The Pixel 3 is a highly anticipated phone that is reportedly launching in October. The recent leaks are getting out of hand. Multiple videos and images have surfaced throughout the past couple weeks that have
Pixel 3 XL will feature a large front notch that houses two front facing cameras.
Multiple leaks and rendered have shown the large notch that will be on the Pixel 3 XL. This notch is going to house two front facing cameras which rumored to be used for a wide angle selfies and a “super selfie” mode.
Pixel 3 will have wireless charging
A leaked video has also confirmed that the Pixel 3 will have wireless charging. This is quite exciting as the Pixel 3 looks to be the first Pixel/Nexus phone that is going to support this technology, finally catching up to other flagships that have supported it for years.
Pixel 3 will still have a single rear camera
Google looks to be continuing the single rear camera trend. This shouldn’t be much of a surprised considering the single camera on the Pixel 2 has been and still is one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. Google is still able to do more with less.
Much of the other specifications are in line with what we expect. The CPU is the new Snapdragon 845 with the Adreno 630 GPU. The RAM is staying at 4GB and the storage will still be 64GB and 128GB variants. No word on whether they will offer higher storage capacity.
Slightly smaller battery on Pixel 3 XL
The leaked Pixel 3 XL has a battery of 3,430 mAh which is 90 mAh lower than the Pixel 2 XL. With the new processor, I do not think there will be much difference in battery life between the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 2 XL.
Some New Accessories
In the accessories department it looks like the Pixel 3 XL will be getting a new usb-c wired Pixel buds.
Will you be getting one?
The Pixel 3 leaks have left little to the imagination. Given everything we know so far, will you be getting a Pixel 3?
Google is getting fined 4.34 billion euros for three major antitrust practices on Android. Google now has 90 days to stop these practices or face additional fines. The three antitrust practices that the European Commission are referring to are:
Google requiring manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome as a condition for licensing the Play Store.
Large payments made to large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they only pre-install Google Search on their devices.
Prevented manufacturers from selling devices with forked versions of Android (e.g. Lineage OS) with pre-install Google apps.
As a consequence of the ruling, Google, at the minimum, would be barred from re-engaging in the above three points. This ruling could fundamentally change the way Google works with manufacturers and the amount of control Google may have on the operating system.
Question is, does Google engaging in these three points stifle competition? I think it does. It is hard to not use Google on an Android phone. On a platform that is designed to be open source, this should not be the case. I think the best solution is to give the consumer choice when they first setup the phone and allow them to import the previous configuration from a previous phone. This way consumers have the option to opting to default to a different browser and different default search while still having the ability to use the Play Store.
Designs of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have leaked out on Twitter by OnLeaks. Looking at these renders, the device looks to be pretty similar to the Pixel 2 line. The only obvious differences between the Pixel 2 vs 3 seem to be the addition of the notch for the XL model, the 16:9 ratio screen for the regular model, and the dual front facing cameras that both model possess. It will be interesting to see what Google plans on doing with the front facing dual camera setup.
Looks like a potential security vulnerability exploiting a hardware bug that allows Android apps to potentially full access of the device and its data. Although this attack has only been reproduced on a few Android devices and not consistently, researchers suspect the exploit to affect all Android phone since 2012 and potentially also Apple devices, VMs and PCs. There is already a proposed mitigation fix that has been suggested by the researcher that found this bug and Google is currently testing to see the performance impact that it may bring to day to day use. We do also want to stress that the likelihood of a large scale attack using this vulnerability is low. This is not an easy vulnerability to exploit. Regardless, keep an eye out for a fix for CVE-2018-9442.
OnePlus is finally improving on its previously subpar OS and security update schedule to provide users with two years of OS updates and three years of security update. This new policy is inline with Google’s own Pixel line. The only question now is whether or not OnePlus can provide these updates in a timely manner.1