Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones

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Counterpoint Research data showed that Pixel had just 1% market share in the premium segment in the April-July quarter, with OnePlus, Samsung and Apple being the top three.

At its hardware event in NY on Tuesday, Google launched its 2018 flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones.

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.

The trio represent the latest update from Google's 2 and a half year old hardware division, which is finally building a single, cohesive Google device brand. The Pixel 3 is available for preorder right now. The new display looks to be a huge improvement, while upgrades to the processor and camera are to be expected, rather than applauded. 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 the research firm International Data Corp. Now you will be able to get better-looking photos without relying on your camera flash.

This time around there are three different colours to choose from, there is the usual Just Black and Clearly White but a new colour called "Not Pink" which is pink but just a very toned down colour.

The Snapdragon 845 chip from mobile chipmaker Qualcomm runs in both Pixel 3 phones.

Unlike the original Pixel and the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3 has wireless charging. That is probably because by the time Google was done acquiring a part of HTC, it had already designed the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones.

One Twitter user posted: "So the made by Google Pixel 3 doesn't have a notification LED, expandable memory or a headphone jack". Since the first model's launch in 2013 the Chromecast has been added to a lot of households, enabling users to stream music or videos from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, the Google Play Store and other services.

Both phones have bigger screens than their predecessors, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The plethora of AI-based features makes it great as a camera both for social occasions and serious photography. It's not on the back, it's on the front, but it's not for portraits or stage lighting. The screen will go dark when you sleep and slowly brighten as your alarm goes off, filling the room with light and saving you from an abrupt and unwelcome wake-up call.

Top shot is like Motion Photos or Apple's Live Photo, but more useful.

The Pixel 3 starts at £739 for the 64GB model, moving up to £839 for the 128GB version. Fortunately, if you want a Pixel 3 XL but hate the notch, there's a workaround. The feature of all these devices is that they have increased artificial intelligence.