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Google’s Pixel 4a will reportedly ditch squeeze-based Google Assistant activation

It’s been a feature of Google smartphones since the days of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL but it seems that the upcoming Pixel 4a will launch without the ability to squeeze its sides to activate Google Assistant. It’s a feature that used to annoy the heck out of me until I disabled it, but […]

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Top 5 reasons why we’re excited for the Google Pixel 4a

With the Google Pixel 4a right around the corner it’s looking like one of the most anticipated phones of the year. The regular Pixel 4 was a bit disappointing, but last year’s Pixel 3a set the budget market on fire. The Pixel 4a seems like it can do the same for a few very good […]

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This third-party app allows 4K 60fps video recording on the Pixel 4

Google was criticized around the launch of the Pixel 4 because they weren’t allowing 4K 60fps video recording. The phone seems like it should capable of it considering it’s a pretty advanced camera, but Google hasn’t budged or enabled the feature. But this is Android we’re talking about, and there’s always a way to get […]

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The Pixel 4a camera gets a full review ahead of official launch

Google typically struggles to keep their new phones from leaking, and that’s an even understatement. We’ve reached the point where people are buying and reviewing Pixel phones before Google can even announce them. And yes, it’s happened again. There’s a full Pixel 4a camera review already posted, which is bad news for Google but pretty […]

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Google’s Phone app expanding support beyond Nexus and Pixel devices

Google has begun allowing select devices from other OEMs to install their Phone dialer app from the Play Store, the latest service they have slowly started opening up. At this point the release cadence for new smart services that Google develops seems pretty clear – they announce and typically launch their new Assistant feature, or […]

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No surprise: Google stops selling the Pixel 3 online

This is no surprise, but Google has officially nixed the Pixel 3. The device held on for a little bit after the Pixel 4 announcement, at least on Google’s online store, but now it’s been pulled and thrown in the same graveyard as other old Pixel devices. RIP Google Pixel 3 This means if you […]

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Google has discontinued the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google is no longer selling its landmark Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones, the company confirmed with Android Police. If you enter the old Pixel 3 listing you'll get the home page instead and it no longer appears in the product carousel. Meanwhile, the carrie…
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Google Rules adds Tasker-like automations to Pixel phones, starting to roll out now

Smartphone automation has always been a thing in the enthusiast world of Android, going as far back as Tasker in the early Android days. While it’s still probably the de facto automation app, this kind of thing hasn’t really blown up with your average consumer. That’s starting to change, however, with Apple launching Siri Shortcuts […]

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The next Pixel Feature Drop could roll out next week

It’s a couple of months since Google rolled out the first Pixel Feature Drop, and it seems that the search giant is preparing to release a second batch of improvements in the next week or so, according to the folks over at 9to5Google. As you might expect, this second Pixel Feature Drop will bring a […]

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Pixel 5 could feature an exclusive double-tap gesture with Android 11

The Android 11 developer preview has officially kicked off, and we’ve seen a few cool new features for our phones already. But some of the exciting part about these early releases is seeing what might be hinted at in future builds, or even phones. The latest rumor suggested by the Android 11 developer preview build […]

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Start your engines! Download the Android 11 Developer Preview for your Google Pixel now!

We are only midway through February but Google has already flipped the switch to release the very first Developer Preview of Android 11 for the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 4. Factory image and OTA downloads for the four Pixel ranges are already available and we’ve got the links ready for […]

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Pixel 3 December update delayed, joint update to roll out in January

It looks like some Pixel 3 device owners aren’t getting the December security update, with Google opting to roll out a joint December-January patch within the next few weeks. The update has been delayed for some unknown reason, but device owners will still get the security patch, just in that joint rollout due later this […]

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Here’s how Google can win with the Pixel 4a

Google’s Pixel 3a was probably the most exciting phone of 2019. It wasn’t a flagship, but delivered killer specs on a budget and showed what makes Android phones really worthwhile. It even won Talk Android’s best phone of the year. So what’s next for Google? Well, the Pixel 4 seems like more a misstep than […]

