Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL specs and features leak ahead of launch tonight: Everything we know so far

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini, Pixelbook set to be launched tonight: Everything we know so far

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There are no surprise anymore. Apple couldn’t keep the iPhone X, one of its biggest products in years, a surprise ahead of the launch event. And Google surely can’t keep away the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL from the leakers. The two phones, which are successor to last year’s original Pixel phones, will be launched tonight at an event in San Francisco. They will come accompanied by a number of other Google products, most important of which are going to be three – the new Google Home Mini, the Pixelbook and a new Daydream VR headset.

Of all, the most important – particular for our country of smartphone lovers – are going to be the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Almost everything important about these phones is now known. It the last few days their images along with key specifications and features have been leaked. There has been a talk of a mysterious phone called the Ultra Pixel but that is just talk. Tonight there is going to be nothing called Ultra Pixel at the Google event. Only the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Update: Just hours before the launch, a fresh leak has given us at the more detailed specs of the Pixel 2 XL. The specs, listed online, confirm that the phone will come with a 6-inch screen that has a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, hence also confirming the 18:9 aspect ratio. In all likelihood this is the same screen that has been used by LG in its V30 smartphone. Also the specs sheet shows 100000:1 aspect ration hence confirming that the Pixel 2 XL screen uses AMOLED panel. Then there are other details. The front camera on the Pixel 2 XL uses an 8-megapixel sensor with F2.4 lens. The phone comes with a 3520 mAh battery. There is Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top of the phone’s display. Other specs are similar to what we heard about earlier. But there are 3 key features that have revealed by the latest leaks: The Pixel 2 XL will have dual-SIM support. But will be the regular GSM SIM, the slot will use e-SIM. There is something called Pixel Visual Core, which seems to be a special chip for computational photography. In other words, think better portrait mode photos. Finally, there is something called “advanced x-axis sensor” in the Pixel 2 XL. This seems to be the sensor that will enable “squeezable frame” feature.

So what are these phones, how much will the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will cost in India, when will they go on sale in India? Nothing is official about them yet, but as noted earlier almost everything about these phones has been leaked. So don’t expect any surprises.

– Of the the, the Pixel 2 XL is a more exciting phone. It is made by LG and it has many similarities with the LG V30. The phone is expected to sport a 6-inch screen with thin bezels, similar to what we see in the LG V30. But that is where the design similarities end. Google is expected to use a design for the Pixel 2 XL that is similar to the design of the original Pixel XL. This means, you will get the same dual-tone shell made of metal and glass, although the Glass portion on the rear cover is proportionately smaller than what we saw in last year’s Pixel phones.

– The Pixel 2 XL screen, as noted earlier, measures 6 inches. It will use AMOLED panel, will have QHD (1440P) display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

 

– The Pixel 2, meanwhile, is the smaller phone with 5-inch screen that has a resolution of 1080P. It is said to be made by HTC and it will have a design that is more generic and similar to the design of the Pixel launched last year.

– Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to come with stereo speakers. Both have a fingerprint sensor at the rear cover, under camera. Both will feature “squeezable frame” similar to what th HTC U11 has. Squeezing this frame will launch Google Assistant.

– Both Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. There was talk that these phones are going to use the Snapdragon 836, but apparently that chip is late so Google couldn’t use it. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will come with 64GB and the 128GB variants. They will have 4GB RAM.

– Just like the recent iPhones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to come without the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is rather surprising because last year Google highlighted the presence of the headphone jack in its Pixel phones as one of the top features, while hinting that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus weren’t good because they lacked it. Google will probably bundle a headphone to USB-C adapter in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL boxes.

– The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to come with a re-designed launcher, which will have the Google search bar at the bottom of the screen. The phone will use Android Oreo software, and likely to come with (temporarily) exclusive software features like Google Lens app, which was announced at the Google I/O.

– The Pixel 2 is likely to have a 2700 mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL will come with 3400 mAh battery.

– Both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will have water and dust-poof design.

