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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Almost All Details About Google Pixel 2 Got Leaked Before Launch

Google’s second stream in Pixel flagship is due to its launch on October 4. And prior to that we already have our hands on its specifications, thanks to leaks from Android Authority, which also added that second-generation Pixel smartphone customers will get unlimited Google Cloud storage until 2023. And it is possible that this storage is not limited to images and videos but all files – an unsure wild guess puts.

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Variants will share most of the specifications but the larger of the two will have narrower bezels. Its screen-to-body ratio is 80-85 percent and a QHD Curved Gorilla Glass 5 display with support for wide color gamut. The Smaller one is expected to come with a regular design to last year’s model. It will feature a full-HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Also bigger, Pixel XL 2 will have 3520mAh battery while the smaller Pixel 2 is expected to come with a 2700mAh battery.

Now that we are done with the key differences between the models, let’s see the specifications that are expected to feature on both handsets. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor, apart from featuring IP67 dust and water resistance rating. The handsets have been tipped to come with Pixel Cameras with OIS at front and back, and a dedicated ‘Google Imaging Chip’.

Two storage variants 64GB and 128GB are availed with dual front-facing stereo speakers. But unfortunately, as was the news, the 3.5mm headphone jack is unavailable. ‘Active Edge’ sense feature, previously been seen on HTC U11 smartphone which allows users to perform certain actions by squeezing the handset’s frame from the sides, is also a function of Pixel devices.

Notably, Google has recently acquired the HTC division that was working on the Pixel smartphones.

Finally, eSIM card slot, which allows users to connect to different networks without replacing the SIM card, much like the Apple Watch Series 3, is also a bulging feature to adding glory of pixel phones. Considering the Pixel 2 phones will be competing with iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8, it will be interesting to see if Google can pull off the same positive reviews its Pixel got last year.

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No, Google Pixel 2 is NOT Coming With Snapdragon 836 SoC

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are about to release this fall. The phone line is one of the most popular in Android smartphone market and a lot of details have been leaked about the phones, including screen, OS and the lack of headphone jack. There had been a buzz in the market that those devices may include Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 SoC. If you were one of the people waiting eagerly that Pixel 2 will be the phone to ship with Snapdragon’s new SoC, you may be disappointed to know that as per recent reports, it is not going to happen.cleared by both the tech giants Google and Qualcomm that Snapdragon 836 SoC is currently totally out of the question because it just doesn’t exist. Qualcomm uttered neat that it is not working on any Snapdragon 836 SoC and that it doesn’t exist, at least for now.

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XDA-Developer covered that Snapdragon 836 SoC for Google’s next Pixel is currently totally out of the question because it just doesn’t exist. Qualcomm uttered neat that it is not working on any Snapdragon 836 SoC and that it doesn’t exist, at least for now.

This news flies from XDA Developers who cite Qualcomm for such announcement. However, its quite possible that Qualcomm may very well have a new SoC planned for Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, while yet the Snapdragon 836 isn’t on the table for now.

Qualcomm, last year, gave Snapdragon 820 SoC originally and the first Google Pixel devices had the Snapdragon 821 SoC integrated inside. But one can’t expect Qualcomm to follow the same trend and Qualcomm this year had the Snapdragon 836 rumor which has done well for itself creating a hodgepodge in the market. Even Android Police got detailed on claiming that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will sport the Snapdragon 835, the same processor that powers almost all flagships including Galaxy Note 8 and OnePlus 5.

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Google Pixel 2 Will Be A Boring Phone With Large Bezels, Leak Suggests

Google’s second smartphone under the Pixel title, Pixel 2 has taken few definitive and bold steps as we are aware of some recent leaks. In addition to our information about it, now GSMarena has come up with a fresh leak solidifying our ideas of this smartphone manufactured by South Korean tech-leader HTC Global.

The leaks confirm that Pixel 2 is about to have thicker bezels on top and bottom. It is count as a nightmare of pixel fans that finally turned out as true. The bezels are too thick compared to most phones in market bragging a charming design. Though there are large and powerful stereo speakers added with it, the design seems spoiled. To a little consoling, it is still a leak from developer version and we may hope a little better design on its unveiling this year.

It’s backside, however, appears pretty much like Pixel XL 2, leaked a few weeks ago. The fingerprint scanner is outside the glass window on the aluminum body, two new LED flashes are included on both sides of a fresh design of camera sensors. In sync with the previous leaks, a laser sensor is also expected to be a part of the phone.

