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One of the strengths of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is battery life, as both perform well compared to other smartphones in the same size and performance class. And because they are official Google devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both receive frequent and timely updates. Unfortunately, Google's latest update appears to be working against its flagship handsets, with several users reporting issues of overheating and shortened battery life. For affected users, the issues came into play after applying Google's February security update earlier this month. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have been posted... Read more...
Google is rewarding "loyal Nexus" owners with a tantalizing discount on new hardware. In emails sent out to Nexus owners, Google pitches an exclusive 20 percent discount on the cost of a new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset, valid through the end of February. Unfortunately the deal is not available to the general public, but for those who own a Nexus device, this is a pretty sweet discount on a high-end Android phone. Exactly how much you stand to save depends on which model you go for, along with the amount of onboard storage. The Pixel 2 line ranges in price from $649 (Pixel 2 with 64GB) to $949... Read more...
The smartphone business is quite cutthroat, and has seen a shifting dynamic among the top players in recent years. We've seen a steady rise in power from Chinese OEMs that are looking to challenge the market dominance of Apple and Samsung. But what about Google? The company has long sold its Nexus-branded smartphones and more recently introduced its Pixel family. The smartphones are highly regarded in the enthusiast community, but how well are they actually selling? According to IDC, Google's Pixel shipments for all of 2017 doubled compared to 2016. The finally tally for 2017, according to IDC,... Read more...
We've known since the Google Pixel 2 smartphone launched that it had a dedicated imaging chip lurking inside that allows the camera to take HDR+ quality pictures when using the main photo app. Since the smartphone launched, that image processor has been just out of reach for third-party apps, but Google has finally activated the Pixel Visual Core. This means that Pixel 2 users can soon take images with HDR+ quality using apps like Instagram and Snapchat. If you aren’t familiar with the Pixel Visual Core, the imaging chip uses computational photography and machine learning to improve image... Read more...
One of the distinguishing features of Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship Android Oreo smartphones compared to their predecessors is the inclusion of Portrait Mode. Portrait Mode allows the main cameras on the Pixel 2 family to produce a synthetic shallow depth effect in photos with a single camera lens, whereas most competitors use a dual-camera setup to achieve the same results. "For shallow depth-of-field, synthetic defocusing is not the same as real optical defocusing, but the visual effect is similar enough to achieve the same goal, of directing your attention towards the main subject,"... Read more...
If you're currently the owner of Google's first-party Nexus or Pixel hardware, we have some good news for you today. Google just pushed out the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo, which brings with it a number of tweaks, with the biggest one being reserved for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. For starters, you will have quick access to the battery status of connected Bluetooth devices by accessing the Quick Settings menu. Google has also implemented a feature to help mitigate screen burn-in on the system bar (which was most notable on the Pixel 2 XL, which features an LG OLED display) by inverting the... Read more...
Owners of Google's flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices can't seem to catch a break. It seems there has been one annoying issue after another, such as the distracting, high-pitched buzzing sounds that some users observed emanating from the earpiece, and inaccurate battery life estimates, to name a couple recent issues. Luckily Google's been good at rolling out fixes, one of which it's working on for a random reboot issue. Some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have complained about their phones restarting at random. One user said it even happens in Safe Mode, seemingly indicating it is not an issue... Read more...
A little over a month after publishing the first Android 8.1 Developer Preview, Google is back at it with Developer Preview 2 (DP2). If you want to be at the forefront of Android Oreo releases, you can download the latest system images from the Android Developer site, or you can opt to receive the build over-the-air (OTA) through the Android beta program. The big change with Android 8.1 DP2 is that the previously dormant Pixel Visual Core on Google’s 2017 flagship Pixel 2 smartphones is now enabled for developers. For those that need a refresher course, the Pixel Visual Core is Google's first... Read more...
If you've had your eyes on the hot new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, now might be the prime opportunity to score one Google's latest flagships. Google's Cyber Monday promotion requires you to purchase a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL at full price (starting at $649 and $849 respectively), but you'll receive a $100 store credit that you can use towards a future purchase. While most customers would prefer to have the $100 taken right off at the time of checkout, they will instead need to wait up to four weeks to receive an email from Google with their store credit. In addition to the store credit offer,... Read more...
Estimating your available battery life on your Pixel smartphone is getting a lot smarter. A New York-based Google product manager just revealed that the company has made changes to the way that that Pixel devices determine how much battery life is remaining once you unplug from the wall. According to Google, Pixel smartphones previously used rigid assumptions to calculate how much battery life was remaining at any given time. "If you’ve used about 10% per hour over the past few hours, we would guess you will keep using 10% per hour," wrote Michelle. "As you might expect, this wasn’t... Read more...
Some frustrated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have made some noise about, well, a noise issue with Google's fancy new handsets. Google already fixed part of the problem, eliminating an annoying click sound that was related to NFC. Now it is getting ready to roll out another over-the-update to address a buzzing sound that some users have been hearing when talking on the phone. Affected users have described the noise as in different ways. Some hear a faint, high-pitched buzz that is noticeable when placing the Pixel 2 up to their ears, while others describe it as a constant clicking noise, separate... Read more...
At its Google I/O conference held this past May, the search and technology giant unveiled a neat new feature which would first roll out to its own Pixel devices. Called Google Lens, this new feature pays a bit of an homage to Google Goggles, a rather popular tool that allowed people to get quick feedback on real-world objects. Take a picture of a statue outside of a sports stadium, for example, and Goggles could have told you who it was, and why it was deserved. Google Lens is going to be far more capable than Goggles, though, thanks in part to the recent resurgence of employing deep-learning and... Read more...
Google has been addressing several issues that have surfaced with its Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones since their introduction. One of the issues with the larger XL device was that some complained that the colors on screen weren't as vibrant as they were on other devices with similar screens. Google came back and stated that it had created the phone to offer more natural colors, but admitted that some prefer the more vivid hues. A new update has been issued that adds three color profiles, a big upgrade to the single "vivid colors" profile that the smartphone originally shipped with. The new... Read more...
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both equipped a custom-designed co-processor that enables advanced image processing and machine learning capabilities. Called "Pixel Visual Core," this is one of the selling points of Google's newest phones, only it is not yet enabled. Google originally planned to flip the switch in its Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview 1 (DP1), and while that did not happen, developers will be able to try it out with the next preview release. "If your app uses the camera APIs and you have a Pixel 2 device, you'll be able try an early version of Pixel Visual Core starting in Developer... Read more...
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