The new Google phone has landed and we’ve got everything you need to know from what it looks like to what the camera has in store for us this year.
After the Pixel 2 was touted by Wired as “the best phone money can buy in 2018”, we’ve had high hopes for the new Google phone and have been waiting patiently for it to be announced.
The wait is finally over and we’ve just watched the keynote as it was streamed live from NYC. We’re excited! And we’ve got info on everything you need to know from what the new Google phone looks like to the awesome updates that have been made to the camera this year.
Introducing the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL
Google has unveiled the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL and according to Rick Osterloh “For a life on the go, we designed the world’s best camera and put it in the world’s most helpful phone.”
The Google Pixel 3 has a 5.5” display and the Google Pixel 3 XL is larger with a 6.4” display. Both screens are larger than last year’s models, thanks to the bezels being slimmed down.
Other than the difference in screen size, both phones share the same features and are available now.
New Google phone design
Both new Google phones have a gorgeous, refined new look with smooth lines and seamless transitions. Both phones have a glass back with a two-tone matte and glossy finish.
They come in three different colour options: Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink (our personal fave 😍).
The OLED display is brighter and more vibrant, giving you an awesome viewing experience from any angle and in any light.
The dual front-facing speakers are also 40% richer and louder than last year’s Pixel 2 with a custom sound profile that’s been developed by a Grammy award winning producer – we can’t wait to try them out!
New Google phone camera
With DxOMark tipping the Google Pixel 2’s camera as “the top-performing mobile device camera we’ve tested, with a record-setting overall score of 98…” The camera on the Pixel 3 has a lot to live up to and according to the keynote this evening, we’re not going to be disappointed.
With a 12.2MP rear camera, Google are sticking with a single-rear lens and instead of adding more lenses to the rear camera, they’re using AI to make photos even better.
Some of the new features mentioned in the keynote included:
There’s nothing worse than trying to capture a moment and missing it because you were a split second too slow in pressing the shutter. Enter Top Shot. Thanks to machine learning, the new Google Pixel 3 camera is smart enough to know a good shot when it sees it and automatically recommends the best shot – the one without any blinking and where everything looks just right.
Group Selfie Camera
Arms not long enough for the perfect group selfie? Google have solved that age-old selfie problem with the group selfie camera. The second front-facing camera lets you get more people, details and scenery in the frame, without the need of a selfie stick or massively long arms – just zoom out to get everyone in the shot.
Not all of life’s best moments are perfectly lit. Taking a photo of your mates in the pub where the lights are way too low usually means you’d have to call on your flash but, that makes a scene and is usually super unflattering for all involved. Not with Night Sight. It’s so good in extreme low light, using machine learning to pick the colours that your shot should be finding in an image, meaning you’ll never need to use the flash again – unless you like creating a scene that is…
Super Res Zoom
Trying to zoom in to get a pic that makes you look like you’re in the front row at a gig is almost impossible and any pics you do end up with are usually pretty low quality. Google have answered this question with Super Res Zoom which lets you zoom in, keeping your pictures sharp and without losing any of the quality.
A smarter battery and wireless charging
Both the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL support wireless charging with the fastest and smartest wireless charger ever – the Pixel Stand. Thanks to Google Assistant the Pixel Stand is so much more than just a charger. It can work similarly to the Google Home Hub, controlling connected devices around your home and when it’s not in use it turns into a photo frame that’s perfectly integrated with Google Photos.
The battery on the Google Pixel 3 is faster than ever and lasts all day. The adaptive battery learns which apps you use and when and uses that info to limit battery for apps that you don’t use as often.
The Google Pixel 3 has been designed to help you take a load off – just ask Google to do it. From taking selfies, setting alarms to showing you photos from a recent trip – Google Assistant takes care of it all. All you need to do is say “Hey Google…”
And that’s not all. There’s nothing worse than trying to decide whether to answer the phone or not – is it important or is it a cold call? With Google Assistant, you can find out without having to answer the call yourself. Yep, you heard us – you don’t have to answer the call. Just ask Google to do it for you. When a call comes through, just tap the Screen call button and Google Assistant will answer it for you and ask what the call is about. A real-time transcript of the call will appear on your screen at the same time, letting you decide whether to pick it up or to give it a miss.
Flip to Shh
There’s nothing more distracting than group chat/social media/email/app notifications continually beeping, buzzing and flashing up on your screen. It can be overwhelming and annoying, right? Especially if you’re trying to concentrate in a meeting or even just enjoy a meal in peace. With the Google Pixel 3, annoying notifications are no longer a problem, just Flip to Shh. Turning your phone face down automatically mutes all notifications.
Which operating system will the new Google phone use?
Google’s flagship device is set to be the first phone to run the newly released Android Pie plus Google Assistant, straight out the box.
Android Pie: everything you need to know
Android Pie is available as an over-the-air update for Google Pixels now and will be rolled-out for other Android devices later in the year.
This update brings users a smarter, faster experience that gets better and better over time.
Android Pie uses machine learning to adapt to you and how you use your phone. It learns what you like to do, as you do it. Adaptive Battery learns which apps you’re likely and not-so-likely to use, meaning your phone will only use power on the apps that you care about.
App Actions learn what you do and when so it can predict what you’re about to do, letting you get on with stuff more quickly. Soon, connecting your headphones will mean your favourite or last played playlist will appear automatically so, there’ll be no need for endless scrolling.
“Great technology should help, not distract” – Android Pie is taking digital wellness seriously and has provided users with tools like the Dashboard to help get a better idea of their usage habits. This info can then be used with App Timers to set daily limits on the apps that you’re maybe using a little too much of.
That’s everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL – we can’t wait to get our hands on one!