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Verizon has the sole right to sell the Google Pixel phones as a carrier, but T-Mobile has a deal for you that might just tempt a few of the Pixel phone owners towards committing to T-Mobile for the long run. If you have a Pixel, a subscription to T-Mobile's Unlimited One plan will earn you a bill credit of $325. Considering that it will shave off half the price from the 32GB variant of the Pixel ($649) and the price of an additional mid-range smartphone from the cost of the 32GB Pixel XL ($769), this plan already has the attention of the customers.


However, before you start getting to excited about the offer, there are a few stipulations that you must take into account. Firstly, the Unlimited One plans start at $70 per month and in spite of being touted as "unlimited," it downgrades videos to 480p resolution, as well as throttling tethering speeds. Secondly, you WON'T be receiving the entire $325 in one bill credit; rather, it will be evenly distributed over the course of 24 months, at a rate of $13.55 per credit. Finally, in order to avail this offer, you will need to sign up for it within 30 days from your Pixel's date of purchase.


Considering the insane price tags on the Pixel phones and especially the Pixel XL, will you go for this plan? More importantly, will it actually benefit you and suit your needs?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are all set to launch around the world in October, but thanks to VentureBeat, what we have for you today are alleged renders of the two smartphones, ahead of time. What you see above is the smaller Pixel, with 5-inch Full HD display, 4GB of RAM, possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2GHz clock speed) processor, 32GB of internal storage and a 2,770mAh battery to power it all. There will also be a 12-megapixel rear snapper, an 8-megapixel selfie cam, USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner at the back and maybe even a 3.5mm headphone jack if we are lucky!



The Pixel XL pictured above will almost be identical to its smaller brother, except a bigger, better display and battery. The display on it will supposedly sport a 1440p Quad High Definition panel stretched over 5.5-inches. The battery is also significantly bigger at 3,450mAh in order to power that large QHD display. The two smartphones from Google are rumoured to be more expensive than any of the previous smartphones from the brand with a price tag that starts at $649. Both smartphones are being manufactured by HTC, under the Google Pixel branding.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Google has now confirmed that the new Pixel phones will be unveiled at a press event on October 4. What it means is that we do not have any official photos of the two upcoming flagships from Google yet, but unofficial leaks are there before time as usual. The white Pixel and Pixel XL phones that we see here show a metal unibody design at the bottom with the antenna panel, but glass plating takes precedence on top. As it is actually designed by HTC, one cannot help but be reminded of the HTC One A9 that we saw last year.



In case you are wondering, Pixel is the new name adopted by Google this year for their upcoming phones, ditching the Nexus tag for now at least. Also, if you have missed a few updates recently, the Pixel with a 5-inch display is codenamed Marlin and the Pixel XL with a 5.5-inch display is codenamed Sailfish. The two smartphones will probably be powered by the same SD 820 processor and 4GB RAM. Interestingly, the Pixels will also bring Android Nougat version 7.1 with them.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It is almost impossible to keep a smartphone secret before its official unveiling date these days and as it turns out, the new Pixel phones from Google are no exceptions either. Multiple retailers have leaked all details about the Google Pixel smartphones, ahead of its unveiling tomorrow. For example, Carphone Warehouse is a British retailer which had put up listings for the two phones for a very short time, before removing it. Whether it was an intentional marketing strategy or just a mistake, we are not really sure! Nevertheless, here is what the listings confirm for us about the Pixel and Pixel XL. Do check the pictures also for some more insight into Google's plans for tomorrow.



Google Pixel


Weight: 143g
Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
Display: 5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel protected by Gorilla Glass 4 (441 ppi)
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.15GHz) 64-bit quad-core processor
RAM: 4GB
Internal storage: 32GB/128GB
Battery: 2,770mAh with Quick Charging support
Rear/front camera: 12.3-megapixel (f/2.0, OIS, 1.55um)/8-megapixel
OS version: Android Nougat 7.1
Misc: Fingerprint scanner, NFC, headphone jack, USB Type-C, etc.



Google Pixel XL


Weight: 168g
Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm
Display: 5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED panel protected by Gorilla Glass 4 (534 ppi)
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.15GHz) 64-bit quad-core processor
RAM: 4GB
Internal storage: 32GB/128GB
Battery: 3450mAh with Quick Charge support
Rear/front camera: 12.3-megapixel (f/2.0, OIS, 1.55um)/8-megapixel
OS version: Android Nougat 7.1
Misc: Fingerprint scanner, NFC, headphone jack, USB Type-C, etc.
Although the listing did mention external storage capacities, the consensus is that it was a mistake unfortunately.



Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



After months of rumors, the Pixel phones have now been officially revealed and here's a short summary of what Google announced about them. Check the photo above if you want to see the hardware specs.


Size, color and material - The Pixel (5-inch display) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch display), both will come in silver, black and blue (limited Edition). They will sport an aluminium (aerospace-grade) unibody design with an overall smooth texture.


Unlimited cloud storage - All Pixel users will be given unlimited cloud storage options for their photos and videos via Google Photos.


Pixel Imprint and "Moves"- The fingerprint scanner at the back (Pixel imprint) will now notify you about new messages, emails and other notifications.


Google Assistant and Google Duo - Google Assistant will replace Google Now and the two phones will come with the virtual assistant preloaded as an in-built feature. It's the same with the Google Duo video calling app, which also comes pre-loaded into the two smartphones.


Support Tab - There's an actual Support Tab inside the Settings menu which will let you connect with an expert to solve any problem that you might be facing on the phone.


Personalised case - A user customizable live case will work in sync with Google Earth and Google Trends.


Quick Switch Adapter - The Quick Switch Adapter will let you transfer your media, contacts and even iMessages to the new Pixel phone.


Best camera ever? - Google has proudly announced that the two phones will sport the best camera ever seen on a smartphone yet (DxoMark score is 89).



Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Since Google just informed the press about an upcoming event on October 4, we are pretty sure that's where the new Pixel phones will be unveiled for the first time. This belief was further confirmed by the fact that there's a new "Oct. 4" video on Google's official YouTube channel where the Google search bar slowly transforms into the shape of a smartphone.


As far as leaks go, the latest Geekbench spec sheets are revealing a revised Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and Android Nougat 7.1, a version of the OS that no other smartphone is running at the moment. Both the Pixel (5.2-inch) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch) will be made by HTC this year and there will be two versions this time around; one for the US and the other for the international market.



We have also seen a few mobile case listings for the Pixel phones and as you can see from the image, the camera cut-outs are suspiciously large and may indicate a dual camera setup at the back. However, no such rumor regarding the Pixel or Pixel XL has surfaced so far. We will find out more very soon as the official unveiling date is now confirmed and just around the corner.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It was confirmed during the Mobile World Congress earlier, when Rick Osterloh, SVP of Goggle hardware said "There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it," This more or less can be paraphrased into, 'yes, we are going to release a newer and better version of the Pixel this year, just like all the other major OEMs.'


Just like you, we were also wondering if he would give us a date or at least a rough timeline regarding the next Pixel's launch. However, it was not to be so, as he had this to say; "You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now."


While the Pixel did already come with the latest processor, Google Assistant, the latest Nougat OS, a Quad HD AMOLED display (XL) and a fantastic set of cameras, what we would have really appreciated was a bigger battery. Hopefully, the Pixel 2 series of smartphones will offer better battery life, along with all the other upgraded bells and whistles. In spite of it being too early to predict anything, what we can say for sure is that the Google phones will sport the latest version of the Android OS (Android v8.0 possibly), as well as the minimum of a Snapdragon 835 SoC.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were without a doubt, the fastest phones running on Android in 2016 and early 2017. While that title might be up for debate now with the launch of a number of smartphones with the next gen flagship processors in 2017, they continue to remain two of the fastest phones that you can buy. In terms of software optimization and camera performance however, they are arguably, still unmatched. With all that said and done, if there was only one gripe about those two smartphones, it would be the design. They just look so outdated compared to the competition, especially with those giant top and bottom bezels. Well, the bad news is that the design may not change much unfortunately.


If the latest report by Forbes turns out to be true, then HTC will be making this year's Pixel phones as well and they will largely reflect the same disappointing design language as that of the HTC U11. In order to find out more about how HTC Soku came to this conclusion by going through the U11's system files, check out the Forbes article here.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


 

Courtesy of @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, we have renders of the upcoming Google Pixel 2 on display here. The video shows off the Google Pixel 2 in beautiful 3D rendering and while it really does look light years ahead of the Google Pixel in terms of design, we couldn't help but notice that it's missing the 3.5mm audio jack. Do take a look at the video above and let us know what you think about this decision by Google, if it really does turn out to be the case of course.

