Google announced their latest edition of hardware in New York City on October 9th. The new line of electronics range from tablets to home devices that will sure to transform how you live. And of course the brand new Pixel 3 phone was revealed with all new camera capabilities and software.
Hearing the release of he new hardware (Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub, and the Pixel 3), I was super excited how each piece was built for function, efficiency, and fun. Here is what you need to know about the new line Made by Google.
What is Google Home Hub?
This was one announcement I wasn’t expecting, but so happy to hear the release of the Google Home Hub. In essence, the newest invention is taking the google assistant into an audio and visual experience. Meaning, you can ask questions about your schedule, ask to play music, ask to call a friend and it will respond accurately to your requests without lifting a finger.
It is designed in a way that fits effortlessly into your home decor, such as your kitchen when you need to look up recipes, your living room to change the thermostat, or your bedroom to lock doors before going to sleep. The device has the ability to play music, YouTube, and control your home devices through home view (accessed at the top of the screen and pulled down to view control panel). Can you say, time saver?
Take a look at the video below to see for yourself how Google Home Hub works.
Set at $149 for the device, I think it is a steal base on all the functions it’s able to perform. I can see this being an essential part of any busy person’s home.
Here are some additional takeaways about the Home Hub:
- No Camera which means more security & privacy in your home
- 7 inch touchscreen
- 4 available colorways: Chalk Grey, Mint, Pink, Charcoal Black
- Full range speakers
- Plays Youtube, Google Photos (digital picture frame), Google Assistance
- Calls Phone Numbers
- Capable of controlling home devices through Home View
Let’s Talk About The Pixel 3
New software, AI, and hardware of the Pixel 3 is elevating the phone to higher levels. The most interesting aspect from the Keynote speach on October 9th was when Rick Osterloh said, “We are the first to build a phone that answers the phone.” The Pixel 3 includes a new feature that can screen unknown phone numbers by answering it and sending an audible reply asking what the caller is interested in. If it is a telemarketer, with a push of a button you can have your phone reply back with “please remove my number from the list.” In my opinion this feature is worth the price of the phone alone.
“You’ll never have to talk to any telemarketer ever again.”
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!! #madebygoogle
— iruags (@iruags) October 9, 2018
Of course, we can’t talk about the Pixel 3 without discussing the camera capabilities. There are a couple new functions built into the device. The first being the group selfie mode where you can zoom out to fit more of the background and friends into the shot. The second, is the ability to adjust the degree of background blurriness in portrait mode. Lastly, there are new shortcuts to get to the camera. When you twist your wrist, the camera will go from front facing into selfie mode.
The one camera feature most are talking about is Night Sight, which has the ability to take photos and video in low lighting without needing flash. Google teamed up with Eminem and Jimmy Kimmel and showcased this powerful new feature by filming a night performance on the Empire State Building with a Pixel 3. You can watch the behind the scenes video below:
As far as design, there are three color ways: Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink. The all glass backing makes the phone feel really nice to hold as well as grip, even the XL version. The display is exceptional and higher quality than the Pixel 2 which had some issues with color adjustment.
Other fun facts:
- Annie Leibovitz is partnering with the Pixel 3, this is her first partnership with ANY camera
- The Pixel 3 was used to shoot 7 major Condé Nast covers
- Flip to Shhhhh mode means no interruptions when your phone is flipped over
- Super Res Zoom for clearer images when in zoom mode
- Unlimited google photos (similar to the last two models)
- Google Lens helps you search what you see in front of you
- Built in Google Assistant
- New wireless charging stand is available for $79
- Starting price for the phone is $799
What is the Google Pixel Slate?
The best way to describe the Google Pixel Slate is the device is taking the capabilities of a PC and placing it into tablet form. Meaning it runs like a PC with Chrome OS, but you can easily hold it, carry it, and travel with it like a tablet since it is roughly 1.6 pounds.
Google made sure that the display was the best on the market with a 3000 by 2000 resolution and having the highest pixel density of any other device like it (6 million pixels). Making streaming videos feel like a cinematic experience. There is a front wide angle camera similar to the Pixel 3, called the Duo cam. Perfect for all those video calls home.
See the Google Pixel Slate as it matches up with the competitors tablets:
Here are some more details:
- 12.3 inch display
- Equal weight distribution to make it easier to hold
- Has split screen capabilities for a productive work day
- Google Assistant built in so you can “Make Google Do it”
- The power button also uses a finger imprint to unlock the device
- Easily connects to a portable Pixel Slate Keyboard for $199
- Up to 12 hours of battery life
- Comes in the color Midnight Blue
- Starting at $599
I am excited for the new line and can see how each piece will run a more efficient life. There are a ton of time saving qualities in each device, which makes room for being more creative or spending more time with loved ones. I am currently testing out the Pixel 3 XL in Clearly White. This being the third Pixel phone to own and test, I have to say, it is by far my favorite. A family friend even mentioned, “I have never seen you so excited about a phone before,” while I was editing and going through photos I took that day with the Pixel 3.
What do you think about the hardware from Google? What interests you the most and which items would you like to test out right away? Let me know in the comments below!