Google is giving away a Google Home to Pixel XL buyers, discounts cases by 50%

Looking to buy a Pixel XL? Don’t hurry to eBay, you can – finally, after all this time – do so from Google. The smartphone is in stock and can be easily bought by official means for the first time in a long while. That’s not the only reason to consider a Pixel XL, though. Google is running some discounts and promotions in its device store to help sweeten the deal!

For example, buying a Pixel XL nets you a Google Home smart Wi-Fi speaker, a $129 gift, while supplies last. You can listen to streaming music with it or issue voice commands and benefit from the search …


Google Play Store data suggests that just over 1 million Pixel, Pixel XL handsets have been sold

Based on data discovered in the Google Play Store, it is estimated that more than one million Pixel and Pixel XL handsets have been sold since the phones were launched last year. Google itself does not release information about individual phone shipments, but the Google Play Store does reveal how many times a certain app has been installed on an Android phone. These figures are listed in the Google Play Store in a wide range. For example, one app could show between 50,000 to 100,000 installs while another might show between 1 million and 5 million.

For some time, Google listed 500,000 to …

Google reportedly cancels Pixel XL 2 muskie in favor of larger phone

For quite a while, we’ve been hearing that Google is in the process of testing three different models for this year’s Pixel phone lineup. Word was that there were direct sequels for the Pixel and Pixel XL as well as a third device with an even larger display than the original Pixel XL. Now, a report is claiming that Google has officially cut one of the models and will only move forward with two new Pixel phones.

According to Android Police, the Pixel XL 2 (code-named “Muskie”) has been cancelled and instead of Muskie, the 2017 Pixel XL will be based on the device code-named “Taimen”. …

Beautiful nature and landscape wallpapers in ultra high-res, perfect for your Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, Pixel XL, LG G6, HTC U11 and others

After a short hiatus, we’re back with yet another collection of beautiful, high-resolution wallpapers for your smartphones and tablets! All of the images that made our list have been hand-picked to ensure that they are both good-looking, as well as large and detailed enough to look sharp on even the most pixel-dense displays out there!

If you’re not really into theming, icon packs, custom launchers and all that, sometimes a simple wallpaper switch will help breathe some fresh air into your smartphone. It’s pretty much universally simple to get the deed done, and …

Google to cease Pixel and Pixel XL on-device tech support after October 2019

Although flagship smartphones are the most expensive on the market, they usually don’t get more than three years of tech support, but that may vary depending on the brand. Google is making sure that consumers won’t have to change their flagships for at least three years if they don’t want to.

The search giant has just confirmed that the Pixel and Pixel XL will be getting on-device tech support until October 2019, three years after the smartphones were launched on the market.

After that date, Google will no longer support on-device tech support for the Pixel …

Google's Pixel XL 2 allegedly shows up on GFXBench with Snapdragon 835, tall aspect ratio

Google’s next pair of flagships in the Pixel line aren’t expected to come out in a while, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get some information about it beforehand. In fact, a listing on graphics benchmark service GFXBench’s database seems to show the specs of the bigger of the two, the Pixel XL 2, in their full glory.

The first and most noticeable feature here is the unusual display size, listed as 2560 x 1312 pixels. Unless what we’re looking at is an error, this would mean the device will sport a display with a taller aspect ratio. And despite it being …

ZTE's super-affordable Max XL now available at Sprint alongside other ZTE goodies

A bit more than a month ago, ZTE launched the sales of the Max XL over at Boost Mobile stores — an affordable smartphone with hardware that matches its sub-$200 price tag. The phone rocks a 6-inch, 1080 x 1920 resolution screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Its cameras have a 13 MP sensor on the back and a 5 MP one for selfies, while the battery in the trunk is quite large at 3,990 mAh. Despite being a lower tier device, it still rocks a fingerprint scanner on its back and comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The company …

Google fixes Pixel and Pixel XL freezing issues in the latest security update

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones had been plagued by many issues since their release last fall. A small percentage of these problems were caused during the manufacturing process, while others, most of them, were addressed via software updates.

A rather long thread on Google’s product forums contains the reports of many Pixel and Pixel XL owners who claim their devices freeze randomly or when they execute specific operations.

The reports started piling up since November, which means it took Google almost seven months to address some of the freezing …

Deal: Get a free Google Home with Pixel or Pixel XL purchase at Verizon

It’s not the first time when the Google Home is offered for free with the purchase of a flagship smartphone, but it’s probably one of the few times that you can snag it along with the Pixel or Pixel XL.

Although it might not be the best time to purchase a Pixel or Pixel XL phone since Google is readying a new pair of smartphones that could go on sale later this fall, some might not want to wait until then.

For a limited time, Verizon offers the Google Home for free with Pixel or Pixel XL purchase. Keep in mind that the Google Home is free after mail-in rebate, …

Microsoft video shows what it really had in mind for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Imagine the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL with a Surface Pen. That was the original plan, according to marketing documents that Microsoft had produced back in 2015. Eventually, the decision was made not to spend the money on producing such high-end features. Shortly after the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL were unveiled by Microsoft, we passed along a rumor that Surface Pen support was coming to the two phones. That, of course, never happened.

The video at the top of the story was turned over to Windows Central by an anonymous source and was believed to be produced early …