Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Pixel phones to begin making Google Duplex AI voice calls in November

Pixel phones to begin making Google Duplex AI voice calls in November

The heavily anticipated smartphone will debut today at a special Google keynote in New York City, US.

The tablet should have a front and back camera, with a clean back cover, with the small Google logo in the corner.

The firm's '#MadeByGoogle' event kicks off at 11a.m. (ET) on Tuesday and is hosting a livestream of all the announcements. Other specs of Pixel 3 XL are going to be almost identical to those of the Pixel 3, like previous years.

Google's ongoing commitment to expanding their resume of Chrome OS hardware is a very encouraging sign and I like to think that it will continue to raise the bar for other manufacturers to follow.

Nope, some people still don't like the notch apparently, and they have not been shy in getting this point across with the feature present in Google's new Pixel 3 XL.

As for the other features, both phones come with a built-in Google Lens on its camera.

The other new mode is the Night Sight mode on the Pixel 3 which also utilizes Google's AI and machine learning algorithms to get a better low light shot. A new feature mimics Google Clips' ability to take photos on its own, using AI to decide what's important and what's not. The notch has been introduced to house the handsets' dual front-facing cameras, which comprise of standard and wide-angle lenses.

Over the weekend, because Google is really bad at keeping anything a secret, the Pixel Slate was fully revealed.


Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with an octa-core CPU, paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It appears that users may be able to switch between f/1.8 and f/2.2 apertures.

It'll feature a Chromebook tablet that attaches to a separate keyboard, according to photos from MySmartPrice, which has accurately leaked Google launches in the past.

Talking about the cameras which undoubtedly become the highlight of Google's Pixel lineup, the rear camera setup remains largely the same as the Pixel 2. That's similar to Amazon's Echo Show and a new Facebook device called Portal. The Home Hub retails for $149 and ships October 22.

Google's current smart speaker line-up includes the Google Home, budget Home Mini and the Home Max.

For families, the Home Hub will support voice recognition for multiple voices.

Even if the Pixel 3 doesn't look like the leaks that have been showing up everywhere - including the back of a taxi - a new phone is practically certain. It does not feature a notch and its bezels are notably smaller than the Pixel 2 from a year ago.

The iPhone also features Google's search engine, but Google may be paying Apple as much as $9 billion annually for that privilege, based on the estimates of Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall. It's the first time Google has embraced the format, which Samsung has had for a few years and Apple adopted last year.

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