Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Google Unveils Pixel 3 Phones, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub

Sherri Watson | 10 October, 2018, 06:27

The Pixel 3 underscores this position even further with both the 6.3-inch 3 XL and the standard 5.5-inch 3.

After the death of Android tablets, Google has been slowly rebooting its tablet ambitions under the Chrome OS banner.

Unlike nearly any other phone on the market, Google has kept a single-lens camera on the back of the two Pixel phones.

The new Pixel Slate tablet runs Google's beefier Chrome OS laptop operating system rather than Android and is priced at $599, putting it in competition with Apple's iPad Pro tablet series.

Shares of Alphabet barely moved on the announcements. But today at Google's yearly hardware event, the company took a slightly different tack.

The Hub is a Smart Display by Google that integrates Google Photos, a visual version of the Google Assistant, YouTube, and other services. Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to the research firm International Data Corp. New additions include France, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan.

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

Everybody knows that no matter what Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his antisocial network says ("Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls"), the Portal will be used to gather and sell your personal data. Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President of Google products, claimed that Titan Security will facilitate screen-locking, as well as many other aspects of security on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

Google shipped 2.53 million Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices through the nine months ended June 30, garnering less than 1 percent of the global market for smartphones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Notably, this feature appears to in no way have the functionality of Google Duplex - a service that can carry out limited conversations with real people on its own.

Going from a small experiment to a polished product that works in various languages and is backed by large sales, support and technical teams has been part of Google's challenge.

Last year's Pixel 2 arrived with bugs that prompted user complaints about unwanted noises during calls, a crashing camera app and an unexpected screen tint.

You can pre-order the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL direct from the Google Store right now; the Pixel 3 starts at $799, the Pixel 3 XL at $899.

At 11 am Eastern time this morning, Google is holding its new hardware event in New York City.

On the Pixel 3 screen, you see an instant transcript of the caller's responses so you can decide whether to pick up. The company on Tuesday introduced the Google Home Hub, a smart speaker with a display. The dual front cameras are just for wide-angle selfies, but Google has a ton of camera software tricks.

Join FierceWireless this October 17-18 in Dallas as we cover 5G and its part in a much larger story about the next generation of wireless, through a mix of keynotes and fireside chats, breakout sessions and panels. That makes it the first bedroom-friendly Google Assistant smart display, and a super-cute competitor to Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Show and Echo Spot.

Google said in a blog post on Tuesday that it recently delivered some Google Home speakers within 10 minutes of ordering using drones from Alphabet's Project Wing.