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On the 12th day of holiday shopping, Made by Google gave to me…

On the final days of holiday shopping, Made by Google gave to me … lots of awesome gift options.

Twelve ways (at least!) to make your home smarter and safer

Holiday lights are aglow when you turn them on with Google Home (and a compatible smart plug). And to turn on the rest of the lights using just your voice, get our Smart Home Starter Kit. A Nest Hello video doorbell will help you spot holiday visitors at your front door and our Nest Cam will reveal who’s eating Santa’s cookies.


Eleven personalized My Cases

With My Case, gift-giving gets personal. Create a case from your saved photos, a favorite map location, or pick one of our curated collections from various artists. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on #teampixel. And while we love a good ugly sweater, all images for My Cases are subject to our copyright and content policy.


Ten levels of volume on Google Home Max

Blast the holiday music with Google Home Max. If you have your hands full making cookies or decorating the tree, you can use your voice to tell it to play your next tune (you may need a subscription to hear your favorite song).


Nine decades of Mickey Mouse

To celebrate 90 years of Mickey, we teamed up with Disney and Otterbox to make your Google Home Mini look like your favorite mouse with a custom base accessory. You can also make storytime more magical with Read Along, which adds sound effects and music to stories like “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Parents can create an account for kids under 13 through Family Link, and then link their Google Account and voice to Google Home.


Eight gigs of Pixelbook RAM

This one is a bit harder to wrap, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving. With 8GB of RAM on your Pixelbook, you can do multi-task with multiple tabs open. And, Pixelbook’s battery lasts all Silent Night.


Seven colors of Nest Thermostats

Our Nest thermostats come in two versions and seven colors. So turn up the heater in style this holiday season, and get the peace of mind that you’re saving energy while celebrating.


Six uses for Pixel Stand

You can do countless things with Pixel Stand, but here are six of our favorites: it provides Pixel 3 with a fast (up to 10W) wireless charge, you can check the weather before you head out, rock out to your favorite carol, get out of bed on dark December days with Sunrise Alarm, check on packages with Nest Hello (sold separately), and display your favorite holiday memories with Google Photos.


Five years of Chromecast

It’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up inside and binge watch your favorite show (but you may need a subscription). Chromecast brings countless hours of entertainment to your TV-loving friend or family member. And isn’t that really the holiday gift that keeps on giving?

Four colors of Google Home Hub

Who needs elves when you’ve got Google Home Hub to bring you help at a glance? With the Google Assistant built-in, you can use your voice to get the best of Google—Calendar, Maps, Search, YouTube, Google Photos, and more—right on Google Home Hub’s display. Compact, and available in four colors —Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand—Hub’s right for any room at home.


Three generations of Pixel

The best things in life come in threes. This year, we introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with the power of Google Assistant. Pixel’s award-winning camera gives you the ability to capture your holiday magic in style. And, Pixel 3 brings the best premium smartphone experience to Android, in—you guessed it—three beautiful colors, including the new Not Pink.


Two accessories to use with Pixel Slate

Pixel Slate—our first Made by Google Chrome OS tablet—is a touchscreen experience that brings the best Google design and Chrome OS functionality together. Whether you’re typing your letter to Santa on the Pixel Slate Keyboard or writing out your holiday wish list using Pixelbook Pen, these two gifts are the perfect stocking stuffers to go along with Pixel Slate.


One place to buy it all

The Google Store is a one-stop shop for all things Made by Google. In addition to the perfect holiday gifts mentioned above, the Google Store also features products from our Made for Google partners. And perfect for the holiday season, you can send gifts on Google Store with custom gift messages printed on Google-branded greeting cards. Check out all of the amazing holiday deals at store.google.com.


Six ways to take Playground home for the holidays with Pixel

In October, we launched Playground on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, giving you the power to create and play with the world around you through your camera. Playground helps you bring more of your imagination to your photos and videos with interactive Playmoji—characters that react to each other and to you—and tell a richer story by adding animated stickers and creative captions. Starting today, Playground is available on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, so now all of #teampixel can join in on the fun.

Just in time for the holidays, we’re also introducing festive new Playmoji and stickers soon that can help bring your photos and videos to life. Whether you’re celebrating at home or hitting the road, here are six ways you can take Playground home for the holidays with the Pixel camera.

