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Google reveals new Pixel phone, speaker to chase Apple, Amazon

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Sandy Mccarthy | 10 October, 2018, 12:47

Google said in a blog post on Tuesday that it recently delivered some Google Home speakers within 10 minutes of ordering using drones from Alphabet's Wing. That way, you can decide whether or not you want to answer, or to ignore the caller. With voice commands, you can ask Google to walk you through recipes, make audio-only calls, play YouTube videos while you cook, and take a peek at what your security camera sees when someone's at the door. With Night Sight, you can take bright, detailed, colourful shots around the campfire, in a moonlit forest, or a selfie as you're headed out of that dimly-lit club. Yes, the Pixel Slate is slightly thinner than the Surface Pro 6 and, yes, it's got a slightly more pixel-dense screen, but numerous other specs on both devices are actually quite similar. Again, the AI can determine when you're smiling or making a face. The latest photos of your kids are added to the album automatically.

On the other hand, the advantage is that you aren't limited to how you use the Brydge G-Type keyboard. Both also allow you to control your smart home and make requests of Alexa. If accurate, that's when the Pixel 3 should be available in stores across the world.

All photos and videos are given unlimited Google Photos cloud storage at their original resolutions. It's a painful distraction when you look at the uniform outline of the Note 9's display, more so too when you consider that the Pixel 3 XL has a wider bezel with the bottom edge of its screen.

Google's Pixel Slate, meanwhile, comes in at a relatively modest $599, but has only an Intel Celeron under the hood paired with a measly 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for that price.

Like the current Google Home devices, it has multiple user recognition so can determine whether it's you or your significant other that wants to create a calendar reminder and saves it accordingly. To scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals, you can now long press in the Pixel 3 camera to easily invoke Lens. If the person calling appears genuine, you can pick up the phone.

Other new camera features include a Photobooth mode (AI that snaps photos when it detects facial expressions), selective color mode, a Playground mode for playful photos (with stickers and captions), and super smooth video (with Motion Auto Focus and front-facing video stabilization).

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Google said it would augment distribution by opening two temporary stores in popular neighborhoods of Chicago and NY on October 18 and putting up displays at USA tech retailer B8ta and Goop. So they can direct stereo sound out toward you, instead of out toward the walls or the floor.

It will be offered in dark blue colour and features a touchscreen with a possible aspect ratio of 3:2.

The new Pixel Stand is a new Qi compliant wireless charger sold separately at ₹6,900). Google says the front-facing speakers, combined with the attractive display, is supposed to provide the best entertainment experience, and so the company is giving away 3 months of free YouTube TV with the Pixel Slate. If you're starting a new Project Fi line, the phone's ridiculously easy to get set up thanks to its eSIM - you just power it up and follow a few prompts.

While most phones have some form of call screening, Google today announced its Duplex AI would do even more to save you from having to deal with pesky telemarketers. Titan M enhances mobile security behind the scenes by protecting your unlock credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system code itself. The new Pixel 3 models run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and are powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC for blazing fast performance.

Both the Pixel 3 variants come with high-quality Pixel USB-C earbuds and a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter in the box.

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