Generally, if you wanted blurry bokeh “Portrait Mode” photos from your smartphone, you’d need two lenses. But, when Google released their Pixel 2 smartphones, the company made a big deal out of how they could do so with one lens and machine learning.
Is it any good? Well, Google’s just released a whole bunch of photographs that showcases the Pixel 2’s portrait mode feature in action. And they look pretty amazing.
Of all the things that Google launched today, Google Clips is probably the thing I’m most on the fence about. It’s supposed to be this GoPro-smartphone-like camera that takes the photographer out of photography.
How? Well, it’s Google so it’s obviously going to be with machine learning.
But Google has a solution. They’re a pair of wireless earbuds called the Pixel Buds and although these buds look like your normal Jaybird or Jabra buds, these puppies have one kickass feature that may just give us a glimpse into the future: Real-time translation right in your ear.
The Google Pixel 2 has wrestled back its title of the highest rated smartphone camera by DxOMark Mobile. Their first generation Pixel had blown away the competition last year with a score of 89. It was the highest rated smartphone until the HTC U11, iPhone 8/8Plus and Galaxy Note8 came along.
As of yesterday, the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8 were the top rated smartphone cameras with a score of 94. Now both of these dual-camera flagships are overtaken by the Pixel 2’s new high-score of 98.
Chromebooks have never really had a no holds barred, balls to the wall flagship device, at least not one like Google‘s brand new Pixelbook. Coming in at a price you’d normally expect to see great Windows ultrabooks, does the Pixelbook have the specs to back up its retail tag?
Google thinks so.
Google Home was one of the more interesting home assistants when it launched. It had this chic look that was minimalist and it came with all the might of Google and the Assistant baked in. But while the Home is a good start, Google can’t stop there if they really want to take over your homes.
Well, today, the search engine giant announced two new home devices. The Google Home Max, which is really big, and the Google Home Mini, which is, uh, really tiny.
To say that Google‘s first Pixel smartphone was well-received when it first launched is perhaps a big understatement. The tech world loved Google’s new handsets and now, everyone is looking forward to seeing what the search engine giant has in store for their second round of Pixel smartphones.
At long last, the time has come. These are Google’s brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.
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Google’s upcoming self-branded smartphones, the Google Pixel 2/2 XL, will be officially announced on 4 October. Ahead of its big reveal, we now get a full view of the duo thanks to none other than Evan Blass. These are the successors of last year’s Google Pixel/Pixel XL and they are manufactured by HTC and LG. As you would expect, both would be running on the very latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
It was a nail-biting time for HTC fans as news broke yesterday that the company had suspended the trading of their shares pending a major announcement. Many speculated that this was the long rumoured “Google buyout” of HTC’s smartphone business which would lead to the company never making a new smartphone again.
Today, the deal has been finalised and while Google is going to spend USD1.1 billion on HTC, it’s not quite the buyout people had speculated.
Remember the rumours about HTC being bought over by Google? With this new piece of information, it looks like those rumours are shaping up to be true as the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) has just issued a release that HTC would be halting the trading of their shares starting the 21st of September 2017 pending the “release of material information”.
In other words, it looks like a big change is about to take place in the company.