Why it matters: When the Pixel buds launched a year ago, they came with two new features: Google Assistant baked right in, and an exclusive translation feature that uses Google Translate to have a conversation in real-time. This feature will soon be rolled in the latest Google Pixel 3 smartphones which would allow users to perform a left-to-right swipe or populate a Smart Compose suggestion.
This means that if you're an owner of headphones that use Google Assistant, like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or Sony 1000XM2 over-the-ear wireless headphones, you can utilise this feature. Compare this to the $379 (US) Google charged for the Nexus 5X back in 2015 and Google's snub of NZ becomes a lot easier to swallow. Here are some of the features that we love about the new Pixel 3. There is an in-line controller as well with a button in the middle to trigger Google Assistant.
"I have been keeping an eye on this thread since the beginning and have good news", he said. Older Pixel handsets will get the update on October 18, the same day the Pixel 3 will formally be available. Users will now be able to plug in compatible external microphones to the ports on all the Pixel smartphones. "I hope you all enjoy the update", read a post from a member of Google's Pixel Camera engineering team with the username IsaacOnCamera. They also support 4K footage at 30fps or super slow motion at 240fps.
The Google Pixel 3 is set to hit shops 18 October and comes with a 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.8 and 8MP dual-front cameras.