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Everything you might have missed!

Everything you might have missed!

The Google Pixel Three and Google Pixel Three XL have been introduced earlier this week. The newest Google flagship smartphones function a 5.5-inch and 6.Three-inch OLED show respectively (the latter with a show notch), the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GBs of RAM, 64 or 128GBs of storage, and Android Pie. Google devoted a lot of the Pixel Three’s announcement to the brand new digital camera options on the system: Prime Shot, Night time Sight, Photobooth, and topic monitoring autofocus. However there’s loads of info you gained’t get if you solely watch the stay stream. We spent a while with the system on the occasion and did a few of our personal analysis to assist you rise up to hurry.

Google Pixel Three Digital camera Options

We’ve recognized for a while that the newest model of the Google Digital camera app would convey plenty of UI modifications, however now that the Pixel Three is lastly in reviewers’ palms, we all know precisely what has modified. We’ve detailed a few of the modifications on this earlier article, however in abstract, the brand new Google Digital camera app lets you shoot in RAW, report in h265/HEVC for higher compression with out sacrificing high quality, simplifies the design by making you swipe between every mode, provides Portrait Mode depth-of-field changes, and extra. There’s yet one more function that’s unique to the Google Pixel Three, and some under-the-hood modifications that we have been advised about that we expect are value discussing.

Automated FPS Switching

First, a brand new choice to routinely change FPS throughout video recording has been added. In line with a Product Supervisor that we spoke to on the occasion, individuals have hassle deciding what one of the best framerate is earlier than recording a video. This new function lets the Google Digital camera app determine what framerate to document at – both 30 or 60 fps – relying on what’s on display. The function may even change framerates in the midst of a recording. It doesn’t work with 4K movies, although.

Google Pixel 3 Auto Framerate

Pixel Visible Core Modifications

Subsequent, a Product Supervisor confirmed to us that the Pixel Visible Core has certainly been up to date. Till the gadget’s kernel supply code is launched, we gained’t know precisely what new features have been added to the HAL. Nevertheless, we’re informed that the Pixel Visible Core is now truly utilized by the Google Digital camera app for Google Lens strategies, HDR+, Prime Shot, Movement Auto Focus, and Photobooth. That’s almost definitely why the older Pixels will get help for Night time Sight and Playground however gained’t get help for Prime Shot, Movement Auto Focus, or Photobooth – they don’t have the newer Pixel Visible Core.

It was a little bit of a shock once we first heard that the Google Pixel 2 doesn’t use the Pixel Visible Core for HDR+, and since we don’t know the precise purpose for that call, we’ll chorus from speculating. I think that, since most of the new digital camera options on the Pixel Three depend on the Pixel Visible Core, they’ll be more durable to port to different units. A number of builders are already trying to deliver a few of the options over, and I’ve already seen one developer efficiently make the brand new “Night Sight” function present up (although it doesn’t work but.)

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Despite the fact that the ISP within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is able to processing video of 4K decision at 60 fps, the Pixel Three doesn’t permit you to truly report at this decision and body price mixture. We’re unsure why that is the case, however we’ll attempt to discover out. The digital camera sensor used could possibly be the rationale, however we don’t know the precise digital camera sensors used simply but.

Google Lens

A number of days earlier than the presentation, a leaked video from the Pixel Ideas app confirmed that Google Lens works in real-time within the Google Digital camera app on the Google Pixel Three. Google did announce this function on stage, however there’s a number of extra Google Lens associated information that you might have missed.

First, Google Lens can work offline on the Pixel Three, however just for particular instances like studying textual content from a picture. Second, Google Lens can now scan album paintings and play the end in YouTube Music. Third, Google Lens recommendations, together with different digital camera options we’ll talk about under, depends on the up to date Pixel Visible Core – which is why it gained’t be coming to the Google Pixel or Google Pixel 2. At the very least, not formally.

