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#371295 - 09/10/2018 16:30 new goodies "Made by Google": Pixel 3, etc.
DWallach
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Registered: 30/04/2000
Posts: 3728
Video livestream thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wURy8AdsS4

Summary & thoughts:

- Pixel 3 / 3XL ($799 for 5.5" no-notch, $899 for 6.3" with notch; shipping October 18, those with 64GB, +$100 for 128GB) -- glass back with a "silky texture", corner-to-corner OLED screens, front-firing speakers, "Pixel Visual Core" hardware for image processing, "Top Shot" captures a pile of photos when you click, suggests the best; "Super Res" combines a bunch of photos to increase resolution when shooting with a zoom; "Night Sight" uses machine learning to guess at colors in low-light images (!); front-facing wide-angle "group selfie cam" in addition to a regular front-facing camera; more cheesy AR insertion into images; Google Lens does image recognition on-device. Oh, and Qi wireless charging is back! Also when on the charging stand ($79) it turns into a Home Hub (below).

- Pixel Slate ($599 tablet + $199 detachable keyboard) -- a Chromebook with a high-res screen (12.3", 293 ppi (2k x 3k?), "vibrant colors" LCD). 8MP cameras front and back. Fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button. The keyboard works a lot like the original Microsoft Surface. "Pixelbook Pen" ($99): mentioned but not shown. The tablet is 7mm thin and weighs 1.6 pounds, which is impressive. They're clearly trying to go after the iPad Pro. Notably missing: CPU specs, RAM specs, etc.

- Home Hub ($149) -- everybody wants to sell you a screen + smart speaker, so why not Google? Seems clever when integrated with Google Assistant. "What's today's weather?" and it shows up rather than just talking at you. Notable: there's no camera, which means you might not freak out about putting it in your bedroom. Several features are aimed at kitchen use, including letting you set multiple timers, or having step-by-step paging for recipes.

Perhaps most interesting, Google is trying to unify control over home IoT devices ("Home View"). Presumably, all your third-party IoT gadgets need to play nice with Google's IoT APIs. They're also doing clever integration where they can, so video from the Nest doorbell can show up on the Home Hub when somebody rings the doorbell. There's going to be a lot of nightmarish backend engineering to make all this come together for third-party services. Example: I'd like this to work with my Amazon-owned Ring video doorbell. Will I be forced to switch to Nest if I want this functionality?

- "Titan Security": We'll be hearing more about this as time marches on. Custom hardware in the Pixel 3 / Pixel Slate that do... something... security... something. Wildly inadequate details here.

Notably absent:

- Any new Nest products, any new WiFi router products, any smartwatches, any Chromecast or Android TV devices

Other thoughts:

- Much bundling. Home Hub and Pixel 3 come with a YouTube Music trial. Pixel Slate comes with a YouTube TV trial.

- Lots of mentions of YouTube Music. Zero mentions of Play Music. I guess Play Music is toast. Dunno what happens to all the MP3s I uploaded to Play Music back in the day. I've got content in there that isn't available from streaming sites. Hmm.

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#371296 - 09/10/2018 16:41 Re: new goodies "Made by Google": Pixel 3, etc. [Re: DWallach]
DWallach
carpal tunnel

Registered: 30/04/2000
Posts: 3728
Curiously, my Pixel (1) XL has a 5.5" screen, same size as the current Pixel 3 non-XL. So, were I to upgrade, I'd go for the slightly smaller phone with the exact same screen size and no notch.

Specs from Google's web site: The Pixel 3 has a Qualcomm 845, dual 12MP cameras, 4GB RAM, and "IPX8" waterproof ("The equipment is suitable for continual submersion in water under conditions which are identified by the manufacturer" -- so exactly what conditions aren't specified, so unclear if you'd want to use it as a generic underwater camera. Maybe not. Also, apparently no headphone jack.

Also, $129 gets you a "preferred care" warranty (two years coverage, for up to two "accidental damages" with a $99 deductible).

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