Google Pixel 3 First impressions

Pixel 3 XL hands

Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub

Google is pushing the AI elements of its new phones.

Previous leaks said the Pixel 3 would be available for preorder right after Google's event on Tuesday in all the countries where Google is holding local events, including the US, UK, and France, but also in other global markets.

Also, check out this awesome video showcasing the recording capabilities of the new Pixel phones. "This is all done on-device and takes advantage of Pixel Visual Core, so it doesn't require an internet connection", Google said.

Shares of Alphabet barely moved on the announcements. But the company three years ago branched into hardware so that, like Apple, it could have full control of the performance of its applications and the revenue they generate. Other phone makers sometimes crowd out Google's apps with their own or take a share of ad revenue, hurting Alphabet's profits.

Expanding geographic distribution should provide a small boost to the Pixel line-up.

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From its magnetically attached keyboard to its stylus and, of course, its premium pricing, the Pixel Slate is a thinly veiled attack at Microsoft's Surface line, often hailed as the cream of the crop when it comes to productivity in a flexible form factor. One of them transcribes voicemails in real time, so users can decide whether to pick up the call or keep ignoring it. These and many such questions have been doing the rounds for a while now, We got our hands on the Pixel 3 for a short while and here is what we made of it in our first impressions. Alphabet generated US$4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 per cent from a year earlier. The software, launching on U.S. Pixels only, answers calls, requests information about the nature of the calls and shares it as text with the recipient. While we could direct you straight to Google's keynote address, we'd rather focus on the initial impressions from tech enthusiast MKBHD, someone who wouldn't be tempted to pull any punches.

Google has quietly announced a new Chromecast today. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are available for pre-orders via google store, which are priced from $799. These are all improvements over the Pixel 2 range launched year. The new Pixel phones are also expected to follow the trend of expanding the phone screen almost to the edges of the device.

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be bought unlocked directly from Google and will work on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and associated MVNOs. It's also got two USB-C ports, while Microsoft chose to sit out on the exciting new interface technology entirely. It's one of the new breed of tall, narrow screens, so the phone doesn't feel quite as cumbersome as you might think, although you might want to budget for some jeans with deeper pockets. The company said at its presentation that this was a conscious decision to ensure users were comfortable putting the Home Hub in their bedrooms or anywhere else in the house. We need more time with it in our test rooms to deliver a more definitive verdict.

Shares of speaker maker Sonos Inc were down 5.6 percent on Tuesday.

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