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Made by Google 2018: Pixel 3/Pixel XL, Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub, Live Albums, Smart Compose

Made by Google 2018 line up introduces artificial intelligence (AI), software and hardware altogether to the third-generation of Google devices unveiled Tuesday include the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Stand, along with Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub.

The company also demonstrated some intelligent software features with Google’s Duplex and Call Screen. The features will be exclusive to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for the time being.

As well as also introduced a Live Albums option to Google Photos, along with a new version of Chromecast.

The new Google devices fit perfectly with the rest of our family of products, including Nest, which joined the Google hardware family at the beginning of this year.

Google Home Hub, the smart display with Google Assistant built-in offers a way to hear and see the information at a glance as well as manage connected home from a single.

The 7–inch Home Hub display takes voice input and lets a user access Google properties, like Search, Google Photos, Calendar, Google Maps, YouTube etc.

Once set up, just say, “Hey Google, what can you do” to get started with Google Home Hub.

Google Home Hub comes in four colors and available for pre-order and costs $149.

Here is a video demonstration of the Home Hub:

Google Pixel Slate is a Chrome OS tablet that comes with a 12-3-inch Molecular Display and dual stereo front-facing speakers. The display offers incredible picture quality, while also has a touch-first user interface, optimized Android apps and powerful desktop-style features.

There is also a Pixel Slate Keyboard, an optional backlit keyboard accessory, along with a stylus digital pen Pixelbook Pen.

It’s also easy to unlock as the power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor with Pixel Imprint.

The units start at $599 and can get as pricey as $1,599.

A look a the Pixel Slate:

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphone devices make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and pack 4GB RAM.

As far as the design, the Pixel 3 XL offers a large 6.3-inch display with a notch, while the Pixel 3 sports a heavy bordered 5.5-inch display.

Both the flagship duo has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and the Android 9 Pie OS.

The new Android 9 Pie brings in a new gesture-based navigation system, a handy screenshot editor tool, AI-powered brightness and battery features, a completely overhauled multitasking screen, and Digital Wellbeing.

Pixel 3 duo also offer exclusive in-camera “Lens Suggestions” that work in real-time on URLs, emails, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes.

A user would need to point a camera, then tap, call or save a phone number on a takeout menu, or send an email right from a flyer, or open an address in Google Maps.

A look at the Google Lens suggestions:

Pixel 3 Google Lens Suggestions

With Google Lens, Playground offers powerful AR experiences and uses AI to recommend real-time content based on the scene.

A look at the scene suggestion feature:

Pixel 3 Camera Google Lens Playground Scene Suggestions

Playmoji can enhance photos and videos even more with characters that react to each other, add fun captions or animated stickers from Gboard.

It allows snapping photos on the back camera or take selfies with Playmoji that respond to facial expressions.

Pixel 3’s camera lets you do more with what you see and have fun with the world around you.

Pixel 3 Camera With Google Lens, Playground, And Playmoji

Also, there is a new Google Assistant feature AI-powered feature called “Call Screen,” that will screen incoming phone calls and answer legitimate one while avoiding spam calls.

A simple tap on “Screen call” will offer information like who’s calling and why, immediately as a caller’s response transcript.

So the user can decide whether to receive the call or respond by tapping a quick reply, or mark the call as spam and dismiss. The call screening is now available for English in the US.

A look at the Call Screen feature:

Pixel 3 Call Screening

Another AI-powered feature Gmail’s “Smart Compose,” let draft emails faster with suggested phrases, while Gboard will recommend GIFs, stickers and more.

Gmail Smart Compose on Pixel 3

Being the YouTube Signature devices the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL has another highlighted feature ‘Now Playing’, which is an always-on music identification.

Pixel users in the U.S. are also receiving first access to an experimental new Google Assistant feature. Powered by Duplex the feature intelligently helps to complete real-world tasks such as book restaurant reservations etc.

Google has finally introduced “wireless charging” to its flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and as such debuted its new Pixel Stand wireless charger.

Digital Wellbeing built into Pixel 3 is a suite of tools that help users with finding balance with technology.

