Google launching Pixel 3 smartphones in more markets, Business News & Top Stories

Judy Cobb
October 13, 2018

This week, Google finally unveiled the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which led to leaks and rumors that flooded the Internet for several months. Having introduced the Home Mini and the Home Max previous year, 2018's event saw the introduction of the new Google Home Hub.

The Pixel 3 faces continued limited sales in the United States since Google again signed an exclusive distribution deal with wireless carrier Verizon Communications Inc. that means the device will get little marketing from other carriers. With Google's release of Pixel and Pixel XL back in October 2016, Google ditched the older Nexus flagship model. Google also rolled out a new device called Home Hub that couples a small display screen with an Internet-connected speaker.

But for selfies, both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have two front-facing cameras; one of them offers a wider field of view for getting more people or a greater sense of surroundings into a selfie, as tech news website The Verge noted. The Pixel Slate is a follow up to Google's highly rated (not quite as highly sold) PixelBook. Well, Google Pixel Slate comes in 4GB RAM with 32GB SSD, 8GB RAM with 64GB SSD / 128GB SSD, 16GB RAM with 256GB SSD variants. For the keyboard folio, you'll be shelling out another $199 and if you want/need that Google pen another $99.

Google has signaled that it wants to be a leader in the Android camp, but for any real breakthrough it must first need to lay out a clear market positioning vis-a-vis other Android phone makers.

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When is the Google Slate being released?

Android 9 Pie on the new match of Pixels runs like a fantasy and is extremely gesture centred.

Like a laptop, the Pixel Slate can multitask, and has built-in virus protection. Infact, more and more developers are optimizing their applications and programs for ChromeOS. The company will also open pop-up stores in Chicago and NY, as it did a year ago, essentially acting as showrooms for Pixel (and other brands, too). There was not much information shared about the Chrome Internet Browser, but that part excites me the most since I find that I'm able to click through and search through websites way faster when not on the mobile version. It starts at $599, with an additional $200 for the keyboard folio, making the $800 investment look worthwhile for a state-of-the-art gadget. On the other hand, Pixelbook Pen might impress all sort of digital artists.

"The big breakthroughs you're going to see are not in hardware alone, they come at the intersection of AI, software, and hardware", Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of Hardware at Google, said on stage at the event, in front of a huge screen bearing the words "AI + Software + Hardware". Consequently, travelling with Pixel Slate is not at all an issue. The 48Wh battery is enough for 12 hours of varied usage. The hardwire connection should make for a more reliable gaming experience on your Pixel device. Well, it even outperforms the iPad Pro in multiple aspects.

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