Google poised to unveil new Pixel phones, other services

13 October, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Leah Owens
  • New Google Home App

A flurry of leaks before the official launch meant that any self-respecting tech-head knew the Pixel 3 inside out before Google "unveiled" it on Tuesday.

Last Tuesday Google officially invited the media persons in NY event to showcase their products.

At Google's "Made by Google" keynote, the team announced the highly anticipated Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Another new feature likely coming to the Pixel 1, 2, and 3 is Motion Auto Focus. In the meantime, apps exist like Nacho Notch that can camouflage that notch on any device in the same fashion.

You can preorder both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL now from Google Store or from selected retailers like Carphone Warehouse, O2, Vodafone and others.

Ask any geek and he'll tell you, Google's hardware products are never as much about hardware as they are about software. Now you will be able to get better-looking photos without relying on your camera flash.

One more thing: the white model of both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has a mint green power button, which I'm in love with. In fact, the sheer number of features it has elevates it beyond any of its competitors, including the Pixel 2.

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If the notch on your new Pixel 3 is starting to bug you, fear not. A popular choice of controller for the iPhone and iPad already, it's the first time the Gamevice has been available on a Pixel device. Moreover, the Slate has dual front-firing speakers which helps boost the sound quality of your music or your video conference. In a way, the device more resembles the smaller Pixel 3 or last year's Pixel 2 XL. This new feature makes low-light photographs brighter and clearer using machine learning. We will have to wait and see if other camera features also come to the older Pixel handsets.

Ms Cynthia Duan, a senior analyst at Euromonitor International, said launching the Pixel 3 alongside the Pixel 3 XL here "allows Google to appeal to a much wider customer base", a similar strategy to the one Apple used for its three iPhone models. Other phone makers sometimes crowd out Google's apps with their own or take a share of ad revenue, hurting Alphabet's profits. Call Screen will first verify if a call is spam before handing it over to you.

Night Sight doesn't seem like a feature created to mildly improve nighttime photos so much as a way to artificially add daylight where there is none.

For photography enthusiasts, the Pixel 3 is undeniably the way to go. The feature will come to Google Photos and support devices which offer portrait mode, like the Pixel 2.

For instance, the camera's features for better shots will take advantage of software on the device itself, so that nothing gets sent to Google's servers - unless you enable a backup feature with Google Photos.

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