First Look at the Revamped Chrome OS on Google's Pixel Slate

Doris Richards
October 10, 2018

Several Google execs referenced competitor products, sometimes obviously, sometimes obliquely.

After months of leaks and rumors, Google has finally, officially unveiled the Pixel 3 phone.

RAM and storage: The new Google Pixel 3 XL has 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of integrated storage. Pixel Slate will go on sale in the US and Canada later this year, Google said.

That is because the Pixel 3 has seemingly been shown with greatly reduced bezels and the Pixel 3 XL has been displayed touting an all-screen design with a notch at the top.

In fact, Google is being pretty conscious of the privacy debate with this device. The Galaxy Note 9 has a dual aperture camera and focuses on powerful hardware with capable software while Google focuses on processing its photos. The move does however point to the tech industry's growing certainty that home hubs represent a huge market opportunity. The current Chromecast hasn't been refreshed in three years, so the company has quietly added a new model to their store; however, nothing much has changed. These and many such questions have been doing the rounds for a while now, We got our hands on the Pixel 3 for a short while and here is what we made of it in our first impressions.

Moreover it comes with a trackpad and a stand to adjust the angle of the Pixel Slate. As such, at first glance it looks as though it could have done more to give you a little more display.

Google has been somewhat restrained in its distribution and marketing of the Pixel phones, Llamas said, because it doesn't want to alienate Samsung and hundreds of other device makers that feature Android in their own phones. But Google's wrongheaded strategy also leaves customers who turn to AT&T (143.8 million subscribers), T-Mobile (75.6 million) and Sprint (53 million) on the table.

Google also rolled out a new device called Home Hub that couples a small display screen with an internet-connected speaker.

The company, which disclosed a bug in its Google+ social site on Monday that it had known about for at least seven months, advertised proprietary security on the tablet that includes built-in virus protection and automatic operating system updates. However, I was impressed with how springy the circular keys actually were. "It's a surprisingly good product and I think it's the surprisingly affordable product that may be an alternative to a Windows laptop".

The Google Home Hub is created to sit unobtrusively in your living room, bedroom or kitchen and serve up visual aids to answer your questions. Night Sight will use burst photos and machine learning to take bright nighttime photos. The company said at its presentation that this was a conscious decision to ensure users were comfortable putting the Home Hub in their bedrooms or anywhere else in the house. And are its AI tricks useful enough to convince people to drop Samsung, or even Apple, for Google? The keyboard adds $200, while the Pixelbook Pen is another $100.

Paired with Google's Nest, the device provides a remote way to see someone ringing a doorbell.

People you share the photos with can automatically see the latest photos from your Live Album on their Home Hub, too.

It's available in four colours: charcoal (black), chalk (white), aqua (light green) and sand (a kind of coppery brown) and will cost £139 when it goes on sale on October 22. On many Android phones and tablets, you can swipe up or down from the home screen to reveal all of your apps. Otherwise the two devices are very similar.

Goertz noted that the camera could be used for video conferencing.

Google initially showed off visual Google Assistant displays in January, but its thunder was stolen somewhat by Facebook which announced its Portal device one day ahead of the Google Home Hub.

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