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Can Google Pixel 3 take on other Android flagships?

13 Octobre 2018

Google's supposedly stellar "brand value", and its tenacious grip on web advertising didn't help one iota to push a significant number of buyers to pay a premium for Pixel phones (or its Pixel-branded Android tablet, which ended up canceled entirely). But the tech giant is not giving up yet. On Tuesday, Made by Google announced via Twitter that they've "added an option to hide the display cutout (the notch)".

Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the latest phones to arrive with a higher price than previous year models. Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and other device makers. Financial analysts said it is hard to evaluate Google's hardware business as it is overshadowed by profits from search ads.

The most awaited Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones launched on October 9 in New York City.

A Pixel 3, will cost you $1199 for a 64GB device, or $1349 for the 128GB model. The new Pixel phones are expected to follow the trend of expanding the phone screen almost to the edges of the device.

There's also an upcoming tablet featuring Google's home-grown Chrome OS system. Google continues to capitalize on software to do this, and boy do they do this well.

For Asia's rising working and middle classes, not only is the Pixel 3 affordable compared to the competition (which some clearly already own!), it's also the successor to the best smartphone camera on the market - the Pixel 2 XL.

Google didn't share a list of every feature older Pixel and Pixel 2 devices will get, or when they're coming.

The new Pixels have a feature to make it easier to take good photos. Here take a look at this image to understand what we want to say. Because, yes, to my mind Google still does it best.

Except I'm thinking about it now, as the Pixel 3 prepares to go on sale next week in Singapore (with Singtel and Starhub). In that respect, you could argue that the iPhone XS Max is the better "full screen" choice here. It will generate a photo naturally. With Google's new Live Albums feature, also available on Home Hub, you can "enjoy a constantly updating stream of photos of the people and pets you care about and skip blurry ones and duplicates", Bonner wrote. The service aims to provide convenience to user's daily life.

The nod to privacy concerns comes as Google and other big USA tech companies try to bounce back from recent data breach scandals. And Samsung began dragging the Pixel 3 and the ugly slash on the XL as soon as Google introduced it earlier this week. Not to mention other Android devices in 2019.

The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch OLED display, while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch OLED screen.

There's not even any pointed criticism of Google's round-robin strategy of throwing resources at one Android licensee, then yanking support to work with another. Smartphone sales, in terms of the industry as a whole, have begun to lose steam due to lack of new innovative applications and economic uncertainties. The company needs to do more, or else it will only be a minor player.

Can Google Pixel 3 take on other Android flagships?