Call screening, AI, group selfies: Pixel 3's best new features

Ian Bush
October 09, 2018 - 4:58 pm
From left: Samsung's Galaxy Note 9, Google's Pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS Max.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More phones run on Android than any other operating system, but its creator, Google, doesn't even crack the top 10 in sales of its own phones. 

Features on the company's newest handheld device, however, may attract more buyers.

Google's third-generation Pixel phones offer bigger high-definition screens and better cameras, highlighting the best features of Android devices all in one.

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Google Pixel users have the option of screening spam calls.

"Tap the 'screen call' button and your phone will answer for you and ask who's calling and why," explained Google's Liza Ma. The conversation is then transcribed on the screen in real time. "You can decide whether to pick up, send a quick reply, or mark the call 'spam.' You'll never have to talk to another telemarketer."

Your selfies are no longer selfish, either, with the Pixel 3's wide-angle, front-facing camera.

"Now you can fit everyone in the shot without a selfie stick or unusually long arms like mine," said Google's Brian Rakowski.

There are other features for photographers, too, including "Top Shot," which snaps pictures before and after you press the shutter and uses artificial intelligence to suggest the best image.

The Pixel 3, with a 5.5-inch display, sells for $799 — $200 less than the least expensive iPhone XS. The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch screen and goes for $899.

It comes in "just black," "clearly white," and "not pink." Both will be available Oct. 18.