Google Photos update makes an already smart app even smarter

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Google Photos update makes an already smart app even smarter

Google also spent a bunch of time showing off the Hub's new recipe feature, a step-by-step guide that the company says is a flawless fit for the kitchen. No matter, we have all the official details and availability info now. Google Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3, Google Pixel Slate & Home Hub Officially Unveiled.

Pixel 3 now starts at $799 ($150 more than last year) while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 ($50 more than last year).

In some respects, it was inevitable that smart homes would end up going down the path to a central control point and ecosystem: the smart home market is so disparate and flooded with competing standards that those companies that have tried to become single-point hubs - for example, Wink - have had limited success. The other products included the Pixel Slate and a Home Hub. It will also be available on Google's Project Fi network.

Google opted not to put a camera on the Home Hub at all, whereas other smart displays do have that feature for video calling. Google Assistant is present along with a launcher that's made for a touch screen, but you still get the desktop version of websites so it still works as a bona fide productivity machine. It also added some custom software trick you don't have on other Assistant smart displays. There's also a new "Home View" UI that gives a quick overview of your smart home hardware.

Google knows a lot about you, including, apparently, how much you hate answering the phone. Google has loaded its Chrome OS on this cross between a tablet and a laptop.

There's 128GB of storage and a fingerprint scanner on the back of both devices. For one, the Pixel Slate Keyboard costs $199 compared to the $129 starting price of the Type Cover for the Surface Pro 6.

The Slate has a custom "molecular display", which is an LCD with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 and 400 nits of brightness. There are also stereo front-facing speakers and an extra front-facing camera on both devices. There is a USB-C port for charging and there is still no audio jack.

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This tablet is a bit more like a 2-in-1 computer than it is a mobile tablet. Otherwise, it's more or less the same gadget as before, at the same price. Google declined to address that further Tuesday, though executives emphasized privacy and security throughout the event in NY. When you point your camera at information you want to remember or don't feel like typing in - like a URL or QR code on a flyer or an email address on a business card - Google Lens suggests what to do next, like creating a new contact. There were rumors of a secret third phone, but of course, that was nonsense.

That is because the Pixel 3 has seemingly been shown with greatly reduced bezels and the Pixel 3 XL has been displayed touting an all-screen design with a notch at the top. The Pixel 3 packs in top-of-the-line specs like Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, so it is expected to deliver smooth performance. There's the regular 8-megapixel selfie camera that's now joined by a second wide-angle front camera. The feature launches in the U.S. today, and it will come to other Pixel devices next month. Having said that, the display on the Pixel 3 looks quite sharp and images looked radiant. A real-time transcript of the conversation will display on your screen.

The smartphone is backed by a 3430mAh battery with fast-charging support. The Google Pixel 3 XL runs Android 9 Pie.

The front cameras are dual 8MP sensors. There's also a prominent "chin" at the bottom of the phone. For example, you place the phone down, fire up the app and gather a group of people together. It's an OLED display, as it was previous year, and it fills much of the front of the phone.

Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come with a new accessory in the box: a pair of wired Pixel Bud-style earbuds. By comparison, Apple sold about 217 million iPhones a year ago. Due to the size difference between the screens, it is only natural the Pixel 3 contains a smaller 2915mAh battery and the Pixel 3 XL features a larger 3430mAh battery. You only need a cable to connect and use DeX on the Note 9 and there is nothing like this offered by Google.

Google is undercutting Apple on the pricing of its phones.

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