The performance of the phone, however, should be as good as it has ever been with rumors of having top of the line Snapdragon 836 SoC and 6 or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. The phone will also be one of the first to come out with Android 8 (Although Nokia 8 may take the crown) What do you feel about not having a display like Galaxy S8 on new Pixel phones? Share with us in the comments below.

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Feast Your Eyes on These Google Pixel 2 Renders (And Rage About The Lack of 3.5mm Jack)

Google released Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones last year, and now its newer follow-up models are in the news all around: Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL 2, both are rumored to have certain features and designs in latest revelations, including thinner bezels, and a lack of 3.5mm audio jack. After a very interesting leak a week ago, some new renders of Google’s phone poster boy got leaked and were reported by OnLeaks. This time, it’s a render video which shows Google’s phone in its full glory, have a look:

 

For design’s sake a black color metallic body with an unsightly camera bump, which was absent in its predecessor, is its visual key along with a fingerprint scanner sitting at the back, and a Google logo on the rear end. Front bezels are turned now into almost negligible borders as only a little top and bottom chin is visible. The USB Type-C port is at the bottom. Getting rid of 3.5mm Jack has created space for newly designed stereo speakers. The power and volume keys on the right edge of the device and the SIM-tray on the left edge is similar to predecessors.

On the front, Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are supposed to ship with a 4.95-inch full-HD and 5.99-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) displays manufactured by LG. Its models will own 4GB RAM, and 64GB and 128GB of internal storage options. An ‘Always On’ display mode, and a “squeezable” frame similar to the HTC U11 is also expected to be included as new advancements.

Owning to those new design and technical keys, those smartphones are to lead the market from the front, for another big rumor it may be the case that upcoming Pixel smartphones will be the first to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 SoCs processors as well.

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Behold, This is The New Google Pixel XL (Probably)

Looks like the first appearance of 2017 Google Pixel XL is this model reported by the Android Police. AndJust like this year’s LG G6 and Galaxy S8, its key feature is much smaller bezels – all the way better.

As the reports seem to put, a major disparity of the 2016 Pixels was its big bezel design. And Google has taken a brisk step to replace its big bezels with smaller ones. Android Police (the site where these images appeared first) also claims that LG will be the manufacturer of Pixel 2 in this term contrary to HTC taking the charge last year, which also demonstrates how much LG has focused on minute details with the G6.

The display is reportedly set at 6-inches with a 2:1 aspect ratio. Also, it seems that the smaller Pixel will remain quite the same other than a spec bump. So it will have a larger bezel and a 5-inch screen. This part seems weird in a way because a bigger screen in a small body is always more acceptable than a big screen in a body that ails your palm in operating it with one hand. Apart from that, another expected but lacking feature is a dual-camera setup.

In terms of specs, it seems that we are getting quite a nice deal: a previous leak from XDA guessed a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. So the machine seems right on most of the points. Nonetheless, it may be a seemingly disappointing news for many as following the line of iPhone, it looks like Google has not included a headphone jack with Pixel’s successor.

The smartphone will have squeeze sensitivity a la HTC U11 – despite not being built by HTC. This feature functions for easy interacting with the Google Assistant. It is yet to be known if it will be customizable or not.

Android Police also reports that the design may change till the gadget is unveiled. Still, it gives a good idea of what we may expect. Like last year, Pixel has created a lot of curiosity around. Now as we already know its specs and designs, waiting becomes more substantial.

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Everything We Know About Upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

In 2016, Google hit the home run with its Pixel phone launched, it’s not that Google’s Nexus program was dead -far from it, but Pixel phones were the first time when Google had designed the complete phone and it sold like hotcakes. Google is supposedly releasing two devices by this year. Walleye (Pixel 2) and Taimen (Pixel XL 2), former being the successor to the Pixel, while the latter will the success to the larger Pixel XL. And this time the hardware developer may be LG (Last year, HTC manufactured the Pixel phones).

Rumors have said that the phones may launch this fall as was the case for Pixel last year. As you can expect, both phones will ship with high-end specs, and the company may take the newer, taller than usual aspect ratio approach in designing the phone. Both phones will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 to 6 GB of RAM. A 64 GB storage version will default but we find another 128 GB storage version to release. Pixel XL 2 will have almost all specs similar to its smaller sibling, except for a bigger battery and a larger display. The Pixel XL 2 may come with a 5.99-inch QHD display.

