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This is how Super Res Zoom on the Google Pixel 3 works

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Google's latest flagships are here, and as with the previous two generations, the headline feature is the camera. Yet more computational magic has made its way into the camera on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, including something called Super Res Zoom. It's practically the 'enhance' feature we've all been waiting for, but how does it work?

Pixel 2 v Pixel 3 at 7x zoom.

Ryan touched on this in his Pixel 3 review — he was pleasantly surprised by the results, even if they aren't quite as good as with optical zoom — and now a post on the Google AI Blog goes deeper into the mechanics of the feature.

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This is how Super Res Zoom on the Google Pixel 3 works was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

While Essential's first device has a cult following among those who prioritize quick Android updates, it became clear in May that it would never see a follow-up. A report from Bloomberg revealed that the company had canceled a second Essential Phone and put itself up for sale. However, over the past several months, the company has quietly chugged along, continuing to push out lightning-fast security patches. Now, a new report from Bloomberg states that the company is indeed working on a second device — but it's not at all like its first product.

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Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that operates through voice commands was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duplex rolls out starting next month on Pixel phones

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

One of the most impressive (and unsettling) I/O moments happened earlier this year when Google showed off Duplex, an AI chatbot that can place calls for you like a robotic personal assistant. Google wouldn't confirm its plans for Duplex at the time, but it's almost ready for the general public. Duplex is hitting Pixel phones starting next month, but it won't be available everywhere.

The idea behind Duplex is that you don't always want to call a human on the phone to make an appointment or book a reservation.

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Google Duplex rolls out starting next month on Pixel phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Marketplace turns two and gains user ratings

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Almost as soon as dial-up came to homes, people began buying and selling things online. eBay and Craigslist have actually been around since 1995, and it would be over 20 years until a competing service could take them on. Facebook Marketplace became that rival and this week it turned two years old. The company claims that a third of its users buy or sell on Marketplace every month.

On its birthday, the service is introducing user ratings, which many would agree was long overdue.

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Facebook Marketplace turns two and gains user ratings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Marketplace turns two and gains user ratings

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Almost as soon as dial-up came to homes, people began buying and selling things online. eBay and Craigslist have actually been around since 1995, and it would be over 20 years until a competing service could take them on. Facebook Marketplace became that rival and this week it turned two years old. The company claims that a third of its users buy or sell on Marketplace every month.

On its birthday, the service is introducing user ratings, which many would agree was long overdue.

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Facebook Marketplace turns two and gains user ratings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

U.S. households embrace smart speakers with 24% owning at least one, Nielson study finds

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Smart speakers are quickly becoming standard across U.S. households. My grandmother recently floored me when she demonstrated how she uses her JBL Link to play 60s music with Google Assistant. I was impressed because she was still learning how to Google, but here she was jamming out while making breakfast. That’s the moment I knew smart speakers were here to stay. Research from Nielson now confirms the sudden rise of this market category.

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U.S. households embrace smart speakers with 24% owning at least one, Nielson study finds was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant for TV learns more languages

Monday, October 1st, 2018

AI is not limited to simply phones and speakers anymore as TV manufacturers continue to add extra capabilities to their flatscreens. Smart TVs are essentially mini computers running operating systems such as Tizen, webOS, and of course Android TV. Google has made it possible for manufacturers to integrate Google Assistant into their products even if they don’t use Android TV, something LG has been doing this year. Until recently, the AI was limited to English, but this is beginning to change.

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Google Assistant for TV learns more languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Huawei’s latest update for the P20 Pro disables the camera’s Master AI feature by default

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Huawei is proud of the fact that the P20 Pro sits atop the DxOMark Mobile rankings. The company attributes that feat in large part to its Master AI feature, which basically detects scenes via the viewfinder in real time and adjusts camera settings accordingly. In theory, it's a nifty innovation; in reality, the results are mixed. Huawei has apparently received enough unfavorable feedback about Master AI to compel the company to disable the feature by default in its latest update for its flagship smartphone.

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Huawei's latest update for the P20 Pro disables the camera's Master AI feature by default was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AI email client Astro is shutting down after being acquired by Slack

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

With Inbox by Gmail saying goodnight in March 2019, some of us will be looking for a new experimental email client. Sadly, one potential replacement will no longer be an option: Astro is being acquired by Slack and will cease to operate as a standalone app on October 10.

New user signups have been disabled and the apps for Android, iOS, and Mac will stop working next month, with Amazon Alexa support and the current Slack integration also being killed.

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AI email client Astro is shutting down after being acquired by Slack was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Drive is getting an AI-powered ‘Priority’ page, currently available in beta

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Google rolled out Quick Access in Drive back in 2016 as a way to surface the files you're most likely to need. After debuting on Android, the feature later launched on the web. The latest Drive feature is an evolution of Quick Actions—it's called Priority. This feature is live in beta for select G Suite customers, but it will eventually come to everyone.

The Priority page is accessible via the left-side navigation menu.

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Google Drive is getting an AI-powered 'Priority' page, currently available in beta was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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