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Pixel Feature Drop comes with hidden new features

Google announced some new software upgrades for the Pixel Feature Drop, but what we didn’t expect to see, were the hidden gems not announced in the software update. The software upgrade brought with it new features like automatic call screening, improvements to Duo video calls, and more, but there’s more than what Google announced on […]

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The Morning After: Google prepares its first Pixel ‘feature drop’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, we're heading into Sony's last PlayStation event for the year, but first you should check out the new Ghostbusters trailer, and find out why it's such a big deal that Apple is coming back to CES. O…
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Google delays Pixel 4 security patch roll-out until next to pack in more handset specific fixes

“O, December update, wherefore art thou December update?” If you are the owner of a Pixel 4 or 4 XL, you might be wondering why the December update hasn’t begun rolling out to your brand new phone. There’s no need to worry, the Pixel 4 isn’t an app so Google hasn’t killed it off, instead, […]

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The Google Pixel 4’s oleophobic coating apparently comes off really easily

The Google Pixel line has had a notorious history with poor coating on the screen, and it’s not uncommon to hear someone complaining about the finish rubbing off of the screen. That oleophobic coating is meant to resist bacteria and other general grossness, but it makes the phone look terrible if it comes off. This […]

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[Black Friday Deals] Save $200 on the Google Pixel 4/4 XL, $300 on the Pixel Slate

If you thought the Pixel 4 and 4 XL were a little on the pricey side of things when they launched in October, you’ll be happy to note that you can save a massive $ 200 off each model as part of Google’s Black Friday promotion. This means that you’ll be able to pick up a […]

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The Pixel 4 November update modifies the behavior of the 90Hz display

One of the selling points of the new Pixel 4 models is the screen’s 90Hz refresh rate, which provides a faster, smoother experience. Gaming, in particular, really benefits. It’s not an “always on” feature, however, and drops to 60Hz often to preserve battery life. Screen brightness plays a role and it’s been shown that the […]

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The Pixel 4’s face unlock feature is supported by these apps so far (Continuously updated)

One of the things you may have noticed with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL is that Google has courageously omitted the fingerprint sensor from the handsets and gone all-in on Touch ID face unlock. This means that instead of just being used to log in on your phones’ lock screen, you’ll be able to […]

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Google defends their decision to not allow 4K60fps on the Pixel 4

Google announced the Pixel 4 with some serious camera capabilities, but it lacked one video feature that many users want. The Pixel 4 can shoot 4K video, but it’s not able to do so in 60fps. It’s not because phones can’t do that, either; Samsung, Huawei, Apple, and others are all able to cram 4K60 […]

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No more original quality Google Photos backups for the Pixel 4

A major selling point of previous Pixel phones was that they would come with unlimited original quality photo backup. That was actually a pretty big deal for enthusiast photographers, since they could safely store all of their high-resolution photos without worrying about running out of the measly 64GB of space on the Pixel phones or […]

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Will the Google Pixel 4 surprise us with 5G?

The Google Pixel 4 has leaked pretty heavily over the last few months, but we might still get a surprise out of the announcement. A new report says that Google might be rolling out 5G hardware sometime soon, beating Apple to the punch and joining the 5G revolution with Samsung and Huawei. The report doesn’t […]

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Google confirms Pixel 4 to be announced in New York on October 15th

Fast on the heels of more Pixel 4 camera leaks and hands-on videos comes confirmation that Google is holding a MadeByGoogle launch event on October 15th in New York City. We can expect Google to unveil the Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL alongside the PixelBook 2 and the Google Nest Mini 2 at the event. Despite […]

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Ten Best cases for the Google Pixel 3a XL

Google’s Pixel 3a XL offers a nice boost in size and battery capacity over the regular Pixel 3a while still benefitting from an affordable price, especially so when compared to its higher-specced Pixel 3 and 3 XL siblings. It’s $ 479 price tag still warrants a noticeable investment though, and despite its durable polycarbonate construction, you’ll […]

