The Google Pixel XL is one of two phones that Google has recently released. It is Google’s latest smartphone effort and it comes packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, the latest chipset from Qualcomm which offers improvements over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 820 which has found its way into many a flagship phone in 2016.
If you’re trying to get your hands on Google’s Pixel smartphones but you’re having a tough time, Google knows this. Last month the company stated that they were working on getting more inventory as demand for the new phones was more than the company had expected, which we guess is a pretty good problem to have.
With Google pushing a new strategy and a new direction for Android with the Pixel XL, some might be wondering how this new phone and strategy will fare compared to the previous Nexus handsets, like the Nexus 6P which is basically one of two Nexus devices that are the last of their generation.
Recently it seems that there has been some confusion regarding the charging speeds of Google’s Pixel phones. According to this Google+ post, it was found that the Pixel does not charge at 18W despite the supplier charger being of the 18W variety and Google’s website hinting at those speeds.
Google may have made the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones exclusive to Verizon in the United States but it’s also selling the device unlocked and off-contract directly online. This allowed T-Mobile to one-up Verizon by offering 50 percent off the cost of a Pixel smartphone via bill credits to customers who purchased their Pixel directly from Google or any other retailer and brought it over to T-Mobile. This offer was […]
Google’s new Pixel smartphones are exclusive to Verizon in the United States. No other carrier in the country is selling the handsets directly but T-Mobile launched a new promotion recently for Pixel customers looking to purchase Google’s latest phone in a bid to steal customers from Verizon. Big Red has now hit back with its own promotion.
BlackBerry may not be making its own smartphones anymore but the company is sticking around in the handset market by teaming up with third-party manufacturers. It recently launched a new high-end handset called the DTEK60, and while many might take the company’s claim with a grain of salt, BlackBerry says the DTEK60 is capable of going head to head against the Google Pixel XL and the iPhone 7.
Just the other day the Google Pixel XL faced off with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in a speed test. The Google Pixel performed well in certain aspects, but for more complex and resource intensive tasks, it was clear that the Galaxy S7 Edge was leading the way. So the question is, now that we know how it fares against one of the top Android phones of 2017, how does […]
Google’s new Pixel phones have been released and as is the case with all new phones, they are subject to a teardown by the good folks at iFixit. So the question is, how does the new Pixel phone fare in terms of repairability? Will this be a pain to repair? Or could it be done relatively easy without too much fuss?
Google conducted an event a couple of weeks ago to show off some new hardware. It was at its event on October 4th that the company launched the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. It also launched a handful of other products at the event, such as the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra as well as the Daydream View VR headset. Both the streaming media player and headset are now available for purchase […]
We guess it makes sense that after a few years, a company might be less inclined to keep its products updated and instead choose to focus on their newer products. However how long should a company keep its products up to date to be considered fair/reasonable? For current and would-be Pixel handset owners, Google’s answer is 2 years.
Phone storage sizes these days are definitely going up. The iPhone is a good example where a few years ago, 64GB was the max storage that you could buy, but fast forward to today, 32GB has become the new base storage for the iPhone 7 and it can even go up to 256GB. The same can be said for Android phones, although to be fair some of them could have […]
Google unveiled its first “Made by Google” smartphone about a week ago. The Pixel has been made inside and out by Google and it’s not shy to advertise that fact. Customers in India can now place their pre-orders for the Pixel and Pixel XL. Both handsets are available for pre-order in the country starting today, online retailer Flipkart currently has both models listed as available online.
Google Assistant is one of the major selling points of the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones from Google. It’s a conversational assistant that Google has developed to help users with everything like scheduling their reminders, running web searches, making reservations, and more. Google has said that Assistant will remain exclusive to the Pixel lineup for now but a method has already been discovered to enable Google Assistant on smartphones […]
Google has effectively discontinued the Nexus program but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the hardware game. The company announced two new smartphones a few days ago called Pixel and Pixel XL. These are the first smartphones made by Google inside and out, hence the company’s emphasis on the “Made by Google” branding. To drive that point home, the company is going to open a Made by Google pop-up store […]
One of the benefits of owning a Nexus device is that your updates will come straight from Google themselves, thus ensuring that there are no hurdles like waiting on OEMs or carrier approval. But since the Nexus lineup is pretty much dead, so is that concept, or at least in part.
Google’s new Pixel phones are interesting. It marks the first time that Google has decided to release a non-Nexus handset, and it also marks a new direction that Google is headed in which they will be giving the Pixel handsets some exclusive features that will not be found in other Android handsets.
If one of the main reasons you love Android is the fact that it allows for much deeper customization compared to other platforms, you might want to stay away from Verizon’s version of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. This is according to a tweet by Evan Blass who claims that Verizon’s version of the phones will have their bootloaders locked.
With companies such as Apple and Samsung starting to include water-resistance as a feature of the phone, the question is has Google followed suit with its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones? We heard a rumor in September that it could be IP53 certified and it looks like that rumor has since been confirmed.
The Pixel smartphones were Google’s worst kept secret and the internet search giant finally unveiled its “Made by Google” smartphones yesterday. These handsets are independent of the Nexus program and Google has already said that it has no plans to launch any more Nexus handsets. It remains to be seen how customers receive this handset once it hits the market and if you’re someone who is interested in picking one […]