Google Launches Its Latest Smartphone Pixel 3

Google Pixel Slate Pen

Not yet recovered from the recent news that Google is shutting down Google+ after a March data leak bug, we had to quickly turn our attention to the annual Made by Google event where the technology giant shows off all its latest gadgets every October.

The Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch OLED display.

If you really must know the specs, it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 - a bang up to date octa-core processor - and 4GB of RAM.

In contrast, Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said the power of the Pixel 3 camera would be the key feature for many smartphone enthusiasts considering upgrading.

For instance, the camera's features for better shots will take advantage of software on the device itself, so that nothing gets sent to Google's servers - unless you enable a backup feature with Google Photos. This design decision wasn't just for aesthetics; the Pixel 3 supports wireless charging now, too. If you pre-order on Verizon, however, you can get a free Pixel Stand! Playground, Google's evolved version of AR Stickers, is integrated directly into the front and rear Pixel 3 cameras. Google will then surface what it thinks is the best of those images, perhaps one in which your kid was not blinking or smiling or was looking away from the camera.

Google hardware senior vice-president Rick Osterloh said the addition was created to reduce the stress of using a mobile phone.

The camera is a big focus for Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. A couple of photos of that feature is presented below. Four new packs of Playground are now available on the Play Store. The Pixel 3 has the smaller 5.5in display. Buyers in the USA will get three months of YouTube TV free with the purchase of Pixel Slate or Pixelbook. Using machine learning, Night Sight is created to never use the flash again taking incredibly bright untouched images. It's coming next month to Pixel 3 as well as the rest of the Pixel lineup.

The new feature, named Call Screen, is an extension of artificially intelligent technology unveiled earlier this year when it was used to phone a hair salon and book an appointment on behalf of a human. Apple has put iPhones in the hands of professional photographers to show off the camera and a number of magazines, including Time, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, have hired photographers to shoot assignments with an iPhone. Both models come in three colors.

The Pixel 3 is priced at $799 and Pixel3 XL at $899.

You can also control all of your smart home devices from the screen. Google Home Hub is Google's answer to the Amazon Echo Show.

If Google can actually address such consumer pain points with its latest products - and we'll have to see the proof in action - the company will go a long way toward measuring up to what Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh broadly referred to not as the "smart home", but the "thoughtful home" comprising products that are not only intelligent but helpful.

So, this doesn't tell us much other than DisplayMate likes the display.

Home Hub comes in four lovely colors to match your home palet. In the bedroom there's Ambient EQ to match the lighting - and no cameras to encroach on your privacy. Still, it's not likely to prove a problem - particularly as Google will have optimised the Pixel 3's software to within an inch of its life.

A pull-down "dashboard" acts as the smart home center for the Home Hub, so you can manage the various devices in each room independently.

Google also introduced the new Pixel Slate keyboard. The Slate is thin and light and Google says it's created to be handsome.

"Interestingly, Google has not followed suit with other premium smartphone manufacturers this year, which have all released handsets which tip over the £1,000 budget".

It includes an embedded security chip and double password protection. Watch as they experience their content on Pixel Slate's Molecular Display™ for the first time.

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