1. Share your journey.Whether your holiday travels take you away on a plane, train or automobile, getting there is all the fun with the speedy new Travel Playmoji pack. Document your adventures from the window seat, or spice up snaps from your road trip.

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2. Send a virtual postcard. Wish loved ones a happy holiday from wherever you are with Playmoji, stickers and captions. Or say it all in a selfie by posing with characters who react to you. Once you’ve lined up the perfect shot, sharing with Playground is easy—just a few taps straight from the camera.

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3. Let your creativity snow. Brrr! Chillier temperatures mean a chance to use snowy Weather Playmoji and the Winter Playmoji pack during your favorite seasonal activities like ice skating and hockey.

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4. Put your spin on a scene. Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel! We made you out of…pixels. Hanukkah may be over, but you can use these themed stickers year-round, complete with dancing menorah candles, spinning dreidels and latkes galore.

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5. Deck the halls. Make an old tradition new again by challenging your family to a tree decorating contest with Playground. One tree, endless possibilities!

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6. Tell an imaginative story. Add some flair to holiday scenes with the jolly new “Christmas Cheer” stickers. Throw a Santa hat on your friend, stick mistletoe where it belongs or place a one-of-a-kind “gift” under the tree.

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You can spread the holiday cheer with Playground this season by sharing your creations with #teampixel. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Bringing eSIM to more networks around the world

With eSIM,  getting wireless service is as easy as turning on your phone. Gone are the days of going to the store to get a SIM card and fumbling around to try and place it into a small slot. With eSIM, we hope to bring you instant connectivity across more carrier networks, and devices in the Google ecosystem—from Android smartphones to Chromebooks to Wear OS smartwatches.

Pixel 2 was the first major smartphone with eSIM, and now, on Pixel 3,  we’re expanding eSIM support to more carriers. If you’re in the U.S. and would like to purchase a phone that has eSIM, head over to Google Fi or the Google Store. If you’re in Germany, look out for the ability to purchase Pixel 3 with eSIM functionality from Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone soon. Sprint in the U.S., EE in the UK, Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, and Truphone and Gigsky in various countries will also roll out eSIM support for Pixel 3 in the coming months.

To enable a consistent and simple experience across the ecosystem, we’re also creating a program that allows Android device makers to build eSIM-capable smartphones. We look forward to continuing our work with our partners on the potential benefits of eSIM—whether that’s getting you connected to a phone, watch, tablet, or laptop—in the future.

Source: Android


Learning to Predict Depth on the Pixel 3 Phones



Portrait Mode on the Pixel smartphones lets you take professional-looking images that draw attention to a subject by blurring the background behind it. Last year, we described, among other things, how we compute depth with a single camera using its Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF) pixels (also known as dual-pixel autofocus) using a traditional non-learned stereo algorithm. This year, on the Pixel 3, we turn to machine learning to improve depth estimation to produce even better Portrait Mode results.
Left: The original HDR+ image. Right: A comparison of Portrait Mode results using depth from traditional stereo and depth from machine learning. The learned depth result has fewer errors. Notably, in the traditional stereo result, many of the horizontal lines behind the man are incorrectly estimated to be at the same depth as the man and are kept sharp.
(Mike Milne)
A Short Recap
As described in last year’s blog post, Portrait Mode uses a neural network to determine what pixels correspond to people versus the background, and augments this two layer person segmentation mask with depth information derived from the PDAF pixels. This is meant to enable a depth-dependent blur, which is closer to what a professional camera does.

PDAF pixels work by capturing two slightly different views of a scene, shown below. Flipping between the two views, we see that the person is stationary, while the background moves horizontally, an effect referred to as parallax. Because parallax is a function of the point’s distance from the camera and the distance between the two viewpoints, we can estimate depth by matching each point in one view with its corresponding point in the other view.
The two PDAF images on the left and center look very similar, but in the crop on the right you can see the parallax between them. It is most noticeable on the circular structure in the middle of the crop.
However, finding these correspondences in PDAF images (a method called depth from stereo) is extremely challenging because scene points barely move between the views. Furthermore, all stereo techniques suffer from the aperture problem. That is, if you look at the scene through a small aperture, it is impossible to find correspondence for lines parallel to the stereo baseline, i.e., the line connecting the two cameras. In other words, when looking at the horizontal lines in the figure above (or vertical lines in portrait orientation shots), any proposed shift of these lines in one view with respect to the other view looks about the same. In last year’s Portrait Mode, all these factors could result in errors in depth estimation and cause unpleasant artifacts.