– For now, if there is some mystery then that is about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras. It is certain neither of these phones comes with dual-camera system. Of late, high-end phones are moving dual-camera systems to offer features like 2X optical zoom and more refined portrait mode. But not Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. These phones are going to come with single camera on the rear. The question is which camera? There are strong chances that it is going to be the sae 12-megapixel camera that is there in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. It makes sense because this is the best camera you can get in a phone, even when compared to the camera inside phones like the recently-launched iPhone 8 Plus. But there is also another scenario. Given how much help Google has got from HTC for the Pixel 2 (and the Pixel 2 XL), it is possible that the company may se the same 12-megapixel camera that HTC uses in HTC U11. That again is a good camera so we will have to see what Google does with the HTC U11 camera hardware with its software tricks like the HDR+ mode.

Also Read: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL to launch tonight: How to watch, expected specs, price and more

On the front, it is expected that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will come with 5-megapixel shooter. The interesting bit about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras could be that they may lack the dual-lens trick, but if original Pixel is any indication the new Google phones too may come with the best camera in a smartphone. In addition, it is expected that Google will offer enhanced portrait node in the camera app inside the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel 2 India price and India launch

The global prices of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL have been leaked. The Pixel 2 XL will have a starting price of $849. The Pixel 2, meanwhile, will be cheaper with a starting price of $649. As far as India prices are concerned, nothing has been revealed so far. But these are high-end phones, and similar to how Google priced Pixel phones in India last year, the new Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will also come with a hefty price tag. It is safe to day that in India the Pixel 2 could have a string price of around Rs 55,000 whereas the Pixel 2 XL may come with a price tag of Rs 65,000.

According to leaks so far, the Pixel 2 will be available globally from October 19. This could be the date when the phone goes on sale in India too, with pre-orders starting a few days early. The Pixel 2 XL could go on sale from November 15, suggest rumours. For official date, let’s wait until tonight.

Pixel Home Mini, Daydream VR headset, Pixelbook

Of these products, the Google Home Mini has already been leaked by Walmart, which “accidentally” listed it on the website. It is exactly what it name suggests. This is a smaller Google Home, much smaller and almost pebble sized, that will sell at a very cheap $49 price. It will connect to an Android device through Wi-Fi and will have Google Assistant inbuilt. Now, although this is a speaker, we suspect it is more for other things instead of music. It’s more like the voice of the Google Assistant and is also probably going to be used to make calls.

The PixelBook is a new Chromebook with powerful hardware and a premium design. It is also said to be a convertable, that people will be able to use as a tablet as well as a laptop. With the PixelBook, the idea it seems is to take on the iPad Pro as well as the Macbook. The device will have a screen size of 12.3 inches and it will come powered with an Intel Core i5 processors, reveals the information leaked so far. It will have a global starting price of $1,199.

Finally, the new Daydream VR headset. This one is expected to be a minor update to the existing VR headset from Google. It will be sold as an accessory to the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones and it may come with some design changes as well as improved screens to make it more useful.

[“Source-indiatoday”]

Google Pixel and Pixel XL Price in India, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Google Pixel and Pixel XL Price in India, Release Date, Specifications, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google Pixel price in India starts at Rs. 57,000
  • Google Pixel XL price in India starts at Rs. 66,000
  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL have India release date of October

Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, the first ever Google-branded smartphones, were unveiled at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday. The new smartphones replace Nexus phones as the platform lead devices designed by Google to showcase the best that Android has to offer.

We’ve looked at the specifications and the features of theGoogle Pixel and Google Pixel XL, as well as the starting price in India and other markets. Now, Google has confirmed the price in India of all Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL variants to Gadgets 360.

Google Pixel price in India
Here is the price in India of all Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL variants:

Google smartphone Storage Price in India
Google Pixel 32GB Rs. 57,000
Google Pixel 128GB Rs. 66,000
Google Pixel XL 32GB Rs. 67,000
Google Pixel XL 128GB Rs. 76,000

Google Pixel India release date
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be up for pre-orders in India starting from October 13, with a shipping date and retail availability confirmed as “end of October”. The phones will be available from Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma, as well as smaller retailers.

Google Pixel price in US
Here is the price all Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL variants in the US:

Google smartphone Storage US Price
Google Pixel 32GB $649
Google Pixel 128GB $749
Google Pixel XL 32GB $769
Google Pixel XL 128GB $869

Google Pixel specifications
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and two cores clocked at 2.15GHz. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will pack 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and sport Pixel imprint fingerprint sensor. They sport a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture, and 1.55-micron pixels. Both sport an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.4 aperture, and 1.4-micron pixels.