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Pixel 3a put some life back in Google’s smartphone business, doubling total Pixel sales year-over-year

Google’s Pixel sales since inception have been pretty lackluster. It’s not that the Pixels aren’t great phones, especially when it comes to camera quality and software updates, but they’ve just never really managed to take a bite out of the market, especially not without insane carrier promotions. But it looks like the Pixel 3a might […]

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Google’s hardware division is recovering from slow Pixel 3 sales

Just over a year ago, Google parent company Alphabet was hit with a $ 5 billion fine from the European Union for antitrust violations. As you might have expected, that put a dent in the company's profits — but this year, there's no such issue to worr…
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DxOMark rates the Pixel 3a a flat 100, only 1 point below Google’s own flagship

Nobody should take DxOMark’s word as gospel on camera quality, however their testing has ranked Google’s popular mid-range Pixel 3a with a camera arguably tied as leading the industry. Google turned heads when they launched their mid-ranging Pixel 3a and 3a XL offering hardware – in particular camera hardware – nearly on par with their […]

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Google will finally catch up to Apple’s cameras with wide color support on the Pixel 4

There’s no argument that Android phones have made huge strides in the last few years, with heavy hitters from Samsung, Huawei, and Google’s own Pixel line delivering phenomenal mobile photography. They all typically get really close to Apple’s iPhone camera, if not beating it out entirely, but there’s one area where Apple’s cameras still do […]

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Google Pixel 3a gets a teardown and comes out way better than expected

The last major phone teardown that made the news was Samsung’s poorly designed Galaxy Fold. It didn’t last very long, either, since Samsung contacted iFixit and asked them to remove it, stirring up even more bad press. The good news for Google is that their Pixel 3a looks (relatively) easy to take apart and repair, […]

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iFixit peeks inside the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to see what’s missing

Now that Google has come back to the midrange phone market, the folks at iFixit have peered inside the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL to see what you do (or don't) get for your money. Just like their more expensive Pixel 3 counterparts, both of these pack…
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Merger or not, Sprint will soon start carrying Google Pixel phones

Google’s Pixel phones have notoriously always been exclusive to Verizon, at least if you wanted to buy it on a US carrier. Buying direct from the Google Store (and getting your phone factory unlocked) has been an option, but that’s not for everyone, especially more casual buyers or something looking to finance hardware through their […]

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Not many Google Pixel 3 buyers switching from Apple phones

Although Google, through their Android operating system for mobile phones, is in charge of the mobile phone market, in some places it does not seem like it. In the U.S. in particular, Android phone manufacturers have been playing catch up to Apple’s market dominance. When Google transitioned their own line of phones from budget-oriented Nexus […]

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Is the Pixel Watch really real and launching this year??

We’ve heard plenty of rumours for a Google Pixel Watch dating back well into last year, however newly uncovered patents suggest the new wearable could actually exist and be launching this year. Ever since Google announced Android Wear way back in 2014 there have been murmurs of the company releasing their own exemplary smartwatch, however […]

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Google Pixel is the fastest growing smartphone brand in the US

The Google Pixel line has never really been able to compete with heavy hitters from Samsung and Apple as far as raw sales numbers are concerned, but it does look like Google’s flagship phone efforts have paid off in other ways. A new report claims that while the Pixel still has a long way to […]

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Childish Gambino dances his way onto Pixel cameras

Coachella headliner Childish Gambino is down to dance with anyone, anywhere at any time. Kind of. From today, an interactive Playmoji (i.e. an AR sticker) based on him is available in Google Pixel's Playground mode, which is built into the camera.
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Google Pixel 3 Lite set to release on Verizon in Spring 2019

Remember that plasticky Pixel 3 Lite that leaked not too long ago? Well, since Google is the worst at keeping their plans hidden, it looks like we might see that phone sooner rather than later. The latest rumor pegs the Pixel 3 Lite and the Pixel 3 XL Lite heading to Verizon in early spring […]