Google Pixel 2 Concept

Pixel 2 is said to feature two front-facing stereo speakers, however, the to use headphones with 3.5 mm headphone jack, you will need an adapter as the company will probably remove the port this year.  Unlike other phones in market Pixel 2 and Pixel XL2 won’t have a dual-camera setup on the back. Nevertheless, we expect a great camera. The Pixel XL 2 is also supposedly water and dust resistant. It is expected to be either IP67 or IP68 rated, meaning it will survive water 1 to 1.5 meters for a period of 30 minutes. As a refresher, the current Pixel generation is only IP53 rated, which basically means it won’t die on you if it’s sprayed with water here and there, but definitely isn’t suitable for anything more than that.

Both will run Android O, the OS’s debut. Google Pixel series was far from affordable at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB), while the XL was $769 (32 GB) and $869 (128 GB) although there were talks about a cheaper, less powerful Pixel phone’s launch, it doesn’t seem to be happening this year. In order to increase sales, the best thing that Google can do is to lower prices but it is not really necessary as the Pixel phones have always sold out. It will be interesting to see how the phones compare in value against Galaxy S8 Plus or even the OnePlus 5.

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Google Will Launch New Pixel Phones This Year, But It Will Still Be Just As Expensive

There is no doubt that Pixel is one of the best phone hardware Google has made and seeing the sales numbers, company’s efforts seem successful. Now Google’s Rick Osterloh has cleared that the search giant will be launching a new Pixel Phone this year and it will be aimed at premium segments.

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Google Pixel

Speaking to Android Pit’s Eric Hermann at MWC 2017, Osterloh said that a successor to Pixel phone would come this year just as Apple and Samsung do for their flagship devices, however, he did not reveal any release date estimations. “There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it. You can (also) count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” he said in the interview.

Most smartphone companies launch new flagship phones yearly, and the pattern has been very constant in recent years. Google launched first Pixel phones in October last year, and the new phone may launch in October too.

There were talks that Google may launch a cheaper Pixel Phone, but Rick refuted any claims about making cheaper Pixel varients.

Before being appointed by Google, Rick was an ex-Motorola employee, and he is currently managing all the hardware work for Pixel Phones.

Considering how hard is buying a Pixel Phone because of stock problems, let’s just hope that Pixel 1 will be in stocks after Pixel’s successor comes out.

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Google Wants You to Give Feedback on the Design of Pixel Smartphones

The first generation Pixel phones by Google were received with much enthusiasm by the public. However, the designs of Pixel and Pixel XL was one issue that received mixed reactions. On one hand, people said that its design was similar to iPhone’s and on the other hand others said that it was functional.

The smartphone giant is now seeking the general public’s view regarding the design. This review might come in handy when the second generation of the smartphone will be manufactured.

Pixels product lead, Krishna Kumar wrote in a Pixel User Community post, “I would like to hear your thoughts. What do you like about the design? What do you hate about it? What did we get right? What would you like to see us improve?”

Yesterday’s CNET piece went into particular depth and explained how avoiding an “unsightly” camera bump was an area of focus while designing the phones. The only area where the Pixel phones differ from iPhone is its wedge shape. This shape facilitated for a larger battery to be placed in the phone and allowed the phone to rest on a flat surface.

A recent report said that the next smartphone in the Pixel line might be more affordable and come with water resistance, a feature that was absent in the first generation smartphones. Google is also said to be working on a cheaper version of phone aimed at developing markets such as India.

As the product lead as shown so much interest in the public opinion, we are hopeful that Kumar will be able to answer many questions regarding the design of the Pixel smartphone. One such question being why the Pixel has such a large and empty bottom bezel. You too can submit your concerns and queries via the forum post.

 

No, Google Has Not Stopped The Production of Google Pixel

Are you one of the thousands of people who have a pitchfork on their hands because Google Has reportedly stopped producing its Pixel Smartphones?

Keep your pitchforks to rest, that news is bullshit.

The Pixel Production halt scare was started by a Canadian mobile carrier Telus, which (without doing any research) sent out notification emails to folk who had pre-ordered Pixel XL through the carrier. In the email, Telus said that it wouldn’t be delivering Pixel XL phones because Google has ended the production of Pixel smartphones.

That is just as wrong as it sounds. It is already clear that Pixel phone are selling like hotcakes and Google is even creating a cheaper version of Pixel phone to continue surfing on the success wave. 

After people had started going crazy on Reddit, 9To5Google got an official statement from Google itself about the matter, which is as following:

We’re really excited by the demand for the Pixel XL in Canada. Telus is currently out of stock of the Pixel XL. We’re working with our partners to restock inventory across our retail channels and we can confirm that production of the Pixel has not stopped.

So, if you still have a pitchfork on your hands, you may want to turn it towards Telus, not Google.

Considering the demand phone is still more that Google’s already produced units, the company has increased the production of the smartphone, at any rate, Pixel is here to stay.

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