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That's more accessible than the $149 / £139 Google is charging for the Home Hub, assuming you buy a Pixel 3 first. Alphabet generated $4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 percent from a year earlier.

It allows the Pixel phones to cover much of the functionality of the Home Hub.

One of the major disappoints of the new Google Home Hub, however, is the omission of a camera for Google Duo video calls.

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.

Of course, we should mention that Facebook has also gone on a misguided journey to try to install its all-seeing hardware into your home, launching its Portal earlier this month: a video conferencing device that works with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant.

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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. As before, Google's phone cameras are so interesting purely thanks to its AI-driven software.

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Plenty of details about the new smartphones have appeared online, although Google has sought to poke fun at the rumours. The Pixel 3 underscores this position even further with both the 6.3-inch 3 XL and the standard 5.5-inch 3. This echoes some of what Apple announced with the new iPhones and ushers in the possibility that phones are in a post-megapixel landscape. If they have the Google Home app, they can turn the lights on or off. The front camera is a wide-angle lens and both cameras utilize the same machine learning algorithms found on Google's Pixel phones to produce portrait mode photos.

The Pixel 3 packs in a host of new ideas about how AI can change the phone experience - from the practical to the pretty out-there.

Although Google did not make any announcements about it on-stage, there's a new Chromecast. Users can now screen spam calls and get a real time transcription of the call so they can decide whether to answer, hang up, or block the number and report it as spam. And it has no problems charging the phone inside a case. The Pixel Slate is Google's attempt at proving to the prosumer world that Chrome OS, too, can hold its own against Windows 10, all while offering the kind of security that Windows may never have due to its open nature. However, these phones also represent what the pinnacle of Android phones should be. The tablet is also compatible with a smart pen which will also cost you an additional $99. Pixel Slate will go on sale in the US and Canada later this year, Google said.

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