Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Google launches Echo Show rival with Home Hub

Google launches Echo Show rival with Home Hub

The concept of the notch has now forayed into budget and mid-range devices as well. Google has stuck with a single rear 12.2-megapixel camera on both its new phones, continuing to resist the dual-camera industry trend. Furthermore, Google Home users are getting the ability to increase or decrease playback speed of news and podcasts, a feature that was only available for audiobooks previously.

Both phones have been made available for pre-order already.

A Pixel 3, will cost you $1199 for a 64GB device, or $1349 for the 128GB model.

The third device from Google is not a massive change from the previous but does concentrate on the camera as it did before.

While it wasn't mentioned up on stage by Google, the official Google Camera v6.1 has more than Night Sight and a few other things hiding inside. So it's unsurprising Google is continuing its campaign to dethrone Amazon Alexa.

That means users could play music or videos from their smartphone and have it show up on the Google Home Hub.

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The idea here is that Google's camera uses AI and machine learning to screen out any photos where a subject might have their eyes closed or be making a weird face unintentionally, choosing "smiles instead of sneezes" and offers you the best photo automatically. Aptly named as "Molecular Display", Google was able to squeeze such high-resolution display into a relatively thin device by using a power-efficient LCD tech called low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS).

Will be available from 22 October in four colors: green, pink, black, grey and white.

Google is expected to introduce two new smartphones Tuesday, part of its continuing push to embed its digital services and Android software more deeply into peoples' lives. It runs on Chrome Operating System (OS). It has a density of 293 pixels-per-inch. The tablet works with the Android Camera App which makes the quality of the pictures just a little better. Like the iPhone, Google's new blower put a notch at the top to include the front-facing camera and speaker whilst still removing bezels from around the rest of the phone. If you're looking for all-around smarts, get the Home Hub.

"The tie-up with telcos helps to offset the upfront cost for consumers and should make Pixel phones more attractive to consumers in Singapore", she added. But if you want more accurate answers to questions, or options for calling and texting are most important to you, get the Echo Show.

The Chromecast is back and it's more powerful than ever. It is 15% faster and now supports 60fps video at 1080p.

Google is also likely to roll out several other gadgets, including a new version of its "smart" Home speaker, a rumored tablet with a detachable keyboard and an update to its Chromecast streaming device, based on media leaks.

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