Pixel Slate, new Chromecast, Google Home Hub expected

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The Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been unveiled as part of the Made by Google event in NY and London.

But just what are these devices we've seemingly known everything about for the last couple of months? One of those, like last year's Duplex, sees Google handling phone calls on your behalf.

Unlike the Surface Pro or the iPad Pro, the Pixel Slate contains no 3.5 mm headphone jack, which Liu said is because of a "strong general trend" in which "more and more users are switching to wireless". In fact, a mysteriously sourced shipment of the Pixel phones has ended up in the black markets of Ukraine and Hong Kong.

Google is set to Pixel Slate for the first time in three years.

But, where the Pixel 3 may have gone thinner, the Galaxy S9 makes better use of its size.

But what about this years? The Pixel 3 still has readily apparent bezels, though they've thinned down from the Pixel 2, and the top and bottom bezels house stereo speakers. In addition to tweaking the depth of field, you can even select a different focus point after the photo is captured. On the rear is an all-glass back with a two-tone gloss and matte finish, doing away with the odd glossy block that was present on previous Pixel devices. Remember this is a 12.3-inch device, which is much larger than you typical tablet, and it has laptop-like specs (and a battery to support it). It is powered by the USB-C port on the back of the charger. You know the drill. The device includes double front-facing speakers, supposed to output really good sound. As before, Google's rear snapper is just phenomenal. We know an terrible lot about the new models, particularly what they look like and the cameras. On Google's blog, the company called the Pixel 3 the "most helpful device in your life", pointing out that the Smart Assistant can answer while the phone is charging and that the camera is designed so that it "won't miss a shot". Machine learning, new features, and more are all far more relevant. There are a few subtle changes that make it feel more at home on an all-touch Slate - like a Pie-styled quick settings panel, cleaner window management, and a new app drawer view that's displayed by default when there's no keyboard attached.

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The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are available for pre-order now from Verizon, Project Fi, and the Google Store unlocked. At its "Made for Google" event the search giant usually unveils new smartphones and some other smart home accessories.

Google's third-gen Pixels might be the most leaked phones ever. Not bad, if not a tad worrying.

"Hi, the person you're calling is using a screening service from Google, and will get a copy of this conversation". To speak English to a German who then replies in German that's translated into English you will need: two Google Pixel 2 phones and two Google Pixel Buds headsets. It even wakes you up gradually with a smart alarm clock feature and connects to your Google Home devices and Nest devices to work as a pocket-sized hub for your house.

The power of Pixel 3 comes through a combination of "AI, software and hardware", Google SVP of hardware Rick Osterloh said at the launch event. Unfortunately, only time can tell on that.

Pixel Slate comes with a detachable keyboard, as well as a stylus.

Google's homegrown smartphone hardly challenges the status quo all-screen, jumbo-sized designs from Apple and Samsung.