Finally, after months of leaks and predictions, the news was finally confirmed at the Pixel 3 event, that took place on 9th October 2018, two days back, in New York City where Google just unveiled its newest flagship Android phone and a few new devices, including the Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub.
Unlike a typical Google event, the company announced its new lineup in the Google pixel event at the top of the hour and made the products immediately available for preorder before the Google pixel event even concluded. Social Champ brings all the biggest news that was announced today.
Google’s 20th Anniversary
This year marks Google’s twentieth anniversary so let’s talk about what Google has been working on.
Life On The Go
First, for life on the go, Google designed the world’s best camera and put it in the world’s most helpful phone (as per Google’s representative), i.e. the beautiful new Pixel 3.
Life At Work And At Play
For, life at work and at play, Google is bringing the power and productivity of the desktop to a gorgeous tablet called Pixel Slate.
Life At Home
For, life at home, Google designed a smart display so you can hear and see the info you need and manage your connected home from a single screen. Introducing Google Home Hub.
Google Home Hub
Diya Jolly explained how Google has reimagined Google for the home. With Google hub, they have redesigned Google’s most helpful services like Search, YouTube, Maps, Calendar, and Photos so they’re easily controllable with your voice and provide plausible help. You can also choose from 4 beautiful colors to complement any room. Interestingly, this time, they also consciously did not put a camera on Hub so that it’s comfortable to use in the private spaces of your homes like your bedroom.
Also, they wanted to make sure that Hub is not a brightly glowing screen in your home. So Google made sure that Hub responds automatically to the ambient light in the room.
Google Assistant on Hub
Mark Spates, demonstrated the usage of Google Assistant with Hub, starting by saying, “Hey Google, good morning”.
To which, Assistant on Hub responded back with, “Good morning, Mark. The time is 9:00 am. Currently, in San Francisco, it’s 64 and Sunny. the best way to get to work by car is via US 101 South, which will take 45 minutes. There are 11 entries in your calendar. By the way, remember to pick up eggs for dinner tonight”.
YouTube on Hub
On Hub, the YouTube experience has been optimized so you will have access to a ton of how-to videos just by using your voice. With YouTube Music, you can easily find the perfect song, video, or artist. through December, Hub comes with 6 months of you to premium on Google, including ad-free videos and the new YouTube music streaming service.
sometimes, it’s really hard to disconnect and enjoy time with friends and family. Hub can help with that, too. Just put Hub into Downtime Mode, and it won’t interact with anyone in the house except for those critical things like alarms.
With filters, you can assure that everyone in the home is enjoying the family-friendly content.
- Only allow non-explicit music
- YouTube Restricted Mode
- Allow Assistant Answers
You can even see the state of your entire home at a glance. With Hub, Google is introducing Home View. With a swipe down from the top of the screen, you can bring up a simple Dashboard. The Dashboard shows you the state of your entire home at a quick glance so you can turn down the temperature in the bedroom and turn up the music in the living room.
And they are also providing the same level of control even if you’re not near your Hub by redesigning Google Home App to be the mobile controller for your smartphone. It has the same Home View Dashboard as Hub. So now, you can control all your devices from any phone, even when you’re not at home.
Google also made sure that Hub was deeply integrated with Nest devices, like Nest Camera, Nest Thermostat, and even Hello Doorbell. So, for instance, if you’re having dinner, and someone happens to ring your doorbell, Hub will automatically show you the front door on its screen. And you can tap a quick response or use your voice to let your guest know that you’ll be right there.
Home View lets you control over 200 million devices from over a thousand brands, many of them in your home today. So now, with a simple tap or with your voice, you can control your Dish Hopper DVR, your Chromecast, your Vizio TV, and even your Philips Hue light bulb.
Pricing of Hub
You can pre-order Google Home Hub on the Google Store today for $149, and it’s also available on October 22 at retail locations in the US, UK, and Australia.
Google Pixel Slate
Last year, Chrome OS took a big step forward with the introduction of apps from the Google Play Store. And also with the introduction of helpfulness from the Google Assistant. And today, Google is sharing a new chapter for their vision for Chrome OS with the launch of Google Pixel Slate.
Display and Design
Google has designed Pixel Slate to be both thin and light. It’s crafted with beautiful lines and rounded edges in a stylish midnight blue. Pixel Slate is engineered with a stunning detail display, so sitting back to enjoy a movie is better than ever. It has 293 pixels per inch. That’s 6 Million pixels, for the sharpest picture in the category.
So with Pixel Slate, Google has positioned the speakers on the front of the device so they can direct stereo sound towards you.
YouTubeTV on Pixel Slate
It’s also a great device for cord-cutters, and nothing brings this to life better than YouTubeTV. Google will be giving you three months of YouTubeTV with the purchase of a new Pixel Slate or Pixelbook.
