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  1. Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL launch LIVE updates: Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL with Screen Call feature, better cameras launched, India launch on November 1

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL launch LIVE updates: Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL with Screen Call feature, better cameras launched, India launch on November 1

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Launch Live Update: Google will hold the event at 8:30 pm IST today where new hardware products including the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be announced

By: | Updated:Oct 09, 2018 10:41 pm
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL announced

Google Pixel 3, 3 XL Launch Live Update: Google at its #MadeByGoogle event announced the brand new Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate, and the Home Hub. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the successors to the last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While the design hasn’t changed much on both the devices, the arrival of the notch makes the Pixel 3 XL a different phone altogether. The Google Pixel Slate comes with a 296ppi display. There are two 8-megapixel cameras on the Pixel Slate one on each side. Google will detail on all these devices as we go by. The Google Home Hub is essentially a display speaker powered by Google Assistant. It comes with Ambient EQ to optimise the brightness according to the room’s light without annoying you with a brighter display.

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Launch Live Update: How to watch the event

The highlight of the MadeByGoogle event is the unveiling of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which Google failed to keep as a secret. The hands-on video showing the Pixel 3 XL has given us the idea of what the device will look like. The event is being streamed live by Google in India at 8:30 pm tonight. You can click on the YouTube video embedded below 20 minutes before the event starts as it is when the stream will be activated. You can also follow our live blog to get all the updates straight from the event.

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Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL finally announced at the Google's #MadebyGoogle event

22:41 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
21:44 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
That's a wrap-up. Thanks for tuning in

That's all from the event. All the information on the three new devices is available on Google's new website for the Store - store.google.com

21:39 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL pricing revealed

Google Pixel 3 pre-orders are now live and it will retail at $799 for the base variant. It will begin retailing starting October 18 in the US among a few other markets. In India, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be launched on November 1.

21:37 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Screen Call feature announced

Screen Call is the new feature that is Google's moonshot at its AI prowess. This feature will talk to the caller and keep showing the transcription of the entire conversation. 

21:33 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google's AR Stickers is Playgrounds now

Google has rebranded its AR Stickers and its now called Playground. It comes with new characters that stay in the frame with you and do the actions accordingly. The Pixel 3 cameras come integrated with Google Lens now, which means you do not have to open the app separately. Google Lens will detect the products and even allow you to compare them online across multiple e-commerce websites.

21:29 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
All hail the Pixel 3 cameras!

Google Pixel 3 cameras are smart enough to know when to take the photographs, says Google. The Pixel 2 is still one of the best camera phones out there. The Google Pixel 3 comes with Top Shot, which is essentially a name given to the HDR+. There is a new feature called Night Sight that will redevelop the image taken in low light. Google will release this feature to Pixel 3 next month along with other Pixel devices

21:23 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL announced

It's time for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. There is indeed a notch on the Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch OLED display while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch notched OLED display. The smartphones come in Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink colours. There is a matte finish on both the versions with a glass back, of course, for the wireless charging.

21:19 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel Slate pricing announced

Google Pixel Slate costs $599 for the base variant and will be available in US, Canada, and UK. The Pixel Slate Pen is priced at $99 while the Pixel Keyboard will retail at $199. All the three items will be available "later this year".

21:17 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Pixel Slate's ChromeOS is overhauled

Google Assistant is now integrated with Chrome OS so that you can trigger it as and when you want it. The power button on the Pixel Slate is integrated with the fingerprint sensor, much like the Pixel. There is a Pixel Slate Keyboard that connects instantly with the tablet. The Pixel Slate uses the desktop version of Chrome browser so that you feel like working on a desktop.

21:13 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Pixel Slate is Google's answer to iPad

The Google Pixel Slate comes with a 296ppi display. Google is bundling YouTube TV subscription with the Pixel Slate. There are two 8-megapixel cameras on the Pixel Slate one on each side. The cameras are loaded with AI and offer better photos to the users. The Pixel Slate runs ChromeOS gives a desktop experience to the users.

21:08 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel Slate debuts

Rick Osterloh back on the stage to talk about the Pixel Slate, the company's answer to the Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface tablets. Powered by ChromeOS, the Pixel Slate will deliver a faster experience to the Chrome users. Trond Wuellner on the stage talking about the Google Pixel Slate. It's a "laptop trying to be a tablet".

21:06 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Home Hub pre-orders now live

Google Home Hub starts at $149 in the US, UK, and Australia. The pre-orders start today via Google Store. It will begin retail starting October 22 in the aforementioned countries.

21:04 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Home Hub to show you who's at the door

Home Hub will work in accordance with the Nest smart devices. For example, if there are guests at the front door, Home Hub will begin streaming the video right from the front door to show you who all are there. Home Hub can also double up as a photo frame, thanks to the deep integration with Google Photos. Google has also announced Live Albums to see select photos with the people who matter to you. Live Albums will be updated from time to time.

21:00 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
YouTube Premium subscription to be available for free

YouTube Premium to be offered to the Home Hub customers free of cost for the first six months. YouTube Premium allows watching uninterrupted videos, music, and other content. Google Home Hub will allow Do Not Disturb mode, which means you can snooze it for however long your want it to remain silent.

20:58 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
YouTube for Home Hub is optimised

Mark Spates is demoing the Google Home Hub as to how it will work during different times in a day, commanded by your voice. The YouTube experience on the Home Hub has been optimised. The interface of YouTube videos has been changed to suit the display and ecosystem of Home Hub.

