Product Hunt Daily Digest
October 9th, 2018

Everything Google launched yesterday 📱📸
Everything Google Launched
Google launched three devices yesterday, taking on Apple, Amazon, and FB.

The first: the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the newest generation of Google's flagship Android smartphone. Both come with slimmed down bezels, wireless charging, and AI-powered dual front cameras with nifty new camera modes like Night Sight, Super Res Zoom, and Top Shot that takes a burst of photos and automatically selects the best one.

Cool thing: Google's voice AI (dubbed Duplex) will automatically screen calls from suspected spammers, just like a personal assistant, singlehandedly bringing voicemail into the 21st century.

The smaller 5.5" Pixel 3 sells for $799, with the larger 6.3" Pixel 3 XL coming in at $899. Pre-orders are live. 📱

The second: the Google Home Hub, their newest addition to the Google Home family. It comes with a 7" screen to display the weather, upcoming appointments, and cat videos on YouTube.

At $149, this new device directly competes with the Amazon Echo Show ($229+) and the contentious Facebook Portal ($199+). We'll have to wait and see who wins the battle for your kitchen counter. 🏘️

The third: the new Google Pixel Slate, their most recent attempt to kill the iPad. The Chrome OS tablet comes with a 3000×2000 display, 8-16GB of RAM, front and rear cameras, and will ship later in 2018 for $599+. Biggest heartbreak: it does not have a headphone jack. 😢

The timing for the entire event is odd. Just yesterday, Google killed Google+ and disclosed a security incident that exposed 500,000+ user's personal data to third parties. Facebook just launched their own Facebook Portal on Monday. Maybe somebody got their wires crossed. 🤷‍♂️
TL;DR: The 5th episode of Product Hunt Radio just dropped. Listen here.

In this episode of Product Hunt Radio, we're in Los Angeles talking to Brian Norgard and Jeff Morris Jr., both of whom may be indirectly responsible for a generation of “Tinder babies”. In this episode we talk about:
  • The joy of turning online connections into real-world connections. Jeff is great at this. He once went biking with Lance Armstrong in Hawaii after reaching out to Armstrong on Twitter.
  • How seemingly minor design decisions, like adding a subtle animation to a play button, can “nudge” users into a new pattern of behavior and make products more enjoyable to use.
  • Brian and Jeff discuss the design of Tinder Places, including the thoughtfulness that went into the privacy features of the product, and how they took inspiration from Foursquare.
Listen here, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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