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New Pixel smartphone headlines Google device launch

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Wednesday unveiled a redesigned version of its Pixel smartphone, part of a refreshed line of devices as part of the tech giant's efforts to boost its presence against hardware rivals. The new Pixel 2 and larger Pixel 2 XL are the first Google-made devices since Google announced the acquisition of key segments of Taiwan-based electronics group HTC. The smartphones will be available for order as of Wednesday in six countries starting at $649 for Pixel 2, and $849 for Pixel 2 XL. Google said…

Apple out to renew iPhone frenzy at age 10

SAN FRANCISCO: With Apple set to unveil its newest iPhones, a key question for the California tech giant is whether it can recapture the magic from its first release a decade ago. The keenly anticipated media event Tuesday will be the first in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's new "spaceship" campus in Silicon Valley, evoking the memory of the company's late co-founder and iconic pitchman. Jobs introduced the first iPhone on January 9, 2007 and set the stage for mobile computing -- and an entire industry revolving…

Kero Blaster to release on PS4 on April 11

Kero Blaster, the indie-Japanese shooter platform game will launch on PlayStation 4 on April 11, creator Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya announced on Tuesday. Amaya is best known from Studio Pixel as the creator of Cave Story in 2004. Kero Blaster was released in 2014 for PC and iOS and this will be its first console launch. Amaya said that moving from Cave Story to Kero Blaster has been an interesting transition in his life, from making smaller games and selling many copies of Cave Story. Later, Amaya quit his job making…

Android gets record 87.5% of smartphone market: survey

WASHINGTON: Google's Android operating system captured a record-high 87.5 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter, a research firm said. The survey released on Wednesday by Strategy Analytics found Android's share increase from 84.1 percent in the same period a year ago, while Apple's iOS saw its share slip to 12.1 percent from 13.6 percent. "Android's leadership of the global smartphone market looks unassailable at the moment," said Strategy Analytics' Woody Oh. "Its low-cost services and…

BlackBerry launches its third Android-based phone

TORONTO: BlackBerry Ltd launched its third Android-based phone on Tuesday, opting to price the device cheaper than competing products like Apple Inc's iPhone 7 and Android-maker Alphabet Inc's Pixel. The Canadian smartphone pioneer, which has lost most of the market to Apple and others, last month said it planned to outsource the development of its smartphones to focus on its more profitable business of software and managing mobile devices. That means the Android-based DTEK60 will be the last phone for which BlackBerry…

Google starts big advertising push around new Pixel phone

Google's new "Pixel" smartphone is off to a fast marketing start with $3.2 million in television ads in two days since it announced the upcoming launch, and ad executives expect Google to spend hundreds of millions more to keep up with rivals Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc. Google's launch of the first phone it has designed itself puts it in direct competition with the two dominant smartphone makers, which each market heavily. While Google's brand is known around the world, and its Android operating system powers most…

Google unveils Pixel smartphone in hardware push

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Tuesday unveiled its new Pixel smartphone with artificial intelligence built in as it directly takes on the iPhone with its own branded handset. "We are building hardware with the Google Assistant at its core," said Rick Osterloh, head of a new hardware division at the California-based internet giant. "We believe that the next big innovation is going to take place at the intersection of hardware and software, with AI at the center."

Software star Google expected to flex hardware muscle

SAN FRANCISCO: A high-profile Google event on Tuesday is widely expected to show a new emphasis on hardware, challenging rivals Apple and Amazon and launching a new strategy for the online giant. While the company has offered no official preview, it is expected to unveil a new line of Google-branded smartphones, a tablet and a home virtual assistant. Analysts anticipate that the internet titan will expand on a vision laid out by chief Sundar Pichai at its developers conference early this year.