Google Confirms Pixel 3 Will Only Have Gesture Controls

Google Confirms Pixel 3 Will Only Have Gesture Controls

Google Confirms Pixel 3 Will Only Have Gesture Controls

As leaked images of the new phones revealed before the #MadebyGoogle launch event, the Pixel 3 XL now has a "notch"-a cut-out at the top of the display where the phone's front facing cameras live". Like previous years, Google has launched two versions of the new phone: the regular-size Pixel 3 and the larger Pixel 3 XL.

Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to IDC.

Google made the Pixel 3 beautifully thin, but unfortunately, it also made the Pixel 3 a glass-backed phone, and glass-backed phones need cases before they face the concrete jungles of the real world.

Fortunately, the Google Pixel 3 matches up to its price tag.

Whilst the current Pixel 2/2XL offers the option between traditional software buttons and gesture navigation, Google claims the upgrade represents a shift in "all Android phones going forward". It's only compatible with Pixel devices, as you'd probably expect. In the meantime, apps exist like Nacho Notch that can camouflage that notch on any device in the same fashion. Having introduced the Home Mini and the Home Max a year ago, 2018's event saw the introduction of the new Google Home Hub.

However, numerous software-based Pixel 3 features will be made available to the older Pixel phones. That's why I'm so thrilled that Google has doubled down on its Pixel hardware, now in its third year. In tablet mode, the multitasking capability enables two apps to run side by side, while other Android features like Do Not Disturb and Night Light toggle is available in the desktop mode.

"Some of the stuff they are doing with software and artificial intelligence is certainly leading edge", he said.

If you think you'll use all the features that the Pixel 3 has, like its camera functions and AI-driven tools then it's definitely worth getting.

Google's new smart speaker, which has a display to show visual responses to voice commands, mostly matches offerings from Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc.

Google also put in a new chip in the Pixel 3 that is used by its Android 9 mobile operating system to protect personal data. The Home Hub perhaps embodies this move the best, using YouTube for its most useful recipe and music functions, and introducing the Home View dashboard for Nest branded smart home products.

The Home Hub comes in four colours, chalk, charcoal, aqua and sand - meant to blend in to any room and will be available in stores from Monday October 22 for £139 if you haven't already pre-ordered it. It starts at $599, with an additional $200 for the keyboard folio, making the $800 investment look worthwhile for a state-of-the-art gadget.

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