Google Smartphones are Finally here
It’s been two years since the fans of Google waited for the French release of Pixel, the first smartphones designed entirely by teams of the California giant. They will be happy to learn that the third generation of Pixel smartphones will finally be marketed in France. Pixels have a trump card for Android enthusiasts: they are the first to receive new versions of this central software to its release, a few weeks before the most responsive Pixel competitors and a few months before the others.
The two advertised phones embark the same ultra-fast electronics and display a resembling design. Their back is adorned with a reflective lacquered strip of paint, characteristic of pixels. The Pixel XL, however, is distinguished by its noticeable notch at the top of the screen.
The format of these two Pixels 3 is poles apart. With its small 5.5 inch screen, the compact model is less than 7 centimeters wide, it looks particularly comfortable in hand, like the Samsung Galaxy S9. With its 6.3 inch screen, the Pixel XL looks much less comfortable but much more spectacular for the eyes.
Elitist rates and features
The Pixel 3 camera has only one sensor, but its pixels are wide, and the software that exploits them is particularly sophisticated, which should allow it to capture remarkable images if its quality fits in the continuity of his predecessors. In portrait mode, it will be possible to strengthen the background blur, as on the latest generation iPhone, or mitigate it.
The Pixel 3 is equipped with the latest version of Android. Their menus are upset: the three buttons at the bottom of the screen disappear, replaced by gestures commands close to that of the iPhone. Pixel 3s benefit from exclusive features, such as suggestions for smart answers, or the Google Lens visual search engine, built directly into the camera.
Both Pixels 3 are waterproof, and you can charge them wirelessly. They will be available soon at SFR, Orange, Bouygues, as well as at Darty, Boulanger, and Fnac. It remains to be hoped that their availability will be good because Google has had problems supplying certain generations of pixels.
The price of these two smartphones is high perched: 860 euros for the compact model and 960 euros for the XL model. It will be necessary to add a supplement to go from 64 GB of memory to 128 GB. An approach and rates far removed from Nexus phones, smartphones much cheaper than Google have produced for many years, in collaboration with major manufacturers, such as HTC, LG or Motorola.
A smart charging stand
Google has imagined a new kind of charging base, the Pixel Stand, which will be sold separately. When you put a smartphone Pixel 3 on this particularly thin base, the mobile automatically turns into an intelligent assistant. The power of its speaker is however limited compared to that of speakers Google Home, which should make its operation more difficult in a noisy environment.
The base Pixel Stand reveals its interest when removing several in the house. The Pixel 3 recognizes each individually, so we can ask him to change differently depending on the parts. For example, Pixel 3 can be programmed to turn into a dawn alarm when placed on the bedroom base and automatically switch to “do not disturb” mode. At the show, we can ask him to broadcast photos and music. The Pixel Stand will, unfortunately, be billed at a price that may cool the ardor of consumers: 80 euros per unit.
Google took advantage of the event to announce the upcoming availability in France of Pixel Buds, very small wireless headphones. Launched in November 2017 in the United States, they received a rather mixed critical reception. Pixel Buds have a feature that sets them apart from the competition, which is quite rich in this segment: instant translation. But according to many American journalists, this function is very slow and makes many mistakes. These headphones will be available at a price of 180 euros.
United States: a screening assistant
The US Company also takes the opportunity to announce the Hub, a connected speaker with a screen, whose size seems close to that of a tablet. The Hub does not include a photosensor, which will reassure consumers who care about their privacy. The Hub’s competitors, the Amazon Echo Show and the Facebook Portal, both have photosensors.
Google demonstrated the functions which it considers the most useful: the photo frame can draw pictures in the library with Google Photos and disseminate those it considers the best. In the kitchen, the Hub can broadcast recipes. The home automation menu, which allows you to control your lights or your heating connected for example.
The menus of the Hub seem particularly refined. According to Google, the wizard would be able to recognize the voice of different family members to customize the results it displays. It will for the moment be marketed exclusively in the United States at a price of 150 dollars.