Google’s new Pixel Stand charger is quietly brilliant

Google’s new Pixel Stand charger is quietly brilliant

The Pixel 3 and a larger Pixel 3 XL are due to be unveiled at an event in NY today, alongside a host of other hardware that will add to Google's smart home offering. The Pixel 3 starts shooting a second before you press the button and a second after - looking for the moments where everyone has their eyes open and facing the camera.

This is most evident in the color department as one of the primary issues with the smart displays from JBL and Lenovo is the lack of color options.

Like last year's Pixel phone, neither the Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3 XL have a 3.5mm headphone jack - but they do come with a pair of USB-C headphones in the box.

What is new in the Pixel 3 is wireless charging. As we've seen with the new iPhones, it's possible to adjust background blur after taking a shot, and there are plenty of other features too. Also, Google has included an "Ambient EQ" feature which essentially looks to adapt the screen brightness to match the lighting in the room.

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And, wait for it; we have wireless charging people!

Best Buy is a massive retailer partner to have on board for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but unfortunately, the partnership is only to sell the phones as "Verizon" devices.

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The Pixel 3 is up for pre-order now and goes on sale on October 18th in the United States and select other countries, starting at $799 for the $64GB, and $899 for the 128GB. However, on the other hand, the device we got was the Just Black colour variant where smudges and fingerprints are quite visible.

It's a step forward from the older 16:9 display of the Pixel 2, but we get the feeling that Google was focused on evolving the previous handset design, rather than creating a bezel-busting compact phone.

The Google Home Hub is the prime competitor of Amazon's Echo Show.

Also in the American market, Google will launch a tablet featuring its homegrown Chrome OS system.

Google's positioned a pair of 2W front-firing speakers on the front of the Slate - when it's held in landscape they're positioned at either end. The 12.3-inch display is apparently a Molecular Display, with a resolution working out at 293ppi.

Of course, we'd need to spend a bit more time with the Slate trying out various streaming apps to present you with the bigger picture, but Google seems to have gone down the right track. If you're starting a new Project Fi line, the phone's ridiculously easy to get set up thanks to its eSIM - you just power it up and follow a few prompts. There is an optional keyboard case for the Slate, but it costs extra. It comes in two new colors, chalk and charcoal, and is available for purchase now in the US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Sweden. Although Google is debuting a new feature on the Home Hub called "Hub View" which basically acts as a shortcut dashboard for other smart home devices that might be connected to the Home Hub. The company says the new Chromecast comes with 15% improvement in hardware speed.

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