Deal: Verizon Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are $300 off at Best Buy and Target

One month ago, Verizon kicked off a promotion meant to attract more people into buying Google’s latest flagships, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Basically, the carried shaved $300 off the smartphones’ MSRP, but only if you purchased them on payment plans.

Initially, the offer was only available at Verizon’s brick and mortar stores, but after less than a week, the carrier posted the deal on its website. Well, believe it or not, the offer is still up and running, and added two more retailers.

Starting this week, customers can buy the Verizon Pixel 2 and Pixel …


Google is thinking about opening stores in India to sell the Pixel 2, Google Home and more

India is the second largest smartphone market in the world. Despite a per capita income that is considered to be very low, Google has been encouraged by the strong response to the Pixel 2 handsets at pop-up stores that the company put up in the country. These temporary stores allowed Google to show off the Pixel 2 and allowed the company to answer any questions from Indian consumers related to the phone.

Two top tier malls in India say that they have received requests to open Google stores in their locations. One executive whose mall hosted one of the pop-ups, says that Google has learned …

Pixel Art coloring books are the new app craze

Pixel Art is one of the most universally loved art forms. A style of drawing that draws inspiration from low-res retro video games from the 90s, Pixel Art has been the trend for mobile games for a few years now.
While most of you have probably played a pixel art game at some point in your life, the newest craze on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store are pixel art coloring books. In December alone, four pixel art coloring books climbed to the list of the top 10 apps on the Apple App Store. This really is something that has started …

Pixel 2 vs iPhone X vs Note 8 vs LG V30 LTE speeds test crowns the Google phone


Apple uses two different modems in its latest iPhone X – by Qualcomm or Intel – with the Qualcomm one being its latest X16 that features prominently in all 2017 flagships like the Galaxy S8, LG V30, or the Pixel 2. It allows for up to 1Gbps download speeds, and will only be replaced by a faster, 1.2Gbps modem when phones with Snapdragon 845 hit the market in the spring. Well, save for the Mate 10 Pro, which already has a X18 1.2Gbps modem inside, but it is not tuned to the US LTE bands to take advantage here. The Intel piece, on the other side, maxes out at 600Mbps, so Apple had to basically …

Words with Friends 2 is breaking the Pixel 2's song recognition feature


You have to feel for those poor Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users. It almost sounds as though the world is stacked against them. Between various issues with the screens and multiple problems reported about the speakers, even the two-year warranty that Google gave phone owners isn’t going to make them feel better about the whole affair. And nearly every day, it feels as though there is a new problem to report.

The latest issue has to do with the Pixel 2’s “Now Playing” music recognition feature. Like Shazam, the app that Apple spent a reported $400 million to acquire, “Now Playing” will give …

How to bring the display of your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL to life by forcing wide color gamut mode (no root)

One of the most common complaints about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s displays, apart from the severe blue shift when viewing them at an angle, is the dull all-around appearance of colors. And this is a legit complaint—the colors do, indeed, look somewhat washed-out and muted—but this isn’t caused by the displays being technically incapable of offering more, or anything of the sort. In fact, with Oreo, Google is introducing the option to use different color spaces and gamuts – low, HDR, and wide. Only problem (currently) is, that an app has to specifically call for the …

Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera comparison

Comparing two of the best camera phones out there is no easy task: the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 XL are both excellent, but just as much as they are excellent, they are also different.
The differences start in the very camera setup: the iPhone X has a dual rear camera, one a wide-angle 28mm f/1.8 lens and the other, a slightly longer, “tele” lens at 52mm and f/2.4, both optically stabilized while the Pixel 2 XL only has one camera on its back, a 27mm, f/1.8 shooter that also has optical image stabilization.
What is …

Pixel 2 XL users are complaining about a rattling sound coming from the speakers

Those with the Google Pixel sequels have had to deal with a series of problems that have negatively affected how much they enjoy using their handsets. Already concerned about burn-in and other discoloration happening to their phones’ displays, some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL units were also flagged because of strange noises that were coming out of the units’ speakers. And today, that particular problem has resurfaced. Some Pixel 2 XL owners are once again complaining (that seems to be the default position of Pixel 2 XL owners) about rattling sounds coming out of the speaker.

This happens to …

Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30


This year, we finally got the “phones of the future” — all these thin-bezeled, all-screen devices which only existed in fan-made renders a couple of years ago are now a reality and are being produced en masse. Two such phones are the Google Pixel 2 XL — a device from the company that made Android what it is today — and the LG V30 — a top-tier handset from a manufacturer that has been in the game for years. Yeah, to say they are heavy-hitters is an understatement.

So, how do these two devices compare? Let’s take a deeper dive!

Design

Both of these phones have the increasingly …

USB-C to 3.5mm earphone jack adapter still not working for many Pixel 2/2 XL users


You know that a phone is having problems when a law firm starts soliciting owners to see if they want to join a Class Action suit against the manufacturer. In the case of the Google Pixel sequels, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been the target of various complaints. The Pixel 2 XL has burn-in issues (although not more than any other premium smartphone says Google) and other problems with the screen. Pixel 2 users were hearing strange clicking and buzzing sounds. The latter was fixed via an OTA update.

Just the other day, we told you how several Pixel 2 XL owners noticed that their …