Playground: Greater than a rebrand

Very shortly earlier than the presentation started, Google up to date the AR Stickers app and some sticker packs underneath a brand new branding: Playground. Google introduced a couple of new sticker packs together with one utilizing characters from Marvel, however you might have left questioning how Playground is any totally different in comparison with AR Stickers. We’re fairly conversant in Google’s penchant for rebranding their merchandise – Google Feed to Uncover, Google Maintain to Google Maintain Notes, and so on. – however surprisingly, there actually is extra to Playground than only a rebrand.

Within the demonstration space, a Google worker advised us that there are some things that differentiate Playground from AR Stickers. First, characters that you place on the display can now work together with one another and other people within the body. Second, there at the moment are strategies for stickers based mostly on what’s at present on display (recommendations might be proven for individuals, objects, or different stickers). Third, stickers can now be positioned by way of the front-facing digital camera, and utilizing real-time physique segmentation, can look like behind topics in view. Talking of the front-facing digital camera stickers, the function now tracks facial expressions and stickers can react accordingly. Lastly, there at the moment are 2D stickers from Gboard and new animations that stickers can carry out.

Tremendous Res Zoom, Computational Uncooked, Artificial Fill Flash, Studying-based Portrait Mode, and Night time Sight

DPReview revealed an in-depth article on how all the above options work, so we advocate studying it completely (additionally they have a bunch of pattern pictures). But when you need a abstract, right here’s what you ought to take away:

  • Tremendous Res Zoom: “Uses HDR+ burst photography to buffer up to 15 images” after which “employs super-resolution techniques to increase the resolution of the image beyond what the sensor and lens combination would traditionally achieve.” It solely prompts at 1.2x zoom or extra.
  • Computational Uncooked: “There’s one key difference relative to the rest of the industry. Our DNG is the result of aligning and merging [up to 15] multiple frames… which makes it look more like the result of a DSLR.” – Marc Levoy, Computational Images Lead at Google
  • Artificial Fill Flash: “‘Synthetic Fill Flash’ adds a glow to human subjects, as if a reflector were held out in front of them.”
  • Studying-based Portrait Mode: “Where we used to compute stereo from the dual pixels, we now use a learning-based pipeline. It still utilizes the dual pixels, but it’s not a conventional algorithm, it’s learning based” – Marc Levoy, Computational Images Lead at Google. In accordance with DPReview, this implies “improved results: more uniformly defocused backgrounds and fewer depth map errors.”
  • Night time Sight: “‘Night Sight’ utilizes HDR+ burst mode photography to take usable photos in very dark situations…[it] expects you to hold the camera steady after you’ve pressed the shutter button. When you do so, the camera will merge up to 15 frames, each with shutter speeds as low as, say, 1/3s, to get you an image equivalent to a 5 second exposure.” – DPReview

True Stereo Audio Recordings

Part by Dylan Raga

For video recordings, an enchancment gone principally unnoticed is that the Pixel Three now data true stereo audio. Many have been dissatisfied in its omission within the Pixel 2, which merely recording in mono. Whereas the standard of separation (and the audio itself) is untested, this no less than exhibits Google has taken a step in the proper path for audio recording.

Google Pixel 3 XL Stereo RecordingVast Colour Seize?

Part by Dylan Raga

Again in August, Russian tech weblog Rozetked managed to leak and supply photographs from their pre-production Pixel Three XL. From these photographs and movies, we managed to seek out that the Pixel Three was able to stereo audio recording, and that the front-facing digital camera had autofocus, almost two months prematurely. Moreover, we additionally discovered that the photographs taken had an embedded Show P3 shade profile, suggesting that the pictures taken would seize a bigger vary of colours, surpassing not solely its predecessors, however each different Android smartphone digital camera — no different main smartphone digital camera apart from the iPhones (because the 7) seize vast colour photographs. This additionally coincided with Android Central’s declare that the Pixel Three’s sensor is a “new version with better dynamic range capture.” Nevertheless, photographs taken on our evaluation unit don’t have the embedded Show P3 colour profile, however the typical sRGB profile, so it appears like Google pulled the plug on broad shade seize, a minimum of for now.

