Google sued over issues with the microphone on the original Pixel and Pixel XL

When it rains, it pours. Earlier tonight, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Google’s Project Fi MVNO alleging that Google charges subscribers for data that is used over Wi-Fi.  Now comes word that the search giant is being sued over problems with the microphones on the original Pixel and Pixel XL units, which were launched in 2016. The suit, which has Class Action status, was filed by attorneys at Girard Gibbs LLP. This is the same firm trying to recruit Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners for a Class Action suit that would be filed against Google, LG and HTC. At issue are the multitude …

Deal: Save up to $200 on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for Verizon

US retailer Best Buy is running another promotion on the Pixel 2 smartphones, but only on the Verizon models. Basically, the same deal Best Buy offered last month is making a comeback but with lower discounts this time.

Instead of letting you save $250 on the Pixel 2 XL and $200 on the Pixel 2, Best Buy now offers the smartphones for $200 and $100, respectively, less. Customers who want purchase the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL must activate a monthly installment plan for Verizon in order to save $100 or $200 on the two flagships.

The deal is available for either of the two storage options …

Google improves Pixel 2's photography skills, launches February security update

Google just announced that it’s ready to release a February security update for its Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Alongside various security related fixes, the update brings some extra goodies, in particular to owners of the Pixel 2 series.   With the new update, Google says it’s enabling the Pixel Visual Core – a dedicated image processing chip that was dormant until now inside the new Pixel phones (unless you’ve installed a beta build of Android 8.1 Oreo). According to Google, the Pixel Visual Core allows users to take better photos with third party camera apps …

Google closes HTC deal, the next Pixel phones could be developed in Taiwan

Google has just announced it has completed the $1.1 billion HTC acquisition and that it’s welcoming the new teammates from the Taiwanese company to its hardware organization.

The acquisition of HTC’s mobile business will make it easier for Google to build its smartphones since the search giant won’t have to outsource the development of the next Pixel devices to another company. The experienced team of HTC engineers, which brought us the first touch-centric phone and the first metal-clad unibody smartphone, may prove to be exactly what Google needs to further improve its R&D abilities.

According …

Save money on a refurbished Pixel or Pixel XL with prices starting at $320 with coupon code

If you’re looking for a deal on a smartphone, one of the most overlooked places to find the model you want is among lists of refurbished handsets for sale. Sure, these devices were once another person’s problem; but these units are usually fixed up, tested, and given a limited warranty before they end up in your hands. And of course, the appeal is that you can save some cash when buying a refurbished model.

Daily Steals is currently offering refurbished Google Pixel and Pixel XL units. The 32GB version of the refurbed Pixel is usually $339.99 and the 128GB model lists at $399.99. However, …

50+ Awesome high-res wallpapers, perfect for your iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, LG V30, Pixel 2 XL and others

It’s that time of the week again, folks! “What time,” you may ask, and let me tell you – it’s the time of the week when we post our regular pick of awesome, high-def wallpapers! If you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and again. And by “every now and again”, we mean almost every week! This means doing a wallpaper rotation at the very least, and/or applying a custom set of icons in the case of Android users to really freshen things up.

However, finding awesome, high-quality …

A mystery update is delivered OTA to several Pixel 2 owners

A small group of Pixel 2 owners were surprised to receive an unexpected second update this month. The new files weighed in at 41.8MB, and fixes critical bugs while improving the performance and stability of the model. The new build number was revised to OPM2.171019.016, which does not match the number seen on the Factory Images page for the Pixel 2. To deepen the mystery, Google did not issue a detailed changelist for the update.

Google’s MO with the Pixel has been to disseminate an update early each month that brings the latest Android security patch to the device, along with any bug fixes. …

Deal: Save 50% on Pixel Buds when you purchase the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL

If you happen to be in need of a pair of earphones, you’ll be happy to know Google’s Pixel Buds are now on sale for 50% off. But there’s a catch, as they’re only cheaper for customers who purchase Google’s latest flagship smartphones.

That most likely changes the priorities, so if you’re looking to buy the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, you’ll also be able to grab the Pixel Buds for just $79.50. The deal Google is offering right now is available until February 14, while supplies last.

In order to benefit from the offer, simply add the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, along with the Pixel Buds …

Google hardware designer reveals early Pixel 2 iterations

Despite the fact that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were manufactured by HTC and LG, the phones were fully designed Google. Ivy Ross, lead hardware designed at Google has just revealed some of the early iterations of the Pixel 2, which made its debut on the market back in October.

Currently, Ross is responsible for the design of all Google products, including the popular Home Mini, Daydream View, and Pixelbook. According to her, the most important design aspect for Google’s hardware is to make products that perfectly fit into our lives and homes.

I believe more time we spend in front …

Deal: Save $250 on a Google Pixel 2 XL, or $200 on a Pixel 2 (Verizon only)

At the end of 2017, for a brief period of time, Best Buy
allowed Verizon customers to save $300 on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. As
of this week, the retailer is back with a new Pixel deal, though a slightly
less generous one.


Right now, Best Buy lets you save $250 on a Google Pixel 2 XL, or $200
on a Google Pixel 2. The deal requires you to activate the phone(s) with a 24-month installment plan on Verizon, with
savings being reflected in reduced monthly payments – this means you’re not
getting a price cut if you want to buy the handsets outright. Both the 64 GB, and
128 GB variants …