Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google announces Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google announces Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

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.

It's thanks to these smart additions that we're likely to have another absolute fantastic Pixel smartphone on our hands and hopefully one that isn't besieged with issues like last year's Pixel 2 XL. If you feel the need to jot something down, the Pixel Slate also works with the Chromebook Pen ($99). Alphabet generated US$4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 per cent from a year earlier.

"Pixel 3 will be available from Verizon in two sizes: "the 5.5" Pixel 3 and the 6.3" Pixel 3 XL, both available in 64 GB and 128 GB memory options.

In terms of the concept of a smart home, the philosophical difference is apparent, especially when you put the Google Home Hub up against the competition.

One of the major disappoints of the new Google Home Hub, however, is the omission of a camera for Google Duo video calls.

While the tablet will be sold on its own, Google will also offer some additional accessories including the Pixel Slate Keyboard we mentioned above (no pairing needed).

The best new camera feature, however, is Night Sight. It is priced at a pretty reasonable $149.

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Despite Amazon's dominance in the category, analysts are bullish on Google's long-term prospects for smart speakers. Loup Ventures estimates that while Amazon will have 52 per cent of the market this year and Google will reach 28 per cent, Google will surpass Amazon by 2021 with 48 per cent versus 37 per cent.

But again Google is attacking its rivals on the pricing front.

Google Photos now makes it easier to view and share your photos. Matt Vokoun, another Google product management director, however, contends that they are "playful", and while "there is a bit of a learning curve" when typing on the circular keys, Google's internal testing shows that people's typing rate and accuracy increased by an unspecified amount. When it comes to color choices, you get Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink. Like the iPhone, the new Pixel screens are bigger, expanding to the edges, enabling it to be smaller with the same size screen, and the cameras are being continually improved.

From the back you won't notice too much difference between the Google Pixel 3 XL and the Google Pixel 2 XL, as both have a two-tone rear, but while the Pixel 2 XL is mostly made out of metal with a glass panel at the top, the Pixel 3 XL is all glass. It will also be available on Google's Project Fi network. Underneath the Google search bar are recommended shortcuts that will change over time based on your usage and apps you open frequently. One of them can be found at the top of this article, with the remaining clips found directly below. Not all of its AI capabilities require sending data back to Google over the Internet, said Osterloh - in some cases, it's faster to do the analysis on the phone itself.

Beyond phones and speakers, Google also introduced a convertible tablet, called the Pixel Slate, which runs on the Chrome OS software. The device costs US$599, or US$798 including the optional attachable keyboard. A comparison shot between a low light Pixel 3 shot and one taken on an iPhone XS appeared to show a dramatic improvement, but this feature won't be enabled until later in the year.

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