Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Google Made a Call-Screening Robot for Your Pixel Phone

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Sandy Mccarthy | 10 October, 2018, 14:37

Google's demo also didn't include any out-loud sample of how calls between your phone's Google Assistant voice and a robo-caller's automated voice might sound.

The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3XL go on sale in the U.S. starting October 19 and will be available in more markets on November 1.

The company hosted 10 media events around the world for the announcements, a hint that it is prepared to expand geographic distribution of the phone line it hopes someday is as popular as Apple Inc's iPhone. By comparison, Apple sold about 217 million iPhones previous year.

There are a bunch of new camera features such as Top Shot - an AI system that takes multiple pictures and selects the one where everyone is at their best (eyes open, smiling etc.). Alphabet generated US$4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 per cent from a year earlier.

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been unveiled as part of the Made by Google event in NY and London. The new generation of Pixel phones features an improved camera that's backed by Google's AI.

Google is rumored to be releasing a screen-centric Google Home Hub.

Google Home Hub can display YouTube videos and step-by-step recipes.

But again Google is attacking its rivals on the pricing front.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro images reveal awesome 'waterdrop' style notch screen
This hints towards a possibly improved cooling system which keeps the Mate 20X in its optimal performance range. At the event, Huawei is expected to announce the Mate 20 , the Mate 20 Pro , and the Mate 20 Porsche Design.

Plenty of details about the new smartphones have appeared online, although Google has sought to poke fun at the rumours. The phones are launching in the weeks following the debuts of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max, and ahead of the iPhone XR. Despite similar functionality, Google's products are priced below the competition: the smaller model with a 5.5-inch screen starts at US$799, while the larger model with a 6.3-inch screen is priced starting at US$899.

Google has launched the first member of its Home family with a screen attached. The phone will be available in three colours - Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink.

Google today held its annual Made By Google event, where it showed off its newest toys. In a simultaneous launch across Paris, London, Tokyo and Singapore, it showcased an upgraded Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with revamped cameras, design, processor. But now Google has taken the wraps off of everything, and we're getting a good look at the Chrome OS powered tablet that wants to be your mainstay computer.

This includes a new smart video speaker, the Home Hub, that will compete with Amazon's own Echo Show device and the Facebook Portal home camera, which was revealed on Monday.

But the company can promise the information you share with it will remain secret-at least between you and Google.

The Pixel 3 and its big brother also have a dedicated security chip - the Titan M, which keeps the OS and your passwords secure.

Beyond phones and speakers, Google also introduced a convertible tablet, called the Pixel Slate, which runs on the Chrome OS software. The device costs US$599, or US$798 including the optional attachable keyboard. The keyboard will be available for $199, and the pen will set you back $99. Finally, a pen stylus is being made available that's identical to last year's Pixelbook Pen in every regard but in a midnight blue to match the keyboard and Pixel Slate tablet itself.

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