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Google Explains Why the Pixel 2 Does Not Have a Headphone Jack

Google Explains Why the Pixel 2 Does Not Have a Headphone Jack

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the last major smartphone releases of the year. In September, it was announced that the iPhone 8 has the best smartphone camera in the world. The announcement of the two phones was succeeded with their DXOmar scores.

According to the Senior Vice President of Google Hardware, Rick Osterloh and the VP of Hardware Product Management, Mario Queiroz, the new Pixel smartphones will still be sold online and offline but will focus more on offline sales.

Looking at the cameras, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are looking great with the same 12-megapixel camera, so none will take a better shot than the other.

However, they have managed to salvage this news by creating something that is ridiculously innovative: Pixel Buds. The setting mentions it uses "device motion and Bluetooth connections", so we assume it also could connect to an Android Auto or Android Automotive device and receive information about whether the vehicle is driving or not.

The phones will also work with Google's new $159 wireless Pixel Buds.

This means all your photos and videos have unlimited storage on Google Photos till the end of 2020. Nearly every phone launched this year uses two cameras on the back to provide a DSLR-like bokeh effect. Inevitably, Google's competitors will attempt to apply the same techniques to their phones. What's more, the photographer/s who took the photos clearly has a good handle on composition, color palettes, mood, and lighting; just pointing in a direction and pressing the capture button is unlikely to provide the same level of results.

The application of AI to consumer tech isn't just happening with cameras, though. If you lose it, however, or need another one, Google is charging its customers US$20 for the privilege - double what Apple charges for the same type of accessory. Unfortunately, buyers in India will not be getting this offer as Google has not introduced their smart home speaker range here.

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Apple's description for DND while driving says the feature can automatically detect if a user is driving and silences the incoming calls and notifications.

There is an adapter which is included in the box of both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that connect to USB-C and converts to the 3.5 mm headphone port.

At the opposite end of the Mini is the Google Home Max, which is a supersized version, featuring two 4.5 inch woofers alongside tweeters.

It hasn't been tested in the wild yet so Google doesn't have any top marks from influential audio authorities to boast about, but the underlying philosophy - where AI boosts the capabilities of the hardware - is the same.

In this particular field, the company has a huge and potentially insurmountable lead over its competitors, given that its omnipresence on the internet.

Until the reporting catches up its going to hard for us to understand the quantity of voice searches, a set of reporting metrics and quantify the amount voice searches in a particular vertical.


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