Improving Depth Estimation
With Portrait Mode on the Pixel 3, we fix these errors by utilizing the fact that the parallax used by depth from stereo algorithms is only one of many depth cues present in images. For example, points that are far away from the in-focus plane appear less sharp than ones that are closer, giving us a defocus depth cue. In addition, even when viewing an image on a flat screen, we can accurately tell how far things are because we know the rough size of everyday objects (e.g. one can use the number of pixels in a photograph of a person’s face to estimate how far away it is). This is called a semantic cue.

Designing a hand-crafted algorithm to combine these different cues is extremely difficult, but by using machine learning, we can do so while also better exploiting the PDAF parallax cue. Specifically, we train a convolutional neural network, written in TensorFlow, that takes as input the PDAF pixels and learns to predict depth. This new and improved ML-based method of depth estimation is what powers Portrait Mode on the Pixel 3.
Our convolutional neural network takes as input the PDAF images and outputs a depth map. The network uses an encoder-decoder style architecture with skip connections and residual blocks.
Training the Neural Network
In order to train the network, we need lots of PDAF images and corresponding high-quality depth maps. And since we want our predicted depth to be useful for Portrait Mode, we also need the training data to be similar to pictures that users take with their smartphones.

To accomplish this, we built our own custom “Frankenphone” rig that contains five Pixel 3 phones, along with a Wi-Fi-based solution that allowed us to simultaneously capture pictures from all of the phones (within a tolerance of ~2 milliseconds). With this rig, we computed high-quality depth from photos by using structure from motion and multi-view stereo.
Left: Custom rig used to collect training data. Middle: An example capture flipping between the five images. Synchronization between the cameras ensures that we can calculate depth for dynamic scenes, such as this one. Right: Ground truth depth. Low confidence points, i.e., points where stereo matches are not reliable due to weak texture, are colored in black and are not used during training. (Sam Ansari and Mike Milne)
The data captured by this rig is ideal for training a network for the following main reasons:
  • Five viewpoints ensure that there is parallax in multiple directions and hence no aperture problem.
  • The arrangement of the cameras ensures that a point in an image is usually visible in at least one other image resulting in fewer points with no correspondences.
  • The baseline, i.e., the distance between the cameras is much larger than our PDAF baseline resulting in more accurate depth estimation.
  • Synchronization between the cameras ensure that we can calculate depth for dynamic scenes like the one above.
  • Portability of the rig ensures that we can capture photos in the wild simulating the photos users take with their smartphones.
However, even though the data captured from this rig is ideal, it is still extremely challenging to predict the absolute depth of objects in a scene — a given PDAF pair can correspond to a range of different depth maps (depending on lens characteristics, focus distance, etc). To account for this, we instead predict the relative depths of objects in the scene, which is sufficient for producing pleasing Portrait Mode results.

Putting it All Together
This ML-based depth estimation needs to run fast on the Pixel 3, so that users don’t have to wait too long for their Portrait Mode shots. However, to get good depth estimates that makes use of subtle defocus and parallax cues, we have to feed full resolution, multi-megapixel PDAF images into the network. To ensure fast results, we use TensorFlow Lite, a cross-platform solution for running machine learning models on mobile and embedded devices and the Pixel 3’s powerful GPU to compute depth quickly despite our abnormally large inputs. We then combine the resulting depth estimates with masks from our person segmentation neural network to produce beautiful Portrait Mode results.

Try it Yourself
In Google Camera App version 6.1 and later, our depth maps are embedded in Portrait Mode images. This means you can use the Google Photos depth editor to change the amount of blur and the focus point after capture. You can also use third-party depth extractors to extract the depth map from a jpeg and take a look at it yourself. Also, here is an album showing the relative depth maps and the corresponding Portrait Mode images for traditional stereo and the learning-based approaches.

Acknowledgments
This work wouldn’t have been possible without Sam Ansari, Yael Pritch Knaan, David Jacobs, Jiawen Chen, Juhyun Lee and Andrei Kulik. Special thanks to Mike Milne and Andy Radin who captured data with the five-camera rig.

Source: Google AI Blog


Between brush strokes: A Q&A with artist Heather Day

These days San Francisco-based artist Heather Day is painting more than just canvas. In fact, she recently brought her unique perspective and energetic composition to the walls of our New York City pop-up store where she painted the town red … and blue … and Not Pink.

