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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...
Given how expensive flagship smartphones are becoming these days, more users are trying to find ways to protect their purchase. While many people like to "go naked" without a case so that they can appreciate the sleek lines of their smartphone in daily use, the thought of being stuck with a $279 repair can give some users pause. For these people, there's another option: a factory-backed extended warranty. For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners, Google's Preferred Care service is getting a significant upgrade. For those that don't know, Preferred Care is very similar to AppleCare+ for Apple devices.... Read more...
There is something to be said from ordering an Android device with Google's own branding. For one, you do not have to worry about a bunch of third-party junk being pre-installed and custom overlays—Google phones deliver an unadulterated Android experience. You also get immediate access to new Android builds. Those perks help to drive sales of Google's Pixel handsets, and its second generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are selling especially well with twice as many pre-orders. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated during an earnings call for Google's parent company Alphabet that pre-orders for the Pixel... Read more...
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (read the HotHardware review here) are no doubt highly attractive devices from Google that feature great all-around performance, a clean Android Oreo interface unencumbered by superfluous UI junk, and stunning cameras that are backed by the Pixel Visual Core AI chip. However, now that the phones are starting to make their way to customers, quality control issues are starting to crop up. The latest issue to plague Google's new flagships involves high-pitched whining and clicking sounds emanating from the devices. While most of the complaints about unwanted sounds... Read more...
Google started shipping its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones this week (check out our review here), and customers are just now getting a chance to start enjoying their new flagships. With the release of the new Pixels also comes an update to Google's support profile page for its hardware devices. We now know the Google is being more generous with its support window for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google is guaranteeing that both smartphones will receive major OS update updates through October 2020. That means that both smartphones will be eligible for Android P (2018), Android Q (2019) and Android... Read more...
In case you missed it, we here at HotHardware have given the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL a thorough examination in our recent review. We took an exhaustive look at the two smartphones' features, performance, battery life and camera array. However, if you want a look at what's actually inside Google's new flagship, here's your chance. The folks at iFixit managed to pry apart the LG-made Pixel 2 XL, giving us a glimpse of what's inside and to inform us how hard (or difficult) is to make repairs, if you manage to damage your device by accident. Getting inside was relatively simple, as the display... Read more...
Google has been designing and building premium Android smartphones for many years, co-branding with various hardware partners since back in the days of the company's Nexus devices. More recently with its first generation Pixel series, the Mountain View team has taken more prominent ownership of the brand, with devices specifically underscored as "Made By Google." And indeed the design signatures of the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL were distinctly different from any other handset on the market, as are the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that Google is launching today, along with a redesigned... Read more...
Are you a little too anxious for the upcoming launch of Google's highly anticipated Pixel 2? If so, or you simply love the idea of getting an early look at how Google setup Oreo on its new flagship smartphones, we think we have a new weekend project for you. But don't fret, this one couldn't get much easier. As long as you own an Android phone, at least. In fact we set it up ourselves in just a few minutes. Google's upcoming Pixel 2 XL Android Flagship Smartphone In advance of next week's Pixel 2 launch, an APK of the same launcher used for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has hit the Web.... Read more...
T-Mobile never misses an opportunity to throw shade at the competition, and it especially likes to pick on Verizon. It is not always talk, however—putting action behind words, T-Mobile has an offer for anyone who is interested in buying a fancy new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset. If you are willing to jump ship and port your number over to T-Mobile, the so-called Un-carrier will give you $325 back on a new generation Pixel phone. With the Pixel 2 starting at $649 (64GB model), that works out to up to a 50 percent discount. To qualify, you have to trade in a phone and switch at least one voice line.... Read more...
Google on Wednesday formally introduced its new generation of Pixel phones, with pricing starting at $649 for the 5-inch Pixel 2 and $849 for the Pixel 2 XL, placing them in premium territory. You can tack on another $100 if jumping from 64GB to 128GB of built-in storage, pricing the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at $749 and $949, respectively. Those MSRPs are on the upper end of the spectrum, but not only do you get a unadulterated Android experience in return, Google is promising a full three years of software and security updates.That is a jump from two years of OS and security updates that were guaranteed... Read more...
The camera is one of the most-used features on modern smartphones, and manufacturers are always cooking up news ways to make them faster, boost image quality, and add new effects typically reserved for standalone professional cameras. For those that really care about camera performance, the DxOMark test is one that many people rely on when phone shopping. Not too long ago, DxOMark hailed the iPhone 8 Plus camera as "The best smartphone camera" that it had ever tested.  That reign at the top was short lived as only a few weeks later the iPhone 8 Plus was tied by the Galaxy Note 8. Only yesterday... Read more...
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