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Google Pixel 3 is the best scoring single lens Android phones from DxOMark

   The Pixel 3 has a phenomenal camera, and if you’ve seen the photos you don’t really need any numbers to tell you that. But if you do like numbers, you’ll be interested to see that the Google Pixel 3 has taken the highest DxOMark score for all single lens Android phones with a score of 101. […]

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New Google ‘Sounds’ app adds visualizations and managed ringtones to your Pixel

Having begun rolling out the December security patch to Nexus and Pixel devices, it seems that Google may have slipped up by uploading a new app for the Pixels called Sounds to the Play Store. For the moment, at least, the app listing has been removed from the Play Store although it was included with […]

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Verizon launches RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 today

Verizon is finally deploying RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL today, December 6th, marking the first devices on Verizon’s network to get the feature. The carrier says they want to keep bringing the new feature to other Android devices soon, but don’t hold your breath on that being a quick […]

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Google’s Black Friday Deals are live – grab a Home Hub for $99, Pixel Stand for $39, or a Pixel 3 for $649!

Having only launched the Pixel 3, 3 XL, and Home Hub on October 9th, you could be forgiven for thinking it was too soon to see a discounted price you would be wrong. Google has shown no mercy to its new arrivals with the Home Hub being reduced to just $ 99/£99. Join us after the break […]

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A plastic Google Pixel 3 Lite prototype with a headphone jack leaks

There’s been speculation that a budget version of the Google Pixel 3 could emerge before the end of the year, but no announcement was made in October when the regular Pixel 3 phones launched. However, pictures and specs of what appears to be a Pixel 3 Lite prototype have just emerged, featuring a standard 3.5mm […]

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The Morning After: Pixel ‘Night Mode’ sees in the dark

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Google Pixel 3 XL Review: Google nails it, even with the notch

Where the affordable Nexus phones were made with tech enthusiasts in mind, the advent of the Pixel and Pixel XL in 2016 saw Google develop a handset aimed at the average consumer combining the power of stock Android with premium design and a higher price tag. In 2017 the search giant took another step forward […]

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Google apparently can’t fix any damaged Pixel 3 phones right now

If you’ve already purchased a Google Pixel 3, don’t break it. According to some horror stories on the internet, Google is apparently unable to fix broken devices just yet, and they aren’t able to get the parts to their partner repair store, uBreakiFix. The story, which comes from 9to5Google, saw a Pixel 3 XL take […]

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Top ten best cases for the Pixel 3 XL

Google officially took the wraps off the Pixel 3 XL at its launch event on October 9th, unveiling a handset with a two-tone glass design and a rather large notch on its display. While there isn’t much you can do about the notch other than disabling it, you can protect the Pixel 3 XL’s glass rear […]

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Top Ten Best Cases for the Google Pixel 3

Smartphones with all-glass designs are all the rage in 2018 with most handset makers releasing phones with glass panels front and back. While Google has followed the trend with its Pixel 3, the phone sports a two-tone finish on its rear glass panel that brings some texture and relief from the mega glossy phones that […]

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Google Pixel 3 camera might not always save pictures

Google’s new Pixel 3 arguably has the best camera on an Android phone (or any phone) in 2018. An issue has been discovered by multiple users, however, where a photo fails to save after the shot on both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL . This particular issue has been reported since the Nexus […]

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[Guide] How to disable the notch on the Pixel 3 XL

If you watched the live stream of the Google launch event on October 9th, you’d have immediately noticed that the Pixel 3 XL does indeed sport a notch on its 6.3-inch OLED display while the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 is entirely notch-free. It’s a trend that we first saw in the Android world with the Essential Phone, although […]

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Brydge announces their own take on a Pixel Slate keyboard with G-Type

If you weren’t totally in love with the (expensive) Pixel Slate keyboard that Google announced yesterday, you might be interested in a third-party option. Specifically, we’re talking about one made by Brydge, a company known for making quality accessories for Microsoft’s Surface line, iPads, and other portable devices. Now they’re trying their hand at a […]

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