The Latest on Google‘s new Pixel phones (all times local):
Google’s new Pixel phones will mirror the industry trend moving the devices toward lusher and bigger screens, coupled with more fine-tuning of the cameras for better selfies and other pictures.
The Pixel phones unveiled Tuesday in New York come in two different sizes, but both feature high-definition screens that span from one edge to another. It’s the first time that Google has embraced a format that Apple adopted last year with the iPhone X.
The Pixel 3 will be available Oct. 18 and sell at prices starting at $799. That’s $200 below the least expensive iPhone XS that came out last month.
Google also introduced a new device called Home Hub that pairs a small display screen with an internet-connected speaker. That’s similar to Amazon‘s Echo Show and a new Facebook device called Portal. The Home Hub will sell for $149, undercutting the Show and Portal.
Google is expected to introduce two new smartphones Tuesday, part of its continuing push to embed its digital services and Android software more deeply into peoples’ lives.
The new Pixel-branded phones will anchor a product event Tuesday in New York. Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and other device makers.
Most phone makers besides Apple rely heavily on Google software — both its free Android operating system, which powers most of the world’s mobile devices, and other apps such as search, Google Maps and YouTube.
Google’s own Pixel phones, however, have so far tended to generate more media attention than consumer sales.