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Confirmed: Pixel will be Google’s AI phone

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Google is already known to be one of the definitive platforms for artificial intelligence (AI), but with its event later today, it will make a big consumer centric splash in the AI space.

Already Google has announced the Google Home speaker which will be launched for $130 today at its event in San Francisco. However, more than that the company will also unveil two new smartphones – the Pixel and Pixel XL, which will come with a big AI play.

With the phone, Google will have a new version of Android Nougat – 7.1 and a new custom user interface which will be integrated with the new Google Assistant, which has already been seen in the new Allo chat app.

Now details are sketchy but sources have indicated to dia Google’s new devices will have the ability to use voice based commands to literally do anything on the phone like book cabs and movie tickets using just speech.

It is likely the capabilities of the phone will more exhaustive, which will help Google market the device as its AI phone.

Even the Washington Post is reporting the same today. It specialised functionality could be dubbed ‘Google Magic’ as indicated by the leaked screenshots from @evleaks on Twitter.

What’s likely is that Google has deeply integrated its new Assistant on the phone and is likely to remain an exclusive to the phone for in some way or the other. This way Google could attract a level of stickiness as people who desire its pervasive functionality could gravitate towards its hardware over its rivals.

The phone, which has been manufactured by HTC, will be the first fully blown Google phone. It will have a metal chassis and it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB RAM. Our sister site Virusdefense US has already leaked that the phone will be offered in 32GB and 128GB variant. Over and above this the phones will have 12-megapixel rear cameras with a f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilisation. On the front, the phone is expected to have a 8-megapixel camera.

The smaller Pixel will have a 2,770mAh battery while the larger model will have a 3,450mAh battery. Both phones will leverage OLED screen technology with smaller model having a 5-inch full HD screen and the larger having a 5.5-inch quad HD panel. These screens will be perfect for VR headsets based on Android Daydream. In fact, Google is also expected to launch a VR headset of its own at the event.

These phones will also be offered in a bevy of colours – blue, silver, white and black.

For the first time Google will tout its superiority in the AI space to offer a better consumer experience. It will also do the same with the Google Home smart speaker, which will compete with Amazon’s Echo in the US. Google is also expected to launch a new Wi-Fi router, a 4K Chromecast dongle and also an Android Daydream enabled VR headset.


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