Google’s flagship line of Pixel smartphones have often acted as a showcase for new technology that Google would subsequently roll out to other Android devices, such as Project Tango, and its successor, ARCore. A leaked marketing video for the upcoming Google Pixel 3 shows this might again be the case with some new augmented reality (AR) camera features being demonstrated.
A video acquired by consumer advice website MySmartPrice appeared to be directly from Google’s own marketing campaign, and displayed a number of functions and features of the upcoming Google Pixel 3.
The first notable point is that the OS is Android 9.0 Pie. Most of the navigation appears to remain the same, with several features from previous generation Pixel smartphones, such as the activation of Google Assistant being via squeezing the sides of the phone, or the ‘Tap to Wake’ feature, which lets users activate the screen with a double tap, or use a double press of the camera button to launch the camera.
Of slightly more interest are some AR features which have been introduced. One in particular is highlighted in the video, which shows the user holding a business card up to the camera, which automatically scans in the email address. Then just a tap on the captured address will let you sent an email to the specified address in Gmail.
Other camera features include swipe gestures that cycle through the various camera modes. Previous leaks have suggested that the Google Pixel 3 will feature a high-quality single-lens rear camera, and a dual-lens 8 megapixel front-facing camera. There have also been rumours of something called ‘super-selfie’ mode, though details on this have been scarce.
Some early comparisons between the Google Pixel 3 XL and its Pixel XL predecessor show that the two handsets are the same size, though the Pixel 3 XL has a larger screen. The leaked marketing video is available to view below.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is scheduled to launch on 9th October. A price point is yet to be confirmed. For future coverage on new AR technology, keep checking back with VRFocus.