GOOGLE HAS OFFICIALLY introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, both of which had exactly zero surprises in the store.
Given the huge number of leaks building up to Google's launch, there was little left for the firm to unveil. As expected, the flagship duo sport is larger than last year's models at 5.5in and 6.3in respectively, run Google's Android 9.0 OS and offer dual front-facing cameras and wireless charging for the first time.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL below.
You can also check out our full Google Pixel 3 XL review.
Release date The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping in Blighty on 1 November.
At the time of writing, some Pixel 3 XL models have sold out, with shipping dates now listed as "three to four weeks". This includes all the configurations of the new 'Not Pink' model and 128GB variants of the Black and White versions.
Price Here in the UK, the Pixel 3 will cost £ 739 with 64GB storage and £ 839 with 128GB of storage. The Pixel 3 XL will cost £ 869 and £ 969 with 64GB and 128GB of storage, respectively.
O2 has started taking pre-orders. It's offering the Pixel 3 from £ 43 per month and the Pixel 3 XL from £ 45 per month, both with £ 30 upfront costs.
Over the EE website, the Pixel 3 can be picked up for £ 10 on a £ 58 per month contract while the Pixel 3 XL will set you back £ 20 on a £ 63 tariff.
Three is the Pixel 3 from £ 41 per month with a £ 99 upfront cost, and the larger Pixel 3 XL from £ 47 per month with the same upfront cost.
Over at Sky Mobile, pricing for Pixel 3 starts at £ 35 per month, and from £ 40 per month for the Pixel 3 XL.
Vodafone is offering the Pixel 3 from £ 58 per month with a £ 49 upfront cost, and the larger Pixel 3 XL for £ 62 per month with the same £ 49 upfront fee.
Latest news 25/11/18: Google's Pixel 3 Lite has been spotted in the wild yet again, this time cosily up to its Pixel 3 sibling. Russian Twitter user @jc_ru shared the image, which appears to show the Pixel 3 Lite's taller 5.56in display with a 18.5: 9 aspect ratio next to the Pixel 3's 5.5in screen with 18: 9 ratio.
According to earlier rumors, the Pixel 3 Lite – codenamed 'Sargo' – features a Snapdragon 670 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, a 12.2MP main camera and the same 2,915mAh battery as the Pixel 3.
22/11/18: Some Pixel 3 owners are complaining that their spanking-new smartphone can not be bootloader unlocked, even if purchased directly from Google. Specifically, over on XDA Developers forum, owners of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are stating that the "OEM unlocking" toggle within Developer Options is grayed out.
While Google has not yet commented, some are speculating that Google Store could be shipping Verizon models by mistake; Typically, devices purchased directly from the firm are easily unlockable, while those purchased from Verizon – the exclusive US carrier for all Pixel models – can not.
It's likely Google will push out and software fix; and similar issue affected Pixel 2 handsets last year, but users were required to perform a factory reset.
20/11/18: Pixel 3 owners are reporting another software glitch, and this one is disabling the smartphone's 'world-class' camera. Over on Google's forums and Reddit, users are complaining that a bug is preventing them from using the camera app; some are seeing a 'fatal error' pop-up, while others are getting a 'can not connect to camera' message in third-party apps. Users say that rebooting the device temporarily fixes the glitch, and others say it even persists if you factory-reset the Pixel 3 Google has not yet said whether a fix is coming.
19/11/18: Google looks to be prepping a mid-range version of the Pixel 3 complete with a plastic chassis and a 3.5mm headphone jack, according to photos obtained by Rozetked. The leak suggests that the so-called Pixel 3 Lite, codenamed 'Sargo', will sport a 5.5in 2,220×1080 LCD screen and Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage, down from the 64GB included with the Pixels flagship 3.
The photo also appears to show that the front front speaker has been axed, and instead replaced by a bottom-firing speaker. However, Rozetked claims that the handset will feature the same camera setup as the regular Pixel 3; and the added bonus of a headphone jack.
