To scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals, you can now long press in the Pixel 3 camera to easily open Lens.
If Telstra is your only option, the $99 Mobile Lease Plan is the way to go - it comes with 30GB data, a free Google Home Mini and the ability to upgrade to a new phone at the end of the lease period. Apple alone sold 388 million iPhones during the same period. Alphabet generated US$4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 per cent from a year earlier. The Pixel 3 comes with a starting price of Rs 71,000 and will be available in India, starting November 1. You can wirelessly connect the Pixel Slate to a Pixel Slate keyboard and use a Pixelbook Pen which has to be purchased separately. As mentioned, Google's also added some hardware in the form of Visual Core, the dedicated processor which helps the Pixel pull off tricks like shooting multiple images from one shutter click and compiling them to create that flawless HDR+ masterpiece. With the launch of this 12.3-inch display device, Google is taking Apple and Microsoft straight on pitting it against their iPad Pro and Surface products respectively.
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As to whether this gives Google an edge over Amazon in the battle for the smart home ecosystem: right now, it probably does, but just a little. Loup Ventures estimates that while Amazon will have 52 per cent of the market this year and Google will reach 28 per cent, Google will surpass Amazon by 2021 with 48 per cent versus 37 per cent.
In terms of the concept of a smart home, the philosophical difference is apparent, especially when you put the Google Home Hub up against the competition. The cameras on the new Pixels look smart enough to beat the iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9.
The Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch screen and the 3XL has a 6.3-inch screen. This is an all-glass smartphone yet at the back of the device it has a slightly matte finish. However, on the other hand, the device we got was the Just Black colour variant where smudges and fingerprints are quite visible. Google Assistant is present along with a launcher that's made for a touch screen, but you still get the desktop version of websites so it still works as a bona fide productivity machine. With voice commands, you can ask Google to walk you through recipes, make audio-only calls, play YouTube videos while you cook, and take a peek at what your security camera sees when someone's at the door.
As expected, Google's Tuesday hardware announcement event came with a few announcements of software- and AI-driven features and products.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be the first Pixel phones to launch in France at the same time as the US, FrAndroid explains. The phones also offer wireless charging. The Pixel Slate is Google's attempt at proving to the prosumer world that Chrome OS, too, can hold its own against Windows 10, all while offering the kind of security that Windows may never have due to its open nature. The device costs US$599, or US$798 including the optional attachable keyboard. A separate stylus, the same one from the Pixelbook, is also available for $99.