See full specifications of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

Google Pixel release date
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are already up for pre-order in the US, UK, Canda, Australia, and Germany, with an expected release date of October 20. As mentioned above, the phones are also headed to India.

Subscribe to Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast via iTunes or RSS and just hit the play button below to catch us discuss Pixel phones and all other announcements from Google’s event on Tuesday.

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Google Pixel Event: Pixel, Pixel XL, and What Else to Expect From Today’s Event

Google Pixel Event: Pixel, Pixel XL, and What Else to Expect From Today's Event

Google Pixel Event: Pixel, Pixel XL, and What Else to Expect From Today’s Event
HIGHLIGHTS
Google Pixel event starts at 9am PT (9:30pm IST)
Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be launched
Google will also unveil other hardware products
The Google Pixel event is the Mountain View company’s biggest launch of the year, where it is anticipated to unveiled its latest hardware offerings. In case you haven’t been keeping track, you may ask, “When is the Google event?” Well, the Google Pixel event time is 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.

So, what should you expect from Google’s October 4 event? As Gadgets 360 reported back in August, Google this year has a very different game plan to promote its Android mobile platform. The company has set up a unified hardware division under the former President of Motorola Mobility, Rick Osterloh, and the fruits of that labour are due to be unveiled.

Google is doing away with the value-for-money Nexus lineup, and is instead looking to offer a premium lineup of smartphones that will compete head-on with Apple’s iPhone series – with the aim of enjoying the same highly-desirable status in the market. Innumerable leaks since have corroborated our report, with Google anticipated to launch its Pixel series of smartphones with two offerings – the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

Of course, the Google October 4 event will see the launch of more than just the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The search giant is expected to launch its Google Home smart speaker – a competitor to the Amazon Echo – that was unveiled at Google I/O 2016 will be powered by Google Assistant, the company’s re-branded voice-based virtual assistant that will replace Google Now. Alongside, other products are also rumoured, such as the Google Chromecast Ultra – a 4K video dongle – apart from the Google Wi-Fi smart router, which is said to be the next iteration of the OnHub router. The Daydream VR platform that was unveiled at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance, with its first hardware – the Daydream VR headset – due to be launched.

All of these hardware products have received their fair share of leaks in the past few months, revealing several details. On the software front, Google is also anticipated to unveil what’s internally said to be called Andromeda OS, the long-rumoured and oft-denied merger between Android and Chrome OS – the company’s Chrome-based operating system for laptops and PCs. This merger is thought to be what Hiroshi Lockheimer (SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Play) was hinting at with this cryptic tweet that Google’s October 4 event is going to be as significant as Android’s launch 8 years ago. While the first hardware to run the merger, which would finally bring Android to the PC category, isn’t expected at the event – a developer preview is anticipated at the Google Pixel event.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones
Coming back to the Google Pixel phones – as we mentioned, a lot is already known about them, and, thanks to leaks by UK retailer Carphone Warehouse and two Canadian carriers, we not only know what they will look like, but also their near-complete specifications. Since then, Verizon also briefly listed the smartphones, revealing even more details. Both smartphones appear to be identical in design, with only size separating them.

Both Google Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat at launch, and come with the already leaked Pixel Launcher – the differentiation that Google CEO Sundar Pichai is thought to be referring when he said this year’s Nexus lineup would be Google’s opportunity to be more “opinionated” with its offerings. They have been spotted in Black and White colour variants, with another rumour pointing towards a third Gold offering as well. Live Cases (seen below) are also anticipated, using imagery from Google Earth and Google Trends.

The Google Pixel is expected to sport a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. It is said to be powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel is listed with a 2770mAh battery.

The Google Pixel XL on the other hand is set to feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display with a pixel density of 534ppi and once again bearing Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. Once again, it’s said to be powered by a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel XL is said to come with a 3450mAh battery.
Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were seen to come in 32GB and 128GB built-in storage variants, and notably, microSD card slots were also listed – though expandable storage seems unlikely if one considers none of the Nexus smartphones bore this feature. Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are also set to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera complete with optical image stabilisation. A feature called Smartburst is also rumoured, similar to Apple’s Live Photos. The smartphones are also said to sport fingerprint sensors on the rear panel.

