Google unveiled today 3 new devices that directly competes with Apple’s iPhone, Microsoft’s Surface Pro/Go, and Amazon’s Alexa powered devices.
The launch held in New York was presented by Rick Osterloh, Google’s Senior VP of Hardware. Rick presented 3 areas of focus when creating or developing Google’s devices, which is AI + Software + Hardware.
Google has put on so much development in artificial intelligence technologies as this is the core of every Google services.
To deliver fast and relevant search results, Google has to up its game with AI technology.
And it is not only in search engine, it now includes translation, Gmail’s Smart Composer, and Google Assistant.
Here are Google’s new devices.
Google Home Hub
The Google Home Hub is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa powered devices. The Hub isn’t just Google Assistant but it lets you do more out of it.
It lets you connect to more than a thousand compatible devices like the Philips Hue and Nest.
Brands like Bang & Olufsen, JBL, Sony, LG, Toshiba, TP-Link, Honeywell, Ring, Frigidaire, and Vizio also has compatible devices already.
You can even control your compatible TV or sound system via the Google Home Hub. Let it play music from YouTube Music or videos into your TV or bluetooth speakers.
The Home Hub also has a built-in speakers that are great enough for your room or kitchen.
Other things you can do like telling Google to search for things and stuff, remind you of your schedules, check the weather and traffic, and other commands are all there in the Google Home Hub.
The Google Home Hub is now available for preorder for $149
Next to be presented is Google’s Pixel Slate, a 2-in-1 device that is pretty much the same as Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Surface Go.
But there are a few differences, the Pixel Slate will not run on Windows 10 but will use Google’s own Chrome OS.
Chrome OS has been optimized to be faster and lighter with built-in security.
The Pixel Slate on Chrome OS is expected to run much smoother as compared to any tab-like device that runs on Windows 10 or even IOS 12.
For added security, the Pixel Slate incorporates the Titan Security Chip. So paired with the built-in virus protection of Chrome OS plus the Titan Security Chip gives users an added security comfort.
The Pixel Slate’s power button also acts as a fingerprint scanner, making logins safer and faster.
Like the Surface Go and Surface Pro, the Pixel Slate also has a detachable keyboard that doubles as a cover too.
Though the Pixel Slate Keyboard cost $199 and sold separately, the keyboard boast a large trackpad that supports multi-touch and gestures. Ultra-quiet Hush Keys that are back-lit lets you work even in the dark.
Another accessory that is worth mentioning that will be essential in using the Pixel Slate is the Pixelbook Pen. The Pixelbook Pen costs $99 and will be a great addition to further utilize the usefulness of the Pixel Slate.
The Pixel Slate’s battery is estimated to last for 12 hours for typical use.
The Pixel Slate is available for preorder and pricing starts at $599.
Google Pixel 3
On to the main event, the unveiling of the new Google Pixel 3.
The Pixel 3 has gained so many fans that it I think this was the main thing that everyone was waiting for.
The new Pixel 3 comes in either the 5.5 inch or the 6.3 inch Pixel 3 XL. Both will have a matte finish all glass back and will come in 3 colors – Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink.
The Pixel 3’s display will be an FHD+ flexible OLED giving 443 pixels per inch. While the Pixel 3 XL will have a QHD + flexible OLED display capable of 523 pixels per inch.
The Pixel 3 will have front firing speakers instead of the usual side or down firing speakers you can find on other smartphones.
The presentation centered around the Pixel’s Camera as the Pixel 2 was touted as “The best smartphone money can buy in 2018” – Wired
Being said, Pixel 2’s success was because of its ability to take great photos even at low light scenarios.
The Pixel 3 will step up with its computational photography capability with the addition of new features like the “Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, Group Selfies, and AR photography using Playground.
Another unique feature to the Google Pixel 3 is the Flip to Shhh function. Just place your phone on a flat surface with the front facing down and Pixel 3 will automatically silence notifications.
Another new feature is the Call Screen function, it enables users to screen calls by using Google Assistant.
The Google Pixel 3 will start at $799 and you can preorder it now at store.google.com
To buy or not?
Being that the Google Pixel 3 price point is targeting Apple’s iPhone XS and XR lineup, the Pixel 3 has become Google’s greatest contender for dethroning iPhone’s popularity.
Now, other brands are also aiming for the top spot like, LG’s V40 ThinQ, and the upcoming OnePlus 6T. Not to mention the Razer Phone 2, Huawei and other Chinese made mobile phones that are priced lower but has the same specifications.
We’ll talk more about the Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate this week and compare them to the rest of the field.
With both Google and Apple phones available, are you keen on buying the Pixel 3 or the new iPhones?
Let us know at the comments section below.