Even with all the screen issues, weird buzzing noises, and unbalanced speaker performance on Google's Pixel 2, there's an even bigger issue that's been bugging me. The problem isn't restricted to just that single device -- and in fact, it actually crept up about six months ago when Samsung released the Galaxy S8.
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Oh picked up a shiny new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL did you? Not had to return it due to screen or audio issues? Wanting to dig a little deeper into the neat features that are available on Google's own-brand smartphone? Well, you've come to the right place -- here are 10 tricks to do more with your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL phone.
Google's brand new flagship phones are off to a rocky start. From reports of faint clicking sounds coming from the Pixel 2's earpiece to a number of issues with the Pixel 2 XL's POLED display, it seems Google still has some room for improvement as a hardware manufacturer, even after two years.
When Google released the Pixel last year, it was taking a stand. No longer would Google hardware be tainted with the brands and logos of other companies, even if behind the scenes, Google still needed help from those same companies to actually build its phones. And despite designs that were almost offensively ugly, a lack of standard flagship features such as water-resistance and expandable storage, and massive supply chain problems that made it hard to actually buy one months after its initial release, there were bright spots like the Pixel's excellent HDR photo mode and an untainted Android experience.
The Google Pixel 2 has the best camera of any smartphone. This much we already know to be true. It also has an excellent portrait mode for blurring the background in photos, but it doesn't use two camera lenses to do that like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy Note8. Instead, it uses some very smart software and machine learning, and the minute difference between the pixels in its camera sensor, to simulate blur that looks very nearly as good as a much larger and more expensive digital SLR.
If you're in the market for a Google Pixel 2 when it comes out on October 31, you're probably in the market for a case too. The pair go together like hand in glove and, just like gloves, there are plenty of options to wrap around your phone to keep it safe. Here are a few of the cases coming out soon for the Pixel 2.
A little over an hour into Google's Pixel 2 event yesterday, Senior Director of Product Management Sabrina Ellis did something unusual: She squeezed the new smartphone. Then, without tapping a single button, she said the words "take a selfie," held the phone up in the air, and snapped a group shot with the packed conference room.
After Google’s Event this morning, we’re now neck-deep in new smartphones so what better thing to do then pit flagship against flagship against flagship in a battle for consumer hearts? How does Apple’s, Samsung’s and Google’s number one smartphones stack up against each other? Let’s take a look at the specs.
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.
Google announced some new hardware at a characteristically low key event in San Francisco on today. Nearly everything had been leaked ahead of the event, but there were a few surprises -- some more exciting than others. Inevitably, one thing seemed clear: Google wants to be a gadget company, too.
When it announced the iPhone X, Apple pushed the expectations (and price tags) for flagships phones higher than they have ever been before. Now, Google gets a chance to hit back with its own homegrown handsets that will not only show how Google has matured as a hardware maker, but also what's coming soon on Android Oreo. And with a full year of experience and development (including a bunch of new IP and personnel) under its belt, Google really can't afford to mess up its second-generation of Pixels.
Looking for the right place to watch Google introduce its next Pixel phone -- and assorted goodies -- to the world overnight? Here you go.
Even though it feels like we're still processing all of Apple's latest devices and announcements, it's time to switch gears and prepare for what's coming on the other side of of the smartphone divide. That's because Google's big fall event is less than a week a way, and it's going to have important news for anyone who cares about Android, smartphones, Chromebooks and anything else Google can figure out how to puts its digital assistant in.
Even though Google's big October 4 event is still a couple of weeks out, it seems we've just gotten a really good look at the four most important devices we expect the company to announce there. The leaks come courtesy of Droid Life, and include info and prices on a new, smaller version of the Google Home smart speaker, a new premium two-in-one Chromebook, and both the big and small versions of the Pixel 2.
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.