Tipster insists Google is working on budget phone, may not carry Pixel brand

We suddenly have a he said/he said situation on our hands when it comes to potential plans by Google for a budget phone. Back in January, the rumor surfaced that Google was working on a budget Pixel phone, but last week at MWC, Rick Osterloh, senior vice president at Google, appeared to put that rumor to bed. Now the rumor has returned with a bit of a tweak.

Osterloh said that the Pixel 2 would “stay premium” and said there would be no budget Pixel phone from Google. Now, the original tipster has returned to clarify his original claim and imply that Osterloh was being very careful …


Google says Pixel 2 will remain premium, no cheap Pixel in the works

We’re still many months away from the upcoming release of the next Pixel smartphone, but it’s never too early to talk about such an important device. The latest rumors about Google’s upcoming flagship date from January and imply the company will make some consistent improvements in various areas like the camera and SoC (system-on-chip).

The same report claimed that Google might be readying a budget-friendly Pixel smartphone to go alongside its flagship. Despite all these rumors coming from a “reliable source,” Google has recently confirmed that it doesn’t plan to launch a cheap Pixel …

This iPhone camera app works sort of like the Google Pixel HDR+

Quick storytime! HDR+ is Google’s own take on HDR, active on its Nexus phones and its newest Pixel devices. It’s a highly-praised technology for taking photos — instead of taking a few shots at different exposures and stitching different parts of them together (how regular HDR works), Google’s phones take up to 10 stills at a constant, low exposure, and then stack them on top of each other. The point? Dark areas get lit up, with more visible detail and less grain or noise.

Today, as we were casually browsing for app deals and discounts, we stumbled upon Cortex Camera — an iOS app, whose …

Google says no new Pixel laptop in the works

Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh had some bad news for Pixel fans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. According to Osterloh, Google has “no plans” to build another laptop, although the wording and the questioning around the statement has us curious about what exactly that might mean, because the questioning appeared to be focused specifically on a new Chromebook Pixel and doesn’t mention a new hybrid Pixel C tablet/laptop.

According to TechCrunch, Osterloh told journalists at MWC that Google doesn’t currently have plans for a “Google-branded laptop”, but Osterloh …

LG G6 has an EXCEPTIONAL screen-to-body ratio: here's a size comparison vs Galaxy S7 edge, Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Plus, LG G5, V20

After tons of teasing, rumors, and a few leaks, LG has finally unwrapped its 2017 flagship smartphone — the long-anticipated G6. Imbued with the hopes to reimburse G5’s shaken market positions due to the lackluster G5, the G6 is a phone that drops all the controversial gimmicks in favor of all the essentialities that make a good device. 
It has a flashy new design with rather high screen-to-body size ratio, full metal build, and the good ol’ dual setup that’s already beginning to qualify as a signature feature of LG’s top-end …

LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Google Pixel XL: three-way specs comparison

Look, ma, there’s a new contender in town — the brazen new LG G6 just arrived with the hopes of smashing the competition and becoming the new catwalk star in the spotlight.
Seemingly, the G6 has what it takes to be a successful device that has the potential to shake the status quo. It has a speedy chipset that hints at excellent performance, an exorbitantly high screen-to-size body ratio, water-tight full metal bod’, and last but not least – the same dual-camera setup that has made the previous high-end LG devices an appealing choice.
But …

Google acknowledges Pixel Bluetooth bug, fix is coming soon

Ever since Google released the February Android security build for the Pixel and Pixel XL, owners have been complaining of sudden drops in Bluetooth connectivity due to the feature being disabled seemingly at random. The security update patched another annoying issue that plagued the Pixel phones for some time, but it seems like it’s caused a bug of its own.

According to numerous user reports submitted to Google’s Pixel User Community, Bluetooth connectivity switches off at random after the update, resulting in a grayed out icon in the notification shade. …

New bug shuts down Bluetooth on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

You might recall the audio issue that affected some Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL units. At high volume settings, the audio sounded distorted. Eventually, Google admitted that the problem was a hardware issue, leaving a warranty replacement as the answer for those with a problem phone. The latest issue affecting the Google designed, HTC built handsets, has to do with a bug that is turning off Bluetooth without any input from the user.

On both Reddit and Google’s Pixel community support site are comments from various Pixel owners complaining how their Bluetooth is toggling off without …

Google restocks; some Pixel XL models are available again from the Google Store

At Google, the guys with the spreadsheets and calculators have had a problem matching supply with demand for the Google Pixel XL. The larger 5.5-inch version of the first Google designed smartphone has been out of stock for weeks at the Google Store, and those who ordered from Verizon have had to wait weeks if not months for certain versions of the device (namely the 128GB model). Big Red has tried to make nice to those who have ordered the handset and are still waiting for it by sending them a free Google Daydream View VR headset valued at $79 (although on sale now for $49 by Google).

The …

iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel: Portrait shootout

It’s no secret that both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as some recent Android flagships — most notably the Galaxy S7 Edge and Google’s brand new Pixels — take some pretty nice photos. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, and discussing at length which one takes the overall better shots is not the topic of this article. We have plenty of those for you to check out, though, so feel free to get into the nitty-gritty if you feel like it.

This time around, we will be pitting the iPhone 7 Plus against the Google Pixel in a portrait shootout. Apple’s latest …