We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. A dull boy The culprit is likely the phone's woefully inadequate battery. Muhammad Jarir Kanji 7 Nov 2019 14 Source: Joe Maring / Android CentralWhat you need to know Google artificially capped the Pixel 4's maximum brightness. The phone can achieve as much as 610 nits of brightness, but you only get about 450 nits out of the box. The only means of currently enabling the 'High Brightness Mode' requires rooting the device. Yet another day, yet another compromise on the Pixel 4. As it turns out, the award-winning 'Smooth Display' — yes, the same display that promises a 90Hz refresh rate but more often than not gave you only 60Hz out of the box — was saddled with yet another limitation: a cap on its maximum brightness. As discovered byXDA's Mishaal Rahman, the phone has a 'High Brightness Mode' disabled by default and hidden behind root access. If you are willing to take a risk with rooting the … [Read more...] about Google deliberately capped the Pixel 4’s screen brightness
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In brief: A week after it was revealed that third-party contractors regularly heard confidential user details via Siri recordings, Apple has announced it is suspending the program globally. Apple likes to paint itself as one of the few big tech companies that prioritizes its users’ privacy, but that image came under question last week following revelations that quality assurance auditors were listening to Siri conversations. Although the snippets were only a few seconds long and stripped of identifiable data, some of them included sensitive information including users’ medical details, drug dealings, and even sounds of people having sex. The contracting firm’s job was to listen to the audio recordings and grade Siri’s responses, such as whether its activation was accidental or deliberate, whether it was something the assistant could be expected to help with, and whether the response was appropriate. “A small portion of Siri requests are analyzed to … [Read more...] about Apple suspends grading program in which contractors listened to Siri queries
NEW DELHI: Google has finally launched its affordable Pixel smartphones, Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL. The company launched the duo at its annual developers conference Google I/O 2019. Both the devices promise to offer the same user experience and camera performance as the company's current flagship phones Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Google Pixel 3a is priced at Rs 39,999, while the 3a XL sports a price tag of Rs 44,999. Wonder what Pixel 3a XL offers for Rs 5000 extra? Read on to find out ... Specifications Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a XL Display 5.6-inch OLED display with 2220x1080 pixels resolution 6.0-inch OLED display with 2160x1080 pixels resolution Processor 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdraon 670 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdraon 670 Operating system Android 9.0 Pie operating system Android 9.0 Pie operating system Rear camera 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash front camera 8MP front camera 8MP front camera RAM 4GB 4GB Strorage 64GB 64GB Battery … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3a XL: What Pixel 3a XL offers for extra Rs 5,000
The Pixel 4 arrived on the market as one of the most leaked, most talked about smartphones of 2019. This year, Google seems like it is really trying to find something unique to offer, with new features like the Google-developed "Motion Sense" radar gesture system, face unlock, a 90Hz display, the next-gen Google Assistant, and a new astrophotography mode. At the prices Google is asking, though, the Pixel 4 is hard to recommend. The company saddled the phone with an ultra-premium price tag, but the Pixel 4 can't compete with ultra-premium phones. The phone falls down on a lot of the basics, like battery life, storage speed, design, and more. The new additions like face unlock and Motion Sense just don't work well. It seems like Google just cut too many corners this year. The strongest feature of the Pixel line—the camera—hasn't really gotten better, either. The camera sensor is the same as last year, and the big new software feature, astrophotography mode, is also available … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 4 review—Overpriced, uncompetitive, and out of touch
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. Flip the script Ara Wagoner 24 Oct 2019 Bigger, better buy ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 Pretty but impractical Google Pixelbook Go The ASUS C434 may not be quite as fashionable as the flashy new magnesium Pixelbook Go, but it's got a better price, form factor, and a bigger screen despite being almost the same size. It's better in every measurable way. From $530 at Amazon Pros More affordable Durable aluminum body Better port configuration 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible Cons Hinge can be weird Heavier than Pixelbook Go i5/i7 configurations harder to find Google's newest Chromebook is very pretty and very premium. Unfortunately, compared to the C434, it just comes up short unless you want the 4K version or prefer a clamshell to a 2-in-1. From $649 at Amazon Pros Slightly smaller footprint Pretty "Not Pink" color option Higher storage options Cons Not a 2-in-1 More delicate paint job No … [Read more...] about ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 vs. Pixelbook Go: Which should you buy?