On October 9th in New York City, Google announced the third generation of Pixel smartphones -- the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. There were literally no surprises because the devices were the most leaked in history (probably). There was a lot of resentment towards the Pixel 3 XL in particular, because of the huge notch, but there's good news for current Pixel users who are disappointed with the new flagships.
Google announced at their event that many of the Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL features will make their way to the older Pixel models. If you are not impressed with the new devices and their sky high prices, your current Pixel will eventually get many (not all) of the new features that were showcased. Here are some of the features you can expect to get:
This feature uses AR (augmented reality) that inserts 3D characters or objects into your photos and videos. Playground is the new name for AR Stickers which Google released last year. In addition, Playground has a Playmoji feature that allows users to interact with AR stickers in real time and they'll react to your expressions as well. This is expected to roll out soon after the new Pixels are launched.
By using machine learning, pictures taken in low-light will be greatly enhanced. So with the Night Sight feature, pictures will be brighter and sharper. Best of all, you no longer have to depend on your camera flash to make pictures brighter. Night Sight is expected to roll out to previous Pixel phones "in the coming weeks," after the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is launched.
Probably among the best features Google has come up with is definitely Call Screen. It pretty much does what it says, it screens your calls and let's you know if it's worth your time. It basically answers the call for you and takes a message that comes in as text, in real time, on your screen. So if it's a spam call or one of those lovely telemarketers, Google will let you know and you can decide what to do next.
Duplex is pretty similar to the Call Screen feature, but in reverse. Instead of it answering calls for you, it makes calls for you. It will make calls to book appointments, make restaurant reservations, or order take-out for you. The AI voice sounds almost too realistic to a point that Google included a disclaimer to let people know they're speaking to a virtual assistant. Duplex will be immediately available on the Pixel 3 smartphones and will roll out to older Pixels in November on a location-by-location basis.