 

Personally, I have never understood the logic behind removing the headphone jack from a smartphone and that is only because there is no logic behind it, just business. It costs next to nothing, doesn't interfere with any other functionality and is something that is preferred by a large section of the customer base. Even if you are all for the "wireless revolution," a headphone jack doesn't stop the smartphone from being compatible with wireless technology or the user from using wireless headphones if he/she wants to. It has more to do with business and marketing than actual usefulness because even if you could shave a few centimeters of a smartphone by eliminating the headphone jack, it hardly matters. Most people would rather have a headphone jack than a paper-thin phone!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Anyone who looks at the Galaxy S8 or the Mi Mix instantly appreciates the bezel-less design and it is expected that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also sport similar borderless display. In fact it seems to be the future of evolution for smartphones in general from here on. However, Google doesn't think that it is necessary to adopt that design as their "only" option yet. Make no mistake, all leaks and rumors are still suggesting that the Pixel XL 2 will be sporting a borderless display, but the regular and smaller Google Pixel 2 will apparently, not be as lucky.

 

Take a look at the picture and tell me if you think it looks exactly like last year's Google Pixel made by HTC or not. I ask this because it looks like that to me at least! Also, if this leak by VentureBeats is to be believed then the Pixel 2 won't have a dual camera either, but then again, that's true for the Pixel XL 2 as well unfortunately.

 

Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



It is very hard to determine which one is the best Android smartphone of them all, but if that contest was purely based on the smoothest and purest Android experience possible, the title would have to go the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. However, that was back in 2016 and we are now almost on the verge of seeing new iterations of the two smartphones from Google in the form of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. So without further ado, let us introduce you to the two smartphones with the specs that we know about so far. Do keep in mind that these are based on rumors and leaks, so minor changes might be present in the final version.


Pixel 2


4.97-inch OLED panel with FHD resolution, Active Edge

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/836 SoC

4GB of RAM

64GB/128GB internal storage

Twin front facing stereo speakers

No headphone jack

IP67/IP68 rating


Pixel 2 XL


5.99-inch, borderless OLED panel with QHD+ resolution at 18:9 aspect ratio, Active Edge

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/836 SoC

4GB of RAM

128GB internal storage

Twin front facing stereo speakers

No headphone jack

IP67/IP68 rating



Launch date for both devices is said to be October 5 by Evan Blass on Twitter but we will of course have to wait to find out for sure. The Pixels sported amazing cameras last year, so it would be interesting to see if they can do one better this year.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As far as the pictures are concerned, you will find them all throughout the article, but unfortunately, none of this latest batch of leaked Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pictures shows the fronts of the two smartphones. Other than the images, we also have information on the color options (as can be seen in the pictures) and even the price.



It looks like the Pixel 2 will come in three color options, which have been comically named by Google as Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. The color options for the Google Pixel 2 XL on the other hand won't be so vast and the buyers will have to choose in between Black & White and Just Black. Funny as the names may be, they do a pretty good job of describing exactly how the colors look to be honest! You will find the pricing details mentioned below.


Pixel 2 (HTC)

$649 for 64GB/$749 for 128GB


Pixel 2 XL (LG)

$849 for 64GB/$949 for 128GB


The pictures and the information are presented by DroidLife and they do seem to be pretty authentic.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



After months of speculations, the two latest smartphones from Google are finally here. As everything became official just a few hours ago, we have a full list of specs and a few pictures for you to enjoy.


Google Pixel 2


5-inch Cinematic full-HD (1080x1920) display with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC

4GB of RAM

64GB/128GB internal storage

2700mAh battery

12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilization

8-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.4

$649 for the 64GB variant and $749 for the 128GB variant


Google Pixel 2 XL


6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) P-OLED at 18:9 ratio (538ppi); 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC

4GB of RAM

64GB/128GB internal storage

3520mAh battery

12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilization

8-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.4

$849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB



Android Oreo 8.0 along with Google lens will be powering the two devices as well. Do you like what you see? Let us know in the comments.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



If you are searching for a good-looking phone, the Google Pixel 2 is not the one. But if you are looking for exceptional battery life and a few sneaky extras, then it's worth a look.


Looks


We have become accustomed to the latest smartphones being things of beauty but there is something exceptionally bland about the latest offering from Google. It has the same back panel and the same glass front. And nothing more. But where its looks let it down, it makes up for in other departments.


Screen and Size


At 5 inches, the Google Pixel 2 screen is a full inch smaller than its 6-inch screen cousin but in all honesty, this doesn't disappoint. It has a regular OLED display with top and bottom bezels that house a set of speakers, which are also fairly good in terms of sound quality.


It may not have the sleekness of the new iPhone X and if you can afford the £1,000 price tag for that, then you wouldn't be considering the Pixel 2. It is, however, simple to use and has a fantastic responsive screen with a decent colour reproduction, making gaming on high-end sites such as slotsites.com a pleasant experience.


