Recently, I faced a dilemma: My Google Pixel 3 XL was on its last legs. Its battery was a pale shadow of its former self. Its USB-C port failed to carry a charge half the time. Both sides of the phone, screen and glass back, were a spiderwebbed mess of cracks and chips. And according to Google , the phone won't be guaranteed more Android updates after this October. I needed a new phone, pronto. I know the new Pixel 6 is likely to arrive at Google's next launch event on Oct. 19 (here are how to watch the launch live and all the rumors we've heard about Google's next Pixel ). However, I didn't really want to wait. And even as we get closer to the event, there's always the price aspect that draws people to older models. At first glance my options looked straightforward. Long ago, I'd thrown in my lot with Google's pure Android platform back in the days of the Nexus 5 . Since then I've moved on to the original Pixel XL and the Pixel 3 XL . So the … [Read more...] about With Pixel 6 coming soon, is it still worth buying a Pixel 3, 4 or 5?
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Google's new phones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro , are set to launch today (here's how you can watch the Pixel event live ). And although we got a glimpse of the new phone right before the Pixel 5A launched, not every rumor has yet been debunked or proven true. We've heard buzz about the new Pixel ahead of today's Google's event, including better on-device security, updated camera features and the new in-house chip, named Tensor. According to the Japanese publication Nikkei , Google has ordered more than 7 million Pixel 6 phones, which roughly doubles the company's production in 2020. Google CEO Sundar Pichai previously said during an Alphabet earnings call that the fall device lineup will show Google's " deep technology investments ." The company has since confirmed the Pixel 6 line will be powered by the company's in-house Tensor chip, previously code-named Whitechapel . The Tensor chip's introduction also came with demonstrations of its photography and … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 6: Camera specs, in-house chip and all the other rumors ahead of today’s event
Are you looking for a smartphone with Google Photos , Chrome, Gmail and Drive integration? If so, a Pixel might be a good choice for you. Google offers a few iterations of its Pixel phones, including the Pixel 3 XL , Pixel 4A , Pixel 5 and Pixel 5A . The latest versions of Google's smartphone, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro , are also on their way soon for the company's next launch event on Oct. 19 (here's how you can watch the new Pixel debut on Tuesday ). Read more: Pixel 6 is coming, but should you buy a Google Pixel 3, 4 or 5 instead? Get the CNET Mobile newsletter Find the best phones, apps and accessories with our CNET Mobile newsletter. Delivered Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Pixel can take great photos, too. But it isn't just about having an excellent camera and luxurious hardware: Software and the services a phone ties into are also important. Let's get into a few of these. … [Read more...] about Pixel 6 is coming soon, and you may want to give Google’s phones another chance
Google released five different Pixel phones in the US in 2020, but only three of those remain available for purchase in the Google Store. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL , launched last summer, were discontinued less than a year later, though you can buy them from other retailers till supplies last or bring home a refurbished device. Later in the fall, Google went on to drop a duo of budget phones, the Pixel 4A and 4A 5G , as well as the midrange Pixel 5 , and these three phones are still up for grabs from the Google Store as well as other retailers. The Google Pixel 6 could also be added to the mix in the coming months. We speculate it could make an appearance in October. Read more : Google Pixel 6 rumors: Release date, price, camera specs and more Get the CNET Mobile newsletter Find the best phones, apps and accessories with our CNET Mobile newsletter. Delivered Tuesdays and Thursdays. As you can tell by its name, the Pixel 5 is Google's newest … [Read more...] about Pixel 5 vs. Pixel 4 vs. Pixel 4 XL: The biggest differences between Google phones