Did Google just tell us that it's getting rid of Android?

Angelica Greene
October 14, 2018

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A Google Home Hub smart display that functions like a touchscreen-equipped version of the Google Home smart speaker was also announced at the event.

The standard, smaller Pixel 3 also gets an enlarged screen - an additional half inch in diameter over last year's model. The Pixel 3 has a massive display and some other enticing features, not the least that, like the iPhone XS, the hardware and the operating system is both designed by one company.

Some people might look at a smart screen device and think, why can't I just put my phone in a stand, leave on its microphone and have it do the same thing? That partly because Google uses the Pixel phones to demonstrate the best way to use Android and also wants to ensure the software has a place on devices designed for wealthy consumers — a segment of the market that Apple dominates.

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It literally just released a phone this week with four cameras on the back. On the back, there's a single-lens camera and a fingerprint sensor. Just don't go looking for a huge step up in the camera department with the Pixel 3.

However, the regular Pixel 3 does have larger bezels overall. The 64GB Pixel 3 starts at $799, and the 128GB model starts at $899.

With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is taking a step closer to making the Pixel line into something as attractive as it is functional.

As expected the Pixel 3 doesn't sport a headphone jack and you need to rely on USB-C for your music and charging needs. However, the iPhone XS does have that notch cutout at the top, while the Pixel 3 does not. After opting in to the setting on the Pixel 3 you'll also be able to access Assistant from the Lock Screen without unlocking your phone, simply asking commands such as 'Hey Google, what's next on my calendar?'

Via Reddit, we're pointed to a quick test that was posted on Twitter by a blogger the day after Google's Pixel 3 event. Like always, Google has packed the Pixel 3 with tons of cool tricks to take advantage of the beefy Pixel Visual Core and its second-to-none AI- and ML-powered processing.

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