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Ignore even more phone calls with Google's 'call screen' feature

Sandy Mccarthy | 10 October, 2018, 04:57

But just what are these devices we've seemingly known everything about for the last couple of months? If you want to know more about something you're looking at, use Google Lens, built right into your Pixel 3.

"When you get that call and you can't, or don't want to pick up, just tap the "screen call" button and your phone will answer for you and ask who's calling and why", explained Google project manager Liza Ma. It has that signature Pixel half-and-half-ness, matte on the bottom and glossy on the top, with the fingerprint sensor in an LG-esque position partway down the back.

But what about this years? Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have dual front-firing speakers and a second forward-facing camera for capturing group selfies. "In the future, we'll do more things with less". But think of it this way, its as fast as the wired charger of the Pixel 2 generation (which was capped at 10.5W). We were using freshly power washed devices with dev-release software, and it wasn't clear which spec variants were deployed in the demo area.

The Pixel 3 64GB is priced at Rs 71,000 whereas the Pixel 3 128GB costs Rs 80,000.

The phone's back uses a proprietary process to put a matte finish on a glass back, and it's fabulous. Privacy concerns brought about by embedded cameras in similar devices can be sidestepped, and all users have to do to keep Google in the dark is hit the large mute switch on the rear of the Home Hub. There's 4GB of RAM and it comes with 64GB or 128GB of storage.

After far too many leaks, Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are finally official.

When it comes to performance and speed, the Pixel 3 XL and regular 3 are certain to be some of the best in the business.

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The announcement led to a strengthening of the South African currency, the rand, which had weakened after earlier reports of Mr. Ajay Gupta said in an affidavit that he'd never met with Jonas and the accusation was an 'intentional fabrication'.

There is still a single rear camera on both phones. The improved Chrome OS interface shows that Google is ready to close the gap with Windows, by creating an experience that's well, a lot like Windows. But that doesn't mean the software it's integrating with its smartphone camera isn't really interesting.

Although Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are set to dominate proceedings, it has also been heavily speculated the tech firm could debut a new tablet.

The main camera has a bunch of advances, most of which I couldn't test.

With the latest iPhone launch, Apple leaned heavy on highlighting its ability to edit the depth of field in a photo. It's the first time Google has embraced the format, which Apple adopted past year with its ballyhooed iPhone X.

Like the new iPhone XS and XS Max, the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL allow you to adjust the blurriness of the background after shooting Portrait Mode photos. 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. Not bad, if not a tad worrying. However, Google will ship each phone with a pair of Pixel Buds USB-C earphones which supports real-time translation, Google Assistant integration, and can even read out messages and compose replies. Also, the album cover of the now playing track will be displayed on the screen.

Verizon is once again the exclusive carrier of Google's new Pixel phones. Underneath the Google search bar are recommended shortcuts that will change over time based on your usage and apps you open frequently.

It's thanks to these smart additions that we're likely to have another absolute fantastic Pixel smartphone on our hands and hopefully one that isn't besieged with issues like last year's Pixel 2 XL.

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