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Which Pixel 3 features are coming to older Pixel phones (and which will remain exclusive)

Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL didn't pack a whole lot of hardware surprises, considering the unceasing deluge of leaks over recent months, but the software was another story. There were plenty of new camera features shown off at the Made by Google 2018 event, with oodles of machine learning magic to go around. Unfortunately for owners of older Pixel phones, not all of these new features will be coming to older handsets. For your convenience, we put together a list of all the major software changes that will (and won't) be coming to previous models.

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Google details new Assistant features coming soon to Pixel phones

During the course of the big Google hardware event on October 9th we heard about a number of new features, most relating to the three main products being unveiled — Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub. As the dust has mostly settled, Google thought it might be a good time to run us through some of the new features coming to Assistant on Pixel phones, new and old.

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Google didn't backtrack on its first-gen Pixel and Pixel XL promise of lifetime full-resolution Google Photos backups

It's becoming a bit of a tradition: Every year, when Google's new smartphones are announced, we have to confirm once again that the first-generation Pixel and XL will keep benefiting from their lifetime original quality photo backups for life. This year, Google made a little snafu, seemingly backtracking on that promise, but it's all been fixed now.

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Call Screen will let Pixel users see who's calling and what they want before answering

Not everything got leaked before Google's event today. One surprise announcement that wowed was Call Screen, a new feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your incoming calls and politely ask what the caller wants. A real-time transcript will appear on your screen, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to pick up.

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Google's Pixel 3 cases are up for pre-order with new designs, third-party options also available

Not only did Google announce the new Pixel Stand to accompany the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but the company also updated its line of cases with new designs and customization options. From fresh fabric colors to more My Case (formerly Live Case) choices, these cases are bound to bring some style to your new phone. Oh, and they are Qi compatible and support Active Edge.

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Pixel USB Type-C earbuds now available on the Google Store for $30

There were whispers about second-generation wireless Pixel Buds being announced today, but that didn't happen. As previous leaks suggested, the Pixel 3 comes with USB Type-C earbuds, so you aren't limited to using the included headphone jack adapter. If you lose your earbuds or you aren't buying the Pixel 3 at all, you can now get the earbuds separately on the Google Store.

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Google Duplex rolls out starting in November on Pixel phones

One of the most impressive (and unsettling) I/O moments happened earlier this year when Google showed off Duplex, an AI chatbot that can place calls for you like a robotic personal assistant. Google wouldn't confirm its plans for Duplex at the time, but it's almost ready for the general public. Duplex is hitting Pixel phones starting next month, but it won't be available everywhere.

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Pixel Stand charges your phone and more for $79

Along with the new hardware announcements at Google's event in New York City, the company also revealed a new accessory for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Appropriated named the Pixel Stand, it's a wireless charging stand that, in typical Google fashion, does more than just recharge your phone.

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The $799 Pixel 3 and $899 Pixel 3 XL are official

It's safe to say that none of Google's products have been spoiled like the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Beyond the usual press renders and wild sightings, a number of stolen Pixel 3 XL units ended up in the hands of bloggers. There was almost nothing left to the imagination by the time Google officially showed off the pair of phones, but the company still had to go through the process of formally introducing the two devices today.

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Smart Compose comes to Gmail for Android as Pixel exclusive

Google rolled out Smart Compose in Gmail earlier this year, but it was only on the web. Now, it's coming to mobile, but not everywhere on mobile. At Google's hardware event, Rick Osterloh noted that Smart Compose would arrive in Gmail for Android as a Pixel exclusive.

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