The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, as they’re assumed to be called, could be radically different phones compared to their predecessors, the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. That’s no surprise. Google went through a bit of its own shakeup when it acquired HTC’s phone hardware team in September 2017, which it has since folded it into its own operations. And the smartphone landscape has evolved too, as Apple reset the standards and conventions for price and design with the iPhone X. It’s in this dynamic environment that Google will launch the next generation of its flagship phone, as it attempts to solidify its place among the phone elite. (The company is rumored to launch a Pixel Wear OS smartwatch too.) The current Pixel is one of the best smartphones on the strength of its camera, snappy performance and homegrown Android software — one that’s first with feature updates and security patches. And the company’s forthcoming Android P operating system has compelling new features, like multiplayer AR and improvements on its already superior voice assistant, that can’t be found on any iPhone (yet). But there have been some bumps in the road. With the Pixel 3 series, Google will want to avoid the mistakes associated with the Pixel 2 XL, which caught flack for burn-in issues and other defects related to the phone’s OLED display. Those missteps resulted in quite a bit of media attention, marring some initial positive reviews with caveats. It also added a spotlight on Google’s warranty policies, which were eventually broadened. (Note that the iPhone X’s OLED display is not immune from burn-in either.)… [Read full story]
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