As for software features, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones will come bundled with the Pixel Launcher, the Google Assistant, Google Allo, and Google Duo apart from the regular Google apps. The smartphones will also come with unlimited photo backups at full resolution via Google Photos. As for pricing – the Google Pixel is expected to start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,200).

Coming to the most recent leak, the Verizon listing of the smartphones, we learn that Google may introduce a Blue colour variant as well. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones are also listed to feature something called ‘Google Magic’, and while this may just be marketing jargon signifying the Google touch, it could also be a new feature.

Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Chromecast Ultra, and Daydream VR headset
Details on these fronts are a little scarcer. The Google Home smart speaker (seen above), the Google Assistant-powered rival to the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo, is expected to be priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,500). That’s $40 cheaper than the Amazon Echo. It is expected to be the central hub of home automation, with compatibility for IoT products like Samsung’s SmartThings, and other third-party devices. A single Google Home app is also expected to be released, similar to Apple’s Home app, which will control all compatible home automation and IoT products from a single point, apart from controlling all Google Cast devices.

As for the 4K Chromecast Ultra dongle (seen below), it’s said to be nearly identical to the current Chromecast 2 dongle, but feature the new Google ‘G’ logo and do away with the Chrome logo seen on the present iteration. Apart from supporting 4K streaming capabilities, it is anticipated to also support HDR. It’s said to be priced at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,600), and also sport a hardware on/off button.

Coming to Google Wi-Fi or Google WiFi (the naming is a bit unclear at this point), it is said to be smart router like the Google OnHub, but also create a unified network unlike the previous offering. A “mesh” or “modular” technology is also expected to be incorporated, allowing the network to expanded over a great area. It is also said to be priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,500).

Finally, we come to the Daydream VR headset (seen below), which is expected to launch alongside a wireless motion-based controller unveiled at Google I/O. Like the more basic Google Cardboard, the Daydream VR headset will be powered by the smartphone, and not sport any sensors on board.

A much more polished effort without any of the flimsiness associated with Cardboard, it will work only with Daydream ready smartphones running on Android Nougat, optimised for minimal latency and higher refresh rates. It is said to be priced at $80 (roughly Rs. 5,300).

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Google Pixel Event: Pixel, Pixel XL, Google Home, and What Else to Expect From the October 4 Event

Google Pixel Event: Pixel, Pixel XL, Google Home, and What Else to Expect From the October 4 Event

Google Pixel Event: Pixel, Pixel XL, Google Home, and What Else to Expect From the October 4 Event
HIGHLIGHTS
Google Pixel event starts at 9am PT (9:30pm IST)
Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be launched
Google will also unveil other hardware products
The Google Pixel event is the Mountain View company’s biggest launch of the year, where it is anticipated to unveiled its latest hardware offerings. As Gadgets 360 reported back in August, Google this year has a very different game plan to promote its Android mobile platform. In case you haven’t been keeping track, you make ask, “When is the Google event?” Well, the Google Pixel event time is 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.

So, what should you expect from Google’s October 4 event? The company has set up a unified hardware division under the former President of Motorola Mobility, Rick Osterloh, and the fruits of that labour are due to be unveiled. Google is doing away with the value-for-money Nexus lineup, and is instead looking to offer a premium lineup of smartphones that will compete head-on with Apple’s iPhone series – with the aim of enjoying the same highly-desirable status in the market. Innumerable leaks since have corroborated our report, with Google anticipated to launch its Pixel series of smartphones with two offerings – the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

Of course, the Google October 4 event will see the launch of more than just the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The search giant is expected to launch its Google Home smart speaker – a competitor to the Amazon Echo – that was unveiled at Google I/O 2016 will be powered by Google Assistant, the company’s re-branded voice-based virtual assistant that will replace Google Now. Alongside, other products are also rumoured, such as the Google Chromecast Ultra – a 4K video dongle – apart from the Google Wi-Fi smart router, which is said to be the next iteration of the OnHub router. The Daydream VR platform that was unveiled at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance, with its first hardware – the Daydream VR headset – due to be launched.

