Google loses head of Pixel division, as David Foster returns to Amazon

We’re less than a month away from the Google I/O’s debut, and just when the Mountain View company needed more unity considering its plans for the smartphone industry, a prominent exec has left the search giant.

David Foster joined Google back in October after having worked for Amazon’s hardware division where he led the development of Kindle tablets, the Echo speaker, as well as other devices.

At Google, Foster was VP of hardware product and was directly responsible for the company’s Pixel division. He worked on the current Pixel phones and Home speaker. …

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get software updates at least until October 2019

Google today refreshed one of its important Android support pages, adding the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to a special list: the one showing for how long the handsets will receive official software updates.

As you can see below, Google can’t guarantee that the Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android version updates after October 2018 (thus two years after their initial launch). It also can’t guarantee that the two devices will receive security updates after October 2019 (3 years after launch). To be fair, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Android version updates …

Can the Google Pixel and Nexus 6P match a DSLR for night-time photography? (Yes!)

The Google Pixel is widely seen as one of the best camera phones out there and many sources (yours truly included) agree that it has the best camera ever put on a phone. But even the most avid photography enthusiast will tell you something: a smartphone camera, however good it may be, can never take great pictures at night. Furthermore, it can never capture the night sky, the Milky Way and all those beautiful astrophotography pieces of art that we see shot on professional cameras.

It takes a lot of creativity and skill, but true DSLR rate …

Three Pixel phones could be launched in 2017, all packing Snapdragon 835 CPUs

It’s common knowledge that Google launches new Android smartphones each year, but the number of devices varies from time to time. In the last couple of years, Google launched a duo of smartphones, but that might change in 2017.

Although the most recent report on the upcoming Pixel phones claimed Google wouldn’t release more than two devices this year, it looks like three new handsets are expected to arrive in 2017.

The Android Open Source Project reveals new information about Google’s new Pixel phones. The details have been uncovered in the code and confirm …

Beautiful ultra high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Galaxy S8/S8+, LG G6, Pixel XL, HTC U Ultra, Xperia XZ Premium, and others

Getting tired of your current wallpaper every time you unlock your device? Well, good, for it’s time for yet another installment of our weekly pick with high-quality, extremely high- resolution wallpapers! Just how high-res, you wonder? Well, today’s largest wallpaper is actually over 50 (that’s right, fifty) megapixels in size, which is darn impressive even by the standards set by this column. In fact, you could probably make a huge print out of it and put it on your wall, if you wanted to.

Anyway, not all of the backgrounds included in this selection …

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel

Late in 2016, the Google Pixel stirred the cozy arrangement of things in the Android space. The maker of the Android platform itself, Google, entered the phone game and did so with some big ambitions and a phone of its own: the Pixel. It was universally seen as two things: firstly, as one of the fastest, most smoothly performing phones on the Android platform, and secondly, as one of the best camera phones out there.

Fast forward six months to April 2017, and we have the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 – a new edition to one of the best-selling flagship Android phones. But with …

Google mistakenly releases confidential test build of next Android security update to Pixel XL

There appears to be no end in sight for Google’s update blunders. After recently releasing the fingerprint sensor-breaking Android 7.1.2 update and multiple other buggy patches in the last few months, the tech giant now somehow managed to accidentally push a “confidential Googlers-only OTA” to a number of Pixel XL handsets.

Android Police reports that some Pixel XL owners received a “Dogfood” test build of the planned security patch for May 2017. The OTA notification specifically reads that this is a “CONFIDENTIAL INTERNAL ONLY” update which Google employees are …

Xperia X to get Android 7.1.2 Concept update without the fingerprint issues that plagued the Pixel

The Sony Concept team announced that it’s preparing an Android 7.1.2 concept update for the Xperia X smartphone. Concept releases are a way to get the latest pure Android version running on your Xperia phone if you would like that in place of the official Sony firmware, which is a reasonably clean build of Android as well.

The Android 7.1.2 update will bring Bluetooth connectivity improvements, battery usage alerts, and various other fixes. Notably, this Android build gave Google Pixel and some Nexus phones issues with their fingerprint sensors. The …

Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks fingerprint sensor for many Pixel and Nexus users

We would think that after so many issues in the past, Google would take enough time to make sure that new Android updates are completely bug-free. Too many times Pixel and Nexus users had troubles with their phones after installing Android updates released by Google.

Unfortunately, the search giant did it again, as Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. For the time being, it’s unclear if this is a widespread issue or something isolated.

In any case, Google must replicate the bug before trying to find …

Beautiful ultra high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Pixel XL, Galaxy S8 and S7, LG G6, LG V20, HTC U Ultra 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 exceedinly 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 …