Ignore even more phone calls with Google's 'call screen' feature

New Pixel phones are out today

You can count on even more help across other apps too, including Gmail's Smart Compose, now available for mobile on Pixel 3. This is in contrast to Windows 10, which asks you before switching.

First things first, the Google Home Hub doesn't have a camera.

That is because the Pixel 3 has seemingly been shown with greatly reduced bezels and the Pixel 3 XL has been displayed touting an all-screen design with a notch at the top. That means you can, without voice commands, swipe and tap at it to control your home's smart devices, check the weather, and see your commute.

Foremost, there's the camera, which Google says uses AI to know a good photo when it sees it. Google lets you squeeze to activate Google Assistant, but there are more options and capability with the edge panels on the Note 9. It's a welcome addition.

There's also dual front-facing speakers, which teamed with Google's algorithms, should make for richer, crisper audio. Google says the Pixel Visual Core chipset that handles imaging is back but we are not sure if this is the same or an upgraded one. The thought process makes sense.

You can engage a feature called Night Light where the Slate switches from harsh blue light to warmer tones so it doesn't over-stimulate your eyes. No tiny piece of masking tape required.

You'll still get Google's excellent suite of Chrome OS apps and programs, plus everything that Chrome already offers, but the Play Store is fully baked in.

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Still, including a camera gives the competition the upper hand if all you care about is features. Amazon's Echo Show device, which also features a screen and a camera for video calls, is expected to launch this week in Australia.

Samsung Pay: Android Pay is popular, but nothing beats Samsung Pay when it comes to the number of retail locations that are supported and the technology that allows you to replace your credit or debit card. Don't want the camera on? There's the regular 8-megapixel selfie camera that's now joined by a second wide-angle front camera.

Google has succeeded with lower-priced devices like smart speakers and home routers, but the phones have been a tougher sell.

Google's screen is also supported by a much smaller speaker underneath - around the same size as the Google Home Mini - giving the impression of an nearly floating display. Honestly, that is the name and you shouldn't be surprised since the other two colors are Just Black and Clearly White. Its field of view also expands and contracts to include everyone visible in the room.

In that respect, the Google Home Hub is nearly an exact replica of Amazon's Echo Show, which is also a screen with a built-in digital assistant that connects to various music and video services, most owned by Amazon, and anything that includes the Alexa system. Of course, it's still a Facebook product. A pen for use on the touchscreen costs US$99. It also has the ability to host a split screen, and is equipped with Google Assistant. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google was aware of the issue since it was fixed in March, yet neglected to disclose the bug due to concerns over increased scrutiny. On Monday, the company admitted it had exposed data on half a million accounts - and didn't disclose it for months.

The new large-sized displays and other features of the smartphones are definitely the aspects that will draw maximum attention. This feature will initially be available later this year in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area to help people book restaurant reservations and will roll out to other USA cities in the future. Callers are warned that they are talking to a robot and that a transcript would be made. One of them transcribes voicemails in real time, so users can decide whether to pick up the call or keep ignoring it.

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