Google fires at Apple with Pixel 3 phone, other devices

Nichole VegaOct 10, 2018

The bezels are fairly thin (for a tablet anyway), but still big enough for dual front-facing speakers and for resting your thumbs.

Depending on how you look at it, you can say the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have not really changed in terms of overall design but there are actually some big changes. But, we'll have to wait and see. The Pixel 3 starts at $799 and will release October 18th through Verizon and unlocked directly through Google, while the Pixel Stand will run $79.

"The feature that perhaps got the most tongues wagging, instant translation, is also a bit of a con". No matter, we have all the official details and availability info now. The Pixel 3 will launch in 10 countries, up from six for the Pixel 2 a year ago.

The rear camera is a 12.2MP sensor with a f/1.8 aperture and a 1.4um pixel size.

Google's homegrown smartphone hardly challenges the status quo all-screen, jumbo-sized designs from Apple and Samsung.

The internet giant made the announcement at its Made by Google 2018 event in NY.

The Pixel Slate tablet has a 6-million pixel display and was described as "a flawless device for play and work", by Trond Wuellner, Google's director of product management. One of those, like last year's Duplex, sees Google handling phone calls on your behalf. The feature launches in the United States today, and it will come to other Pixel devices next month. Available later this year and starting at $599, it's a direct shot at Apple and Microsoft.

It's been a minute since Google offered support for wireless charging on any of its smartphones, last making the feature available on the Nexus 6. The front and rear of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

On the software side it's a familiar Chrome OS story - complete with its full fledged Chrome browser (as opposed to the mobile one on Android tablets).

Both also have 4GB of RAM and come in 64GB and 128GB storage options. The Chrome operating system has been optimized for the device's touchscreen, with Wuellner adding that "it's your own personal Google, right at your fingertips". It could be powered by Intel's Kaby Lake or Amber Lake processors, feature a 4K display 2400×1600 pixel resolution.

With its access to your email, calendar, entertainment, and suite of Nest and Home devices, Google stands in a key position to attack the competition in the home device wars against Apple, Amazon, and now Facebook, which just launched a home device, Portal.

Like the current Google Home devices, it has multiple user recognition so can determine whether it's you or your significant other that wants to create a calendar reminder and saves it accordingly.

There's no 3.5mm in or out, but the Home Hub has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and it works either as a Bluetooth speaker or as a "casting" target from Android phones.

Google is also expected to announce an updated Chromecast with better connectivity features. This is where the new innovations have concentrated, as Google and its ilk focus on features and possibilities that can be generated from its artificial intelligence, machine learning, and sheer processing power.

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