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Google Pixel Slate Pen Google poised to unveil new Pixel phones, other services
Hannah Rogers | 11 October, 2018, 16:01

But the experience itself isn't the only thing that's so great about Android on Google's new Pixel phones. Additionally, the information also reveals that the Pixel 3 XL display has received the "Best Smartphone Display Award", pretty much like the Note9 and iPhone Xs Max before.

In just a few hours, Google will unveil the new Pixel 3 phones, but that doesn't mean the leaks have stopped coming in.

Google began receiving orders for the Pixel 3 series through its website Wednesday, while mobile phone carriers SoftBank Corp. and NTT Docomo Inc. will start taking preorders on October 19 for the phones. Now, Google has announced the pricing for the Pixel 3 series in India. For example, Google said if you see a pair of shoes you like, point the camera at it, and Google Lens will offer similar products to shop for. This feature will be limited to the United States initially.

"Pixel 3 will be available from Verizon in two sizes: "the 5.5" Pixel 3 and the 6.3" Pixel 3 XL, both available in 64 GB and 128 GB memory options.

While Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones were the stars of "Made by Google" event on Tuesday, the company quietly launched a new Chromecast dongle. The device is still a small, circular dongle that plugs into your TV's HDMI port, although now it's available in either black or white.

As we mentioned right at the start, the Pixel 3 is a cute-looking phone.

The Hub is a Smart Display by Google that integrates Google Photos, a visual version of the Google Assistant, YouTube, and other services.

The Hub automatically shows images from your Google Photos library or that have been shared with you, and can also bring up photos you request with your voice. You can just say "Hey Google" to get step-by-step recipes, watch how-to videos, listen to music, check your calendar, and more.

If you place the Hub in your kitchen, it can also deliver step by step recipe instruction with pictures and videos that follow along with you.

Google Home Hub is Google Assistant with a face, and is described by Google's vice-president of product management, Diya Jolly, as a something that creates a more "helpful, thoughtful home". The wide-angle camera provides a field of view of 97 degrees.

The Pixel Stand is a Qi-compliant wireless charging dock for the new Pixel smartphones. The real change, according to Google, will come from software, AI and machine learning. 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.

This morning I was about to get up-in-arms about the lack of a headphone jack on the new Google Pixel Slate.

Pre-orders have already gone live today on Google Store and the websites of both telcos. This feature will initially be available later this year in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area to help people book restaurant reservations and will roll out to other USA cities in the future. A Chrome OS tablet, the new device comes with a detachable keyboard cover that can turn it into a laptop substitute.

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