Google has finally introduced wireless charging into its phones with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and as such, the firm has also debuted its Pixel Stand Qi compliant wireless charger.

The stand looks pretty plain but does keep phone upright when charging as it let receive notifications, listen to music and access to the web with help from the Google Assistant—all while charging Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Here are some features of Pixel Stand:

  • Shows favorite artists’ album covers on display while listening to their music
  • While docked, Pixel 3 can be turned into a digital photo frame with Google Photos
  • Quick access to Assistant so you can get a rundown of your day, the traffic for your commute and listen to your favorite podcast just by saying “Hey Google, good morning.”
  • Smart home integrations help manage home and with Nest Hello video doorbell it provides a live feed on Pixel screen when docked.
  • A gentle wake-up with Pixel Stand’s Sunrise Alarm mimicking a sunrise on phone’s screen over the course of 15 minutes.

Pixel 3 also has IP68 water and dust-resistant and a customized security chip called “Titan M.”

Designed by Google, the chip protects unlock credentials, disk encryption, app data, and integrity of the operating system code itself.

Google also has enhanced Pixel 3 camera, here are some new camera features:

Capture smiles not blink: A feature we call

  • Top Shot by using AI avoids capturing blinks and offer alternate shots in HDR+ for motion photos.
  • Super Res Zoom a computational photography technique in use for astronomy and scientific imaging produces sharp details when zoomed.
  • Night Sight, take natural-looking, bright, detailed, and colorful shots in dark surroundings.
  • Group Selfie takes care of getting everyone in the picture as it gives 184 percent more room in photo.
  • Photobooth mode by using AI recognizes facial expression, like smiling and automatically snaps a selfie.
  • Portrait Mode let change background blurriness or change the part of picture in focus, after the fact.
  • Google Photos can even make the subject of a photo in color while changing the background to black and white.
  • Playground lets add favorite superheroes, animated stickers and fun captions to photos.
  • Super smooth video: When you want to capture something that won’t stop moving—think an adorable toddler or your new puppy—
  • Motion Auto Focus make sure the camera stays in sharp focus automatically while capturing something that won’t stop moving.
  • And, while taking a selfie video while walking or moving around, Pixel 3 brings front-facing video stabilization.

A video look at the Pixel 3 and Pixel Stand:

This year, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have included a pair of wired Pixel USB-C Earbuds in the box, and offer rich audio quality, along with access to the Google Assistant read notifications, in-ear directions, real-time translation through Google Translate.

Additionally, a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for compatibility to other 3.5mm compatible headphones with Pixel 3. is added in the box.

An image below shows new USB-C Earbuds:

Pixel USB-C Earbuds for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 will start at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL will start at $899.

Live Album in Google Photos is today rolled out on Android, iOS and the web, let user select people or even pets and automatically add photos of them to the album as take.

Live Albums In Google Photos

The Google Home app rolling out to iOS and Android users this week brings a number of new features and updates, like:

  • All devices in one view at the app now display devices by room to control 200 million plus devices in the US and over 10K connected devices that work with Google Assistant.
  • Automatically generated quick actions let complete important features across the home. It also provide access to key experiences such as turning on and off smart lights, viewing cameras, and broadcasting messages, and more.
  • Check in to home with Google Home app from anywhere.
  • Google is now giving access to more people to control home by just having a Google Home app on their phone. Also a new feature added let help those who are not much tech savvy.

A look at the new Google Home app:

New Google Home app for Android, iOS and web

Access the Google Assistant right in the app: The Google Assistant is easily accessible, right from the app. Go ahead, tap the mic and say, “Hey Google, dim the lights.”

Made for Google 2018 line up adds over 400 compatible add-ons for Pixel 3 and Pixel XL, Pixelbook, Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub, and Home Mini, from over 40 popular brands., including:

  • Cases by brands like Bellroy, Incipio, Speck, Nomad, Otterbox and Sonix for Pixel and Pixel Slate ready for any occasion.
  • A wide variety of audio products, from Libratone’s USB-C earbuds to Skullcandy’s on-ear cans.
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