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It's only been in recent years that smartphone makers have had the audacity to routinely charge four figures for their flagship phones, and even for some models that are a step below. If you find that to be a tough pill to swallow and don't need to be on the cutting edge, we have good news—all the way on the opposite side of the spectrum, you can snag a Google Pixel 2 for $89.99 right now, or a larger Pixel 2 XL for just $119.99. Both phones are currently available on Woot, the daily deals site that is owned by Amazon. These are also fully unlocked handsets. So, what's the catch? Well, there are two. The first is that we're dealing with older phone models released in late 2017 (though they're... Read more...
Owners of the aging Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones have a new issue to fight that takes away one of the most important features of the smartphone line. The latest update from Google has seemingly caused an issue that prevents the camera from launching; impacted users report that the camera is essentially dead. The camera fails to show an image in the camera app viewfinder or capture photos. The video attached below shows one user with a camera that stopped functioning. In the video, the camera UI launches briefly, and the viewfinder remains black. Some impacted users report that the front camera works without issue. Remedies that have been tried for the rear camera issue include resetting... Read more...
It looks as though Google is trying hard to clear out inventory of its previous generation Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. For the second time since October, Google is discounting the Pixel 2 series, this time with both models marked down to $599. That's a $50 discount for the Pixel 2, which debuted at $649, and a generous $250 discount for the Pixel 2 XL, which debuted at $849. Obviously the Pixel 2 XL is the better value, compared to the original MSRPs. It's also the larger of the two, with a 6-inch QHD+ (2880x1440) display. That works out to 538 pixels per inch. For anyone who prefers a smaller handset, the regular Pixel 2 features a 5-inch FHD (1920x1080) display. Pixels aren't as densely... Read more...
If you're looking for a fast Android flagship with fast OS update availability, but don't want to pay $800 or more for a current-generation model, Amazon has you covered. The online retail giant, through its Woot subsidiary, is selling refurbished versions of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL at steep discounts (read the HotHardware review of the phones here). If you're looking to spend the least amount of money possible, you can get the Pixel 2 (64GB) for only $359.99 for the Just Black color option. If you want Clearly White, you'll have to pay an extra $10. For those that want a larger display, the Pixel 2 XL (64GB) can be yours for $395.99 in Clearly White. The Just Black color... Read more...
Google's Pixel 2 smartphones have had issues since they launched last year. Owners complained that the displays of the Pixel 2 XL were suffering from screen burn-in within a short time of launch. Google said that was normal, but extended the warranty of the smartphones to two years. Late last year, owners of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were both having issues with LTE-related reboots. Some Pixel 2 XL owners are now complaining that their devices are suffering from excessive lag. The bright side for normal users who are having this issue is that a few well-known Pixel 2 XL owners were having the lag issue meaning that Google reacted faster to the problem than it might have if only random... Read more...
It's the time of year that parents love, and students hate; it's time to go back to school. The upside to back-to-school season for some students is that it means you get some new tech to take with you. The Google Store has a smoking deal going on right now for some of its most popular devices. One of the deals is offering up a big discount on the Pixel 2 XL. The Google Store is offering $100 off the Pixel 2 XL instantly, making it $749 rather than the normal $849. If you want the smaller Pixel 2 to fit into your skinny jeans, that device has no discount and is going for the normal $649 price. With only a $100 difference between the two devices, many will certainly opt for the 6.0-inch Pixel... Read more...
If you have any money left over from Steam's recent sales bonanza, you can head over to the Google Store and grab a variety of electronics at a discount. Google is having a summer sale of its own, which runs until next or while supplies last. During that time, you will find marked down prices on some of Google's most popular products. Do you need a new smartphone? Google is currently offering the Pixel 2 XL for $100 off its list price. The discount drops the price of the 128GB model to $849, and the 64GB model to $749. While nearly a year old at this point, the Pixel 2 XL still holds up well—it has a 6-inch QHD+ display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. It also... Read more...
