Tag: Pixel 2 XL

Over 75% of Pixel users are on Android Pie — why not more?

It’s a well-known fact that software updates permeate the Android market at a crawl in comparison with iOS, but Google’s own Pixel devices are an entirely different question. The Pixels are an opportunity for Google to brag that when it makes its own devices, it’s able to surpass Apple in the updates arena — and […]

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Which Pixel 3 features are coming to older Pixel phones (and which will remain exclusive)

Article Contents Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL didn’t pack a whole lot of hardware surprises, considering the unceasing deluge of leaks over recent months, but the software was another story. There were plenty of new camera features shown off at the Made by Google 2018 event, with oodles of machine learning magic to go […]

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The Pixel camera app will support external microphones starting October 18

The Pixel line is known for, above all else, its wicked cameras. But one problem a certain type of mobile photography enthusiast has run into with the phones is that they don’t currently allow for the use of external microphones in the default camera app. That’s set to change next week, though. Some camera apps […]

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Google details new Assistant features coming soon to Pixel phones

During the course of the big Google hardware event on October 9th we heard about a number of new features, most relating to the three main products being unveiled — Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub. As the dust has mostly settled, Google thought it might be a good time to run us through […]

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Gamevice controller now available for Pixel 2, 2 XL, 3, and 3 XL

When touchscreen controls don’t cut it for games, you’re left with two options: switch to a dedicated gaming machine or add your own hardware controls. For the past few years, Wikipad has sold its Gamevice detachable controllers which work with several Samsung Galaxy models and iPhones. The Google devices were sadly left out of the […]

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Call Screen will let Pixel users see who’s calling and what they want before answering

Not everything got leaked before Google’s event today. One surprise announcement that wowed was Call Screen, a new feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your incoming calls and politely ask what the caller wants. A real-time transcript will appear on your screen, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to pick up. When […]

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Google Duplex rolls out starting next month on Pixel phones

One of the most impressive (and unsettling) I/O moments happened earlier this year when Google showed off Duplex, an AI chatbot that can place calls for you like a robotic personal assistant. Google wouldn’t confirm its plans for Duplex at the time, but it’s almost ready for the general public. Duplex is hitting Pixel phones […]

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Smart Compose comes to Gmail for Android as Pixel exclusive

Google rolled out Smart Compose in Gmail earlier this year, but it was only on the web. Now, it’s coming to mobile, but not everywhere on mobile. At Google’s hardware event, Rick Osterloh noted that Smart Compose would arrive in Gmail for Android as a Pixel exclusive. Smart Reply is another fancy machine learning technology that […]

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October Pixel patches now available via OTA files and factory images

Promptly on time, Google has released October’s OTA files and factory images for the Pixels, as well as its general Android security bulletin for the month. At the same time, Verizon is pushing out the set of patches to Pixel users now. It’s the second update to Android 9 Pie, and this time around there are […]

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Google Store opens its own mail-in ‘Repair Center’ for Pixel phones in the US

Prior to today, if you broke something on your Pixel phone and you wanted it fixed through an official channel, you’d have to go to the widely-known uBreakiFix or Puls (a phone repair startup). An in-house mail-in repair service, dubbed ‘Repair Center,’ has just been added to the Google Store. So if you want Google […]

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uBreakiFix offering free Pixel repairs for areas affected by Hurricane Florence

uBreakiFix is Google’s main partner for device repairs, and last year the company offered free repairs to anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. The United States east coast is still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which caused widespread flooding around North & South Carolina. If you live in the affected areas, uBreakiFix will repair your Pixel for […]

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[Update: Moto G6 promo returns] Project Fi will take $250 off a Pixel 2 XL, or $300 off an LG V35 and G7

Project Fi has been selling select devices at steep discounts lately. Last month, the carrier offered hundreds of dollars of service credit with the purchase of certain LG phones, or $200 off a Pixel 2 XL. Now there are two new deals, including a deeper price cut on the Pixel 2 XL and sales on […]

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[Update: Accidental Google rollout, now reverted] Pixels have suddenly started activating battery saver when almost fully charged

Like most phones these days, Google’s Pixel devices have a battery saver mode that automatically kicks in when your charge level reaches a certain threshold. You can change the percentage at which battery saver activates, but apparently Google can do that, too. A substantial number of Pixel owners report their phones have suddenly switched to battery […]

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Pixels have suddenly started activating battery saver when almost fully charged

Like most phones these days, Google’s Pixel devices have a battery saver mode that automatically kicks in when your charge level reaches a certain threshold. You can change the percentage at which battery saver activates, but apparently Google can do that, too. A substantial number of Pixel owners report their phones have suddenly switched to battery […]

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Promoting Pixel 2 photography from an iPhone is the ultimate Android humiliation

We’ve seen it happen a thousand times: Android device makers hire stars to promote their latest devices, and those influencers tweet their endorsements from the device they actually use, which is Apple’s iPhone. But when it happens to Google’s latest Pixel, and when it involves photography, which is one of the best things about the […]

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Google says Pixel 2 XL lagging isn’t a widespread issue

Reports from prominent Android users revealed an unexpected problem with Google’s Pixel 2 XL phones. Well-known techies Artem Russakovskii and Marquees Brownlee detailed their independent slow Pixel 2 XL experiences, with Russakovskii’s case being investigated by Google. Soon after that, a rumor said that Google may have identified the reasons why the phone would experience […]

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