The same bright lines, playful scribbles and washes of color that make up her fresh mural in SoHo can also be found in our latest artist collection of My Cases—Google Pixel cases that are available in more than one hundred designs.

In between brush strokes, we caught up with Heather Day to find out what inspires her work, how technology helps bring her abstract paintings to life and who her dream dinner guest is.

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Artist Heather Day's painting comes to life on the walls of our pop-up store. Photo credit: Minü Han

What was your inspiration for this mural?

I wanted this mural to be playful, easily palatable and encourage visitors to stay for a while. While I was making this piece, I thought about the energy constantly pulsing through New York City and the patterns therein. The city itself feels like a collage of complex shapes, hemmed in by the borders of wandering lines. The mural mirrors this concept.

How does technology play a role in your creative process?

I primarily work with traditional mediums, as in physical mediums. To take an idea from draft to reality, I use the Pixel Slate and digital pen to draw renderings of my plans for a mural. I can make marks fast and do all of this in a minimal amount of time, from anywhere. I don’t have to be in my studio to experiment.  

Using a digital drawing pad gives me a more true-to-form picture of what my work will look like at scale. It’s hard to get that perspective working on paper. Now, I can zoom in and out of a space while I’m painting, albeit digitally. 

Your artwork also appears on Pixel My Cases. How did you come up with the designs for your My Case collection?

My process was playful. I approached this piece the same way I would a painting on canvas, but my medium was different this time. I worked on about 70 different paintings, experimenting with the Not Pink color on paper. In my studio, I played with spills of lush acrylic paint, pairing those markings against energetic streaks of pastel.

Heather Day mural and My Case

One of Heather Day's designs on the latest collection of My Cases for Pixel. 

You’re also a recent Pixel convert—welcome to #teampixel! What is your favorite feature so far?

So far, it’s the camera. I love how it takes such beautiful photos in low light with Night Sight.

You host a dinner series in San Francisco. Who is your dream dinner guest and where would you take them to grab a bite to eat?

Yes! We started the dinner series as a small experiment to bring a diverse group of strangers around my table for dinner. Now, it’s evolved into what we call Studio Table.

My dream dinner guest would be abstract painter Katharina Grosse. I’d imagine we’d keep it simple and pick up sandwiches from a bodega and take a walk around Central Park and talk art.

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Heather Day's mural set the mood for a brunch we event we hosted at the Google pop-up store.

You can find Heather’s work on her website and on Instagram.

Between brush strokes: A Q&A with artist Heather Day

These days San Francisco-based artist Heather Day is painting more than just canvas. In fact, she recently brought her unique perspective and energetic composition to the walls of our New York City pop-up store where she painted the town red … and blue … and Not Pink.

The same bright lines, playful scribbles and washes of color that make up her fresh mural in SoHo can also be found in our latest artist collection of My Cases—Google Pixel cases that are available in more than one hundred designs.

In between brush strokes, we caught up with Heather Day to find out what inspires her work, how technology helps bring her abstract paintings to life and who her dream dinner guest is.

heather painting

Artist Heather Day's painting comes to life on the walls of our pop-up store. Photo credit: Minü Han

What was your inspiration for this mural?

I wanted this mural to be playful, easily palatable and encourage visitors to stay for a while. While I was making this piece, I thought about the energy constantly pulsing through New York City and the patterns therein. The city itself feels like a collage of complex shapes, hemmed in by the borders of wandering lines. The mural mirrors this concept.

How does technology play a role in your creative process?

I primarily work with traditional mediums, as in physical mediums. To take an idea from draft to reality, I use the Pixel Slate and digital pen to draw renderings of my plans for a mural. I can make marks fast and do all of this in a minimal amount of time, from anywhere. I don’t have to be in my studio to experiment.  

Using a digital drawing pad gives me a more true-to-form picture of what my work will look like at scale. It’s hard to get that perspective working on paper. Now, I can zoom in and out of a space while I’m painting, albeit digitally. 

Your artwork also appears on Pixel My Cases. How did you come up with the designs for your My Case collection?

My process was playful. I approached this piece the same way I would a painting on canvas, but my medium was different this time. I worked on about 70 different paintings, experimenting with the Not Pink color on paper. In my studio, I played with spills of lush acrylic paint, pairing those markings against energetic streaks of pastel.

