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Verizon retains exclusive on Google's Pixel 3

Google Home Hub Live Albums on the Google Home Hub
Sandy Mccarthy | 10 October, 2018, 16:59

Several Google execs referenced competitor products, sometimes obviously, sometimes obliquely.

We knew today would be awkward, considering all of the previous leaks, but Google made Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL official this morning.

The keyboard can also be manipulated so you can rest the Pixel Slate at various angles for when you want to type or just watch video.

Google's Pixel 2 series also receives version and security updates for three years after its launch - until October 2020.

Cameras: Google's camera processing software is tough to beat and the Pixel 3 XL will likely yield some great results. The Pixel 3 XL's 2880 x 1440 OLED features a large bezel at the bottom, and notch that could be described as "chunky". Deeper tests will show us more, but early impressions of the Pixel 3's software stability and fluidity are as good as ever.

However, the presentation fell flat for at least one industry expert. For now, colour me thoroughly underwhelmed. Avoiding the temptation to load the back of the phone up with cameras, the Pixel 3 sticks to one camera on the rear that promises to be more potent than the last. But it was a odd call-out, since Google already puts cameras in your home through the Pixel phones and Nest Cam home-security cameras.

Tuesday's announcements come a day after Google disclosed a flaw that could have exposed personal information of up to 500,000 users of its Plus social network. And, in the process, it gives you the opportunity to show anyone who would dare to disturb you with an actual phone call what you really think of them: Namely, that they're an annoyance. And in an effort to protect you from you, Google has also added Digital Wellbeing to monitor and limit your device and app usage.

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The Tottenham striker captained England to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years in Russian Federation this summer. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Monday December 3 , with television coverage from 20:45 CET.

The Google Home Hub is the other device to have figured in the NY event. However, I was impressed with how springy the circular keys actually were.

As to the details of Google's Home Hub. Other tweaks to Chrome OS includes a customized app launcher with Google's integrated machine learning technology.

The company "did not put in a camera, so it's comfortable to use in private spaces of your home like the bedroom", said Google's Diya Jolly, vice president of product management.

The device features Home View, a dashboard for the spectrum of home devices, including appliances, DVRs, lights and thermostats.

In some respects, it was inevitable that smart homes would end up going down the path to a central control point and ecosystem: the smart home market is so disparate and flooded with competing standards that those companies that have tried to become single-point hubs - for example, Wink - have had limited success.

Paired with Google's Nest, the device provides a remote way to see someone ringing a doorbell. If you use a Nest video doorbell, for example, the Google Home Hub can hook up to it and display a live video feed from your front porch whenever anyone hits the bell. The smart home hubs combine a wide-angle lens and body-tracking tech with either a 10 or 15-inch display to enable you to make video calls to other Facebook users. The Portal does have a camera.

"We consciously chose to not include a camera on Google Home Hub so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom", says Google Home Product Management VP Diya Jolly.

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