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New Google Pixel 3 renders further confirm similar design and notch

And only one camera on the back

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Image credit: MySmartPrice

We all know Google is preparing their new smartphones which should be announced sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. We’ve seen a few leaks already and the latest ones support the early info leaksters have. If you want to see both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL months before their release, continue reading.

Starting with the Pixel 3 XL, Google’s bigger smartphone will sport the infamous notch which we first saw on the Essential Phone and was popularized by the iPhone X due to its complicated Face ID system. While it’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, the notch allows manufacturers to maximize the top portion of the phone’s bezel.

Google Pixel 3 XL render | Image credit: MySmartPrice

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL is not as big as the iPhone X’s but definitely not as small as the Essential Phone’s.

Based on the blueprint of the upcoming Pixel phone, the notch will house the earpiece, front sensors, and what appears to be dual front cameras. No additional details are available as of writing aside from the measurements of the bottom bezel and notch.

Google Pixel 3 XL notch and bezel measurements | Image credit: @OnLeaks (Twitter)

It also appears that the Pixel 3 XL will still have stereo front-facing speakers. This justifies the bottom chin, which is better to have rather than just a slab of glass.

The screen measures 6.2 inches diagonally and the phone has dimensions of 158 x 76.76 x 7.9mm. When you include the camera bump, the thickness goes up to 8.6mm.

Speaking of the camera, both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will have a single rear camera setup. Google might have joined the notch wagon, but they’re still confident about having one main camera. The Pixel 2 camera samples prove that they don’t need an additional sensor anyway.

Google Pixel 3 render | Image credit: MySmartPrice

On the other hand, the regular Pixel 3 will have a 5.4-inch 18:9 display with a normal forehead — no notch, no horns. There are holes next to the earpiece which are most likely for the front camera and sensors. Although, it might also have a dual selfie setup — a highly unusual feature from Google.

The phone measures 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm and appears to share the same design of its bigger sibling.

Google Pixel 3 XL (left) and Pixel 3 (right) renders | Image credit: MySmartPrice

Both phones are expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and run the final Android P software out of the box.

Both Pixel 2 phones have OLED panels, so its safe to assume that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will use the same type of screens. Hopefully, they will not have the same issues.

SEE ALSO: Google will have a midrange Pixel smartphone with a Snapdragon 710 processor

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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

SEE ALSO: God of War Ragnarok Review

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union

For transferring data to China

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TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.

In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.

For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.

For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.

An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.

Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.

SEE ALSO: TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

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