Google poised to unveil new Pixel phones, other services

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Google Assistant is getting an upgrade too for the Pixel 3, with new features including being able to book restaurant tables or even the ability for the phone to answer itself with automated messages if you can't. It all started with Apple's iPhone X in 2017 and continues till date.

But Google is undercutting Apple on price. Google has been somewhat restrained in its distribution and marketing the Pixel phone, Llamas said, because it doesn't want to alienate Samsung and hundreds of other device makers who feature Android in their own phones.

The US$1.1 billion HTC deal, which was announced in September a year ago and officially closed in January 2018, saw more than 2,000 HTC engineers moving to Google. Also, the Google Camera in the new handsets presently accompany another UI. It will also warn you if someone blinked or if the shot is otherwise poor.

The Pixel joins LG's V40 in sporting a second front lens to fit more people into selfies. The sides of the phone are shiny aluminum. The Home Hub perhaps embodies this move the best, using YouTube for its most useful recipe and music functions, and introducing the Home View dashboard for Nest branded smart home products. The feature will come to Google Photos and support devices which offer portrait mode, like the Pixel 2. The screen will go dark when you sleep and slowly brighten as your alarm goes off, filling the room with light and saving you from an abrupt and unwelcome wake-up call. Callers are warned that they are talking to a robot and that a transcript would be made.

It is unclear if Google will move the setting from a Developer Option to a standard setting, nor if they will change their implementation when they do but considering you normally purchase a Pixel phone because of the software Android can offer it seems a unusual choice that Google have gone down this path.

The new Pixel has a new Titan M security chip, which Google says provides "on-device protection for login credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system". But in case you were concerned, at least there's a way to do it now. "It's mostly about convenience here".

Of course, in the future, we expect Google to add a more user-friendly way to hide the notch on the Pixel 3 XL. Apple alone sold 388 million iPhones during the same period. Google recently unveiled its new phones after months rumors, but what we didn't see in all the leaks was how great the camera is.

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Google Pixel 3 has got a bag full of tricks.

The new Pixel 3 phones have the same dual-toned construction as the previous Pixels, but the plastic-feeling textured back has been replaced with a matte glass on the bottom and a glossy glass up top.

Similar questions about privacy and usability hovered over the week's other hardware launch. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL would probably be the first Pixel phones to be completely built under the new setup.

Google's new smart speaker, which has a display to show visual responses to voice commands, mostly matches offerings from Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc.

Going by the product specs, the Gamevice Pixel 3 XL device pulls power from the phone rather than relying on an internal battery.

Again, Google is attacking its rivals on price.

It also doubles up as a smart screen, a la the Google Home Hub. It starts at $599, with an additional $200 for the keyboard folio, making the $800 investment look worthwhile for a state-of-the-art gadget.

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