Google Pixel 3 First impressions

Google Home Hub

Google Home Hub

"When you get that call and you can't, or don't want to pick up, just tap the "screen call" button and your phone will answer for you and ask who's calling and why", explained Google project manager Liza Ma. Google's custom wireless charging stand for the phones is another $80. By comparison, Apple sold about 217 million iPhones previous year. Alphabet doesn't break out hardware sales numbers, but the revenue from the phones and products such as its Home smart speaker are tucked into the company's other revenues segment, which includes cloud sales and content purchases.

"It's designed from inside out to be the smartest, most helpful device", said Nanda Ramachandran, senior director at Google Pixel Business, at a press event in Tokyo.

Google has released a new Google Chromecast. Google lets you squeeze to activate Google Assistant, but there are more options and capability with the edge panels on the Note 9. It measures 5.5 inches on the diagonal, with curved corners and first impressions of this display are good: it looks punchy, viewing angles seem good and there's plenty of vibrancy. Unlike the Amazon Echo Show or the Facebook Portal, Google is trying to distance itself from potential privacy concerns that often come with all-seeing assistant devices, resulting in a device that has zero video chat capabilities. There are also stereo front-facing speakers and an extra front-facing camera on both devices.

Where Google has made a hardware change is on the front camera, or cameras.

Google will, of course, also use its Home Hub to try to make money from you: by storing all your requests for information, news, music, video, travel, etc, to your profile and then neatly package it all up for advertisers. First one was the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

The phones mirror an industry trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures. Colors are Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink.

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Google calls this Lens Suggestions and it brings these actions right into the main Pixel camera.

Phone launches are leaky affairs these days, so it came as no surprise that, when Google finally unveiled the full details of the Google Pixel 3 XL, we already knew everything about the phone.

The new large-sized displays and other features of the smartphones are definitely the aspects that will draw maximum attention.

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. It will also be available on Google's Project Fi network. The device costs US$599, or US$798 including the optional attachable keyboard.

S Pen: The S Pen is a key differntiator in the smartphone market and with the additional Bluetooth capability on the Note 9 there are many new ways to use the S Pen for improved productivity and efficiency. However, Google Pixel Slate will go on sale later this year in US, UK and Canada.

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