Google Pixel Three Hardware

IP68 Water Safety

The official Google weblog submit and a number of other Tweets from the @madebygoogle account state that the gadget is IP68 rated. The primary quantity represents the particle resistance whereas the second quantity the water resistance. The Pixel Three must be waterproof at a most depth of 1.5m underwater for as much as thirty minutes, and presents safety from dangerous particles.

FeliCa Help

Japan typically will get totally different hardware variants of the identical smartphones launched internationally. That’s as a result of they should have an Osaifu-Keitai suitable safe factor within the system in order that they not solely learn and write to FeliCa playing cards, but in addition do card emulation. The Google Pixel 2 collection didn’t have such a safe factor within the gadget, however this yr, the Pixel Three does. Listed here are the four hardware variants of the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL:

  • G013A – Pixel Three worldwide
  • G013B – Pixel Three with Osaifu-Keitai suitable safe factor
  • G013C – Pixel Three XL worldwide
  • G013D – Pixel Three XL with Osaifu-Keitai suitable safe factor

The band help can also be a bit totally different throughout the fashions. The Japanese ones have band 21, whereas the U.S. one doesn’t. The U.S. one has bands 71 and 32 and TDD 46, whereas the Japanese ones don’t.

There’s no notification LED

We might speak about how the Pixel Three has an All the time on Show that may present you your notifications or how there are gestures like a double faucet to wake to shortly entry your lock display notifications, however actually, it’s onerous to say that we gained’t miss the notification LED. It’s a reasonably widespread function on Android smartphones, and we’re unsure why it’s lacking on the Pixel Three. And not using a notification LED, it’ll be exhausting to inform when you have a brand new notification when your Pixel Three’s display isn’t in your instant line of sight.

Google Pixel Three Software program Options

You’ll be able to cover the notch on the Pixel Three XL…sort of

The “display cutout” developer choice has been up to date with a brand new “hide” choice. When chosen, it pushes down the standing bar till it’s beneath the notch space. This successfully turns the Pixel Three XL into the Pixel 2 XL. Right here’s what that appears like:

Since lots of people have requested, this is what hiding the notch on the Pixel Three XL appears like when utilizing the built-in Developer Choice.

Left: Pixel 2 XL. Proper: Pixel Three XL.

As @joshuatopolsky stated, it principally turns into a Pixel 2 XL.

— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) October 10, 2018

You can even cover the notch utilizing our Nacho Notch app. As an alternative of pushing the display content material down, this darkens the standing bar space. Right here’s what the seems to be like:

Google Pixel 3 XL Hide Notch

Gestures are the brand new norm

Throughout Google I/O, we heard that gesture navigation can be the one method to navigate the UI on the subsequent Google Pixel system. Google later clarified that gesture navigation would solely be the default method to navigate on the Pixel Three, and that they couldn’t affirm whether or not gestures can be the one option to go shifting ahead. Now that the Pixel Three is right here, we will affirm that there isn’t an choice to show them off. Sorry fellas, gestures are right here to remain.

Google Pixel 3 Gestures

Swipe as much as change choice is lacking

There’s type of a approach to convey again the usual navigation keys, however I’ll go into particulars on that in a future article.

Google Duplex is actual and eventually coming

The futuristic Google Duplex function which may begin whole telephone conversations in your behalf is lastly coming. Google initially demoed this at I/O, however was met with backlash over considerations that the receiving social gathering would felt deceived as a result of they weren’t knowledgeable that they have been talking with a robotic. Google addressed these considerations by including a disclaimer originally of each name initiated by way of Duplex.

Now, Google has introduced that Duplex shall be out there for Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel Three house owners in New York, San Francisco Bay Space, Phoenix, and Atlanta beginning subsequent month. The service will solely be obtainable in these areas, a minimum of firstly, as a result of Google has to work with companies and cities earlier than rolling out the service.

