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Google’s new phones boast wider screens, better camera

13 October, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
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In a way, the device more resembles the smaller Pixel 3 or last year's Pixel 2 XL. Either way, Google has ensured that the old Pixel phones will also get new features. One of the front-firing speakers also resides on the notch.

As you can see the natives are unhappy.

The NOTCH, barely announced and no surprises. And once more the company looks to be playing catch-up with Amazon, whose Echo Show and Spot devices have been out for a while.

Coming so soon after Facebook's latest data breach, it might seem the worst possible time to launch what is, in effect, a listening and viewing device for the home. The screen will go dark when you sleep and slowly brighten as your alarm goes off, filling the room with light and saving you from an abrupt and unwelcome wake-up call. It's not really cutting edge technology, but a feature nonetheless. The pre-orders for the devices begin on October 11 in India.

Android has conquered the tech-world - or at least much of its mobile part. It starts at $599, with an additional $200 for the keyboard folio, making the $800 investment look worthwhile for a state-of-the-art gadget. For instance, the new Pixel phones support wireless charging.

Similar questions about privacy and usability hovered over the week's other hardware launch.

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Google is hiring photographer Annie Leibovitz to take pictures with the new Pixel in an effort to persuade consumers its camera is superior to the iPhone XS that Apple released last month.

As usual, the Pixel phones focus heavily on Google's search engine, maps, digital assistant and YouTube video service. Hopefully Google can find a way to fix this. There was even a demonstration of a finger mistakenly blocking the camera lens, but Google's AI discarded that shot and replaced it with a better one.

Google's Pixel 3 phones are now up for preorder.

For the rear camera, the Pixel 3 has stuck with the 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel setup, with an f/1.8 aperture. There will be no avoiding of selfies for the next decades to come so you might as well embrace it and fit all your friends in your shots while you're at it. There are many cases on the market for the Pixel 3 that are so thin, you'll forget you have a case! While we do not have a definite feel of the performance of this phone, other flagship phones have been including upwards 6 and 8 GB of RAM. The feature has only been announced for the new Pixel handsets.

The nod to privacy concerns comes as Google and other big USA tech companies try to bounce back from recent data breach scandals.

This time around there are three different colours to choose from, there is the usual Just Black and Clearly White but a new colour called "Not Pink" which is pink but just a very toned down colour. I'm thinking that, at US$799 (for the 3) and US$899 (XL) to buy outright - or a fraction of that if you take out a monthly plan over two years - this is not only cheaper than the new iPhone Xs (US$999) and Xs Max (US$1099), but for those that want Android it's the flawless alternative.

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