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10 October, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Tara Roberts
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There's 128GB of storage and a fingerprint scanner on the back of both devices.

Google's homegrown smartphone hardly challenges the status quo all-screen, jumbo-sized designs from Apple and Samsung. With the Home Hub, you can choose a Live Album that will automatically display on the Hub's screen, ensuring the latest new photos are available. Other phone makers sometimes crowd out Google's apps with their own or take a share of ad revenue, hurting Alphabet's profits. "You already have a screen", Ross says. It's a welcome addition.

The missing camera? Well, depending on who you ask, it's a feature, not a bug.

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. The thought process makes sense. Ditching the camera means that Home Hub can go anywhere you want it to without you worrying about your "assistant" catching you in your bloomers. There are black areas on both the sides of the device, and it could hint towards cellular connectivity, but we're not sure about it. No tiny piece of masking tape required.

But the front of the devices could be very different this year. Both also allow you to control your smart home and make requests of Alexa. Don't want the camera on?

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Both Pixel 3s boast multiple improvements to the camera software, including Top Shot, which uses AI to avoid common photography mishaps such as blur; Night Sight, which allegedly eliminates the need for flash even in low-light; and Super Res Zoom, which is created to keep images sharp even when the camera is zoomed in. 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.

As to whether this gives Google an edge over Amazon in the battle for the smart home ecosystem: right now, it probably does, but just a little. The software, launching in the United States only, answers phone calls, requests information about the nature of the call and shares it as text with the recipient. Its field of view also expands and contracts to include everyone visible in the room. Of course, it's still a Facebook product. It piggybacks on the Nest ecosystem to work with all Nest devices, as well as other smart-home products that are part of the "works with Nest" program.

In just two short years Google has produced what's arguably the best smartphone camera on the market - and it's done it by using one camera, not two as is the case with its competitors. 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 it announced both the data breach and the closure of Google+ over the next 10 months, putting an end to the not-so-popular social network.

You can purchase the 3rd Gen Chromecast from the Google Store here. The 3rd Gen Chromecast comes in two colors-Chalk and Charcoal-along with a new matte finish and minimal Google branding.

And, like Google's Pixel line of smartphones, Pixel Slate has Google Assistant integrated - say "OK Google", and the voice assistant is activated.

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