Google Pixel 3 Launch Date: What We Know So Far

Google Pixel 3 Launch Date: What We Know So Far
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The Google Pixel 3 launch date will be one of the most important issues of the 2018 mobile year. the third smartphone in the Google series will be required to pick up where the Google Pixel 2 left off, with the mega-corporation having already invested heavily in its mobile division. Having acquired considerable talent from HTC in its $1 billion deal, Google will now be looking to produce a device that really challenges Apple and Samsung.

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With the Google device not having established itself as part of the mobile furniture in the same way as the Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone handsets, the Google Pixel 3 launch date is still up for grabs. It is obviously possible that Google will follow the schedule for the Google Pixel 2, and release the Pixel 3 range in October.

But there is a feeling that this would not be the ideal Google Pixel 3 launch date, with Apple planning to release three mobiles in 2018. This could lead to one of the Apple products being staggered, ensuring that the Google Pixel 3 is up against a premium iPhone in October again. With this in mind, it could be more sensible for Google to seek a different date for the Pixel 3 release, possibly around June time.

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While June would be a handy window for the Google Pixel 3 launch date, it could also pose logistical problems with development. It would mean the Google needed to be particularly adept with the technology to be included in the Pixel 3, as this date is obviously only month away, and would necessitate an eight-month development cycle for the device. Despite the extra talent that Google has brought into the fold, this would obviously pose technical and logistical challenges.

In other news related to the Google Pixel 3 launch day, it seems that the next-generation device could feature a similar design to last year’s iPhone X. Debuting at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona were several Android devices that featured the notch already prominent in the Apple smartphone.

And Google has already acknowledged the practicality of this design by including support for the notch in Android P. This will enable those Android devices that have already copied this feature to have decent user interfaces, but it has also led to speculation regarding the Pixel 3. It is suggested that the next Google device could also include a similar notched design, so it will be interesting to see whether or not this comes to fruition.

It would certainly make sense for Google to include this feature, as the Pixel range is essentially the vehicle for Google to show off the latest Android innovations. While the electronics and technology giant has been more successful in the smartphone software marketplace thus far, it is intending to make a big splash in hardware in the coming years as well.

When the Google Pixel 3 launch date rolls round, it is also expected that the smartphone will benefit from an all-screen design. The wraparound display has become so ubiquitous in the mobile niche that it is virtually a cliche by now, but it is one trend that Google will be forced to follow in 2018. Slimmed down bezels will also naturally follow this design parameter, giving the Google Pixel 3 a more contemporary look than its predecessor.

Indeed, the mega-corporation has already explicitly stated that the headphone jack was removed from the Pixel 2 with the intention of delivering such a full-screen design in the near future. This was only considered controversial at the time, as Google had previously mocked Apple for removing the 3.5mm audio port from the iPhone 7. However, Google executives have already explained why this eventuality occurred.

“The primary reason [for dropping the jack] is establishing a mechanical design path for the future. We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge. Our team said, ‘if we’re going to make the shift, let’s make it sooner, rather than later.’ Last year may have been too early. Now there are more phones on the market,” Google’s Mario Queiroz noted after the Pixel 2 launch.

When the Google Pixel 3 launch date arrives, the inclusion of a notch in the smartphone suggests that it may also borrow another major feature from the iPhone series. The notch could be included in order to enable Google to deliver a 3D facial recognition camera, which would enhance security in its premium smartphone product. Apple is already hugely committed to its Face ID system, with executives from the corporation stating that it is the future of smartphone security for the Californian company.

Google is reportedly working on three separate Pixel devices for release in 2018, so the separate models could feature differing feature sets. However, it should also be noted that the developer was linked with three Pixel devices last year, and that these were even confirmed in leaked benchmark testing. However, the Google Pixel 2 ultimately comprised two models only, so there will not be certainty on this three device suggestion until it is officially confirmed.

Nonetheless, with Apple also strongly expected to switch to three mobile releases in 2018, it would certainly make sense for Google to offer three separate models. It also seems likely that the Google Pixel 3 launch date will be October once more based on this information, as producing three versions of the next generation smartphone will obviously be taxing for the mega-corporation.

We can also expect artificial intelligence to play a greater role in the Google Pixel 3, with the manufacturer having particularly focused on this in its recent activity. The success of the chess playing Google AlphaZero machine made media headlines recently, and the sort of technology that Google developed in producing this AI system will no doubt feature widely in its product range from hereon in. Already the Google Home speaker benefits from the Assistant system, which is considered a market leader.

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  1. I think they should focus in improving the Pixel 2. I am a big Google fan so I bought the Pixel 2 to use on ATT. After a few months, I stopped receiving text messages. They won’t refund me or give me an estimate for when the problem might be resolved. They just keep repeating that they are looking into it. It’s been going on for weeks.

  2. And more information that would make any Apple fanboy believe that Android copied the notch from Apple. That feature was out on the Essential phone which launched months before the iPhone X.

  3. NEW: The row of four side status lights looks like something new and possibly innovative.
    OLD: The photo depicts a very thick top bezel – an antiquated feature of yesteryear.

    It’s not clear, however, if this is an actual google supplied product photo or just blogger speculation.

    As another commenter already wrote, nothing much was disclosed in this article.

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