In this week’s top stories: Two sets of in-hand Pixel 3 XL photos, official rollout of Android P Developer Preview 3, Google Assistant’s visual redesign.

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First up, we had two different sets of photos showing off the Pixel 3 XL in-person. The set that first leaked showed that Google decided to keep the overall design language that they used with the Pixel 2 XL. The main difference is the fact that the two-toned back is now going to be made entirely out of glass. These images also confirmed several other details:

As you can see in the photos below, the back of the device looks a lot like an iterative upgrade on the Pixel 2 XL at first glance. The camera, flash, and sensor placement on the back is pretty identical to this year’s model, and its general aesthetic seems to be the same.

But when you look closer, you’ll notice a few changes. It’s hard to tell, but it looks like this might be an all-glass phone we’re looking at with polished glass up top and some kind of brushed glass finish on the bottom. Where they meet, it looks like Google’s putting a nice curve on the edges.

And yes, these images do seem to confirm a few other details. For one, last week’s reports said that there would be a dual-camera system on the front and a single camera on the back, which it what we see here. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back just like the current model.

Following this, another set of photos appeared online which showed off the alleged Pixel 3 XL from every angle. With these, we could see a glossy/shiny edge, a new location for the SIM card tray, and confirmation that Google won’t be bringing back the headphone jack.

Going back to products that are currently available, Google rolled out the Android P Developer Preview Preview 3 (Beta 2) to every available Pixel smartphone. With this, we mainly got bug fixes, but it did introduce several UI adjustments, 157 new emoji, and the addition of a “Clear all” button in the multitasking menu.

And in the world of apps, our APK Teardown of the latest Google app gave us another look at the upcoming Assistant visual redesign.

The latest version in 8.7 shows some minor tweaks to the color of icons, and adds various introductory prompts for the first launch experience when it rolls out. Up top, we see a centered, personalized greeting and weather that is very inline with Google’s Material Theme. Directly below that we see the first of many carousel to various actions.

“Coming up for you” notes your upcoming reminders and calendar events, while stocks are listed below that. Another set of suggestion chips lets you “Explore using the Assistant” with popular third-party Actions on Google below.

Lastly, we had Lenovo until the Z5 and BlackBerry release the Key2.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:

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