Google Unveils The Pixel 3

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But we kind of did.

Google Call Screening, which will debut on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones in the U.S., has been announced as an "on-device" feature (as opposed to something driven by Duplex) that phone users can turn on when a phone call arrives from an unrecognized number.

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were the most anticipated (most leaked) devices. Google Lens, Google's search function that uses computer vision and AI, also comes pre-loaded. On the storage front, the smartphone comes in either 64GB or 128GB capacities without a support for microSD card. (This is good, because the Pixel 2's bezels were huge.) They also look noticeably brighter than the Pixel 2 screens, are gorgeously well saturated, and more importantly equal, where the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had wildly different displays.

The introduction of a $79 Pixel Stand has excited the observers.

Preorders for both smartphones began Tuesday, but both will officially launch October 18. Either way, I'm looking forward to taking that free 3-month trial of YouTube Premium for a spin.

While in the dock, the Pixel 3 basically becomes a smart alarm clock that's created to live overnight on your bedside table.

Pixel phones, though, have been a tougher sell, launching with glitches and garnering less than 1 percent of the global market by shipments in Google's first two years of trying, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

With the Pixel 3 series, Google breaks the ₹90,000 barrier for Android smartphone pricing in India.

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Microsoft has also started installing Xbox One hardware in its Azure data centers that spans 54 regions and cover 140 countries. The Xbox One console is a great device where you can play lots of awesome games such as Halo 5, Forza Horizon 4 and more.

He insisted such a device will be the first "Chrome OS tablet". The Pixel 3 has a smaller 5.5-inch screen, whereas the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.9-inch notched display.

Prices start at around £549 for an entry-level version of the Slate with a Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage and tops out a around £1549 if you opt for Intel's eigth-gen i7 Processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Instead they only mentioned that this tablet has dual front-firing speakers "for better surround sound".

"It also turns into a slim protective case when you're done with it", said Wuellner.

The Slate includes two USB-C ports on either side, allowing for 4K output and fast charging. The one flourish: a brightly painted power button. An optional detachable keyboard - it magnetically attaches itself to the device - basically turns the tablet into a laptop, and is quite expensive at $199 Dollars. Lots of devices that've abandoned the headphone jack were released over the past couple of years with no reasonable wired alternative.

While the phones haven't become mass-market hits, Google has seen more success with its home products.

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

Google has succeeded with lower-priced devices like smart speakers and home routers, but the phones have been a tougher sell. The phones' new all glass and metal design is sleek and lightweight, the displays are handsome despite the big bezels that are still present on both models, and the camera continues to be a stand-out feature for Google this year. The Pixel Slate features some of the latest available components and a sleek design, building on previous Pixel-branded Chromebooks in a tablet form factor.

The Google Home Hub is comparatively easier on the wallet at only $149 / £139 (around AU$210), and is more in the price range of the screen-less Amazon Echo. Available later this year and starting at $599, it's a direct shot at Apple and Microsoft.

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