October 10, 2018

Google presents smartphones, tablets and Home Hub

Home Hub

During the Made by Google event in New York, the tech company showed its latest gadgets. Including the Pixel 3 smartphones, Pixel Slate tablet, and a new Home Hub.

Earlier today Google announced that the Google Home and Google Home Mini speakers with The Google Assistant are available in English (U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India, and Singapore), French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

Home Hub

Google has presented the Home Hub in line with these Google Home speakers. This hub is a kind of tablet screen that you place in the living room. Of course, they also build the speech assistant in, a camera is not present. On the screen, you will see relevant information, requested with the Google Assistant or not. It also uses but also YouTube videos and other apps as a remote control for streams and domotics. If there is no info to show, it shows a picture as a photo frame on the screen of the Google Home Hub. In the evening the screen turns itself off.


Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL

I knew well all the details about the Pixel before the announcement. In fact, Engadget already bought one on the black market of Hong Kong. The Pixel smartphones are more or less known to take over the iPhone’s features from the previous year, such as high prices and no headphone port. The large version of the Pixel 3 (the Pixel 3 XL) therefore has a screen cut, thin screen edges, and control with sweeping gestures. Just like the iPhone X. Only at the back is no dual cam to find, which does not say anything about the camera quality. They applauded the Pixel 2 of last year for his (single) camera.

The Pixel 3 also sets fire to his camera. Where also the Tops hot and Night sight capabilities should ensure that you no longer have unsuccessful photos, for example by blinking the eyes or dark environments. They have also developed a special digital zoom. Software! Because Google’s software is again central to Pixel 3 smartphones. In the camera, but also the Assistant is deeply integrated.

Just like the previous Pixels, the assistant and Google’s software is central to the operating system of the smartphone. You can even ignore telemarketers with software, with automated telephone answers.

The previous Pixel smartphones have never officially been released in the Netherlands. It remains to be seen whether this third generation will be available here. The Pixel three is now available for $ 799 in the US. The Pixel 3XL is one hundred dollars more expensive.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.


Google also showed a Pixel tablet: the Pixel Slate. This tablet surprisingly does not run on Android, like the previous Pixel-C tablet, but on Chrome OS. Which is now also able to run Android apps from the Google Play Store. I have also updated chrome to work equally well with a touchscreen as with a touchpad and keyboard. With a standard with a built-in keyboard (with lighting!) they can use The tablet as a laptop.

In the US, this will cost $ 599. For the keyboard, you pay another 199 dollars extra. You can also buy a stylus for 99 dollars.

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