There are already myriad reasons to be excited about the imminent availability of Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone, and now there’s one more that ought to be particularly attractive to drivers. When the second generation of Google’s flagship smartphone ships, it will feature a fix for a Bluetooth audio problem that folks have been complaining about since the Oreo software update in August.Over the past several months, users have taken to Pixel forums, Reddit, and YouTube to complain about issues with Bluetooth connectivity. Pixel owners seemed to be most affected by the bug, and issues seemed to mainly plague Android Auto and playback in vehicles. Some other folks also noted problems with headphone and Bluetooth speaker playback.As one Google forum user noted, “After upgrading to Oreo 8.0 and also after applying the Oct 5th update, I can’t play any audio from many native Google apps like Play Music, Maps Navigation, YouTube.”Another user … [Read more...] about With the Google Pixel 2, Bluetooth connectivity issues may finally be resolved
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At a jam-packed October 4 conference in San Francisco, Google announced the Google Home Mini, a high-end Chromebook called the Pixelbook, and a new Daydream View virtual reality headset. But the undisputed highlights were the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two high-end smartphones designed with enthusiasts in mind.They’re a step above your average phones. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the newest version of Google’s Android operating system, and they carry the torch for Google’s premium program. In many ways, they’re the search giant’s vision of ideal smartphones. In an earnings call, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai said the Pixel 2 and 2 XL’s pre-orders on day one “were more than double what they were last year.”SoftwareThe Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, the latest version of Google’s operating system, and have features you won’t find in other Oreo-touting devices. On top of that, both phones have … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Squint and you can see itThe new Google Pixel 2 XL has been on sale for just a short time now, and it looks like some handsets may have a problem with their fancy P-OLED screens. According to several sources, reports are popping up about “screen burn-in,” a problem that supposedly went away with the death of CRT displays. However, it appears that some new OLED displays may be susceptible as well. The problem is caused by the screen displaying a single image for a long period of time.Eventually, a “ghost” of that image is “burned into” the display. In the case of the Pixel 2XL, it seems the three icons at the bottom of the screen – which are turned “on” much of the time – are still a tiny bit visible when the display switches to something else. The issue only seems to affect the Pixel 2XL’s “plastic” or “pOLED” display, the smaller Pixel 2 uses a different and older kind of OLED technology known as … [Read more...] about Ghost of CRT: Some Google Pixel 2 XL screens may have ‘burn-in’ issue
Pixel TooFollowing yesterday’s reveal of the new Huawei Mate 10, which followed the reveal of the Apple iPhone X, which came after the reveal of the LG V30, it’s Google’s turn today, and we’ve got a full review of the new Google Pixel 2 XL, the latest and greatest smartphone from the team in Mountain View, and it’s another worthy player. It’s getting really hard to pick a phone these days.Anyway, the Pixel 2 XL ups Google’s cred in the smartphone game, with a big pOLED display coming in at 2880 by 1440, for a sorta odd 18:9 aspect ratio with some minimal bezels. Like its competitor the iPhone 8 and X, there’s no headphone jack, but it is packing Bluetooth 5, the latest and greatest wireless system with more range and options, so that helps. It also has that fun edge-squeeze feature for bring up Google Assistant when you don’t want to say “OK Google.”The battery runs all day and charges via USB-C, and while the now … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 2 XL joins the parade of worthy halo smartphones
Google has unveiled the Google Pixel 2, the latest in its Pixel smartphone series. To say we were impressed with the company’s first model would be an understatement, and with this latest iteration, Google masterfully built on solid foundation.Loaded with a Snapdragon 835 processor and an even more advanced camera, the Pixel 2 — all gruff about the bulky bezels aside — is certainly no sophomore slouch. That said, how does this latest iteration measure up against Samsung‘s flagship Galaxy S8? Let’s take a look, with this side-by-side smartphone showdown.Specs Galaxy S8Pixel 2Size148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches)145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.7 x 2.7 x 0.31 inches)Weight155 grams (5.47 ounces)143 grams (5.04 ounces)Screen5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED5-inch AMOLED displayResolution2,960 x 1,440 pixels1,920 x 1,080 pixelsOSAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 8.0 OreoStorage64GB (U.S.) 128GB (International)64GB, 128GBMicroSD card slotYesNoNFC … [Read more...] about Battle for the Android throne: Can the Google Pixel 2 best Samsung’s Galaxy S8?
