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Google Pixel Cameras Coming With External Microphones Support

"Pixel 3" comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras.

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Ahead of its Pixel 3 launch on Thursday, Google has confirmed that the Pixel camera app is coming with an external microphone support.

“At the same time as ‘Pixel 3’ launch (October 18), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels,” a Pixel employee said on an old post on Google product.

This update incorporating the external microphone support on older Pixel phones should become available at the same time as the retail launch of “Pixel 3”, The Verge reported on Sunday.

Some third-party Android camera apps like “Open Camera” have already allowed external microphones to record audio while creators and users recorded video using a Pixel device.

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Apart from rolling out the external microphone support to the Pixel phones, the older models are also set to gain many new camera software features.

The search-engine giant officially took the veils off “Pixel 3” alongside a bigger “Pixel 3 XL” smartphone on October 9.

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“Pixel 3” comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras.

The “Pixel 3” smartphone will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant, whereas “Pixel 3 XL” will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model. (IANS)

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Google is The Best Search Engine, Says Tim Cook

On a question on diversity at workplace, Cook said the Silicon Valley has been open to many different people from different walks of life

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Google Search engine — the default platform for iOS users — is the best, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said, adding that the company has put proper controls in its Safari web browser to safeguard users’ data.

In an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday night, Tim Cook defended Apple’s billion-dollar deal with Google that keeps Google Search a default search platform on its devices.

“One, I think their (Google’s) Search engine is the best. But two, look at what we’ve done with the controls. We have private web browsing, we have intelligent tracking prevention.

“What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing, but it goes a long way in helping,” Cool told the Axios technology correspondent.

Google will reportedly pay Apple a whopping $9 billion in 2018 to remain the default search engine for iPhone’s Safari browser on iOS.

According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall (via Business Insider), this number would only continue to grow, potentially leading to a payment of $12 billion in 2019.

Cook has opposed privacy practices of some big tech companies, like Facebook, in the past, calling them a form of “surveillance”.

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When it comes to regulating the tech companies, Tim Cook said while he was “not a big fan of regulation,” but there comes time to “admit when the free market is not working”.

“I think it’s inevitable that there will be some level of regulation. I think Congress and the administration at some point will pass something,” Cook said.

“This is not a matter of privacy versus profits, or privacy versus technical innovation. That’s a false choice.

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“Your device has incredible intelligence about you, but as a company I don’t have to have that,” the Apple CEO added.

On a question on diversity at workplace, Cook said the Silicon Valley has been open to many different people from different walks of life.

“But I agree 100 per cent from a gender point of view that the valley has missed it and tech in general has missed it,” he said. (IANS)