Google Event - Oct 9th

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  1. epicrayban macrumors 604

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    Aside from the Pixel 3, anybody else excited about any of the other products predicted to be announced?

    Pixelbook 2 and the Pixel Slate interests me. I would love to finally see a good tablet competitor running stock Android.

    Here's a breakdown from Verge:

    9 things to expect from the Google Pixel 3 event next week
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/5/17936388/google-event-2018-preview-pixel-3
     
  2. Aneres11 macrumors 68020

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    I REALLY hope they don't unveil a Pixelbook 2 as I will 100% want to buy it.
    Had my Pixelbook for a year this Christmas and it remains one of my absolute favourite tech purchasers in a loooong time.

    It's so good. So a refined version that fixes some annoyances of the other one (clicky track pad even when the screen / lid is shut, smaller bezels, included pen or somewhere to fix the pen) would be mighty tempting.
    I'm trying to be good with not spending so much on tech!
     
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I’d like to be genuinely surprised by something but nothing I’m really eagerly anticipating. And I have $150 Google Store credit ‘burning a hole in my pocket’ with nothing I’m presently dying to get. Maybe a new and improved set of earbuds/headphones.
     
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    Think they missed a trick not having a pixel watch...shame
     
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    How is it as a tablet?
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    Big time.

    Pun intended.

    Not sure why/how Google wasn't able to pool their resources to produce a watch this year. In the past couple of years, they've been able to make a variety of smart home speakers, laptops, earbuds, mini-cameras, etc., but aren't able to put together a watch with any manufacturer or partner?

    And didn't Wear OS or the first iteration of it come out two years before the Apple Watch? How did Google drop the ball on this so badly and let this slip so far behind, especially now with the Series 4 watch being a runaway hit?

    The missing Pixel Watch is definitely a gaping hole in their lineup.
     
  6. Aneres11 macrumors 68020

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    I never use it as a tablet.
    Ever.

    I tried every so often to utilise it in that way but it just doesn't work for me. It's slightly too bulky and heavy and feeling the keyboard behind is really jarring.

    I do like using it in 'tent' mode though and letting it stand on the arm of the sofa whilst I'm watching a YouTube vid etc.
     
  7. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I think a big part of the problems, and a huge disadvantage for Google and its Android Wear partners, is their reliance on Qualcomm for watch CPUs. The latest iteration, the 3100, that was just announced is a huge handicap—it’s basically a mildly iterated version of the 2100 which in itself is a slight update of the snapdragon 400 from 4-5 years ago. IIRC it’s fabbed on a 28nm process—Apple’s A12 is 7 nm. :eek: That’s likely why we don’t see a Pixel Watch—because it would already be running what basically an outdated processor.

    Apple and Samsung don’t have this limitation and it’s a big part of why they’re leading the smart watch industry.
     
  8. epicrayban thread starter macrumors 604

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    I think you're right. That does explain a lot.
     
  9. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    I’m always excited for a good tech dog and pony show. I’ll be there with my popcorn. :D

    Not my wallet though. :( I’m lucky to be getting an iPhone XR and I really want an iPhone with an upgraded camera and stereo audio recording.
     
  10. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Pretty sure there's going to be nothing I'm excited about since I don't really need anything. Can use another Laptop but think I'm going to one day get a Surface Pro for that.
    Isn't a Pixel book and bigger tablet with a keyboard? Does it have any ports?
     
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    Wonder what new Chromecast will be...might hold off buying one til the event.
     
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    If it's anything like my Pixel book, two USB C (one of which is used for charging). I don't know if I'd refer to is as a tablet with a keyboard, though. Now, they are supposedly coming out with a tablet w/ a keyboard as well.
     
  13. epicrayban thread starter macrumors 604

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    What can you tell me about chrome OS?
     
  14. Michael Goff Suspended

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    I could tell you a lot. But do you have anything specific you want to know about?
     
  15. epicrayban thread starter macrumors 604

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    Any major deal breakers or issues? Interested in a new tablet.
     
  16. Michael Goff Suspended

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    Unless the slate turns out to be good, I wouldn't recommend. The Pixel book I have is not exactly thin and light in terms of tablets. You're taking a laptop and folding it back, so hardly expected to be.

    The OS is ... They're working on it. I've noticed the gestures are hit and miss in terms of sensitivity. I've noticed that the Android apps occasionally flicker when you're in laptop mode and hover over the bottom bar.

    Some of these issues might be fixed by the time it rolls out to stable, but I'm doubting it. Also, current Pixelbooks have a problem keeping connected to BT speakers.
     
  17. epicrayban thread starter macrumors 604

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    Good to know. We'll see how I feel when the details are made clear.Thanks!
     
  18. Michael Goff Suspended

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    No problem. If you really want a tablet and iPads are out, though, I'd recommend the Surface Pro 6 or maybe the Surface Go.
     
  19. epicrayban thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yeah, or I may update my iPad.

    Just thinking it'll be cool to have a tablet with a little more freedom, so keeping an open mind.
     
  20. Michael Goff Suspended

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    That is true, and a ChromeOS tablet could run Linux and Android apps. So that's a huge amount of freedom.
     
  21. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    Oh how I hope Google shocks the world with a third model, in the vein of the X last year, which showcased their near full-screen future direction.
     
  22. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I’ve already got two. I’m going to watch it and hope I managed to keep my purse closed!!
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    Apparently it’s a budget model and the whole drama was about design teams competing.
    I still hope there is a final twist though.


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    What time is the event tomorrow?
     
  23. JaySoul macrumors 68030

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    I think it's 11am Eastern Time which in the UK means 4pm for us.

    I'm excited. I know practically everything has leaked but there should be a lot to take in and things we don't know.
     
  24. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    There has to be a final twist. There just has to be. This is just too unpalatable otherwise.

    While Jon Prosser is giving them props for this fiasco, I am thinking if this is the way they really make a decision between two design teams, they lack real insightful and wise leadership and I am disgusted.

    It should NOT take a leak, intentional or otherwise, and a massive stink eye reaction from the public to know a horrible design when it comes up and kicks management in the shins.

    It really should not take the second coming of Steve Jobs to look at the preliminary design prototypes to know one design is wretched.

    An entire product release cycle should NOT be wasted on dreck.

    As if my respect and interest could not get any lower right now, especially in consideration of my reading and participation on another thread about their appalling lack of ethics in their data mining schemes. If what Jon Prosser is saying proves to be the actual truth, it might help me find even deeper depths for my regard to sink.

    Snowball has my affection because of HTC and their hand in its design. The aspects of Snowball that I do not like, aside from the camera, are largely due to Google’s mis-steps in leadership. (Though it would be interesting to discover that it was in fact HTC’s design team that was responsible for the notchy mess of the 3XL. I do not know what to think anymore.)
     

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