Google poised to unveil new Pixel phones, other services

Google is expected to introduce two new smartphones, part of its continuing push to embed its digital services and Android software more deeply into peoples' lives.

The new Pixel-branded phones will anchor a product event in New York. Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and other device makers. That includes many that rely on free software and apps such as the free Android operating system, which powers most of the world's mobile devices, as well as Google's search engine, Google Maps and YouTube.

Based on media leaks Google is also likely to roll out several other gadgets, including new version of its "smart" Home speaker, a rumored tablet with a detachable keyboard and an update to its Chromecast streaming device. The latest Pixel phones are likely to attract the most attention, even though the first two generations have so far barely made a dent in the market.

Dawn Kamber