Android fans in the market for a new phone may want to check out the deal that Best Buy has going right now on the Pixel 2 XL. The electronics retail giant is offering the Pixel 2 XL 64GB smartphone in black or black/white for $18.74 per month via Verizon. That is a total savings of $400 and the deal breaks down in part with an instant credit on the purchase and bill credits on your monthly service plan. Best Buy is offering a $200 instant discount that combines with a discount of $8.33 per month on your carrier bill as a credit each month for 24 months, meaning users pay $18.74 monthly for the deal, which you can find right here. The bill credits end when the smartphone is paid off. If you want... Read more...
Time sure does fly when you're having fun. The Project Fi MVNO wireless service just turned three years old today, and to celebrate, Google is offering a nice discount on its flagship Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Sure, we've seen some excellent Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-based flagships from the likes of Samsung and Sony so far this year, but few smartphones give you the clean, unblemished Android UI that comes with the Pixel 2 family. Today only you can purchase a 64GB Pixel 2 XL on Project Fi for $699 or the 128GB model for $799. These prices represent a $150 savings off their normal MSRP. Even better, the discounts are applied at checkout instead of being given... Read more...
There are plenty of reasons to consider the Pixel 2 XL as your next smartphone, not the least of which is the handset's excellent camera performance. However, if you are looking for added incentive, Google is providing it right now in the form of a $200 statement credit when you take advantage of Google Store Financing. On top of that, you can score a free 18W USB-C charger when you buy a Pixel 2 XL or the non-XL version. To get the free charger, just add it to your shopping cart alongside either handset before checking out of the Google Play Store. When you get to the checkout screen, you should see a $35 credit to offset the retail cost of the charger. As for the $200 discount, it appears that... Read more...
Mobile device makers have made a concerted effort to improve camera performance on each new generation of smartphone. While there is still a gap between a handset and a Digital SLR (DSLR), today's phones are capable of taking excellent photos. It's become a point of focus, and with the advances in imaging, like Bokeh effects, armchair photographers can snap some truly remarkable looking shots. Two recent flagships, Samsung's Galaxy S9+ and Google's Pixel 2 XL, both have been praised for their photo taking capabilities. Is one appreciably better than the other? The only way to find out is through a good old fashioned shoot-out. Before we get to the picture comparisons, let's cover some specs.... Read more...
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 complaints of overheating and reduced battery life on Google's community forum and Reddit, though... 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 (Pixel 2 XL with 128GB). Here is a rundown of each SKU and how much Nexus owners can save on each one:... 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, was 3.9 million units. Compared to the Essential Phone, which by all accounts was a flop following... Read more...
It seems as though Google just can't catch a break with its Pixel 2 family of smartphones. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched two months ago and fresh out of the gate there were issues regarding audio, devices shipping without their Android operating system, and OLED burn-in. Now, we're learning of new issues regarding the speakers on the Pixel 2 XL. According to reports that are littering reddit and Google's own Product Forums, some users are experiencing buzzing and rattling sounds emanating from speaker. While it's not a foreign concept to hear some slight rattling/buzzing from a smartphone's speaker when it is cranked up to maximum volume while playing music (or watching a movie, or playing... 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 color scheme in certain situations. System buttons will also be allowed to dim while idle to help... 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 with an app, but the phone itself. There are lots of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners experiencing... 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 custom-designed co-processor for consumer applications. The chip features 8 custom, Google-designed... 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, customer will also be eligible to receive a free Google Home Mini AI smart speaker. Again, you... 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 always very accurate." Google has now switched to an on-device model that will continually monitor... 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 from the NFC issue that has already been resolved. One of the complaints on Google's Pixel User Community... Read more...
Google has been battling a number of issues relating to the LG-produced OLED display used on its new Pixel 2 XL Android Oreo flagship. While Google said that the burn-in issue is normal with an OLED and phones using similar screen tech have the same potential issue, it can't say that about some of the other issues that the smartphone must live with. The latest issue for some Pixel 2 XL owners has to do with screen edges that are unresponsive. Google has admitted the issue exists and has said it will sort it out in a future OTA update. The catch is that means at least for now if your Pixel 2 XL has the screen edge issue, you are stuck with it. The screen response issue is along the curved edges... Read more...
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