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Google’s ‘Hold for Me’ Assistant feature appears first on new Pixel phones – Engadget

When the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G arrive, they’ll include an early preview of Google’s new feature for the Phone app, the Duplex-powered “Hold for Me.” Mentioned during the Launch Night presentation and explained in a blog post, it lets Google Assistant wait around and wait for someone to pick up when a business is keeping you on hold.

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It follows Call Screen and Verified Calls as new features that use Assistant to make phone calls less annoying, and repurposes the Duplex developments to let AI detect hold music and produce a notification once someone actually picks up. According to Google, you’ll see captions produced in real-time on your phone’s screen to let you know what’s happening, as Duplex can tell when it’s picking up a recorded message vs. a live representative.

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Google’s Phone and Messages apps will come out of the box with the 5G OnePlus Nord – PhoneArena

This coming Tuesday, the OnePlus Nord mid-ranger will be introduced. Today, the OnePlus Nord Instagram page listed a series of

Google apps that will be offered on the device right out of the box instead of the manufacturer’s own apps. Previously, OnePlus would ship its handsets with its own Phone and SMS apps pre-installed. However, based on an Instagram video created by OnePlus it seems that the Nord will ship with the Google Dialer app and the Google Messages app.

Google apps will replace some of OnePlus’ default apps with the Nord

With the Google Message apps pre-loaded on the OnePlus Nord, users will be able to use Rich Communication Services (RCS) for messaging. Unlike regular SMS apps, RCS uses data networks to send texts instead of cellular networks. As a result, messages can be sent and received over Wi-Fi with each message containing as many as 8,000 characters instead of just 160. Larger video and imaging files can be sent and received and users will obtain a “read receipt” when a message they send has been read by the recipient. Google’s Duo video chat app will also be on the OnePlus Nord by default. Duo can now host chats with up to 32 people participating at the same time.

The OnePlus Nord’s unveiling is taking place this coming Tuesday, July 21st, at 10 am EDT (7 am PDT). To view the event in real-time on your mobile device, you will need to install the OnePlus Nord AR app

from the App Store or

the Google Play Store. As

OnePlus says on the Nord’s Instagram page, “We thought we were the smoothest Android experience out there. But then Google gave us Duo, Phone, and Messages.” Besides being smoother than OnePlus’ own version of these apps, the Android Phone and Messages apps are deployed on several devices in India. Considering that this is one of the countries that the Nord will launch in first, it does make sense to give consumers there access to versions of apps that they have used before.

Based on rumored specs, the OnePlus Nord will sport a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate delivering buttery smooth scrolling and enhanced video game animation. Powering the phone should be the Snapdragon 765G Mobile Platform which is equipped with an integrated 5G modem and will feature as much as 12GB of memory. On the back, there will be a 48MP primary camera driven by the Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a Macro camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. The phone sports dual selfie snappers in the front. There is a 32MP wide camera and an ultra-wide camera with a 105-degree field of view.

Keeping the lights on the handset is a 4115mAh battery which replenishes the power quickly thanks to the 30W Warp charger that comes with the phone. While the OnePlus Nord will be available at first in India and in Europe, and wasn’t expected to make landfall in the U.S., it seems that the company’s plans have changed. After three different rounds of pre-orders have sold out, the head of European strategy for OnePlus, Tuomas Lampen, said that Europe and India will be a test to see how much demand there is for the Nord. And if enough demand for the model surfaces, the Nord could end up launching in the U.S. Considering that the device has seen pre-orders sell out three times already, it sure seems likely that the OnePlus Nord will be coming to America. If for some reason One Plus decides not to bring the model to the states this year, it did say that all subsequent versions of the Nord will be available in the U.S.

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Google’s brand new Pixel Buds are on sale for $125 at US Cellular – Engadget

The new Pixel Buds finally deliver true wireless. They’re more comfortable, and the touch controls are both reliable and intuitive. While they have solid audio quality, Google did not include active noise cancellation (ANC), which is a bit of a disappointment.

We would have also liked to see improved battery life. The Pixel Buds will last for about five hours, but that’s lower than several cheaper wireless earbuds on the market. Though, the charging case gives you an additional 19 hours of listening time, and it can provide 10-minute quick charges for two-hour boosts. That’s probably plenty of power for most users.

Overall, we gave the new Pixel Buds an 83. They are Google’s long-awaited attempt at Apple’s AirPods — we don’t count the 2017 Pixel Buds because they were not completely wireless, Google Assistant wasn’t reliable and they felt a bit incomplete. The new Pixel Buds should solve some of their predecessor’s shortcomings, even if they aren’t perfect. Plus, even at full price, they are pretty affordable.

If you plan to take US Cellular up on its offer, there is one catch. Only those who live in areas covered by US Cellular can purchase the Buds from the site. A quick look at the provider’s coverage map suggests that the majority of the US is covered, but you’ll want to check the map before you attempt to get this deal.

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