Heather Day mural and My Case

One of Heather Day's designs on the latest collection of My Cases for Pixel. 

You’re also a recent Pixel convert—welcome to #teampixel! What is your favorite feature so far?

So far, it’s the camera. I love how it takes such beautiful photos in low light with Night Sight.

You host a dinner series in San Francisco. Who is your dream dinner guest and where would you take them to grab a bite to eat?

Yes! We started the dinner series as a small experiment to bring a diverse group of strangers around my table for dinner. Now, it’s evolved into what we call Studio Table.

My dream dinner guest would be abstract painter Katharina Grosse. I’d imagine we’d keep it simple and pick up sandwiches from a bodega and take a walk around Central Park and talk art.

studiotable

Heather Day's mural set the mood for a brunch we event we hosted at the Google pop-up store.

You can find Heather’s work on her website and on Instagram.

See the light with Night Sight

Pixel’s camera is designed to help you capture life’s best moments effortlessly. With features like HDR+, Portrait mode, Top Shot, and Super Res Zoom, Pixel 3 uses computational photography and machine learning to help you capture stunning, creative and even professional photos. All you need to do is press the shutter button. 

Because life’s best moments aren’t always perfectly lit, we developed Night Sight, a new feature for the Pixel camera that helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos without a flash or tripod. Over the next few days, Night Sight will be coming to the front and rear cameras on all three generations of Pixel phones.

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iPhone XS with SmartHDR (left), and Pixel 3 with Night Sight (right).

Why photography is difficult at night

The key ingredient for a photo is light. When it’s dark, cameras compensate by spending more time capturing light and increasing their sensitivity to light, often adding unwanted motion blur and noise to your photo.

Flash helps by adding light to the scene, but it awkwardly blinds your friends and can annoy others around you. Not to mention, it usually creates unflattering photos and isn’t even allowed in many places where photography is permitted. Flash also only brightens nearby subjects and isn’t useful for landscapes or faraway objects.

Tripods stabilize the camera, allowing it to capture more light, but they’re bulky and impractical for everyday use. By enabling longer captures, tripods may also introduce unwanted motion blur from moving objects. 

How Night Sight works

Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment, whether you’re holding Pixel or propping it on a steady surface. Before you press the shutter button, Night Sight measures your natural hand shake, as well as how much motion is in the scene. If Pixel is stable and the scene is still, Night Sight will spend more time capturing light to minimize noise; if Pixel is moving or there’s significant scene motion, Night Sight will use shorter exposures, capturing less light to minimize motion blur.

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Night Sight can capture more light when Pixel and the scene are still. Photo by Narayan Hegde (Pixel 3, Night Sight).

If your subject moves during the capture, Night Sight can adapt to prevent a modest amount of motion from ruining the shot. Instead of capturing one bright and blurry photo, Night Sight captures an equal amount of light over a burst of many photos that are dark but sharp. By merging this burst, Night Sight prevents motion blur and brightens the photo, giving you a bright and sharp photo.

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Night Sight is robust to moderate levels of hand shake and scene motion. It merges many dark but sharp photos into one bright photo.

Night Sight is designed to capture true-to-life photos, adapting to the various lighting conditions you’ll see at night. Using machine learning, Night Sight balances the color of your photo so that objects show their natural color at night.

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Night Sight uses machine learning to balance colors.

For more details on how Night Sight helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos, head over to the Google AI blog.

How and when to use Night Sight

If you’re taking a photo in low light, Pixel will suggest using Night Sight. You can enter Night Sight by tapping this suggestion or manually navigating to the mode. After you tap the shutter button, try to hold still until Night Sight finishes capturing the photo.

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Night Sight on Pixel 3 XL

Night Sight adapts to you and the environment so you can capture the moment effortlessly. Here are some additional tips to get the most out of your phone’s camera in low light:

  • If you’re taking a photo of someone, ask them to hold still for a few seconds before and after you press the shutter button.

  • Hold the phone steady. If you can, try propping it against a stable surface.

  • Make sure the camera lens is clean. It can accumulate oil from fingerprints, creating blurry and soft photos.

  • Try tapping on or around your subject to help your camera focus when taking photos in very dark conditions.

  • Avoid pointing your camera at bright light sources, which may cause unwanted reflections in your photo.

  • Cameras don’t work in complete darkness, so you’ll still need some light to capture a photo.

