Deal: Google Pixel 2 XL is $150 off in the US, requires activation on Project Fi

Now that Google stopped selling the Pixel and Pixel XL, the only flagships that customers can buy directly from the search giant’s website are the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The situation will remain unchanged until later this year when the third-generation Pixel phones are supposed to make their debut on the market.

Still, fans of the Pixel series will have to wait quite a lot of time until the Pixel 3 arrives, so a deal on one of the current Google flagships may be a better idea. The Pixel 2 XL is now on sale on Project Fi and although you’ll be saving $150, you’ll still have to pay quite …


Blind camera comparison: Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone X, Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 XL

It is big, it is shiny, it is powerful, and it has over 90 megapixels at its disposal. That’s the Huawei P20 Pro in a nutshell, an we’ve been playing with it for the past week or so, evaluating every single one of its features as part of our in-depth review. Spoiler alert: it’s pretty good!
But what about that fancy triple camera on its back? Is the Huawei P20 Pro as capable of a shooter as its maker says? And no less importantly, is it a match for today’s top performers in the field? Well, maybe you can help us find out.
Yup, it is time for …

Deal: Verizon offers the Pixel 2 XL at $300 off, with free Google Home Mini and Chromecast promo

Verizon Wireless just stepped up its earlier promos for the best Android handsets out there, but this time there is no trade in requirement. After offering the Galaxy S9+ and Note 8 at $300 off, the carrier now has the phone with the amazing camera algorithms, Google’s Pixel 2 XL, at the same discount, but with an added bundle.

Thus, you can essentially get the Pixel 2 XL smartphone through May 30th for $550 (64GB) or $650 (128GB), respectively, after you buy them on installments, and after $300 are distributed as 24 monthly payment discounts. 
Besides …

Huawei P20 Pro vs Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X: low-light camera shoot-out

Being what my colleagues would describe as a “photography aficionado” (a.k.a annoying camera geek), and someone who loved the 20MP monochrome cameras on the Huawei P9 and the P10, I was excited to learn that the Huawei P20 Pro will feature three cameras and a massive (for today’s smartphone standards) 1/1.7-inch sensor for better low-light performance. Not to mention the f/1.8 aperture, which albeit not the lowest f-stop number we’ve seen on a smartphone, is actually capable of capturing quite a bit more light than the competition, thanks to the increased surface area of the sensor.

So, …

Wireless Android Auto arrives on Pixel & Nexus devices

Select Android users can now use Android Auto without a USB cable. Until now, in order for the driver to use Android Auto with their devices, smartphones were required to be connected via cable at all times. Now, however, after a number of previous leaks hinting at the feature, wireless support is now available, albeit to a limited number of device owners.

In order to gain access to the feature, drivers must own either a Pixel device, be it a first or second generation smartphone, or a Nexus 5X or 6P. In addition to this, the devices in question must be running stock Android 8.0 Oreo or …

This music video is filmed entirely on the Google Pixel 2

John Legend’s latest music video is filmed entirely on the Google Pixel 2. The internet giant and the Academy Award-winning singer have previously partnered up a number of times, with their most recent encounter involving Legend starring in a Google Assistant ad earlier this year alongside his wife.
Now, though, in an attempt to show off the Google Pixel 2’s camera capabilities, the internet giant has partnered up with the singer once again in order to film his latest music video, A Good Night, on the device. Looking at the video itself, it’s pretty hard to tell …

Pixel 3 name leaked by Google

Guess what? The next version of Google’s high end handset line is going to be named (better sit down for this) the Google Pixel 3. Okay, that is obviously not shocking and we’re sure that in the U.K., where you can bet on almost anything, the Pixel 3 is the heavy favorite to be the name of the sequel to the Pixel 2, which in turn was the sequel to the OG Pixel. And we’d also bet that the Pixel 3 will be accompanied by the larger, premium Pixel 3 XL.

Actually, the leak that gives away the Pixel 3 name comes from Google itself. Found in a commit on its Android Open Source Project website titled …

Verizon announces new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deal (trade in required)

Verizon Wireless is getting ready to kick off a promotion aimed at users planning to buy a new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Starting April 5 (this Thursday), customers who trade in an old smartphone can get up to 50% off a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, in addition to 2 free months of YouTube TV, a Google Chromecast ($35 value), and a Google Home Mini ($49 value). 
The trade in credit’s value obviously depends on the phone model you’re willing to trade in. Credit (up to $424.99) will be applied to your account over 24 months. It looks like the deal …

April Android Security update includes bug fixes for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Information about the April Android security update has been disseminated and the update will soon be pushed out to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Additionally, some Nexus handsets should receive it as well. Besides the usual security patches, the April Android security update contains 56 “functional updates” for Pixel and Nexus devices. These are fixes for bugs and other issues outside of security.

For example, the update will help reduce the delay that occurs when opening particular apps on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The update will also reduce battery drain on the same …

Mid-range Pixel phone aimed at emerging markets reportedly in the works

Google has been targeting emerging markets with its Android One and Android Go initiatives, but the company is now reportedly also working on a mid-range Pixel-branded smartphone, aimed at the price-sensitive market segment. According to a report by Economic Times, the new device is expected to launch sometime in July or August of this year.

Google won’t be holding back on large-scale marketing and will expand distribution into general trade in India, senior industry executives claim. After all, India has been one of the most important emerging markets in the smartphone …