Google Pixel ranks among the best flagship smartphones you can buy right now on the market. The release of the Pixel phones marks Google’s first steps into the hardware market where it will compete with big brands like Apple, Samsung, or Sony. The Pixel phones were well received at launch, with most users praising its beautiful design and innovative features. The Pixel series has seen a steady growth in sales since the launch day, with millions of units shipped every quarter. Earlier this week, Google announced the third generation Pixel flagship smartphones after months of endless rumors. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were widely leaked before the event, but there were a few surprises at this year’s #Made by Google event.
Apart from the new Pixel phones, Google also unveiled the Pixel Slate tablet and Google Home Hub. For some background, the new Home Hub serves as a voice-controlled speaker that allows you to control your internet-connected gadgets around your home. In reality, Google was previously rumored to launch a cheaper Google Home smart speaker at the event, but it was nowhere to be found.
The Pixel phones really stole the spotlight at this year’s event despite its small changes. However, there are still a number of new things that are worth an upgrade. With that in mind, we have created a list of the best Google’s Pixel 3 features so you can get the most out of your device. For some background, Google officially confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available on October 18 in the US and November 1 in the UK. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be priced at $799 and $899 respectively.
One of the highlights of the Pixel lineup lies in its excellent camera performance. This year, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL retains what we have loved about their cameras while adding a number of new things to the sensors. One such thing is Top Shot, a handy machine-learning tool that helps you capture the best photos with your Pixel phone. Basically, when you take multiple shots with your phone, Top Shot automatically analyzes the best aspects of each photo and suggest the best version of your shot. This is a great addition to the Pixel lineup as it helps cut out the bad shots. Besides, you can scroll through all the shots if you want to switch to a different look.
Another camera mode is called “Super Res Zoom”, which combines multiple shots to create beautiful, zoomed-in shots. According to Google, machine learning built directly into the camera helps remove noise from your photos. The camera mode is widely welcomed at the unveiling event, praising the company’s ability to create an innovative feature. There is also another camera mode called Night Shift. As the name suggests, the feature helps boost the brightness of your photos so that you get the best shots on your phone, eliminating the need for the flash mode. However, Google announced that Night Sight will not be ready on the launch day, but promised to launch it in future software updates.
Dual front-facing cameras
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL features the same single camera setup while adding an additional snapper on the front. Specifically, the dual-front facing shooters deliver a much-improved selfie quality, which is ideal for those who want to take a group selfie. According to Google, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can capture 184 percent more of your selfies when compared to the previous models. If you want to spice up your selfies, then a new cool feature called Playground helps you insert AR stickers into your shots.
Besides, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL includes motion autofocus, a handy feature that allows you to track your moving objects. The feature also adjusts color saturation and depth level so you can get the best portrait images. There is another camera mode called Photobooth, a cool tool that automatically determines when you are smiling or making a face. This eliminates the need to hit the shutter button.
This year, Google has finally added wireless charging functionality to its Pixel phones. In reality, wireless charging has become the standard feature on high-end smartphones on the market in recent years. Last year, Apple first integrated wireless charging into its iPhone X, so Google doesn’t want to get left behind.
At the event, Google introduced Pixel stand, a handy wireless charger that can be purchased separately for $79 in the US. Pixel stand helps you wirelessly charge your phone quickly. Google claims that its new wireless stand will work with any compatible devices on the market. Once you dock your phone into the charging stand, your phone’s screen automatically turns into a digital clock. From here, you can quickly check time/date, see your new notifications or trigger Google Assistant. Google’s virtual helper is getting better and smarter and now can work with more apps and services.
These are the 3 best features that help the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL stand out on the market. If you are planning to buy the new Pixel phones on launch day, don’t forget to let us know in the comments below.