20:54 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Home Hub is company's next big display speaker

The Google Home queries have shot up to 200 per cent recently, Diya Jolly is on the stage to talk about what made Google develop the Home Hub. The Google Home Hub is essentially a display speaker powered by Google Assistant. It comes with Ambient EQ to optimise the brightness according to the room's light without annoying you with brighter display

20:51 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Wifi is on the top

Google Wifi is still the No1 router, Osterloh announced at the event. The smart home is the next big thing almost every company is trying to reach and bring the best device. The Nest, which Google acquired recently, is still one of the best smart home devices for a "thoughtful" home.

20:46 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub announced

Google Pixel 3, Google Home Hub, and Pixel Slate now being demoed. All the leaks and reports that surfaced over the past few months has turned out to be true. Google will detail on all these devices as we go by.

20:43 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google talking about how it cares for the users

AI + Software + Hardware is what Google aims to deliver to the customers to get things done every day, says Osterloh. "We wanna respect our users as an individual," says Osterloh talking about the "Your Personal Google". "We are committed to the security of the users," he said talking about the Google Play Protect. The third is Titan Security that the data is protected across the devices and ecosystems.

20:39 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Pixel 2 still one the best camera phones

"Google Assistant is much better". The Google Duplex finds a mention in the keynote speech by Osterloh. The Google Pixel 2 is still one of the few phones that takes the best photo on a phone. But Osterloh said the cameras need to see a further revamp. "We're getting better at recognizing objects and faces and even concepts within a scene". A new type of car invented by Google that when fitted on the cars gives detailed info for Maps.

20:37 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Rick Osterloh is on the stage

Rick Osterloh, SVP Hardware, Google is on the stage talking about how the search has been always on the frontier for the company. The Android ecosystem makes sure that Google Search is at the core for the phone. 143 billion words are being translated every day, Osterloh said. He said that voice commands have grown very much, thanks to Artificial Intelligence, which has also saved people from typing the whole sentences.

20:26 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google about to begin the event

We are just about 5 minutes away from seeing the top Google officials including CEO Sundar Pichai on the stage to kickstart the event where as many as five devices are likely to debut. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, of course, will be in the limelight at today's event regardless of the umpteen leaks that spilled the beans ahead of today's event.

20:16 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google's botched coverup of data breach

Before Google embarks on its journey to talk about the new products, here's why Google was caught up last night in one of the biggest data breaches for the company - https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/how-to-delete-your-google-account-that-you-were-never-using-anyway/1343049/

20:13 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL event about to start

Google is just getting started with the event in a few minutes. The media people are settled in the hall and waiting for the event to kick off. Considering the number of leaks and reports that have been floating on the Internet for a long time, there is hardly anything about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL left to the imagination except for the pricing, which the company will announce at the event.

19:34 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Android 9 Pie rollout date likely to be announced

Google has begun distributing the media passes ahead of the launch of its new hardware products including the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The eyes will, of course, be on the new Pixel devices that will ship with the latest Android 9 Pie. Android 9 Pie is already available on the OnePlus 6 in the stable channel while a bunch of devices from other OEMs are testing the beta versions. Google is also likely to announce the release date for the Android 9 Pie.

18:41 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3 XL to come with notch display

The Pixel 3 XL, which is the bigger model between the two, will come with a notch display, as seen on the various leaked images and renders. However, there won't likely be a major design shift on the device. The smartphone is already available to pre-order in Hong Kong, as per a leak. 

18:26 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel Buds 2 to launch?

Last year at its hardware event, Google announced the Pixel Buds with AI integration and real-time translation feature. However, Pixel Buds were received as expected, which could mean that Google might launch a sequel to its wireless earbuds. However, it is a speculation and there has been no rumour or report claiming its existence.

18:12 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel Charging Stand may be in-store for today

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are likely to come with support for wireless charging, which is why the company may introduce a wireless charging stand at its hardware event today. If we go by the leaked images, the Pixel Charging Stand will look like a vertical nightstand so as to provide the angle for the device's display to be visible as it is being charged.

18:03 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Home Hub likely to launch

Google will most likely announce the Home Hub at its #MadeByGoogle event today. The Home Hub has been spotted on the Google Store in the US by Android Police that confirms its existence. Google Home Hub will be the company's answer to the Amazon Echo Show and it will come with a display powered by Google Assistant.

17:57 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixelbook 2 could launch today

Google is also speculated to announce a new Chromebook, which is tipped to be called the Pixelbook 2. It will ship with ChromeOS, however, some reports have suggested that Google may allow support for Windows 10 for the first time on its notebook to give more options to the customers.

17:56 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL display and processor

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the successor of which is likely to debut in December this year as Snapdragon 855. There will be support for wireless charging on both the handsets along with USB Type-C port. A leaked image showing what looks like the retail box for the Pixel 3 reveals that there will be a 1080p display.

17:51 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL cameras

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are likely to come with the same set of main cameras and dual cameras on the front. Ahead of the scheduled event, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been leaked in an image that shows both the devices in entirety. Much like last year, Google will tout a lot of AI features for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

16:53 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Pixel Slate could debut today

Apart from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is also poised to unveil the Pixel Slate tablet shipping with the latest ChromeOS and USB Type-C. However, Google is planning to give double productivity to the Pixel Slate by making it a hybrid laptop, much like the iPad and Surface tablets from the rivals Apple and Microsoft, respectively.

16:43 (IST) 09 Oct 2018
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be at the centre stage

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be launched by the company that is still trying to recover from the scandal involving the breach of privacy of over 500,000 Google+ users. The company will aim to take a longshot on the rivals such as the newly-launched iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The multiple leaks and reports have left nothing to the imagination over what will the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will look like.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the sequels to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that are still regarded to be among the best camera smartphones. The MadeByGoogle event saw the launch of the new Pixel Slate, which will serve as the new model in the tablet category.

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