There are all kinds of things we take into consideration when choosing a new smartphone. Specs are of course important, along with its operating system, and the accompanying ecosystem. However there are also other things to factor in, such as repairability because sometimes you don’t want to have to end up spending a fortune to get a phone fixed.
As it stands, Verizon is the only carrier to officially offer Google’s new Pixel phones. However carriers like T-Mobile are encouraging Pixel owners to activate their phones on their networks and a couple of months ago, the carrier announced that they would give up to $325 in credit to customers who do so.
One of the new features that Google introduced to their Pixel handsets in Android 7.1.1 Nougat is the double-tap to wake function. This isn’t necessarily a new function, but it is new for Pixel phones. Basically in addition to lifting the handset to wake the phone, users can now just double tap on its screen to wake it up.
While some of us like to keep our phones on silent, others might prefer to let audio through, and sometimes they even set it at max volume so that they can be sure to hear it when alerts or phone calls come through. However in the case of Google’s Pixel smartphones, setting it at max audio levels can be problematic.
You know those Christmas sweaters that you seem to receive on a yearly basis from well-meaning relatives? It looks like those sweaters are now coming for your phone because it seems that Google’s pop-up store in NYC is handing them out for free to Google Pixel owners, where they can dress their phones up to match their outfit.
The Pixel is the first smartphone that’s “Made by Google” and it appears to be performing very well ever since it was released a couple of months ago. Google is selling this handset unlocked and off-contract via the Play Store but it has made it exclusive to Verizon in the United States. There’s nothing stopping someone from buying it from Google and using it on T-Mobile. Magenta has been taking […]
Do you think that you’re currently getting the best internet speed possible on your phone at the moment? If you think you are, think again because come 2017, it seems that Sprint will be unlocking a hidden feature in its flagship phones that will apparently help to boost their connection speeds.
Google Assistant is Google’s new voice assistant platform that has found its way into the Pixel handsets as well as Google Home. However for some reason, Google Assistant was never able to control the Nest Thermostat via the Pixel phones, even though it worked just fine if you were do it via Google Home. At least that’s until now.
You may remember that Google has made Pixel smartphones exclusive to Verizon in the United States in addition to selling the handsets unlocked and off-contract through its online store. Verizon today detailed a new software update for the Pixel and Pixel XL. It’s likely that the upcoming update for the Pixel on Verizon is Android 7.1.1. It may be a version number bump but it’s actually going to be a […]
If you are the owner of a Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone and you’re realizing that your camera seems to be freezing up more often than it should, you’re not alone because it seems that Google has acknowledged that this is a problem that they’re looking into, and hopefully we should be able to look forward to a fix in the near future.
Apple’s iPhone 7 is IP67 certified, meaning that to a certain extent, it is both water and dust resistant. Google’s Pixel phones, unfortunately, do not have the same protection rating. However if both phones do share one thing in common, is that neither of them have really been designed to withstand drops, or at least not specifically.
Google released its first “Made by Google” smartphones recently under the Pixel and Pixel XL brand. They effectively bury the Nexus lineup and mark the start of a new era in which Google itself manufactures and sells high-end Android devices. The handsets have done well so far and latest data shows that they performed spectacularly well on Black Friday.
When the Google Pixel phones were announced, it’s safe to say that many weren’t exactly huge fans of its design. However it seems that despite that, the fact that it would come with the latest build of Android, feature high-end specs, and is more or less promised timely updates saw many customers flocking to the device.
Remember the other day when Samsung announced that Samsung Pay on the Gear S3 would be compatible with pretty much every Android phone that is running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above? Unfortunately that isn’t 100% true because it has been discovered that while it does work on many phones, it does not work on Google’s Pixel handsets.