Analysts are lukewarm about Google’s new gadgets

Sabrina Ellis, Google director of product management, talks about the colors of the new Google Pixel phone during a product event, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. The new phones represent a big, new push by Google to sell its own consumer devices, instead of largely just supplying software for other manufacturers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Analysts say Google’s new lineup of phones, other devices and artificial intelligence services may have trouble attracting consumers in large numbers, at least for now.

For instance, so-called intelligent assistants often don’t live up to their early promises, says analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy. What’s more, he warned that Google’s service may use some of the information shared by users to create profiles for advertising. Google didn’t address that in its presentation Tuesday.

And while Google was smart to emphasize the performance of the new smartphone cameras, Moorhead added in an email, he said other features in the new phones don’t seem very different from what Samsung and Apple have offered.

Gartner’s Brian Blau, meanwhile, said the new Google Assistant could help the company tie its various hardware and software offerings together. But he’s also skeptical that Google’s Pixel phones will dent Apple-Samsung dominance in the smartphone market, especially since Pixels will be more expensive than phones in Google’s previous Nexus line. “To be honest, that was one of the attractive points” of the Nexus, he says.

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