Driving Mode is right here to routinely begin Android Auto for you

Previous to the Pixel Three launch, we found a hidden Driving Mode function in Google Play Providers that later rolled out to a handful of customers. The Google Pixel 2 launched with a function that detects when you’re in a shifting car and routinely allows Do Not Disturb mode, however the brand new Driving Mode also can mechanically begin Android Auto in addition to allow Do Not Disturb mode. The brand new Driving Mode is accessible on the Google Pixel Three in Related Units settings.

Now Enjoying Historical past is lastly right here

Now Enjoying is a function that debuted on the Pixel 2, and it makes use of your system’s microphone to report audio snippets, on-device machine studying to assemble an audio fingerprint, and a mixture of an on-device database and Google’s large cloud database to match the audio fingerprint with a recognized music. If there’s a match, Now Enjoying will present you what music is enjoying within the background by displaying the music title on the All the time on Show/Ambient Show and/or as a notification. Nevertheless, as soon as you’ve dismissed that notification or track title ticker disappears by itself, there’s no straightforward built-in means to return and see what songs your telephone beforehand acknowledged. That’s altering with the Google Pixel Three.

Google has lastly added historical past to the Now Enjoying function. If you go to the Now Enjoying settings web page in Sound Settings, you can now entry a brand new menu that shows the previous few songs that the Pixel Three acknowledged. You may as well add a shortcut to your own home display that leads you to this web page. We’re unsure why this isn’t already out there on the Google Pixel 2 as we first noticed proof for this function months in the past in Pixel Ambient Providers. No less than there are already loads of third-party apps on the Play Retailer that hold a log of your Now Enjoying historical past utilizing a easy NotificationListener Service, so you don’t have to attend for an replace to benefit from the function now.

Daydream VR nonetheless works

Sure, Google Daydream VR nonetheless works on the Pixel Three, in line with Street to VR. The Pixel Three XL is almost similar in measurement to the Pixel 2 XL so even the identical Daydream View headset ought to match simply effective. We’re unsure about the way forward for the platform given intense competitors from Oculus, however Google did just lately announce some fairly neat options for standalone Daydream VR headsets so it’s potential they’re nonetheless working to enhance the VR expertise for Daydream-supported smartphones.

New Options in Visible Snapshot

Earlier this yr, Google rolled out the Visible Snapshot UI within the Google Assistant. Visible Snapshot is a function which exhibits you info that’s essential to you – issues like upcoming calendar occasions, reminders, upcoming payments, the present climate, the present visitors to work, and so on. Visible Snapshot is principally the religious successor to Google Now with a recent coat of paint. On the Made By Google occasion, we have been advised that two new options can be added to Visible Snapshot subsequent month: Your Really helpful Occasions and Issues to Keep in mind.

Google Pixel 3 Visual Snapshot

A New Easter Egg

Android Pie introduced a fairly generic Easter egg of a glowing P, however the Android Pie launch on the Pixel Three has a correct Easter egg. Tapping on the center of the P within the unique Easter egg opens up a drawing app that you can sketch in.

New Google Residence and Google Pixel Launcher Apps

The Google Residence app acquired a serious redesign to make it simpler to make use of. You possibly can study extra about that right here in addition to obtain the APK. The Pixel Launcher is barely new because it now has a Google Assistant icon on the search bar and forces adaptive icons. You’ll be able to see it right here and obtain the APK on supported units.

Google Pixel Three Equipment

Pixel Stand

The brand new Google Pixel Stand is greater than only a wi-fi charging dock. You’ll be able to dock your new Google Pixel Three into any Qi wi-fi charging dock if you want, however docking your Pixel Three into the Google Pixel Stand provides you the quickest wi-fi charging velocity (10W vs. 5W) and in addition allows Google Assistant integration into the All the time on Show. On stage, Google demonstrated a number of interactions you can have with Google Assistant whereas docked into the Pixel Stand. For example, you can shortly entry your “My Day” routine, see your Visible Snapshot, get up slowly to an alarm because the display colour shifts, see an album from Google Pictures,  extra. Nevertheless, there are a couple of options that Google didn’t go into element whereas on stage.

