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Julia Gonzales | 10 October, 2018, 22:09

The third in its line of high-end smartphones, the Google Pixel has previously impressed reviewers with its camera quality.

Google's all-new Chrome OS operating system is created to deliver a handheld Chrome experience presented in more of a desktop package.

Exactly what the long-term performance will be link we can judge from the limited time we had with the phone at the launch of the new Google devices, but we'll bring you a full breakdown as soon as we can.

Continuing its push for Chrome OS, Google's new Pixel Slate is a tablet with a keyboard attachment that allows it to act like a notebook. Financial analysts said it is hard to evaluate Google's hardware business as it is overshadowed by profits from search ads. That's right, three years! Other phone makers sometimes crowd out Google's apps with their own or take a share of ad revenue, hurting Alphabet's profits.

Expanding geographic distribution should provide a small boost to the Pixel line-up. It is also not clear whether Google will be rolling out Duplex to all Pixel phones. When Google first demoed Duplex on stage, in May, the technology caused significant controversy because it mimicked human speech so convincingly without telling callers that they were speaking to a bot and being recorded. The software, launching on U.S. Pixels only, answers calls, requests information about the nature of the calls and shares it as text with the recipient.

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"The magic of this phone is on the inside", said Google senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh, in an interview.

With the Pixel Slate, Google is looking to become the de facto choice for truly mobile portability. "They come at the intersection of AI, hardware and software working together".

Pricing is set at $799 for the Pixel 3 and $899 for the Pixel 3 XL. Think of it as Google's equivalent of Apple Night Shift. The switch to glass has led Google to include support for wireless charging. (The iPad Pro doesn't even have a touchpad.) Pinch-zoom and two-finger scrolling were quick and responsive.

For a limited time, Verizon is offering a Buy One Get One free promo, so if a customer buys one Google Pixel 3, he or she gets a second 64 GB Pixel 3 on the house. As detailed in this recent article Bixby serves as a personal assistant to help you use the hardware while Google is an incredible search assistant. This is not the first smart display to come to market, but it's the first to come through directly from Google.

By changing the UI and encouraging users to treat it like a smart speaker, the Stand also solves a fundamental problem that other mat wireless chargers have-that you can't use the phone much while it's down on the table if you want it to charge. Home Hub is launching in the United States, the U.K. and Australia. Flagship phones from big vendors typically have a better track record, with at least two years of updates in store before users are cut off. But Amazon does have a near-monopoly of retail and streaming services that will only work in tandem with an Alexa-enabled smart speaker.

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