Camera (Front and Rear)
Google, has brought innovative engineering to Pixel Slate’s 8 MegaPixel front-facing and rear-facing cameras. They’ve also designed the front-facing camera to be perfect for video chat. It has a wide-angle lens so you can fit everyone in the frame and a sensor with larger pixels which allows for excellent low-light performance.
Reconfigured Launcher & Split Screen
Instead of hunting for the app you need, machine learning customizes the launcher just for you. You can easily multitask with features like Split Screen, which lets you seamlessly shift between work and play.
Google Assistant On Pixel Slate
And now with Pixel Slate, the Google Assistant is even more deeply integrated within Chrome OS. Simply use your voice, and the Assistant can help you find a restaurant, dictate an email, or play your favorite show.
Pixel Slate’s power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor so you can unlock it just as quickly and securely as you do your Pixel Phone.
Pixel Slate Keyboard
The keyboard connects to Pixel Slate in a snap. No pairing or charging needed. Just connect it, and start typing. The folio is infinitely adjustable so you can comfortably use it at any angle you like.
Pricing Of Pixel Slate
Pixel Slate comes in several configurations, starting at $599. Pixel Slate Keyboard is $199, and Pixelbook Pen, now in matching midnight blue, is $99.
All three will be available later this year on the Google Store and at major retailers in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Google Pixel 3
Finally, it’s time to talk about phones. Google Pixel 3 is designed from the inside out to be the smartest, most useful device in your life.
Let’s Try A New Color
Pixel 3 comes in three colors, Just Black, Clearly White, and a new color, which is not pink.
Display and Design
The new Pixel comes in two display sizes. The 5 1/2 inch Pixel 3 and the 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL.
Both of ’em share the same features, but since some users who want a bigger phone really want a bigger screen. So Google designed the Pixel 3 XL’s screen to extend all the way to the upper corners.
Front-firing Stereo Speakers
Our front-firing stereo speakers are 40% louder and richer than last year.
Pixel 3 is the first phone that shifts with the new YouTube music streaming experience, and Google is giving it to Pixel owners on Google for six months.
Pixel Camera – Redefining Innovation
Everyone raves about the Pixel camera, and today, the smartest camera gets even better with the Pixel 3 announced in the most awaited Google pixel event.
You can still miss the perfect shot if you don’t hit the shutter at exactly the right moment. Top Shot solves that problem. Top Shot automatically captures alternate shots in HDR Plus. So if your timing wasn’t perfect, it’ll suggest a better one. You can also scroll through the alternates and save one of those instead.
Super Res Zoom
And then, there’s Super Res Zoom. Instead of shooting a grainy photo, Pixel 3 shoots a burst of photos, each a bit different, taking advantage of the natural tiny movements of your hand.
You can guess what happens next. You run the variations through a merging algorithm to create a beautiful zoomed-in shot, so you can get closer to the details and frame your shot the way you want.
Another feature that is the favorite of the Social Champ team, is Night Sight. Night Sight works so well, you’ll never use your flash again. In extremely low light, Pixel turns to machine learning to choose the right colors based on the content of the image. So Google added a second camera on the front that captures 184% more of the scene than the iPhone XS. The difference is striking.
You aren’t just getting more people in the frame, you’re getting more details.
We’ve evolved AR stickers to what we now call Playground and built it into both the front and rear cameras.
This year, Google has integrated Google Lens directly into the Pixel 3 camera. Point it at a takeout menu, and Lens will pull out the phone number to call. Point at a movie poster to click through to the URL.
So now, when your friend’s wearing a cool new pair of sunglasses, or you see some shoes you like in a magazine, you can use Lens to find them online and browse similar styles.
Some Other Features
So here’s a quick list of some of the other features.
- Photo Booth Mode automatically snaps photos with a smile or when you make a funny face. No shutter button needed.
- With Motion Auto Focus, just tap on people, puppies, or anything else that won’t hold still, and they’ll stay in focus as they move around the frame.
- And one of the best aspects of Pixel 3 is free unlimited storage at the original quality in Google Photos. You’ll never have to worry about storing, syncing, or finding your photos.
- And Google is going even further to help you with phone calls with their new Call Stream Feature. When you get that call, and you can’t or don’t want to pick up, just tap the screen call button, and your phone will answer for you and ask who’s calling and why. And you will see, the conversation is transcribed in real-time on your screen. Call Screen launches today with Pixel 3 in the US and comes to the entire Pixel family next month.
- This year, Google has also developed a feature they call Flip to Shhh, an easy gesture to minimize distractions. Just turn your phone upside down on the table, and your Pixel will take the hint and mute sounds and notifications.
- Google introduced the smartest wireless charger ever, the new Pixel Stand. It charges your Pixel 3 super fast, even through phone cases.
Pricing of Pixel 3
Pixel 3 is available for pre-order now, starting at $799. And Pixel Stand is $79.
Pixel 3 will arrive on October 18 in the US through Verizon and unlocked on the Google Store in Project Fi. On November 1, it will be available in 12 more markets, including four new ones this year, France, Ireland, Japan, and Taiwan.
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