Mini is available now on the Google Store.
As we learned earlier this week, Ninety7 has released a new portable battery base for the Google Home Mini, JOT. The successor to their former LOFT base for full start Google Home, has JOT 8 hours battery life.
Browsing through this list, it's clear that Google really tries to cover its bases. Gamers, Fashionistas, Makeup Artists, Audiophiles and Enterprise Customers have accessories designed for those who come from companies around the world. The Pixel phones still have a follow-up to iPhones associated dominance, but Google is obviously involved in the process.
One thing is for sure, when my Pixel 3 comes in, I'll have a tough
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