Night Sight will be rolling out over the next few days with an update to the Google Camera app. Share your photos using #teampixel and #nightsight, and check out some Night Sight photos in this Google Photos shared album.

Step into the Sights of Sound with Pixel 3

To show you some of the features on the new Pixel 3 phone, we created Sights of Sound powered by YouTube Music, an immersive pop-up experience coming to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami and Atlanta this fall.

Visitors step inside rooms inspired by four musicians and use a Pixel 3 to navigate, capture and share the experience. To bring each room to life, you’ll need to solve a puzzle using Google Lens, the visual tool that lets you search what you see. Throughout the pop-up, you and your friends can try out Pixel’s brilliant camera by using Group Selfie Cam, Top Shot and Photobooth Mode.

We collaborated with Ella Mai, Future, J Balvin and Marshmello to create each immersive space in the pop-up. Dive deep into Ella Mai’s Inner Reflections, sit like royalty among snakes and nine-foot tall golden lions in Future’s Trap Mansion, dance your way through J Balvin’s Reggaeton World, bounce your troubles away in Marshmello’s Happier Place and capture it all on the Pixel 3’s incredible camera.

For more information on dates, times and locations for Sights of Sound, visit g.co/sightsofsound. If you’re in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami or Atlanta, we hope to see you there!

Strike a pose with Pixel 3

With Pixel, we want to give you a camera that you can always trust and rely on. That means a camera which is fast, can take photos in any light and has built-in intelligence to capture those moments that only happen once. The camera should also give you a way to get creative with your photos and videos and be able to easily edit and share.

To celebrate Pixel 3 hitting the shelves in the US today, here are 10 things you can do with the Pixel camera.

1. Just point and shoot!

The Pixel camera has HDR+ on by default which uses computational photography to help you take better pictures in scenes where there is a range of brightness levels. When you press the shutter button, HDR+ actually captures a rapid burst of pictures, then quickly combines them into one. This improves results in both low-light and high dynamic range situations.

2. Top Shot

Get the best shot on the first try. When you take a motion photo, Top Shot captures alternate high-quality shots, then recommends the best one—even if it’s not exactly when you hit the shutter. Behind the scenes,Top Shot looks for those shots where everyone is smiling, with eyes open and facing the camera. Just click on the thumbnail when you take a picture and you’ll get a suggestion to choose a better picture when one is available. You can also find top shots on photos whenever you want by swiping up on the photo in Google Photos. Top Shot works best on people and is getting better all the time.

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Top Shot on Pixel 3 

3. Night Sight

In low light scenes when you'd typically use flash—but don't want to because it makes a big scene, blinds your friends, and leaves harsh, uneven lighting—Night Sight can help you take colorful, detailed and low-noise pictures in super low light. Night Sight is coming soon to Pixel. 

4. Super Res Zoom

Pixel 3 lets you zoom in and still get sharp, detailed images. Fun fact: this works by taking advantage of the natural shaking of your hand when you take a photo. For every zoomed shot, we combine a burst of slightly different images, resulting in better resolution, and lower noise. So when you pinch-zoom before pressing the shutter, you’ll definitely get a lot more details in your picture than if you crop afterwards.

5. Group Selfie Cam

If you’re having trouble fitting everyone in shot, or you want the beautiful scenery as well as your beautiful face, try our new wide angle lens that lets you get much more in your selfie. You can get up to 184% more in the shot*, or 11 people is my own personal record. Wide angle lenses fit more people in the shot, but they also stretch and distort faces that are on the edge. The Pixel camera uses AI to correct this, so every face looks natural and you can use the full field of view of the selfie cam.

6. Photobooth

You spend ages getting the selfie at precisely the right angle, but then you try and reach the shutter button and lose the frame. Photobooth mode lets you take photos without pressing the shutter button: simply smile, poke your tongue out, or pucker those lips.

7. Playground

Bring more of your imagination to a scene with Playmoji— augmented reality characters that react to each other and to you—and add animated stickers and fun captions to your photos and videos. Playground also works on the front camera, so you can up your selfie game by standing next to characters you love, like Iron Man from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Playground on Pixel 3

Playground on Pixel 3 helps you create and play with the world around you

8. Google Lens Suggestions

Just point the Pixel 3 camera at contact info, URLs, and barcodes and it’ll automatically suggest things to do like calling the number, or sending an email. This all happens without you having to type anything and Lens will show the suggestions even when you’re offline. It’s particularly helpful with business cards, movie posters, and takeout menus.

