The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks

The most impressive, Call Screen, uses the conversational Duplex assistant shown off earlier this year to answer suspected spam calls on your behalf, and show you a live text transcription of what is being said.

Umm, not really. $699 is a still A LOT of money for a year old phone, regardless of whether it is new or not.

Google began receiving orders for the Pixel 3 series through its website Wednesday, while mobile phone carriers SoftBank Corp. and NTT Docomo Inc. will start taking preorders on October 19 for the phones.

One of the major disappoints of the new Google Home Hub, however, is the omission of a camera for Google Duo video calls. Imagine you're at dinner with family or in a meeting at work and a call from an unknown caller comes in. It's one of the new breed of tall, narrow screens, so the phone doesn't feel quite as cumbersome as you might think, although you might want to budget for some jeans with deeper pockets. It's the first time the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary has embraced the format that Samsung has had for a few years and Apple adopted last year. The Pixel 3 will have a new chip, called Titan, to store keys to the most sensitive information, including those needed to unlock the phone and descramble stored data. While Google is yet to reveal the availability of the device in India, e-commerce giant Flipkart has announced its plans to carry the device.

The devices will come with unlimited Google Photos storage in original quality as well as a 6 month trial of YouTube Music. At the back of both phones is a 12.2MP dual-pixel camera with optical and electronic image stabilization while at the front are two 8MP wide-angle and normal cameras.

Suffice to say, they're pretty sizeable updates with big changes to the imaging and software.

At least 5 killed in heavy rains in Spain’s Mallorca
Spain's meteorological office warned that rainfall and storms were set to get worse in the archipelago "in the coming hours". Witnesses said a dry creek overflowed, creating a strong current of water and mud that buried cars and tore down trees.

The real star of the new Chrome OS show is the revamped Tablet mode layout.

"We've taken the world's best smartphone camera and made it even better", said Rick Osterloh, head of Google's hardware efforts.

The move into Japan pits Google against Apple Inc.'s iPhones, which make up half of the country's market share. Night Sight will use burst photos and machine learning to take bright nighttime photos. Photobooth mode uses AI to recognize that when you're smiling or making a amusing expression, you're ready for a selfie. Do you like this approach to controlling interfaces or would you rather tap your way through everything with the good ol' buttons? It improves its portrait mode with the ability to adjust color saturation, focus point and depth of field. I tried out the "Not Pink" colour variant of the Pixel 3 XL, but the phone will also be available in "Just Black" and "Clearly White".

Create and play: In Playground, you can make photos, selfies and videos come to life by adding your favorite superheroes, animated stickers and fun captions.

Later this year, you'll be able to add Chromecast to speaker groups, so you can pump the jams throughout your house. There is also Super Res Zoom which lets you zoom in on objects without losing details.

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