Pixel 3 series to get guaranteed feature, security updates until October 2021

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2018

Google Call Screening, which will debut on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones in the United States, has been announced as an "on-device" feature (as opposed to something driven by Duplex) that phone users can turn on when a phone call arrives from an unrecognized number. There's also the all glass back that has a transition from matte to gloss. The larger Pixel 3 XL might be a big step in the wrong direction where design is concerned, but only if you're among a small group of vocal Android fans who hate the iPhone X style notch at the top of the phone's display.

Technically, the Pixel Stand will work to power up any smartphone that supports wireless charging - including recent-model Apple iPhones. None of those will feature expandable storage via SD card. Verizon will sell the Google Pixel 3 XL, but to use it on other carriers you need to purchase it through the Google Store online without getting the chance to hold one in your local carrier store. If the Pixel 3 thinks it got a better shot than you, it'll pop up as a suggestion.

There is still a single rear camera on both phones.

The Pixel phones are among the best Android phones because they control the end-to-end user experience, pairing the best hardware with the best software.

The Google Pixel Slate comes in not one, but four different flavours, with each one using a different processor, varying amounts of RAM and hard drive capacity. A USB Type-C port is present on both the left and right side that allows charging, 4K video output, or data transfers. While the Pixel 3 XL may be better optimized to run smoothly with just 4GB of RAM, there is much more storage capability on the Note 9.

A Google Home Hub, Slate and Pixel 3 phone are pictured in an undated handout photo.

First impressions suggest this is going to be a lot of fun - and there's a drastic difference between the regular front camera and that wide view.

In fact, Google is being pretty conscious of the privacy debate with this device. Alphabet doesn't break out hardware sales numbers, but the revenue from the phones and products such as its Home smart speaker are tucked into the company's other revenues segment, which includes cloud sales and content purchases. It features an Ambient EQ mode, which dims the screensaver depending on the time of day so that it's never blaring in your face.

In the arms race to capture the smart home market, the new Home Hub is a key product.

We couldn't do a fair comparison without looking at the specific apps and services available on each device. When a call comes in, three buttons come up - answer, reject, or screen call.

Google shipped 2.53 million Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices through the nine months ended June 30, Strategy Analytics said. The company spent plenty of time during its press conference in New York City on Tuesday detailing the many exciting new software features packed into its new phones, but Google obviously didn't have time to cover everything during its 90 minute presentation.

The Google Home Hub is also perfectly placed to make use of Youtube - you know, the biggest video sharing site on the internet - that is also owned by Google's parent company Alphabet. But now Google has taken the wraps off of everything, and we're getting a good look at the Chrome OS powered tablet that wants to be your mainstay computer. The algorithm helps it figure out the proper exposure for the scene, and then fills in the blanks where necessary. You'll also be able to share albums based on these photos.

The Hub automatically shows images from your Google Photos library or that have been shared with you, and can also bring up photos you request with your voice.

Google Assistant, the signature virtual helper feature on the Pixel, was available in six languages a year ago and now supports 16. Basically, you can select certain people's photos to be displayed on the Home Hub via Photos' face recognition. The album updates with each relevant file uploaded from your camera roll. And because there's a machine behind it all that has adequately absorbed what receipts look like, you don't have to worry about yesterday's grocery bill showing up in the stream.

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