If you’re looking for the best possible Android experience on a big screen then you won’t get much better than Google’s Pixel XL phones. But it’s not that simple; the recent reveal of the Pixel 3 XL has increased the number of available XL models to three, giving you a range of choices. So with three Pixel XLs available, which one is best for you? While the Pixel 3 XL is the latest iteration of Google’s phone, the other two still offer great performance, at a lower price. Don’t stress yourself out with the agony of choice — we’ve compared the three so you have a better idea of which one to pick. Specs Pixel 3 XL Pixel 2 XL Pixel XL Size 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches) 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches) 154.7 × 75.7 × 8.5 mm (6 × 2.9 × 0.3 inches) Weight 184 grams (6.49 ounces) 175 grams (6.2 ounces) 168 grams (5.93 ounces) Screen size 6.3-inch P-OLED 6.0-inch P-OLED 5.5-inch AMOLED … [Read more...] about Pixel 3 XL vs. Pixel 2 XL vs. Pixel XL: Which XL is best for you?
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Shortly after the original Pixel XL was updated to Android 8.1, many users took to the depths of the internet to complain about a new charging bug that came with it. Google addressed this issue in late March, saying that "a fix will be rolling out in the coming weeks." With the May 2018 security patch, that fix is finally here. As noted in the Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletin, one of the functional patches included (reference number A-72851087) has an improvement to "adjust Pixel XL charging behavior." It's great to see that a fix has arrived, but what went wrong in the first place? Following the release of 8.1 Oreo for the original Pixel series, Pixel XL owners began reporting that they were unable to charge their phone with the included cable and AC adapter. After being plugged in, the Pixel XL would begin charging, stop, resume charging, stop again, and repeat this process over and over until it was full. As noted by Nathan K in the Pixel User Community who dived deeper into the bug … [Read more...] about Google fixes Pixel XL charging bug with May 2018 security patch
Google hasn't given us any official indication it plans to launch an updated Pixel 3 smartphone in 2018, but that isn't going to stop us from covering the various leaks and rumors leading up to its launch. Here's what the rumor mill says about the next Google Pixel.Google Pixel 3: How many Pixels? Google will reportedly launch three new Pixel devices in 2018, if a source-code leak in October 2017 is to be believed. According to Droid Life, the new Pixel phones have codenames of "crosshatch," "albacore" and "blueline," the code says. Two Pixel models are said to be premium phones, with the other being high-end.Google Pixel 3: Cheaper version Google is planning to launch a mid-range Pixel model with lower specifications and price for developing and price sensitive markets like India, Economic Times reported in April. This isn't the first we've heard of a cheaper Pixel -- 9to5Google reported its existence a year ago via an anonymous source: You should interpret "Budget Pixel" as a … [Read more...] about The next Google phone: Pixel 3 launch date, specs, and rumor roundup
Generally speaking, updates remove bugs, but in the case of Google's 2016 Pixel XL, a new problem was introduced with the Android 8.1 update this January. When charging in certain circumstances, the OG Pixel XL will (dangerously) attempt to pull up to 40% more current than it has negotiated from the charger, repeatedly entering and leaving a charging state as the charger shuts off due to overcurrent protection. So if you've noticed your Pixel XL recently flashing "charging rapidly" multiple times after being plugged into the stock charger, that's why. At first glance, the specific circumstances required to trigger the problem might seem unlikely, but if you're using the stock charger, they're guaranteed. All that's needed is a USB-C PD-compliant charger of the correct wattage (like the stock charger) and a sufficiently drained battery. When the Pixel XL is plugged in, it will negotiate with the charger to pull up to 18W (9V/2A), but in reality, it will attempt to draw up … [Read more...] about Android 8.1 update for 2016 Pixel XL causes a potentially dangerous overcurrent charging bug
Google’s follow-ups their first flagships, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are finally out. By most accounts they’re great phones, but how do they stack up to last year’s model? The original Pixels were well received, but they weren’t perfect, and we want see what improvements have been made to the Pixel formula. Following up on our Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review, this is the Google Pixel 2 XL vs the original Pixel XL. Last year’s Pixel set a precedent. Google jumped into the hardware game and really gave Android a place to call home. The phone wasn’t without issues, though. The Pixel definitely wasn’t the most attractive phone. A glass panel on the upper back portion seemed like an odd choice and, aside from the Really Blue version, there wasn’t much else exciting about its looks. Editor's PickThe Pixel 2 proves we shouldn’t look to Google for hardware innovation Let's not beat around the bush: Google doesn't really know all that much … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 2 XL vs Pixel XL