Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub

Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub

By comparison, Apple sold about 217 million iPhones a year ago. At that point, Pixel phone users can elect to pick up the call, offer a robo-spoken response like "who is this?" or "I'll call you back", or mark the caller's number as spam.

A new artificial intelligence tool sure to generate buzz among consumers also could be helpful.

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google's new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in NY today. The third generation of Pixel phones comes in two sizes, and both feature high-definition screens that span from one edge to another.

It works with Google Home, so you can control it with voice commands such as "Hey Google, play Cobra Kai from YouTube" or "Hey Google, play The Crown on Netflix" (as long as you have a Netflix subscription).

If there was one thing that came out of Google's hardware launch today, it was that the internet goliath is willing to pay a lot of money to others in order to push into the market.

The Google Home Hub is essentially a Google Home with a display. It runs Chrome OS on a device with a 12.3-inch display. It also has dual speakers at the front of the device, but no headphone jack.

"We've built the first phone that can answer the phone", Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president for hardware, told media on Tuesday.

Despite Amazon's dominance in the category, analysts are bullish on Google's long-term prospects for smart speakers.

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Again, Google is attacking its rivals on price.

It's the first time Google has bundled headphones with its Pixel phones - previous year it only offered the dongle.

Google Assistant, the signature virtual helper feature on the Pixel, was available in six languages a year ago and now supports 16.

The phones mirror an industry trend toward lusher, bigger screens and add twists on the camera for better pictures. When it comes to color choices, you get Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink.

Ask any smartphone fan what the best camera is on a phone and if they don't mention the Pixel in some capacity, then they probably don't know what they're talking about.

The new large-sized displays and other features of the smartphones are definitely the aspects that will draw maximum attention. We've had spy shots, videos and one retailer in Hong Kong even put the phone on sale before the handset officially existed.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be the first Pixel phones to launch in France at the same time as the US, FrAndroid explains. It can also bring up contextual info like commute times. Nevertheless, the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub were all officially announced, and while there were little to no surprises, a closer look at some of these devices and the software underneath the hood reveals a few interesting details. 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.

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