Display brightness and outdoor visibility comparison: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 7 vs LG G6 vs Google Pixel vs Sony Xperia XZs

It’s summer in the Northern hemisphere, but you surely have noticed already: the temperatures have hit new record highs and the mood has quietly settled into that relaxed summer vibe.
Whether you are spending your spare time by a swimming pool, the beach or hiking the mountains, you are most likely accompanied by the one device that never leaves your pocket: your smartphone.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which one is the brightest of them all?Unfortunately, using a smartphone in the summer days can be a pain for one very …


Google dialer on the Pixel, Nexus now shows you your location when you dial 911

Google has just pushed an update for its Phone app — the stock dialer, which is used on its Pixel, Nexus, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices. Though, it should be noted that the update will be installed only on handsets that have Android 6 Marshmallow or above.

The new update has a very nifty feature for when you are in a jam — if you happen to be calling 911 (or 112 or, presumably, whatever the emergency number for your current country is), your phone will give you a very useful card, showing you your current location by address, coordinates, and also a Google Maps pin.

After …

Aesthetic wallpapers in high resolutions, perfect for your Galaxy S8, Pixel XL, iPhone 7, LG G6, LG V20, HTC U11 and others

Hey kids, have you ever dreamed of browsing the web on your Nintendo 64 while waiting for the cassette deck to finish recording your friend’s hot new mixtape (that features 45 minutes of a 56k modem having a seizure with Windows 95 sounds playing in the background)? No? Well then… Have you ever dreamed of cruising around Miami in your DeLorean, slowed-down 80’s elevator music blaring in the background, as you speed along a seemingly endless row of palm tree silhouettes smeared against neon-lit skies?

If the answer to at least zero of these questions is “YES”, …

A new Google Now design begins to roll out to some Pixel phones

Android has been widely praised and preferred for the customizability of its looks. Nonetheless, there has been a fair share of smartphone users, especially those on the ‘other side’ (e.g. iOS users), who have argued that iOS still provides better and smoother visual experiences, albeit with limited options for custom-tweaking the UI. In this spirit, Google has seemingly kicked off an update to Google Now’s looks that certainly adds to the feature’s visual appeal and makes the screen look more like an extension to your home screen, rather than a whole new app window.

The update has started …

Google Pixel 2 rumor review: Design, specs, features, price, and all we know thus far

Despite the availability issues, it’s pretty safe to consider the Google Pixel and Pixel XL as two of the better top-end phones launched last year. Their most profound feature was the camera, which really set a high bar for all other flagships to jump over.
Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that after the good start, Google will be willing to use the gained momentum and one-up itself and the competition in 2017 with the second generation of Pixel devices. Right now, we are not exactly sure if we will get treated to 2 or 3 new handsets as we’re hearing …

Pixel XL 2 to have Always-On ambient display with squeezable sides?

According to a report posted yesterday, the 2017 Pixel XL (or Pixel XL 2) will feature an ambient, Always-On display. With the latter, important information can be displayed on the screen, even if the device is locked and idle. Battery use is minimal, and users will be able toggle this feature on and off to their heart’s content. Another previously rumored change would return the glass cover to the two-tone design on the back of the device. However, with the sequels, the glass would not cover the fingerprint scanner as it did with the original models.

Additionally, it sounds as though the …

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2: price and release date predictions

2017 is shaping up to be one of the more exciting years in the smartphone world in recent past — while 2016 was all about iterating on existing designs (see: the Galaxy S7, iPhone 7, HTC 10), what we’re seeing right now is a trend of companies showing off their wilder side: Both Samsung and LG are going hard on the tall, nearly bezel-less look, which Apple will be combining with a display cutout, while HTC is going the weird route with its squeezable frames.

And then there’s Google, which seems to be following the trends as well, but in its own, …

Pixel XL 2 size compared to current Pixel and Pixel XL, based on recent leak

A couple of days ago, we got our first glimpse at what the 2017 Google Pixel XL 2 would look like. A design that revisits last year’s look with a partially-covered-by-glass back and adopts the new trends of super-thin bezels and 2:1 screen aspect ratio.

After that leak made its rounds, serial leakster Benjamin Geskin sidetracked from leaking iPhone 8 bits for a while and made a couple of renders that showcase how the Pixel XL 2 would look in silver and blue. Then, he went ahead and visualized a size comparison.

In the below image, which is based on everything we (think we) know so …

If the Google Pixel XL 2017 will have silver and blue versions, here's what they could look like

Yesterday, thanks to a render revealed by Android Police, we saw what’s supposedly a near-final design of a new Google Pixel XL smartphone – a 6-inch handset reportedly manufactured by LG.

Expected to be announced sometime this fall, the Pixel XL 2017 (or Pixel XL 2) could have at least one of the three color variants that the Pixel XL of 2016: black, silver, and blue. 

The render revealed yesterday showed a black Pixel XL 2017, so maybe you also want to see what the smartphone would look like in silver and blue. Thanks to Twitter user Benjamin Geskin, we can …

Alleged Google Pixel XL (2017) design revealed: Thin bezels are in

While it may have been working on three different new Pixel phones for this year, Google will ultimately release only two models – at least if the latest rumors turn out to be correct. These two models should be a 5-inch Pixel to directly succeed the original Pixel of 2016, and a larger handset codenamed Taimen.

Possibly called Google Pixel XL 2017, or maybe Pixel 2 XL, the Taimen is – according to Android Police, a 6-inch smartphone that’s manufactured by LG and resembles the device seen in the render below.

Android Police is “exceptionally confident” that the renders below reveal …