First, when the Pixel Stand exhibits you your photographs from a Google Pictures album, it makes use of AI to crop the photograph good so any individuals aren’t minimize out of the picture. Second, the Pixel Stand UI has Nest Doorbell integration. When an individual rings the Nest Doorbell, the Nest video feed is proven proper on prime of the All the time on Show – you don’t have to unlock the telephone as long as your Pixel Three is docked within the Pixel Stand.


A Return to F2FS

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, UFS 2.1 storage, and LPDDR4X RAM, we might anticipate the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL to be speedy units. What actually set the Google Pixel collection aside from most units with the identical chipset have been the software program optimizations by the Pixel’s efficiency workforce. This yr is not any totally different, with Google experimenting a return to F2FS – a file system developed by Samsung initially to convey excessive efficiency to flash-based storage.

We beforehand mentioned the advantages of F2Fs on this article and based on Tim Murray from the Pixel efficiency group, the rationale the Pixel Three makes use of F2FS for the info partition is that “it supports inline crypto hardware now.” This isn’t the primary Google system with F2FS help – the Nexus 9 beforehand supported it – nevertheless it’s fascinating to see Google begin utilizing it once more.

Google Pixel 3 F2FS

First gadget with new Management Move Integrity Protections

On the Linux Safety Summit earlier this yr, Google engineers revealed that the subsequent Pixel system can be the primary to ship with forward-edge Management Move Integrity (CFI) within the kernel. That is a part of Google’s ongoing efforts to harden the Linux kernel for Android units, and at present, they have made these new modifications official. CFI defends towards what are referred to as “code-reuse attacks,” exploits that hijack the execution move within the kernel to execute arbitrary elements of kernel code with out injecting code of their very own.

CFI is accessible within the Android widespread kernel for variations four.9 and four.14, however it’s as much as system distributors to combine the modifications. CFI is enabled by default in Android Pie inside the media framework and security-critical elements like NFC and Bluetooth, based on Google.

Titan Safety Module – What few particulars we have

Full documentation on the Titan Safety Module just isn’t but out there, however a number of Google engineers have posted Tweets that give us some info. First, in response to a tweet by Dees_Troy, lead developer of TWRP, Google’s tech lead for Android hardware-backed safety subsystems, Shawn Willden, states that the brand new safety module won’t be used for runtime system evaluation. That is necessary for Magisk customers as a result of hardware-backed runtime system evaluation would make systemless-root far more troublesome. Nevertheless, Google already opened up an API for the Trusted Execution Surroundings (TEE), so runtime system evaluation might nonetheless occur sooner or later (in different phrases, there might nonetheless be dangerous information for Magisk.)

One other tweet by Will Drewry, a Chrome OS Safety Engineer, summarizes what the Titan Safety Module is used for. As defined by Daniel Micay, former CTO of CopperheadOS, the Titan Safety Module gives an “alternate hardware keystore (instead of TrustZone) and replaces the Android Verified Boot (AVB) state and Weaver applets for the Pixel 2 security chip.” In accordance with Daniel Micay, “Weaver was the main use case for the Pixel 2 security chip: hardware-enforced exponentially growing delays for key derivation. It holds random tokens in escrow needed to derive per-profile encryption keys and only provides them when given correct credential-derived auth tokens.”

With Undertaking Treble, you’ll get many updates

We’ve heard quite a bit about Undertaking Treble because it was first launched in Android Oreo, and due to the introduction of the Vendor Check Suite and CTS-on-GSI, Venture Treble has neared completion in Android Pie. Units delivery with Android Pie, we’re informed, ought to be capable of obtain framework-only updates. Treble is an enormous a part of why Important is ready to roll out month-to-month safety patches so shortly. We suspect it’s additionally a part of the rationale why Google is ready to supply Three years of assured Android platform upgrades, beginning with the Pixel 2 collection and in addition now with the Pixel Three collection.

Observe: some particulars have been omitted from this text till our full assessment to respect Google’s critiques embargo.

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