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Okay, not the sons.
I'm your guide, Iyaz Akhtar, and you are the outstanding audience.
Today, we're talking about more Android phones, WeMo in China, and a boatload of stuff on Assistant.
But our top story is something we never Ever have discussed on this show before, the Google Pixel 3 has leaked.
First stop, Pixel Park.
For the first time ever, it seems like the Pixel 3 XL leaked, amazing right?
Over on YouTube, a user by the name of Indigi posted an unboxing video showing off what looked to be a white pixel three XL.
The rear of the phone has a kind of two toned look with a shiny top and a matte bottom.
In the box are also a pair of wired USBC headphones, a headphone adapater, a USB CTA adapter, and a plug to charge the phone.
In the video, the phone is turned on It shows a date of Friday, July 6th, but the video was published on August 24th.
But there's more.
Noted leaker, Eldar Murtazin, published photos of his unboxing of the Pixel 3XL, at Mobilereview.com.
He says he has a prototype version meant for developers, which was sent to him by an anonymous person.
Murtazin also posted pictures of the Pixel next to the Huawei P20 Pro And the Note 9, so you can get a better sense of scale.
He says the Pixel 3XL has a 6.2 inch OLED screen, which could be a little brighter.
In this post, Mortasen also mentions that Google is developing seven smartphones.
Here's the breakdown.
Two of them are the third gen Pixel, one has a flexible screen which may arrive in the year 2020.
And four other models seem to be updated Pixels.
He says that by October, two of those four should be ready.
So when would the Pixel would be officialy unveiled?
A Bloomberg report says Google will hold a media event on October 9th in New York City.
This conflicts with the previous report That said Pixel day would be October 4th.
By the way, some of you in the audience that suggested that maybe, maybe Google's trying to swerve us, the amount of leaks we've seen is kind of ridiculous.
Maybe this is all a deliberate misdirection, I really hope so, because that notch on the top with that little alien/robot face, is just silly.
Over to Android Avenue.
Xiaomi unveiled the POCOPHONE F1.
Here are the specs.
Snapdragon 845 processor.
Dual rear cameras.
20 megapixel front facing camera.
6.18 inch screen and a 4000 milliamp hour battery.
It starts at $300.
That's right, $300.
There are some tradeoffs for that price.
We've got a plastic body.
The screen is 1080 resolution.
No wireless charging or any notable water resistance.
But it's $300 bucks, what did you expect?
The Poco phone is not expected to hit the US, but it is headed to India.
And some news you probably don't care about, there are more details about the red hydrogen one phone.
That's the phone with what Red calls a holographic screen.
The alphabet citizens have made it known that they're not impressed by this and they think it's just a Nintendo 3DS.
Beginning August 31st, Red will give the Houdini developers model to a number of preordered customers.
Then on October 9th, which may or may not be Pixel Day More Red Hydrogen One devices will ship.
Then on November 2nd, you'll find the Red Hydrogen One in wireless carrier stories.
It will cost just $1,295.
Let's go to Assistant Alley.
Bang & Olufsen announced that its Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 speakers will include Google Assistant.
You can get the Beosound 1 beginning in September for $1750.
It's battery powered.
If you wanna dock, it'll cost you an extra $175.
The Beosound 2, which stays plugged in, costs $2250.
The two arrived in October.
Some quick math.
You could buy 45 Google Home Minis for the price of one Beosound 2. But look at the Beosound.
It's so purty.
Are you gonna buy one of these things?
Let me know in the comments.
Google's also testing out a new feature in Assistant.
You can ask it, tell me something good, and then, Assistant will give you a two to three sentence summary about good news.
Like solving social problems, education, and other positive stories.
Google says tell me something good is an experimental feature for the US.
LG is building in Google Assistant to its LG Tone portable audio products.
They will also have real-time translation abilities using Google Translate.
The Tone devices have a dedicated assistant button, so you don't have to use the whiteboard all the time.
There is a new Google smart display.
Say hello to the JBL Link View.
It uses the same software as the Lenovo smart display.
CNet's Andrew Gephart says the $250 JBL Link View sounds great playing music, but oddly, you can't adjust the EQ settings yet.
If you're wondering where you would need a smart display like the Link View Andrew says it works best as a kitchen assistant thanks to a great guided recipe system.
One more piece of Google assistant news.
The product page for the JBL link bar is now up at BNH photo.
$400 will get you a 100 watt sound bar which also has Android TV and assistant built in.
It also has chrome test built in and can operate as a blue tooth speaker as well.
Preorders start in October.
Time for a little stop over at Waymo Way.
China Money Network reports that Waymo has setup a subsidiary in China.
The company is called the <span style="font-family: lato, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 400; display: inline !important;">Huimo, Huimo, business consultant.
I'm probably butchering the name.
I probably sound something like Waymo.
This business handles autonomous driving parts, business consulting, and supply chain consulting.
Waymo is listed as a shareholder in the company.</span> China Money Network cited China's national enterprise credit information publicity system as its source.
On to Comment Cove.
This is the part of the show where we shine a spotlight on the most amazing audience in the world, you guys.
Last time we talked about Google tracking a location even with location history turned off.
To completely stop tracking, you'd have to turn off web and app activity.
Luis B says But if I turn off web and app activity my assistand doesn't work.
Three crying emoji faces.
That stinks doesn't it?
Josh asks can you buy me a pizza?
I don't know, maybe.
Matymus the Awesomous says this is a comment that will be read in the next video.
And Joku said, duh.
Well stated, Joku, so very well stated.
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