Ignore even more phone calls with Google's 'call screen' feature

Google Home Hub

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

"We've built the first phone that can answer the phone", Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president for hardware, told media on Tuesday.

Google is also hiring photographer Annie Leibovitz to take pictures with the new Pixel in an effort to persuade consumers that its camera is superior.

But again Google is attacking its rivals on the pricing front.

The US SIM-free price of the two devices starts at £739 for the Pixel 3 and £869 for the Pixel 3 XL. Both Lenovo and JBL have released their own smart displays, but Google's is a bit different.

In some respects, it was inevitable that smart homes would end up going down the path to a central control point and ecosystem: the smart home market is so disparate and flooded with competing standards that those companies that have tried to become single-point hubs - for example, Wink - have had limited success.

As to the details of Google's Home Hub.

It turns into a smart display when not in use, showing information to such as time, weather, calendar appointments, and commute times.

ChromeOS has seen many updates and changes to it's operating system to make it that much more powerful and easy to use. It will also be available on Google's Project Fi network.

This is one of two new Google Assistant features that Google said were coming to the Pixel. Google says it wanted to make this a device people were comfortable putting in all areas of the home.

While the phones haven't become mass-market hits, Google has seen more success with its home products. The first such device is the Pixel Slate. Without a doubt, the Android Pie, version 9 will be the OS out of the box.

The hardware on the Pixel Slate is nothing to sneeze at, with a crisp, high-resolution 3000×2000 screen with 400 nits of peak brightness, a detachable keyboard, and 12 hours of battery life, but the rest of the hardware has a really, really large swing in capabilities. There is a USB-C port for charging and there is still no audio jack. The 128 GB storage option costs $100 more. It weighs 1.6 pounds, and it runs the full desktop Chrome OS when you connect a keyboard.

Tech companies are trying to convince us that we need more gadgets and more screens at home. The base mode Celeron starts at $599. The M3 is $799, the i5 is $999, and i7 is $1599.

The Google Pixel 3 doesn't go on sale until November 1 - but pre-order plans are already popping up on Australia's telco sites. There were rumors of a secret third phone, but of course, that was nonsense.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and 6.3 inches, respectively, feature high-tech cameras and allow its users to screen calls using AI.

Both phones are powered by Qualcomm's top-of-the-line processor, the Snapdragon 845, that might get outdated in a matter of 3 months.

Both the front and back of the Slate get 8MP cameras - a wide angle lens is provided for video chat and improved low light performance.

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