30+ beautiful high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Galaxy S8/S8+, Pixel XL, LG G6, HTC 10, and others

High-resolution, and high-quality wallpapers are not the easiest thing to find, especially if you have as many as 1440 x 2560 pixels to fill with information – as would be the case if your smartphone has a QHD display.

The reasons for that are several. Perhaps most importantly, however, it’s just exceedingly easy for wallpaper repositories to simply upscale lower resolution content to make it appear as if it would fit perfectly on your fancy screen, but the reality is that stretching the image takes a ton from the quality. And that’s not what you want if you’re looking to …


Grab an unlocked 32GB Google Pixel for only $575 on eBay

The Pixel is already available for purchase in the United States for quite some time, but just like previous Google smartphones, many markets remain outside of search giant’s reach.

If you plan on getting the Pixel a few months before Google would go official with its new smartphones, then you might be interested to know the unlocked version is available on eBay for a relatively decent price.

While Verizon offers its own version of Google Pixel for $650 outright, the unlocked model that can be used on AT&T and T-Mobile is now available for purchase on …

Best low light camera: Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel vs LG G6 vs iPhone 7

Low-light performance has not traditionally been among the strongest suits of smartphone cameras. However, with the wider adoption of OIS (optical image stabilization) over the past couple of years, and thanks to the great advances in camera software that we’ve recently witnessed, smartphones are becoming ever more capable of coping with less-than-optimal light conditions.

Whether it’s taking a spontaneous picture in the streets late at night, or shooting in the minutes just after the sunset, getting sharp, noise-free photos with your pocket camera—err, smartphone—is …

We got to see plenty of the redesigned Pixel launcher at Google I/O

While I was collecting video footage of Android Instant Apps, the Googler who was helping me out said, matter-of-factly, “What do you think of the redesigned Pixel launcher?” He was so nonchalant about it that it did not even occur to me it was something new that would make the interwebz would go all abuzz.

Fortunately, I had gathered several minutes of the launcher in action while we looked at Android Instant Apps, and while I did not dig deep to see what extra (if any) functionality it offered, I can say that I think the design is a winner.

First, it offers up a better use …

Redesigned Google Pixel launcher quietly appears at Google I/O

Google is working on an updated Pixel Launcher and at Google I/O, one could already see Google Pixel phones running on the new launcher.

A new quick search bar within easy reach on the homescreenThe most prominent feature on display is a search bar right in the homescreen. It is located in the bottom part, within easy reach, and reminds us of the Spotlight quick search functionality on Apple’s iOS, where you can swipe down on the homescreen to see a similar search bar. Here, though, the search bar is always visible, which is both convenient, but …

Blind camera comparison: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and LG G6

Cameras have long ago become the make-or-break aspect of any contemporary smartphone. Even if all other boxes are checked with flying colors, a so-so camera can turn any device into a forgettable affair that doesn’t click with the target audience.
With that in mind, we decided that a blind camera comparison between 4 of the most promising camera phones out there is definitely something that’s due. That’s why we took the dazzling new Galaxy S8, the supreme Google Pixel, the venerable iPhone 7, and the wonderful LG G6 on a camera trip. 
All …

Google releases May security patch for Nexus and Pixel devices

The first day of May marks not just the beginning of the month, but also the release of the next security patch for Android devices. Google has just published the factory images and OTA files, which include the May security patch.

The following devices will receive Android 7.1.2 update with the May security patch: Pixel XL, Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player and Pixel C. The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 get the security update with Android 7.1.1.

According to Google, all supported Google devices will receive a single OTA update with the May 5, 2017, security …

Beautiful black and white wallpapers in ultra high-res, perfect for your Pixel XL, Galaxy S8 and S7, LG G6, LG V20, HTC U Ultra and others

If you’ve been following PhoneArena for a while now, you’d know that we take Android customization seriously. From regular updates on the latest and greatest in launchers, widgets, and icon packs, we go all the way down to wallpapers – a simple, yet very effective way breathe some fresh air into your home screen.

Of course, getting your hands on a background that you both like and is of high enough resolution is occasionally a bit too hard, truth be told — especially if you own a device with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display. Unfortunately, many online …

The great selfie camera comparison: Galaxy S8+ vs LG G6 vs iPhone 7 vs Google Pixel

I took way too many selfies… and then compared them

People still do selfies, right? I imagine they do, seeing as manufacturers insist on including a selfie camera in pretty much every smartphone nowadays. Flagships, however, often promise better-than-average image quality, and thus constantly one-up each other. So I decided to put four of the biggest devices out there, the Samsung Galaxy S8+, LG G6, Apple iPhone 7, and Google Pixel, to the test.

But to make things a tad more interesting, I decided to take the quartet out for a spin in the Real …

Pixel XL 2 aka Walleye scores a mention in Android testing by Google engineer

David Zeuthen, a Senior Software Engineer at Google, may be toying around with a Google Pixel XL 2, which we recently learned could be codenamed Walleye. From the AOSP project code postings that revealed to us the eventual internal titles of the next Pixel phones, now comes the thread that you see above, where Mr Zeuthen refers to testing new software, probably part of Android O, on a “walleye” device (nudge, wink).
Provided that the deduction is legit, Google is apparently hard at work on the new Pixels already. With the Google I/O event right …