Battery Life


Another plus for gamers and avid social media fans is the rather splendid performance of the battery. Other phones have long struggled to power the numerous apps as well as all day connection to Wi-Fi and/or data without the power source being drained. Although all smartphones manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to battery efficiency, the Pixel 2 has a battery beefy enough to last all day without it collapsing.


Functionality


The Google Pixel 2 runs the latest version of Android 8 Oreo, giving it a smooth, optimised and polished performance. Its snappy response works well with Google Assistant. There are some nifty extras such as the ‘playing Now' feature which recognises music around your and the new Google Lens feature recognises objects in photos, identifies landmarks and so on.


Camera


The front and rear cameras on the Pixel 2 are identical to those on the Pixel 2 XL. At 12.2 megapixels it can certainly hold its own, although avid photographers are disappointed at what they see as the lack extensive manual controls. But the picture quality is certainly more than good enough.


What Users Are Saying


Some users are reporting a clicking or whining noise during operation, but this doesn't seem a widespread problem. The speakers are loud and clear, and with unlimited photo back-up included in the price, the £629 handset will no doubt prove popular with some.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is slightly cheaper at £540 with the iPhone 8 coming in at £699 which puts the Pixel 2 right in between the two. Does it deserve to be there for the price? If you want a long battery life, a great screen, squeezable side and the latest version of Android, then yes.


But, if you are all about looks and lack of headphone jack, and want to experience wireless charging, then you may want to hang on for Samsung's Axon, the world's first foldable, dual-screen smartphone.



If you are searching for a good-looking phone, the Google Pixel 2 is not the one. But if you are looking for exceptional battery life and a few sneaky extras, then it's worth a look.


Looks


We have become accustomed to the latest smartphones being things of beauty but there is something exceptionally bland about the latest offering from Google. It has the same back panel and the same glass front. And nothing more. But where its looks let it down, it makes up for in other departments.


Screen and Size


At 5 inches, the Google Pixel 2 screen is a full inch smaller than its 6-inch screen cousin but in all honesty, this doesn't disappoint. It has a regular OLED display with top and bottom bezels that house a set of speakers, which are also fairly good in terms of sound quality.


It may not have the sleekness of the new iPhone X and if you can afford the £1,000 price tag for that, then you wouldn't be considering the Pixel 2. It is, however, simple to use and has a fantastic responsive screen with a decent colour reproduction, making gaming on high-end sites such as slotsites.com a pleasant experience.


Battery Life


Another plus for gamers and avid social media fans is the rather splendid performance of the battery. Other phones have long struggled to power the numerous apps as well as all day connection to Wi-Fi and/or data without the power source being drained. Although all smartphones manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to battery efficiency, the Pixel 2 has a battery beefy enough to last all day without it collapsing.


Functionality


The Google Pixel 2 runs the latest version of Android 8 Oreo, giving it a smooth, optimised and polished performance. Its snappy response works well with Google Assistant. There are some nifty extras such as the ‘playing Now' feature which recognises music around your and the new Google Lens feature recognises objects in photos, identifies landmarks and so on.


Camera


The front and rear cameras on the Pixel 2 are identical to those on the Pixel 2 XL. At 12.2 megapixels it can certainly hold its own, although avid photographers are disappointed at what they see as the lack extensive manual controls. But the picture quality is certainly more than good enough.


What Users Are Saying


Some users are reporting a clicking or whining noise during operation, but this doesn't seem a widespread problem. The speakers are loud and clear, and with unlimited photo back-up included in the price, the £629 handset will no doubt prove popular with some.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is slightly cheaper at £540 with the iPhone 8 coming in at £699 which puts the Pixel 2 right in between the two. Does it deserve to be there for the price? If you want a long battery life, a great screen, squeezable side and the latest version of Android, then yes.


But, if you are all about looks and lack of headphone jack, and want to experience wireless charging, then you may want to hang on for Samsung's Axon, the world's first foldable, dual-screen smartphone.



Android 7.1 Developer Preview 2 is now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 and the Pixel C. If your device is part of Google's Android Beta Program, you should receive a prompt for updating the device via an OTA update very soon. Just in case you are not enrolled into the beta program or if you are not willing to wait for the OTA file to come to your device, factory images are also available for users to download and flash manually. Post the update, the build number on your Pixel C should change to NPF26H. On the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the build number should change to NPF26F.


The second preview brings support for the Nexus 9, as stated by Google earlier and this build is pretty close to what the final version of the Nougat 7.1.1 OS will look like when it's released in December. As explained by David Burke from Google, these are some of the changes that the second build brings to the OS.


1. Bug fixes and improvements in overall performance
2. Retains the developer features and level 25 APIs of Developer Preview 1
3. An experience that's almost identical to the one which will be provided by the final build


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