Google takes on Apple and Microsoft's tablets with its new Pixel Slate

Google takes on Apple and Microsoft's tablets with its new Pixel Slate

Google takes on Apple and Microsoft's tablets with its new Pixel Slate

Google is having us at the edge of the chair. The main objective of the Pixel phones falls more in line with Google's traditional business focus - software. It's a wireless charging stand that gives your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL special Google Assistant powers while it's charging.

The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch screen, 128GB of storage space, and bundled USB-C headphones. Google is tossing in six months of YouTube premium when you buy a Home Hub so that you have plenty of content to watch.

While the device was unveiled alongside the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate, Google has not made any official announcement for the Indian market. However, nothing so far really stands out and the Pixel will likely again be overshadowed by the iPhone XS/XS Max and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 in terms of sales volume. Apple's new iPhone Xs camera offers larger and deeper pixels and with a new sensor creates better image fidelity, greater color accuracy, and reduced noise in low-light shots.

Pixel phones, despite the prevalence of the Google name and despite getting good reviews, previously haven't sold well, though Osterloh claims they're now "growing like insane in the market".

The Photos app has just gained a couple of features, Google announced earlier today. Four new packs of Playground are now available on the Play Store. The 12.2MP dual cameras are powered by Pixel Visual Core, a custom-design imaging chip built into Pixel 3 to make the camera faster and smarter. Buyers in the U.S. will get three months of YouTube TV free with the purchase of Pixel Slate or Pixelbook. It still makes uses of a digital zoom, however, Google created a Super Res Zoom, which takes a number of photos as the user zooms in. Using machine learning, Night Sight is created to never use the flash again taking incredibly bright untouched images.


Unsurprisingly, it'll ship with Android 9.0 Pie preinstalled, meaning Pixel 3 owners will be able to take advantage of the new tools being introduced as part of the new OS.

Beyond the camera, Google is using artificial intelligence to help screen calls. Thankfully, it would appear that a lot of effort has been spent on the screen this time around. You can pick up the conversation whenever you want. Both are larger than last year's Pixel 2 models.

Also announced at the event in NY, the new Google Home Hub smart speaker responds to voice commands like other smart home devices but also features a display from which users can access news and weather information visually, as well as watch YouTube videos, use Google Maps and control other smart home devices.

The Google Home Hub is very much like the Lenovo smart Display as well as the JBL LINK VIEW.

If Google can actually address such consumer pain points with its latest products - and we'll have to see the proof in action - the company will go a long way toward measuring up to what Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh broadly referred to not as the "smart home", but the "thoughtful home" comprising products that are not only intelligent but helpful. On stage, Google Home VP of Product Management Diya Jolly said the web giant "consciously" made the decision to not include a camera for the sake of privacy. Stay tuned with us, and let know what you think about the mysterious appearance and disappearance (sold out) of the Google Chromecast 2018.

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