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Google challenges Apple, Samsung with its Pixel

It also shows its AI prowess with new virtual reality headset, Wi-Fi router

By producing Pixel (above) and the Android software, Google is making a more direct assault on Apple.

Its new VR headset (above) is made of soft cloth, inspired by casual wear.

Google Home is a voice-activated assistant that enables users to tap into the San Francisco-based company's online capabilities to answer questions, manage tasks, control devices in homes, stream videos and more.

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GOOGLE opened fire on rivals Apple, Samsung and Amazon in a new push into hardware on Tuesday, launching premium-priced Pixel smartphones and a slew of other devices showcasing artificial intelligence (AI) prowess.

The unveiling of Google's in-house designed phone...