Google unveils new AI-powered Pixel phones and a smart home hub
Google unveils new AI-powered Pixel phones and a smart home hub
Here's a screenshot of the video before it was taken down. Screenshot Ian Sherr
10 October, 2018, 17:42
When it ships later this year, the $599 Pixel Slate will come with a significantly redesigned version of Google's Chrome operating system. All you need to do is look at the company's partners. A comparison shot between a low light Pixel 3 shot and one taken on an iPhone XS appeared to show a dramatic improvement, but this feature won't be enabled until later in the year. There's still a notch and fairly large bezel on the bottom, so the screen ratio compared to the [Samsung] Galaxy S9 Plus or Note 9 - the other two have more displayable real estate.
And the keyboard can be folded on the new tablet to protect its screen.
The Pixel Slate is a strong first showing by Google, but it may need a little more than what it now has to offer in order to make any kind of dent in the Surface line's impressive hold of the 2-in-1 segment.
There's no camera on the front of the screen - so you can't use it to video chat.
Of course, none of this information about the Google Pixel 3 XL will surprise seasoned smartphone industry watchers. Nevertheless, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now official. Ditching the camera means that Home Hub can go anywhere you want it to without you worrying about your "assistant" catching you in your bloomers.
This transcription reportedly all happens on your phone - nothing is sent to Google's servers - and Ma says it's "powered by Google's AI". It's an OLED display, as it was past year, and it fills much of the front of the phone.
First, starting out in English in the US, Pixel 3's on-device AI helps you screen phone calls and avoid spam calls. The front and rear of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
One of the major disappoints of the new Google Home Hub, however, is the omission of a camera for Google Duo video calls.
The Google Home Hub employs machine learning precisely so that it can proclaim to be the best digital photo album ever. Alphabet Inc.'s Google is banking on the latest versions, viewed as rivals to premium smartphones from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., to generate meaningful sales - something that has eluded Google's phones, despite positive user reviews. It's not a new technology in reality as many recommend the best photo - but we can't wait to try it out in the real world. Implementing this feature in Chrome OS Tablet mode essentially ports one of the most useful and familiar Android features to the Pixel Slate.
Another addition is the ability to change the "aperture" in portrait shots. Instead, Google uses software to mimic that effect. This exclusivity arrangement made more sense when Google was trying to prove itself with hardware on the Pixel and thenPixel 2, but not now. Its 7-inch display is a tad smaller than some third-party offerings, and it doesn't have a camera for Duo video calls. Trust us, when it comes to taking group selfies, whoever is holding the Pixel will be doing the honours, and we're expecting great things here. We know that the Qualcomm chipset is quick and, to date, we've seen little variation in terms of performance when it comes to other handsets running it. But Android Pie and subsequent changes within Google core apps show that Android as an ecosystem continues to grow in strength.
In the same way the Nexus devices and Pixel phones were used as "reference" devices for the Android platform, and to control the end-to-end user experience, the Pixel Watch would have been the halo Wear OS device.
For those wanting a compact powerful device, the Pixel 3 certainly will be that. Though we would be able to make a full comment on it only in our final review.
It packs a bunch of cool new features, FDA-approved ECG included, and has a powerful new S4 processor, which is more than welcome. The Watch costs $399 and comes with top features like ability to take ECG, fall detection, improved speaker, watch OS 5 and more.
The Pixel 3 and its big brother also have a dedicated security chip - the Titan M, which keeps the OS and your passwords secure. 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.
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