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The report underscores some of the rumors that have already been floating around regarding the search giant's product plans for 2019. Where Google's Nexus phones offered cheaper price points and endless customization, the iPhone was expensive and locked down.

Google is not a new player in the hardware market.

A report on Nikkei Asian Review has revealed Google's entire product lineup for 2019, including two new Pixel phones, an upgraded Google Home and the first Pixel Watch.

Google allegedly isn't stopping at a new Pixel-branded smartwatch and "Lite" smartphone to drive up the use of the Google product and service ecosystems, either.

Sources familiar with the matter also told Nikkei that Google plans to launch new smart speakers, wearables, and web cameras this year, in addition to new smartphones from its Pixel range.

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The Pixel 3 Lite will boast numerous same features already offered on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, albeit with a slightly more affordable price tag.

Pixel 3 Lite purportedly has the same 5.5-inch screen size as the Pixel 3, but will carry a lower resolution 2,220 x 1,080 IPS panel compared to the FHD+ OLED on the latter. The final tally shows that the Google Pixel 3 XL is the clear victor, with 34 percent of responders selecting it as their choice.

The market research firm recently insisted Google's Pixel brand is now the "fastest-growing major smartphone brand in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2018". The new Pixel 3 Lite line will reportedly undercut the iPhone Xr in terms of pricing.

Google Home will also see an update according to the report. Although Google has been introducing new Home-branded products over the years, the company is going to be updating the regular Google Home speaker later this year after a long time. While we've figured Google had some first-party smartwatch in the works since a job listing went up last week, Nikkei's report seems to indicate there's more than one on the way, or at least being worked on. It will be the company's first wearable device which has already been delayed due to some reasons previous year. The sources claim that the new hardware direction from the company has been behind Google's hiring activity all the way back to its deal with HTC in 2017.

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