15/11/18: Google has promised that a fix is coming up for a bug that is causing the text messages to vanish for Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners. Those affected think the company's latest Android security update may be blame, but others say that their messages have vanished sometime last month. Either way, the glitch should be fixed shortly, with Google saying in a statement: "We've recently discovered a bug affecting SMS / MMS on a small number of Pixels 3s and are rolling out a fix soon."
14/11/18: Yet another bug is irking owners of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. After reports of disappearing photos, users are now complaining that text messages are vanishing after installing Google's latest security patch. According to one user on Reddit, via Android Police, two years' worth of messages were wiped after the update was installed, and it sounds like Google does not have any answers just yet.
According to Android Police and several users on Reddit, text messages began to disappear from users' inboxes shortly after the security patch was installed. One Redditor reportedly lost over two years worth of messages, with only recently created message threads showing up. Upon contacting support, several users were told that Google was aware of the issue and that they were working on it. It is unlikely that the Messages app is at fault, considering that older Pixels and the XL version are free from the issue.
12/11/18: The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are suffering from a overheating issue that causes handsets to shut down completely while on charge. As reported by 9to5Google, users have taken to social media to complain about the borkage, stating that the issue triggered when the phone is performing an action while being juiced.
Users have a notification that they will be "limited while phone cools down", followed by a slowdown in charge rate. For some, it will shut down entirely, with a "phone turned off due to heat" message once it restarts.
Google has yet to comment on the issue.
30/10/18: A weird, but also hilarious bug is equipping Pixel 3 XL handsets with, er, two notchesbelow).
As reported by Android Police, several users have noticed a bug that randomly adds a side-mounted notch to the Pixel 3 XL's display. Thankfully, according to Reddit users who have experienced the glitch, the virtual notch will disappear after a restart of the device.
Google is also aware of the problem too, telling Android Police that a fix for the issue is "coming soon".
24/10/18: The Pixel 3 and 3 XL only support fast wireless charging on Google-approved accessories, it's been revealed. Android Police reports that only the official Google Pixel Stand supports fast 10W wireless charging, while third-party products are stuck on slower 5W charging speeds, even if they are 10W capable.
It got the scoop from a miffed Pixel 3 owner who recently purchased a 10W Anker charger that was only clocking 5W speeds. Anker confirmed the bad news saying that their testing attributed the downgraded capabilities to a restrained put in by Google.
"Google's official wireless charger can provide 10W for the newly released Pixel 3 and Pixel XL 3, however, according to our quality engineer, Pixel sets a limitation for third party charging accessories and we are afraid that even our fast wireless charger can only provide 5W for these two devices, "the accessory maker said.
Google also confirmed it, but said in a statement that it is working with parents to get fast 10W chargers certified for use with the Pixel 3.
23/10/18: Just days after it was revealed that Google's Pixel 3 smartphones suffer from a photo-deleting bugbelow), users are complaining that the speakers on the 3 XL are producing buzzing or distorted sound. The issue, which appears to be confined to Google's larger flagship, is affecting a large number of users, who suggest that low-to-mid-range frequencies are particularly problematic.
"So I totally LOVE my new pixel 3 XL but there is a fuzzyness to the speakers on it," one Reddit user wrote. "It sounds like an electrical distortion, noticed it from day one."
Another moaned: "My speaker sounds like a shit at low volume, almost like a buzzing at the bottom and the sound is different depending on how I touch the back glass."
Google has yet to comment, but users are speculating that the issue is hardware-related, which means the replacement device may be the only solution.
22/10/18: Early adopters of Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL complain that there is a problem with Camera app not saving pictures. The problem – which had also been affecting Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices, according to a Reddit thread – occurs when a user takes a photo with Google Camera and switches to another app or locks the handset immediately after. Some users speculate that the bug is related to the Android Doze battery saving feature, as it seems to have solved the problem for a few people. Google has yet to comment on the bug.
