Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Google Details New Software Updates Coming to Android and Smart Displays

Samsung is trolling Google over the notch on its new Pixel phone CNET Asks: Will you be getting Google's new Pixel 3 phone?
Katie Ramirez | 13 October, 2018, 23:12

Google had a big day on Wednesday, announcing their Pixel 3 phones, Home Hub and Pixel Slate. The company has changed the design of Chrome, it has changed the Gmail design with the launch of new version, and there are many more revamps that you will see across all Google platforms. It turns out that Google thinks a second lens is "unnecessary" at this time.

Front camera: 7 MP photos and 1080p HD video.

According to VentureBeat, Google Assistant will use its existing Voice Match feature - which can differentiate between up to six different members of a household on Google Home - to ascertain that the phone's owner is the one making the query.

In addition to facial recognition, Google will be leveraging its AI features to analyze pictures that may be blurry or simply screenshots to filter these out so you don't end up with a random screenshot of your home screen appearing on your Home Hub. There's a 12.2-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture main lens on the back of either new Pixel, and a pair of front-facing cameras - one of which incorporates a wide-angle perspective. There's also a new visual overview feature for the Assistant on smartphones and the ability to use the Assistant from the lock screen, both of which will roll out soon. This app includes some of the technology meant to make the Google Pixel 3 the most elite camera smartphone in the world.

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It literally just released a phone this week with four cameras on the back. But once again, the Pixel 3's photography prowess all comes down to Google's clever software. At the same time as Pixel 3 launch (October 18th), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels. Both the Pixel and Pixel 2 obtained the top DxOMark scores when they were launched, with each phone briefly occupying the top position in DxOMark's mobile rankings.

However, the regular Pixel 3 does have larger bezels overall.

The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch "liquid retina" display, while the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch OLED display. The image below shows the result from the iPhone XS on the left and the result from the Pixel 3 on the right. They both come in fun colours, have standout cameras, pack a ton of impressive features in a somewhat affordable package (or, at least, more affordable than some other options), and start shipping this month. But it's an interesting detail nonetheless.

If youd rather not bother with the older Pixel, we remind you that Best Buy is offering a couple of deals when you pre-order the Pixel 3 or 3 XL on Verizon.

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