Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Google Pixel 2 Arrives with Top-Rated Camera, New Smart Features

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani  ZDNet Screenshot by Jason Cipriani ZDNet
Frank Williams | 07 October, 2017, 08:20

Google included unlimited photo and video backups for last year's Pixel, which helped cement that device as a photographer's dream. That means reactions to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini and Max, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, and all of the other announcements that came out of this packed event.

The five-inch Pixel 2 with AMOLED display, priced at $649 and up, and the six-inch Pixel 2 XL with pOLED screen, which starts at $849, are set to begin shipping on October 19, although several reports indicate that early demand has already delayed the expected arrival of the larger device by almost a month. The devices feature IP67 water and dust resistance, and can be charged for seven hours of use in just 15 minutes. Google has installed "dual-pixel sensors" on both new phone models, meaning that the lenses focus faster and can achieve the background-blur effect of "portrait mode" shots, similar to what one can capture with a DSLR, without needing two cameras, like Apple's iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X models.

First off, only the Pixel 2 is $100 off.

The Google Pixel Buds are wireless headphones.

In a live demo on stage, the Pixel Buds were shown translating short phrases back and forth between English and Swedish using Google Translate running on a Pixel 2 smartphone.

The phones will also work with Google's new $159 wireless Pixel Buds. That's Apple and Samsung. There are certainly a wealth of options available for those interested in purchasing the Google Pixel 2, and this could turn out to be one of the smartest moves that Google has made in recent years.

Cleveland Browns rookie Myles Garrett to make National Football League debut this weekend
Garrett acknowledged that having the full line intact "could be special But we won't know until we all get out there". Jackson said he "wouldn't be surprised" if Treggs - a second-year player out of California - contributes Sunday.

"These days many devices - especially smartphones - look and act the same", Osterloh wrote yesterday on the Google blog.

Google has been keen to emphasize that it will not compress any photographs captured in 4K quality once this date is passed, but it will still be a decision criticized by many consumers.

I don't know if I'd run out and do that quite yet, though, because Leung doesn't say how much faster 27W charging might actually be.

For example, the $249 Google Clips, set to arrive soon in the US, "is a totally new way to capture genuine, spontaneous moments - all powered by machine learning and AI", Osterloh noted. So it took HTC's most innovative technology this year-the squeeze sensor on the side of the HTC U11-put it on the Pixel 2, and set it to launch Google Assistant, the company's steadily growing, voice-activated do-anything feature.

Prices for the base model start at US$649, while the high-end version starts at US$849.

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