Original Pixel Customers Are Dragging Google To Court

While Pixel and Pixel XL on 2017 ware great phones in many regards but it looks like not everything about the phone was satisfactory for customers. Aside from the arguably bland design, the phone had some major issues with its microphone.

Just recently, a group of Pixel owners has filed a complaint on the court on the matter stating that the phones had these problems from the very beginning. The case also contains that Google knew about the issues and knowingly sold these defective units with the standard warranty.

In the march of 017, Google acknowledged that some Pixel and Pixel XL phones may have a failure because of a physical defect in around 33% phones. These issues were due to a crack in the solder of the microphone component going into Pixel’s mainframe.

Time will tell if Google has to face a lawsuit because of the problem, but it is worth noting that this is not the first time Pixel phones are in talks because of hardware defects. The new Pixel 2 XL phones have been criticized because of their AMOLED display color shifts and burn-ins.

In the microphone case, customers have reported a range of issues including high-pitched smearing and clicking noises. Some have been fixed with software updates, but it looks like some problems still persist.

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Download The Android One launcher (With Working Google Feed) For Your Phone

In case you missed it, Android One is a new Google project that is centered around making A more lightweight version of Android that will be snappy and responsive even on less powerful hardware. While Google doesn’t officially provide Android One’s Launcher on Play Store, a developer recently modified the launcher and made it possible to install on non-Android One phones.

The launcher itself is very similar to Google Pixel 2 Launcher and it borrows many features from that too. The icon style is a bit different and interestingly, it has support for Google Now panel, something that Google announced to Kill with its Google Now Launcher. 

If you are craving for a simple stock-like Android interface without any Ads and added bloat, you may want to give the app a go. You can download the APK file here but make sure that you are not on a phone with Pixel Launcher.

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Google is Killing the Pixel C, Sales Stopped, Support Will Continue

Pixel C was Google’s answer to Microsoft Surface and the Apple iPad Pro which was a tablet trying to replace the need for a laptop. After selling the tablet for more than a year, the company recently announced that it will stop the sales of Pixel C and will be retiring the product.

“As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C and it is no longer available for sale. We are committed to updating and supporting it, including the recent update to Android 8.0, so customers can continue to get the best out of their device,”

 

– Google

On the statement to Cnet, the company also said “Our newly-launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device,”

Google will continue providing software updates and possibly, new Android releases in future, but new users are now encouraged the check the Pixel Book instead, which is a convertible laptop running Google’s Chrome OS. The Pixel Book, is much more expensive then Pixel C, selling it around $1000 or roughly Rs 64,000

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Everything You Need To Know About Nokia 1 Android Go

While Google has been keeping mum about phones that will come under Android Go program, some recent information has indicated that Nokia, which is run by HMD Global will be one of the partners with Google.

Under the Android Go program, the phone is said to be focused on emerging markets and will be designed by Google to make a smooth experience possible on low-end specs.

A Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin recently revealed that the phone will be a part of Google Android Oreo (Go Edition). The phone will come with an HD display and 1GB of onboard RAM, apart from that, the phone will also have 8 gigs of internal storage. The phone will come preinstalled with lightweight Google made apps including YouTube Go, Maps Go and Files Go which are optimised for entry-level phones.

Probably the most attractive selling point about the phone will be its pricing which is said to be just Rs 6,670 or $104. Apart from Nokia, Google is also working with Huawei to make another Android Go project phone.

In terms of specs and pricing, Nokia 2 is the closest Nokia phone with the upcoming phone, the phone has a price tag of Rs 6999 and has mostly same specs as the upcoming Nokia 1.

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Google is Killing Project Tango, Here is Everything You Need To Know

In case you missed, Project Tango is an augmented reality project which was Google’s first attempt at making AR a mainstream thing. To get the project going, Google partnered with makers and launched some phone, the first of which was Asus Zenphone AR which came with a massive battery and a huge screen paired with 8 GB of RAM.

Well, after running the project for almost a year, Googles’s tango team announced that they will be shutting down the project Tango.

There is no doubt that Google poured a lot of money into making products in under Tango project, but as Apple did with iPhone X, it is possible to do a good job at AR without adding too many specialized sensors to the phone.

Google shutting down Tango is not that surprising, the search giant already has invested many resources into another Augmented Reality related project called ARCore, because ARCore does not require specialized hardware, chances of it getting better adoption are far better compared to what Tango had. Still, if you are one of the people to buy a phone based on Project Tango, it is a bad news for you.

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Watch Google And Samsung Hilariously Making Fun of Apple in Their Ads

Brands making fun of each other is nothing new in the world of advertising, but ads related to tech are often really funny and Google and Samsung’s new ads show this. Recent commercials from Samsung are so unabashedly mocking Apple iPhone X that it gets funny in a unique way. The “notch” screen is mocked particularly with a funny haircut.

This commercial is themed upon growing up for an Apple fan called Erik. He supposedly is buying iPhones for whole last decade. He is here finally given a reliving tagline suggestion of ‘upgrading’ to Galaxy. Erik’s suffering is covered in various acts like queues, messing with the dongle for the headphone jack-less iPhone 7.

The gist of it is a realistic point that Apple adopts every feature long after Samsung. That had been the case with waterproofing, camera quality, wireless charging, larger screen and so on.

Google, on the other hand, also picked a similar strategy for the promotion of Pixel. It’s ad answers a series of questions for what Pixel can do. And its features are put in bright contrast to those of iPhone X. The much-detested ‘No More Storage’ alert is displayed on iPhones and the voiceover says: “Pixel will never do this”.

With those Apple targeting commercials, somehow both Samsung and Google are giving Apple a taste of its own medicine that it used long before to mock Windows PC and Microsoft in contrast to its MacBook. Time will tell if those commercial leave a lasting impact of Apple’s loyal consumer base. But in the meantime, I think users in both camps can have a good laugh, Considering Apple has also done a lot of this in his ads.