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL look set to improve on the original Pixel phone, with an even better camera, a prettier design, some fun augmented reality features, plus the latest processor and Android software. Go on, you can admit it, you want one right? Of course, and the good news is it’s easy to pre-order one ahead of the launch later this month.We’ve got a comprehensive how to buy a Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 phone roundup for U.S. buyers here. Below, we’ll cover how to get one if you live in the U.K. Google has announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for the U.S. and the U.K. at the same time, along with Australia, Canada, Germany, and India, too.If the money is ready and burning a hole in your pocket, let’s go shopping! We’ve got everything you need to know about how to buy a Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the United Kingdom.How to buy an unlocked Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XLIf you can afford it, buying a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL without a contract is recommended. The … [Read more...] about Here’s where you can buy a Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the United Kingdom
Apple may have stolen the thunder with the iPhone X announcement, but Google certainly knows how to bring itself back into the limelight. According to a billboard set by Google in Boston, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 may launch on October 4. The said billboard has only five words written on top, “Ask more of your phone,” along with the G logo and the date October 4. The Pixel Phones will compete with Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 8 and iPhone X. We are more than happy, for we have to wait less than a month to see who will have the last laugh.To start with, the Google Pixel XL 2 will be LG made. As far as specs are concerned, here’s what we know –The two phones by Google are codenamed Taimen and Walleye. The Taimen is the bigger phone, while the Walleye is the smaller one. Earlier, there was also a Muskie with a big screen, which Google cancelled in favour of Taimen.The Taimen will have a ginormous 6-inch screen. It might closely resemble the LG V30, which also happens … [Read more...] about Billboard has leaked Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 Launch Date
Google Inc. has been our go-to source for almost all kinds of requirements. Even if Google can’t provide what we want, it at least guides us as to where can we find a solution for it. When this search engine giant announced its first ever flagship phone, all hell broke loose. Adding to this, the flagship smartphone was all set to compete with the legendary iPhone range. Google Pixel made a number of heads turn with its new unique yet appealing features. During its launch, almost every tech lover was craving to own it. Now the tech giant plans to go a step further and bring out the Google Pixel 2.Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will apparently be launched on the 5th of October this year. This means that there is less than a month left for its launch hence speculations are bound to happen. The Google Pixel 2 rumors are doing the rounds for the past few months. But as the date is getting closer, the leaks are also getting authentic. A number of speculated features of the smaller model … [Read more...] about The highly anticipated Google Pixel 2!
The Google Pixel 2 XL has gotten some pretty rave reviews since launch, but the launch has not been without its issues. First, the Pixel 2 XL suffered from screen burn-in issues that frustrated some users. Now, perhaps even more frustrating, is another issue — some Google Pixel 2 XL handsets are shipping without operating systems whatsoever. It does not seem as though the issue has affected any users of the standard Google Pixel 2.Yes, that means that you could get your Google Pixel 2 XL, try to turn it on, and be greeted with a message saying that the phone “can’t find a valid operating system.” The issue was first reported on Reddit. As some reports note, it may be possible for the more tech-savvy users to salvage handsets by flashing a factory image of Android on the phone — but others may not be so comfortable with the inner workings of their $850-plus device.Google confirmed to us that the issue has been fixed, though didn’t really have … [Read more...] about Some Google Pixel 2 XL phones are shipping without Android
The Razer Phone and the Google Pixel 2 XL are two devices that stand out among the current fleet of flagships. The Pixel line, designed by Google, is made to work seamlessly with Android, and is meant to offer the smoothest experience possible. The Razer Phone is the smartphone for gamers, thanks to an incredibly smooth 120Hz Ultramotion display, and a state-of-the-art cooling system that keeps the device from getting too hot during monster gaming sessions. They’re both incredible devices — but which one of these two should you buy? Let’s take a closer look at the specs to find out.Specs Razer PhoneGoogle Pixel 2 XLSize158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm (6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 inches)157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches)Weight197 grams (6.95 ounces)175 grams (6.17 ounces)Screen5.7-inch 120 Hz Ultramotion IGZO IPS LCD display6-inch P-OLED displayResolution2,560 x 1,440 pixels (514 ppi)2,880 x 1,440 pixels (538 ppi)OSAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 8.0 OreoStorage64GB64GB, … [Read more...] about Android flagship throwdown: Razer Phone vs. Google Pixel 2 XL