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There were absolutely zero surprises today from Google. The new Pixel-branded phones will anchor a product event Tuesday in NY. In the most freakish of circumstances (publicity stunt?), every single product today has already been leaked to the press in one way or another.

Google has announced it is now ending access to the service to the wider public. Apple's iPhone Xs recently debuted at £999 for the 64GB model, and Samsung's base Galaxy Note 9 model costs £899, albeit with 128GB of in-built storage.

Both phones have bigger screens than their predecessors, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Google's new Playground brings some awesome new AR elements to the Pixel phone and camera.

"We're incredibly excited to have partnered with Google in developing this product".

As you can see the natives are unhappy.

Shares of Alphabet barely moved on the announcements. That's similar to Amazon's Echo Show and a new Facebook device called Portal. However, contrary to Jeff Bezos' smart home device, the Home Hub doesn't come with a camera. You can take over and pick up, hang up, or report the caller as spam. It's not really cutting edge technology, but a feature nonetheless. The largest phone company has ever developed will be hitting the shelves on Thursday November 1 but is already available to pre-order.

The Pixel Slate is a 12.3-inch tablet which is incredibly thin at 0.25 inches and weighs just 1.6 pounds.

Android has conquered the tech-world - or at least much of its mobile part. The Pixel Slate starts at $599; a keyboard costs $199 more and a stylus another $99. I was able to sideload the app onto other phones via APK Mirror, but so far it doesn't seem to actually do anything, though we'll keep an eye out for any new features or functionality delivered via the app. Fresh from shutting down its social network Google+ after discovering a security vulnerability, the search giant unveiled its latest Pixel smartphones and the Google Home hub. Google's AI will find the best picture where no one blinked and is in focus. Once again, the capabilities of the rear camera are one of the key selling points of Google's flagship smartphone.

Among other things, Pixel 3 can answer phone calls on its own, inquire about the nature of the call, and inform the user through text (this feature will be available initially only on devices that will be released in the US). It only sold 80,000 Pixel 2 smartphones since its launch in India, industry data showed. The first Pixel devices hit 2.4 million shipments in the nine months ended June 30, 2017, the firm said.

The camera, for instance, promises better low-light and close-up shots by using artificial-intelligence software to combine multiple shots taken in succession.