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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 profiles include "boosted", "natural", and "saturated." That boosted setting is a replacement for vivid... 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 smartphone maker was going to produce the Pixel 2 XL smartphone and it came down to LG or HTC. Ultimately... 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. For $129, Preferred Care extends your device warranty from one year to two years, provides accidental... 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 2 on day one were double what they were last year for the first generation Pixel phones. The dramatic... 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 an OLED. Google does promise ongoing software updates to "optimize further." Google wrote:Regarding... 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 are being reported by Pixel 2 owners, the larger Pixel 2 XL is also apparently affected. "Experiencing... Read more...
One of the potential downsides to the OLED screens that are making their way into high-end smartphones is screen burn-in. This is something that happens when you have the same items on the screen for extended periods of time, like navigation buttons. Essentially, you end up with ghost images left behind on the screen. Normally this is something that happens over an extended period of time, but there are reports of burn-in happening on Pixel 2 XL smartphones only days after purchase.  Google has announced that it is looking into these problems for owners of the smartphone. The tweet embedded below has an image showing clear burn-in issues with a Pixel 2 XL that has only been in use for about... 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 R (2020). Security updates will also be provided for three years from the devices’ original release... 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 is affixed to the chassis using foam tape (no heat treatment required). Once inside, we are greeted... 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 Daydream View VR headset. Designed by Google but manufactured by HTC (Pixel 2) and LG (Pixel... 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. You also have to purchase an unlocked Pixel device on your own, since Google firm chose Verizon... 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 for the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Having that additional 12 months is a pretty... 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 we mentioned that an analyst had predicted the Pixel 2 would have a hard time on the market and... Read more...
Given all of the leaks out of Mountain View over the past month, we already knew about most of what Google planned to announce today at its major hardware event. As expected, the company announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, which will carry Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo torch through this time next year. These two flagship smartphones are an evolution of their predecessors and are powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB RAM. The smaller Pixel 2 features a 5-inch display with a Full HD resolution, while the Pixel 2 XL features a 6-inch 2880x1440 P-OLED display. Both phones feature what's called an "Active Edge", which is in essence Google's take on the HTC U11's squeezable... Read more...
In just a few hours from now, Google will kick off its hardware event and introduced a bunch of new devices, among them the highly anticipated Pixel 2 its larger sibling, the Pixel 2 XL. What is left to unveil after numerous leaks and rumors surrounding Google's new generation of Pixel phones remains to be seen, but we will find out soon enough. You can find out the moment it all goes down, too, but tuning into the livestream. Google will be beaming the event live from San Francisco. To watch the unveiling, simply click the source link, which takes you to the YouTube page where it will be livestreamed, or bookmark this article and catch it below. Just take note of the start times: 9 AM PT 12... Read more...
We told you that leaks surrounding Google's upcoming hardware refresh would get more frequent as we approach tomorrow's keynote, and retail giant Walmart didn't disappoint today. Not only did Walmart mistakenly put up a preorder listing for the Google Home Mini, but it also managed to get in a single shot of the Google Pixel 2 XL as an added bonus. As we previously reported, the Google Home Mini is a downsized version of the Google Home. The "Mini" has all of the functionality of its bigger brother including full Google Assistant integration, but it looks more discrete and doesn't resemble an air freshener. According to the product listing, which has since been taken down, the fabric-covered... Read more...
We are just a couple of days away from Google's big devices event, which means that you can expect to see more leaks over the next 48 hours. The latest leak revolves around Google's upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo flagship, the Pixel 2 XL. As is often the case when it comes to unreleased smartphones, this latest leak comes to us courtesy of Evan Blass (@evleaks). Blass posted two images of the Pixel 2 XL to Twitter, one with a case and one without. As you can clearly see in the images of the device, there are some largish bezels all around the 6-inch display. While the bezels are no doubt slimmer than we saw with last year's Pixel XL, they still appear larger than what you'd find on the Galaxy... Read more...
What do we have here? Everyone has been so focused on Google's upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, that no one stopped to think that the company might have something even more "premium" in development. Well, today, a fresh leak suggests that Google might be working on a premium flagship called the Ultra Pixel. While the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are no doubt high-end smartphones, it appears that Google may be going the Apple route this generation. Just as the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are refinements of last year's models, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL appear (on the surface) to be an evolution of their predecessors. And just like the iPhone X's position at the top of the Apple smartphone... Read more...
We are down to less than a week to go before Google lifts the veil on its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. There have been numerous leaks and rumors surrounding these second generation Pixel phones up to this point, though as we head into the homestretch, more specifications for both handsets have emerged.This is all unofficial, of course—the information originates from an "exclusive source" who spilled the beans to Android Authority, which the site claims to have independently verified using an internal document. That said, the specifications certainly appear plausible, and also align with previous leaks.Starting with the smaller of the two, the Pixel 2 will feature a similar overall design... Read more...
There are not many secrets surrounding Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, both of which have been subject to numerous leaks and rumors the past several months. It's through those leaks that we learned the Pixel 2 will have dual front-firing speakers. This led many to wonder if the same would be true of the larger Pixel XL 2, and supposedly that is a feature it will share with its smaller sibling.XDA-Developers feels confident enough in its source of this new information that it is using the word "confirm" to deliver the news. Given that we are not talking about a rumor originating from some corner of the web at a site that nobody has ever heard of, we are pretty confident that the information... Read more...
We've seen plenty of leaks regarding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL over the past few months, but this might be the most fruitful of them all. We have what are claimed to be images of both new flagship Android Oreo devices. According to Droid-Life, the Pixel 2 XL (not Pixel XL 2 as it has previously been referenced), will be available in two different color options. The first is black, while the second is primarily white, with a black glass panel on the upper backplate. Overall, the design of the smartphone adheres very closely to what we saw with the Pixel and Pixel XL. This time around, however, the device is being made by LG. As with previous leaks, it's clear that the Pixel 2 XL will only... Read more...
It seems like every new and unreleased high-end smartphone on the planet is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip (SoC). Those rumors do not always come to fruition, as we saw with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is now confirmed to sport a Snapdragon 835 SoC. It looks like the same will also be true of Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets.After hearing rumors that both phones would wield a Snapdragon 836 SoC, XDA-Developers says it has heard otherwise from an "extremely reliable source" (in bold letters, no less). As to what exactly the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will run with, the apparently rock solid source did not say. If we had to guess, and assuming the... Read more...
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