9. Portrait Mode

Our improved Portrait Mode on Pixel is designed to give you even sharper and more beautiful images this year. Plus we’ve added some fun editing options in Google Photos—like being able to change the blurriness of the background, or change the part of the picture in focus after you’ve taken it. Google Photos can also make the subject of your photo pop by leaving them in color, while changing the background to black and white.

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Portrait Mode and color pop with Pixel 3 and Google Photos

10. Smooth video

We’ve added new selfie video stabilization so now you can get super smooth video from the front or back cameras. And if you’re recording someone or something that is moving, just tap on them and the video will lock on the subject as they, or you, move—so you don’t lose focus.

Finally, if you’re a pro photographer, we’ve added a bunch of new features to help you manage your photography from the ability to export RAW, to external mic support, to synthetic fill flash which mimics professional lighting equipment to bring a beautiful glow to your pictures.

Once you’ve taken all those amazing photos and videos, Pixel comes with unlimited storage so you never get that “storage full” pop up at a crucial moment.** 

Share your pics using #teampixel so we can see what you create with Pixel 3.



*Compared to iPhone Xs

**Free, unlimited online original-quality storage for photos/videos uploaded from Pixel 3 to Google Photos through 1/31/2022, and those photos/videos will remain free at original quality. g.co/help/photostorage

Titan M makes Pixel 3 our most secure phone yet


Security has always been a top priority for Pixel, spanning both the hardware and software of our devices. This includes monthly security updates and yearly OS updates, so Pixel always has the most secure version of Android, as well as Google Play Protect to help safeguard your phone from malware. Last year on Pixel 2, we also included a dedicated tamper-resistant hardware security module to protect your lock screen and strengthen disk encryption.

This year, with Pixel 3, we’re advancing our investment in secure hardware with Titan M, an enterprise-grade security chip custom built for Pixel 3 to secure your most sensitive on-device data and operating system. With Titan M, we took the best features from the Titan chip used in Google Cloud data centers and tailored it for mobile.



Here are a few ways Titan M protects your phone.

Security in the Bootloader

First, to protect Android from outside tampering, we’ve integrated Titan M into Verified Boot, our secure boot process.

Titan M helps the bootloader—the program that validates and loads Android when the phone turns on—make sure that you’re running the right version of Android. Specifically, Titan M stores the last known safe Android version and prevents “bad actors” from moving your device back to run on an older, potentially vulnerable, version of Android behind your back. Titan M also prevents attackers running in Android attempting to unlock the bootloader.

Lock Screen Protection & Disk Encryption On-Device

Pixel 3 also uses Titan M to verify your lock screen passcode. It makes the process of guessing multiple  password combinations harder by limiting the amount of logon attempts, making it difficult for bad actors to unlock your phone. Only upon successful verification of your passcode will Titan M allow for decryption.

In addition, the secure flash and fully independent computation of Titan M makes it harder for an attacker to tamper with this process to gain the secrets to decrypt your data.

Secure Transactions in Third-Party Apps

Third, Titan M is used not only to protect Android and its functionality, but also to protect third-party apps and secure sensitive transactions. With Android 9, apps can now take advantage of StrongBox KeyStore APIs to generate and store their private keys in Titan M. The Google Pay team is actively testing out these new APIs to secure transactions.

For apps that rely on user interaction to confirm a transaction, Titan M also enables Android 9 Protected Confirmation, an API for protecting the most security-critical operations. As more processes come online and go mobile—like e-voting, and P2P money transfers—these APIs can help to ensure that the user (not malware) has confirmed the transaction. Pixel 3 is the first device to ship with this protection.

Insider Attack Resistance

Last, but not least, to prevent tampering, Titan M is built with insider attack resistance. The firmware on Titan M will never be updated unless you have entered your passcode, meaning bad actors cannot bypass your lock screen to update the firmware to a malicious version.

With the Pixel 3, we’ve increased our investment in security and put industry-leading hardware features into the device, so you can rest assured that your security and privacy are well protected. In the coming months, the security community will be able to audit Titan through its open-source firmware. In the meantime, you can test out Titan M and all of the smarts Pixel 3 brings, when it goes on sale on Thursday, October 18 in the U.S.