Here's what to expect from Google's product event Wednesday

Apple had its big event last month, and Amazon followed last week. On Wednesday, it will be Google's turn for all eyes to be on it as it is expected to unveil several new products, highlighted by a new Pixel smartphone. The event will be livestreamed from San Francisco starting at 9 a.m. PT / noon ET / 4 p.m. UTC.

Here's what we expect to be shown:

Pixel 2 smartphones

Leading the way for Google will be the reveal of two new phones in its flagship Pixel line, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Both phones are expected to have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor (although the 836 has been rumored), and something called an Active Edge feature, similar to HTC's U11 EdgeSense tech, that will allow users to squeeze both sides of the phone to activate the Google Assistant.

The Pixel 2, which is being made by the group Google recently purchased from HTC, is expected to have three colors, and come in 64GB and 128GB versions. The Pixel 2 XL, possibly being produced by LG, will have a larger screen, come in two colors and have the same GB offerings as the cheaper Pixel 2.

Both are expected to have Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box and have updated cameras and screen resolution over the original Pixel. It is also rumored that the Pixel 2 handsets may go the way of the iPhone 7 and eliminate the headphone jack.

Finally, there were also a few rumors circulating that a Pixel Ultra could be unveiled to compete with the iPhone X, but that proved to be a hoax.

The Pixelbook

In response the Microsoft Surface Book, Google is expected to show off the new Pixelbook, which will either be touted as a very high-end Chromebook or as a replacement to the Chromebook altogether. While the Chromebooks have been relatively cheap, the Pixelbook is likely to offer a heftier price tag starting in the $1,200 range. Rumors have it coming in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions, each with a 12.3-inch screen and support for a Google pen stylus.

Home Mini

Google Home is currently the only version of the home assistant that competes with Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices and Apple's HomePod. Google is expected to unveil a new mini version of the home assistant, designed to compete with Amazons more affordable Echo Dot. The new device is expected to come with Google Assistant, be available in three colors and sell for an affordable $49.

There are also rumors of a Home Max version that will come with stereo speakers, but there hasn't been much of anything that has leaked to support the rumors.

Daydream View 2

Google has said that it expects to have 11 smartphones compatible with it Daydream VR headset by the end of 2017. With a growing acceptance of the headset, Google may take the opportunity to unveil a new version of the headset with more colors and textured fabric. There is also speculation that a new headset could be slightly cheaper than the original.

Also, with Apple's new iPhone X handset jumping in the augmented reality space and its ARKit, Google may also offer updates to its ARCore platform, its replacement for its Tango project.

Android Oreo 8.0 and more

Google revealed the next upgrade to its Android OS in August, and with the new Pixel 2 handsets likely coming with the OS out of the box, we could get more details on functionality and capabilities.

Also, with Apple pulling the wraps off its Series 3 Apple Watch, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to get more on the Android Wear OS and even a smartwatch of its own.

As with any major product unveiling, expect the unexpected. We'll have all the details from the event as they happen, so be sure to watch the event here on Neowin.

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