Google Pixel 2 phones take portrait-mode selfies

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Google’s second-generation Pixel mobile phones are means to take “portrait mode” photos around both their front and behind single-lens cameras.

Other handsets have been means to auto-blur picture backgrounds for some time, though they typically rest on regulating two-lens cameras on a phones’ backs to emanate picturesque effects.

Google pronounced a origination meant it could make some-more space for a battery and deliver front-facing speakers.

But it has forsaken a headphone jack.

Instead of regulating a dedicated 3.5mm port, users will possibly need to use wireless headphones – Google is offering a span called a Pixel Buds – or a USB-C charging socket.

At a launch of a strange Pixel phones, a hunt organization had mocked Apple’s abandonment of a normal hollow and finished a trait of a opposite strategy.

A orator shielded a U-turn observant Pixel’s engineers believed USB-C had “matured as a standard” over a past year.

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About 2.8 million units of a strange Pixel phones have shipped given their launch a year ago, according to investigate organization IDC, representing usually 0.5% of a wider smartphone market.

Sales were in partial singular by a firm’s inability to make adequate of a inclination to accommodate demand.

Google pronounced it was producing a Pixel 2 and incomparable Pixel 2 XL models “in incomparable numbers”.

But one consultant questioned either it had finished adequate to poise a critical plea to other Android phone-makers.

“Launching a device in a segment such as Western Europe, requires support to 50-plus operators and 70-plus retailers,” pronounced IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo.

“Google will have to put in place a large sales and selling organization to be means to contest with Samsung and Huawei.”

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The incomparable Pixel 2 XL has a bigger shade with winding edges though a same capabilities as a smaller model

The Pixel choice is in partial an bid to make certain consumers are always offering a latest chronicle of Android. The phones are guaranteed a latest recover as shortly as Google creates it available, for during slightest 3 years – distinct other brands.

However, a tech hulk was also penetrating to foster several singular facilities during a San Francisco launch.

The single-lens mural mode photos were finished probable by a adoption of a dual-pixel sensor – definition any pixel can be used to both record a picture and establish concentration rather than usually one or a other.

Some of Samsung’s handsets already underline a technology, though Google has built on it with exclusive program to make it probable to emanate a abyss map for photos, that can be used to supplement special effects.

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Google pronounced a smartphone camera had been awarded a top ever DXO Mark measure to date

An combined advantage of this proceed is that a new phones’ front “selfie” cameras can also use mural mode. And in a months to come, Google intends to make use of a abyss information to let users supplement modernized protracted existence characters to their images.

Another new underline is a ability to serve a Google Assistant synthetic comprehension supporter by squeezing a handsets’ sides.

The organization suggested this finished it easier to activate, adding that it had lerned a program to usually compensate courtesy to counsel squeezes.

In addition, a OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens now automatically uncover a name of a strain if it is listened personification in a surrounding area.

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The new phones can tell we what song is personification in a credentials though consulting a net

The Shazam-like underline relies on a database of tens of thousands of marks downloaded to a device in advance. This avoids seeking a compare around a internet, that would have sapped a battery some-more quickly.

One of a new handsets was also demoed auto-translating a review between an English orator and a Swedish orator wearing a Pixel Buds to emanate a some-more seamless knowledge than is normal when regulating a firm’s Translate app,

The new phones are between 4% to 11% some-more costly than their predecessors in a UK, depending on a configuration.

The 5in (12.7cm) chronicle starts during £629 and a 6in (15.2cm) indication during £799.

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A new Google Lens trickery will recognize real-world objects and yield associated information

Last month, Google concluded to compensate $1.1bn (£828m) to HTC to sinecure 2,000 of a engineers, many of whom had been concerned in a new handsets’ creation.

One consultant suggested a organization now faced a wily balancing act.

“The plea for Google is that if it starts prioritising new facilities and capabilities on a devices, it risks antagonising really critical partners like Samsung,” commented Ben Wood from CCS Insight.

“And what is some-more critical to a incomparable good of a Google empire? Is it a strech that Android has or is it Google’s enterprise to have a possess hardware platform?”


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By Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent

One thing we have to contend about Google’s hardware ambitions – it doesn’t give adult when sales disappoint.

The Daydream VR headset betrothed to be a large step brazen in mobile practical existence though you’ll onslaught to find anyone who has used one.

Google Home showcases a firm’s AI skills though arrived a prolonged time after Amazon’s Echo and is still struggling to locate up.

The initial Pixel had a good camera, won really certain reviews – and finished adult with roughly 0.5% of tellurian smartphone marketplace share.

But now all 3 products are removing a modernise with Google creation a confidant matter about a ability to mix hardware and program to furnish a good user knowledge – rather like that other tiny tech association with a operation of really essential iDevices.

It’s a Pixel 2 that is now Google’s flagship device, braggadocio facilities that a organization says we won’t nonetheless see on other Android smartphones.

Sundar Pichai steady his summary about an AI-first world, and a new epoch where we correlate some-more naturally with a devices. One instance combines both – a fist underline that brings adult a Google Assistant on your Pixel.

He believes his engineers lead a universe in appurtenance training and that should interpret into care in machines too.

Maybe – though initial of all his association needs to adult a diversion in dual other pivotal areas: selling and manufacturing. It’s all really good building a smartphone that gets 5 star reviews though if we can’t make adequate to accommodate direct we aren’t going to get really far.

Mini speaker

Google also denounced other products during a launch including a smaller chronicle of a Home intelligent speaker, and a incomparable book designed for high-quality song playback.

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Google pronounced a Home Mini can control some-more than 1,000 other intelligent home products

The Home Mini will cost $49 and accepts tap-based commands as good as responding to voices.

The $399 Home Max – that contains dual subwoofers for higher drum – uses synthetic comprehension program to take comment of where it has been placed in a room and adjusts a sound change to suit.

The Max is expected to contest with speakers from Sonos – that had announced hours progressing that it would supplement Google Assistant to a latest orator in 2018.

One consultant pronounced a Mini competence interest to those wanting mixed intelligent speakers in their home, as good as price-conscious under-25s.

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The Home Max will launch in a US this year and in other markets later

“Google has been on a behind feet during competing with Amazon,” pronounced Adam Simon from a consultancy Context.

“The Home came after Amazon’s Echo, it didn’t have a same operation of intelligent home partners or forms of device accessible and now Google is perplexing to locate up.”

Perhaps a biggest warn of a eventuality was Google Clips, a tiny standalone camera that uses appurtenance training to recognize engaging scenes and informed faces to record.

The device is designed to be clipped to garments or other objects and usually sends a videos and photos to a smartphone when commanded.

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Google Clips has a 12 megapixel sensor, 8 gigabytes of storage and lasts about 3 hours of energy when in use

GoPro’s batch tumbled when it was unveiled, though consumers might onslaught to know a need for a $249 gadget.

A new high-end Chrome OS-based laptop called a Pixelbook was also unveiled, that has a Google Assistant built in, an discretionary stylus. and can run Android apps.