Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are in the process of becoming the most leaked smartphone of 2018. So many leaks have surfaced regarding the features of both the phones that it’s doubtful if there’s any surprise left for us on its launch on 9th October. In the past few weeks itself, a number of leaked pictures of the two phones have almost given us every detail about both the hardware and the software to expect.
However, nothing extremely startling has yet been encountered for the Pixel 3 and 3XL which are expected to run on Android 9.0 Pie which supported the earlier Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices too. One such feature would be swiping the home screen button to bring all the recent apps with quick access to a few applications at the bottom too alongside a second swipe getting you the app drawer.
New leaks which have been detected in the past 24 hours or more show some standard Android navigation gestures like the common swiping down the top to get the notification bar where you can interact with notifications and other similar Android Oreo builds.
To add there is this Active Edge feature where you can “squeeze” the sides of the device to trigger specific actions, and the promo videos show the “squeeze” to trigger Google Assistant in the Pixel 3. Also, there is the “tap to wake” feature and double pressing your power button to open the camera. You also get the ability to swipe down the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to drop down the notifications. Long pressing the power button will take screenshots as well as give you the option to reboot the device.
A recently released Unpacking video by Ishan Agarwal shows off Google’s new “Pixel tips” application, which is basically Google’s way of helping the users to know the basic functions of their smartphone. Several tips including shortcuts for opening the camera, using Google Duo and pulling down the notification shade by dragging the fingerprint scanner are discussed in the app.
The video also shows how the device can recognize the name of a restaurant mentioned in an email or how the camera viewfinder is able to scan someone’s email address right from the business card. This is where Google Lens comes into play, a feature which will help this single-camera setup fight in the arena with all multi-lens photographic abilities of other phones by automatically processing the images and identifying buildings, plants and animals or text and providing additional information or extracting data for use in other apps.
There is also supposed to be an “Always on” mode within the default camera setup, therefore the user doesn’t have to manually activate Google Lens. It’s true that Google Lens doesn’t improve the picture quality but it understands the configuration of the captured scene and computers camera setting for the best result.
Apart from the prices of Google Pixel 3 and 3XL, I doubt there’s hardly any information on the phone that we’re left to figure out. However Google’s launch is just in the next 11 days, so let’s wait and see if the company can surprise us with anything now.