Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Did Google just tell us that it’s getting rid of Android?

Antonio Villas-Boas  Business Insider The Pixel 3 left and the Pixel 3 XL Antonio Villas-Boas Business Insider The Pixel 3 left and the Pixel 3 XL
| 15 October, 2018, 01:20

An engineer from the Pixel Camera team posted a response on Google's product forums, stating that the launch of the Pixel 3 will also see the default Pixel Camera app updated to support "Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones".

Yesterday 9th October Google launched some of its new devices at its hardware event in New York City. The Pixel's screen is smaller than that on the iPhone XS, and it can't manage the top-to-bottom display of the XS, though that means it doesn't have a notch - unlike the iPhones and many, many, many other trend-following Android phones. While the Pixel 3 starts at United States dollars 799 in the U.S., which means a USD 150 hike from the Pixel 2's launch price of USD 649. In the same way, Google's new smartphone doesn't have a major difference from Google's a year ago smartphone. Last year's Pixel 2 XL was exclusive to Singtel.

In India, the 64GB version of Pixel 3 will be priced at Rs 71,000, while 128GB variant will be available for Rs 80,000.

The Pixel phones have barely made a dent in the market since their debut two years ago, but Google is hoping to change that with the latest models unveiled on Tuesday at an event in NY. The Pixel 3 starts at £739 and the Pixel 3 XL costs at least £869, both depending on whether you choose 64GB or 128GB of storage, but even the most capacious XL is more affordable than the cheapest iPhone XS. In fact, it was all done deliberately from marketing strategic point of view as Android is the most important feature of the mobile it can not be ignored otherwise.


The official unveiling in NY had few surprises.

SpiderTechnician visited a Verizon Store and tested out the Pixel 3 on display there. It will also charge via a USB Type C port.

Android is the most popular mobile operating system out there, but Google didn't utter the word "Android" on stage even once. Pixel 3 comes with 5.5-inch OLED display with 1080×2160 pixels resolution while the Pixel 3 XL features 6.3-inch OLED display with 1440×2960 pixels resolution.

This week was pretty exciting for both smartphone and music lovers. That partly because Google uses the Pixel phones to demonstrate the best way to use Android and also wants to ensure the software has a place on devices designed for wealthy consumers — a segment of the market that Apple dominates.

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