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Android Has A New Feature To Highlight Apps That Eat Your Battery Life

Battery life has always been a major aspect of choosing the phones. Most users have experienced the annoying and distrustful feeling of dealing with low battery performance by their Android phones that claim much higher performance in its specifications. Arguably in most cases, it is not the phone, it is the Wakelocks, some apps keep draining the battery by preventing the phone from going into a deeper sleep. Wakelocks are caused by apps that constantly poll the phone for information.

Third-party apps had been there to crack down on wakelocks. But now Google is bringing an inbuilt solution. Latest Android 8.1 Developer Preview has the battery app sighting to find battery eating apps. It shows up a warning in the battery settings with a red battery icon. Also, the offending app, with its effect on draining the battery. Tapping it one can fix the issue. One may kill the app or restrict the permissions to it.

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The new feature may add up to Android 8.1 or keep us wait a little longer, depends. It’s though a daring step that Google is testing a feature which gives us better control over phones. Battery particularly is one the major aspects that affect a user’s liking or disliking of his phone. With this new feature, many users will be able to use their phone to its potential.

Google has rolled out some builds of Android 8.1 in previous weeks, if you want to try these features though, you will a Pixel phone or Google Nexus devices.  Considering pushing battery sizes to the limit has hurt Samsung’s reputation recently, it will be great to be able to get better battery life with optimizations rather than just by packing huge battery’s just like the Nokia 2 does.

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Android 8.1 Developer Preview is Out, You Can Install It If You Are Brave Enough

There have not been many days since Google rolled out the Android Oreo, but it looks like Google is working constantly on OS improvements. Android 8.1 Developer Preview is ready for compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. Images are already there with screenshots of Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

The users may start using the preview by installing it either by enrolling their device in automatic OTA system updates so that Android Beta Program will allow (OTA) updates. Otherwise, they can also download a Developer Preview system image and flash it on your device.

New Android version now allows apps to make only one notification per second as alert sounds. Google confirms that this part in only for an improvement purpose. Settings have a colored navigation bar. It can dim when scrolled towards the bottom. Dimming the buttons can be done with other apps too. Also, the icon for system notifications is new.

Bluetooth settings, however, have a bigger change. Battery level will now in Quick Settings. Connected Bluetooth accessory and battery levels can be checked from Quick Settings toggle. The new developer build also removes sRGB toggle from the device which was listed in Developer options.

The Android 8.1 gets rid of ‘Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep’ from Wi-Fi preferences. New Oreo Easter egg and the automatic light with dark themes have been removed. Android Police also reported a new power menu design on the Android 8.1 which comes with bug report button.

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Google Pixel 2 Performs Poorly in Stress Tests

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both long-awaited flagship smartphones that began sale in the United States just recently. And simultaneously, the testers have done their job during the last week to provide us with key information about the phone and its supposed quality in numerous departments – if it matches the boasts or not.

In case of durability, it seems that Pixels has not made a mark. While Samsung, Nokia, and iPhone can still boast of beastly tuff smartphones, Google’s new arrival fails to impress as expected.

It’s not that bad, but not too good either as the tests show Google could definitely build the phone big better.

iFixit is notorious for testing the durability of new phones. And ripping apart devices to peep inside them. They corseted Pixel 2 XL handset. And demonstrated its engineering that Google has implemented.

They have placed a couple of “strain gauges” steel blocks with resistors between them – on both sides of the phone that detect the pressure to trigger Google Assistant.

iFixit says “As you squeeze, the outer row of gauges should be shortened, while the inner row is lengthened. This gives the Pixel software a larger absolute deflection to detect and measure to trigger the feature,” HTC has manufactured the Pixel 2 XL smartphone, performed the same engineering marvel in the HTC U11 flagship smartphone that was launched earlier this year.

A self-designed SoC is inside the phone. A surprising part is that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones feature two SoCs. Pixel Visual Core chip releases Android 8.1 software update and Google says Pixel Visual Core will improve the camera capabilities.

No antenna bands, it seemed first but teardown showed that they are inside. iFIxit also says it was nice to see that many components inside the Google Pixel 2 XL are modular. The screws are Philips #00, that you will get in any repair stores. However, DIY enthusiasts can have some disappointment if they want to replace the display which is “thin and poorly supported,” also the battery is “walled-in.”

iFixit gave the phone 6 out of 10 to Pixel 2, which is quite average compared to its tough competition.

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Google Finally Launches Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 With Powerful Cameras and Faster Hardware

After countless leaks, the search giant launched Google Pixel and Pixel XL 2 to take on Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as key competitors on October 4th. Both the phones house a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilization. The front 8-megapixel camera has a f/2.4 aperture.

While display size and battery capacity are perhaps the only key differences between the two phone versions. Google has also chopped off the 3.5mm Audio Jack, although there will be an included dongle if you want to use your old headphones.

Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh battery and XL-2 has a 3520mAh. And in the camera department, DxOMark score for Pixel camera 98 which takes back the crown from iPhone 8 launched just a couple of weeks ago.

The Pixel 2 is a 5-inch Cinematic 127-mm full-HD (1080×1920) display and Pixel 2 XL will come with a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) P-OLED at 538ppi with 18:9 ratio. Both are3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and the phone runs on Android 8.0.0 Oreo powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, there will be 2 versions:64GB and 128G.

Those gadgets by Google are a manifesto for what Android smartphones should be like. Google is forwarding to hold a better control over the devices in the market, and Pixel series is going to be its key mark for assuring so.

It will be interesting to see how the phone performs on market though, Pixel has low supply issues last year and let’s just hope that Google has taken care of the problem.

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