All of these hardware products have received their fair share of leaks in the past few months, revealing several details. On the software front, Google is also anticipated to unveil what’s internally said to be called Andromeda OS, the long-rumoured and oft-denied merger between Android and Chrome OS – the company’s Chrome-based operating system for laptops and PCs. This merger is thought to be what Hiroshi Lockheimer (SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Play) was hinting at with this cryptic tweet that Google’s October 4 event is going to be as significant as Android’s launch 8 years ago. While the first hardware to run the merger, which would finally bring Android to the PC category, isn’t expected at the event – a developer preview is anticipated at the Google Pixel event.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones
Coming back to the Google Pixel phones – as we mentioned, a lot is already known about them, and, thanks to leaks by UK retailer Carphone Warehouse and two Canadian carriers, we not only know what they will look like, but also their near-complete specifications. Both smartphones appear to be identical in design, with only size separating them.

Both Google Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat at launch, and come with the already leaked Pixel Launcher – the differentiation that Google CEO Sundar Pichai is thought to be referring when he said this year’s Nexus lineup would be Google’s opportunity to be more “opinionated” with its offerings. They have been spotted in Black and White colour variants, with another rumour pointing towards a third Gold offering as well. Live Cases (seen below) are also anticipated, using imagery from Google Earth and Google Trends.

The Google Pixel is expected to sport a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. It is said to be powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel is listed with a 2770mAh battery.

The Google Pixel XL on the other hand is set to feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display with a pixel density of 534ppi and once again bearing Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. Once again, it’s said to be powered by a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel XL is said to come with a 3450mAh battery.
Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were seen to come in 32GB and 128GB built-in storage variants, and notably, microSD card slots were also listed – though expandable storage seems unlikely if one considers none of the Nexus smartphones bore this feature. Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are also set to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera complete with optical image stabilisation. A feature called Smartburst is also rumoured, similar to Apple’s Live Photos. The smartphones are also said to sport fingerprint sensors on the rear panel.

As for software features, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones will come bundled with the Pixel Launcher, the Google Assistant, Google Allo, and Google Duo apart from the regular Google apps. The smartphones will also come with unlimited photo backups at full resolution via Google Photos. As for pricing – the Google Pixel is expected to start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,200).

Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Chromecast Ultra, and Daydream VR headset
Details on these fronts are a little scarcer. The Google Home smart speaker (seen above), the Google Assistant-powered rival to the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo, is expected to be priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,500). That’s $40 cheaper than the Amazon Echo. It is expected to be the central hub of home automation, with compatibility for IoT products like Samsung’s SmartThings, and other third-party devices. A single Google Home app is also expected to be released, similar to Apple’s Home app, which will control all compatible home automation and IoT products from a single point, apart from controlling all Google Cast devices.

As for the 4K Chromecast Ultra dongle (seen below), it’s said to be nearly identical to the current Chromecast 2 dongle, but feature the new Google ‘G’ logo and do away with the Chrome logo seen on the present iteration. Apart from supporting 4K streaming capabilities, it is anticipated to also support HDR. It’s said to be priced at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,600), and also sport a hardware on/off button.

Coming to Google Wi-Fi or Google WiFi (the naming is a bit unclear at this point), it is said to be smart router like the Google OnHub, but also create a unified network unlike the previous offering. A “mesh” or “modular” technology is also expected to be incorporated, allowing the network to expanded over a great area. It is also said to be priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,500).

Finally, we come to the Daydream VR headset (seen below), which is expected to launch alongside a wireless motion-based controller unveiled at Google I/O. Like the more basic Google Cardboard, the Daydream VR headset will be powered by the smartphone, and not sport any sensors on board.

A much more polished effort without any of the flimsiness associated with Cardboard, it will work only with Daydream ready smartphones running on Android Nougat, optimised for minimal latency and higher refresh rates. It is said to be priced at $80 (roughly Rs. 5,300).

We discuss what you can expect from Google’s October 4 event, featuring Pixel smartphones, Andromeda, and more on Orbital: The Gadgets 360 Podcast. You can either subscribe to via iTunes or RSS or just hit the play button below.

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