Despite all the hype and hoopla for Google's "first" homegrown phone, the Pixel was met with a lukewarm reception when it launched back in the spring of 2016. It wasn't very pretty and its build quality wasn't great either, and it often suffered from a host of issues. But the most frustrating of these problems was that a number of Pixels shipped with a defective microphone, which made it difficult for people to use their Pixel as an actual phone.
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Early this morning, Google pulled back the curtain on a suite of new products at their event in San Francisco including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, new Google Home products, a 2-in-1 notebook and earbuds. If you were peacefully sleeping during the announcements - I don't blame you - and you can read about all the new products coming to Australia, right here.
Google has lifted the lid on their newest smartphones - the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - at their event in San Francisco this morning and detailed the changes they've made to their flagship phones. There aren't too many big changes, but under-the-hood, the Pixel 2 is a different beast than its predecessor. If you're planning on grabbing a Pixel 2 or a Pixel 2 XL, here's everything you need to know, including Australian pricing, release date and specifications.
Now that Apple has officially announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it's Google's turn to try to wow the world with what it thinks is the future of smartphones. And even though last year's Pixel was a success in many ways, there are still a number of improvements I'd like to see on the Pixel 2 (or whatever Google calls it) when it's expected to be announced on October 4.
On release, the original Nexus was the go-to Android device if you wanted bang-for-your-buck. Sadly, its successor, the Nexus 5X, couldn't quite follow in its footsteps and with the Pixel, it appeared Google had abandon the Nexus moniker... and its price-to-power reputation. However, sources talking to XDA point to the return of the Nexus, though whether it's tied to actual hardware is another question entirely.
Eight months on, and Google Pixel is still one of the best Android smartphones on the market. This is in large part due to innovative software features like Assistant and inbuilt unlimited cloud storage for photos and video. If you're still using an older handset, you can get most of the Pixel's big, best features with a few clever tweaks.
Google needs to be in the hardware business. It's infiltrated nearly all aspects of our lives to an alarming degree. It controls our emails through Gmail, knows where we go through Maps, has a list of every person we communicate with via Android, and understands our every interest thanks to its search engine and Chrome. Yet it's gonna hit a wall soon. A company as large as Google can't infiltrate every point of the human experience with software and services alone. It needs to be producing the phones we text on and the computers we browse on.
It's fairly common these days to use your phone as a internet hotspot for your tablet. While it's not super inconvenient to set up, automating the steps involved would certainly be a nice-to-have. Now, with Android 7.1.1 and a recent Google handset, you'll never have to worry about tethering again (well, almost never).
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL have set the bar high for the Android, but you don't necessarily have to shill out hundreds of dollars to get a Pixel-esque feel on your handset. Quite a few of the Pixel's features can be added to any Android phone, and here's how it's done.
Few of us would dare to crack open electronic goods to see what’s inside in fear of never being able to put them back together again. Luckily, iFixit specialises in gadget teardowns and it busted open the Google Pixel XL to investigate the guts of the new smartphone in order to assess just how easily it would be to repairable it.
There's nothing quite like a comprehensive teardown from the folks at iFixit and its latest piece on Google's Pixel XL is as good as you'd expect. While the site found a lot to like about the gadget's innards, such as the modular approach to its components, it had a lukewarm opinion regarding its ease of repair.
Google Assistant is not intuitive. Gizmodo reporter Michael Nunez found that out the hard way when he tried to arrange a romantic date with it. I had less lofty goals when I played around with Google Assistant. I just wanted to see how well it stacked up to Apple's Siri. While Google's AI bot is extraordinary in some ways, ultimately, it's still a very dumb digital assistant that fails to live up to its own hype.
On October 20, Google's latest and greatest smartphones -- the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL -- will launch in Australia. You can buy them outright from JB Hi-Fi or directly from Google, but they're pretty pricey, so buying on a plan is a smart idea. Telstra is the exclusive carrier partner for the Pixel in Australia, and you'll be able to get one for a starting price of $85 per month.