Google reveals Home Hub, a smart speaker with a smart screen

For those that really like displays

The new Google Home Hub uses the company's artificial intelligence-powered Google Assistant, built into a desk or countertop display with a control panel.

Google also announced several glossy partnerships with publisher Conde Nast to photograph seven magazine covers with the Pixel 3, including one by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, who is touring the USA shooting with the Pixel 3, and Donald Glover, aka the rapper Childish Gambino. It's an interesting move from the company, considering that other Smart Displays from its partners include a camera for video calls. Alphabet generated $4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 percent from a year earlier.

You can purchase the Google Home Hub from the Google Store here.

Google uses its flagship phones to show off the capability of its hardware understanding and software, but it has never come close to competing with the iPhone on sales. Users will be able to ask the device to pull up and display videos, visual weather information, and traffic data. The device, priced at $149, won't be a video-chatting hub like Amazon's product and Facebook's new Portal speaker, unveiled Monday. Loup Ventures estimates that while Amazon will have 52 percent of the market this year and Google will reach 28 percent, Google will surpass Amazon by 2021 with 48 percent versus 37 percent.

Here is all the evidence for and against the Google Pixel watch. This echoes some of what Apple announced with the new iPhones and ushers in the possibility that phones are in a post-megapixel landscape. Subscribe for my Pixel 3 XL review. On many Android phones and tablets, you can swipe up or down from the home screen to reveal all of your apps. The device comes in two colours: Mint, Sand (pink), white and charcoal, both of which include a speaker on the back.

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Here's the thing: Google, oddly enough, isn't including a camera on this thing. Like the iPhone, the new Pixel screens are bigger, expanding to the edges, enabling it to be smaller with the same size screen, and the cameras are being continually improved.

Although Google did not make any announcements about it on-stage, there's a new Chromecast. However, these phones also represent what the pinnacle of Android phones should be.

Google Pixel 3 features a matte finish on glass that the tech firm claims will allow for a better feel in the hand.

On the Pixel 3 screen, you see an instant transcript of the caller's responses so you can decide whether to pick up. The phones also offer wireless charging.

After the death of Android tablets, Google has been slowly rebooting its tablet ambitions under the Chrome OS banner. The device costs $599, or $798 including the optional attachable keyboard. However, from our initial time with the devices, it's clear that Google is really only just hitting its vision of melding of hardware and AI-driven software - something it set out to do back with the original Pixel in 2016.

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