In this week’s top stories: More Pixel 3 leaks show off Google’s new phone and its accessories, Google’s upcoming first-party smart display breaks cover, we talk October releases, the iPhone XS camera, and so much more…
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As usual, Pixel leaks have dominated the news cycle this week with several new looks at Google’s plans. We got some new images of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in official Google cases, as well as some new close-up looks at the phone which gave us some new camera details. We also reported on a potential first look of Google’s “Pixel Stand” charging dock.
- Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leak again in first purported official press renders
- Latest Pixel 3 XL leak focusses on dual front-facing cameras, new Google Assistant UI
- Possible first look at Google’s ‘Pixel Stand’ charging accessory for Pixel 3/XL
- Google Pixel 3 ‘pink’ variant hinted at in Japanese teaser site source code
- Evan Blass’ renders offer up the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL confirmation we didn’t need
Following the first reviews of Apple’s iPhone XS hitting the web this week, we noticed a pattern of reviewers praising Apple’s new smart camera, but still claiming Google’s Pixel 2 did just as good, if not better. Not too bad for a year-old device, huh?
Since their debut, the stand-out feature of Google’s Pixel smartphones has been the camera. Google has remained at the front of the race with its Pixel 2 line of devices, but this month Apple tried to challenge the champ with some major improvements on its new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Now that the iPhone XS reviews are in, it looks like Google is still ahead of the curve…
Another huge story this week was our first look at the Google Home Hub. Our first look at the device leaked, even revealing many of the key specifications for the device. Shockingly, it may even undercut the rest of the smart display market with a crazy $149 price tag.
- ‘Google Home Hub’ is Google’s first-party Smart Display, leaks in new renders
- Google Home Hub may be priced aggressively at $149, a reported retail listing says
- Comment: A few places Google Home Hub can one up the Smart Display competition
More details on the OnePlus 6T also hit the web this week thanks to a leaked render. While the render only shows us a small portion of the device, it does confirm a few details such as the removal of the rear fingerprint sensor and the dual-camera array.
This first render only shows us the top third of the phone, but even that little bit confirms some interesting details… we can basically confirm that this phone will still offer dual cameras. Rumors started floating around a few weeks ago that the OnePlus 6T would offer three cameras, but this render can put those rumors to rest. Another tidbit is that the rear fingerprint sensor is gone.
After a couple months of Android 9 Pie being available on Google’s Pixel devices, an early build of Samsung’s take on the latest update also leaked out. The company’s design makes some major changes to the look of the platform, but this early build definitely still has some bugs.
Android 9 Pie has been out for a little over a month so far, but outside of Google, OnePlus, and Essential, there haven’t been many updates. This week, we’re getting our first look at Samsung’s take on Pie on the Galaxy S9+ and, well, a whole lot has changed…
Our own Damien Wilde also took a closer look at two new devices this week with full reviews of the Huawei Y9 and the Moto E5 series.
- Moto E5, E5 Play and E5 Plus review: Surprising performance at rock bottom prices [Video]
- Huawei Y9 review: Quality hardware and exceptional battery life [Video]
Google has long been at work trying to get their Chromium web browser up and running on their upcoming, work-in-progress Fuchsia operating system. We now get to see the first fruits of that effort, with a hands-on look at Chromium for Fuchsia.
The rest of this week’s top stories follow:
- Here’s every new Android phone being announced in October — it’s going to be a busy month
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro leaks w/ super-slim bezels, ‘Freebuds 2 Pro’ charge wirelessly using phone
- Android 9 Pie is now rolling out to all OnePlus 6 owners with final, stable build
- Alleged Nokia 7.1 Plus leak shows off notched display, dual-cameras, Android One branding
- Popular Weather Timeline app for Android pulled from Google Play due to rising API costs
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 battery catches fire in woman’s purse, lawsuit asks for sales to cease
- Huawei mocks Apple’s battery life by handing out batteries to fans camped out for iPhone XS
- Essential Phone Q&A: Notch settings return in Oct, Android Q support confirmed, DAC adapter coming soon
- Google Keep quietly renamed to ‘Keep Notes’ on Android
- Gmail’s Smart Reply prototype thought ‘Sent from my iPhone’ was a good response
- Google testing a rebrand of Google Feed with ‘Discover’
- Google One offering 10% Google Store discount on Pixel 2, Pixelbook, more
- Flutter Release Preview 2 brings ‘pixel-perfect iOS apps’, more
- Chrome OS 69 rolling out w/ Google Material Theme, Night Light, Linux, dictation, more
- How to install Android Studio on Chrome OS
- Brydge accidentally reveals its new Chrome OS keyboards, possible Pixelbook hardware
Apps & Updates |
- Samsung brings AR Emojis and Super Slow-Motion video to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8
- YouTube Music for Android rolling out streaming and download quality controls
- Google Photos 4.1 preps new ‘live albums’ that auto-add people, pets [APK Insight]