18/10/18: Google has spoken about the new Titan M security chip inside its Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones. In a post on his blog, the firm explains that the chip is derived from the Titan chip used in Google Cloud data centers, in order to bring "tamper-resistant" hardware security to its latest flagships.
The Titan M is integrated into the Verified Boot process, Google explains, which prevents malicious attacks from moving your device to an outdated version of Android trying to unlock the bootloader. It also secures the lock screen, and only after a successful verification will the Titan M allow for decryption. Titan M is also used to secure transactions in third-party apps.
In the case of third-party apps, Titan M, apps can now take advantage of StrongBox KeyStore APIs to generate and store private keys in Titan M.
"The Google Pay Team is actively testing these new APIs to secure transactions," Google said, noting that for applications that rely on user interaction, Titan M allows Android 9 Protected Confirmation – making it the first device to do so.
17/10/18: The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were announced last week and, of course, iFixit has been quick to tear them apart. Most interestingly, the teardown reveals that Google's big flagship sports and Samsung-made AMOLED screen, confirming that LG has – unsurprisingly – been dumped as the company's display supplier. Elsewhere, the iFixit team came across the new Google Titan M Security chip, the same Pixel Visual Core as the Pixel 2 XL's. Overall, the teardown team slapped the Pixel 3's construction – which included "copious amounts of glue" with a lackluster reparability score of four out of 10.
9/10/18: Google has surprised no one with the launch of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which are, exactly, what you were expecting.
The Android Pie duo sport 5.5in 1080×2160 and 6.3in 1440×2960 OLED displays, respectively, from the 5in and 6in screens found on Google's flagships last year. The Pixel 3 XL also sports a hefty iPhone X-a-like notch for the first time, while the Pixel 3 opts for an old-school bezaged display instead.
The front-facing cameras, which include standard and wide-angle lenses, have been introduced to house the handsets. Around the back, however, Google has stuck with a single 12.2MP camera, bucking the industry trend of dual, and in some cases triple-lens setups.
While this may sound somewhat lackluster on paper, Google's new 'Night Sight' feature – which will come as a software update later this year – will capture natural-looking photos in the dark without flash and will be rolling out as part of and software update later this year.
Under the hood, both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 845 processor, paired Google's new Titan M security chip, 4GB RAM and a choice of 64GB or 128GB built-in storage. The two handsets also support wireless charging for the first time, and Google is introducing its own charge stand – the Pixel Stand – as an optional accessory.
Design-wise, the new Pixels do not look too dissimilar to last year's models, and both offer the same IP68 certification as the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. However, Google has introduced a new 'Not Pink' model for its newer pink-colored handset. This will be offered alongside 'Just Black' and 'Clearly White' models.
8/10/18: With just one day away from Google's Pixel 3 XL unveiling, the handset has fallen victim to one last mega-leak. According to Engadget editor Richard Lai, the handset is already on sale in from a Hong Kong retailer for – and he managed to get his hands on one. The device in question has, as expected, a 6.3in 2.960 x 1.440 OLED screen, and Snapdragon 845 chips paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and a 3.732mAh battery. On the camera front, you'll find a 12.2MP rear-mounted snapper alongside two 8MP front-facing lenses.
Google will officially unveil the device on Tuesday, and its event will kick off at 4 pm UK time.
28/9/18: The Pixel 3 XL has made yet another premature appearance, courtesy of Russian YouTube Rozetked who has uploaded a hands-on video pitting the device against its Pixel 2 XL predecessor. The clip confirms that the 3 XL has around the same footprint as the 2 XL with a "significantly" bigger display. Ther camera protrudes more on the new model, though, which means it will rock if you place it on a flat surface.
While the video does not tell us much else we do not already know, Rozetked points out that the 3 XL has a new awesome vibration system like that on iDevices, even claiming it "may be better" than Apple's haptic feedback system.
27/9/18: Google's so-called 'Pixel Stand', a wireless charging dock that will accompany the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, has cropped up in a leaked image.