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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... 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...
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... 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...
Yesterday HTC unveiled a slick new flagship smartphone called the U11 Plus that it has curiously not decided to sell in the U.S. The official reasoning for that device to skip the States was because HTC didn’t want to offend recent U11 buyers. An interesting new report has turned up that will make you wonder if the U11 Plus isn't being offered in the U.S. for another reason. If you looked at the U11 Plus and thought that the specs sounded a lot like the Pixel 2 XL (check out our review), there is a good reason for that according to one report. It seems that Google was going back and forth on which... 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...
Google's response to its investigation into reported screen burn in issues with the Pixel 2 XL most certainly won't make owners happy. If you were expecting a fix for the issue, sadly one may not be coming. Google has published an update on the Pixel 2 XL to its product forums and has basically said the burn-in issue is normal. Google says that burn-in (differential aging in Google parlance) of the Pixel 2 XL is similar to what happens on OLED panels used in comparable products. In other words, Google is saying every OLED panel does this and that what people are seeing with burn in is normal for... 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...
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