AT&T rolls out Android Oreo 8.1 to Pixel 2 and 2 XL, update also adds HD Voice Calling

AT&T has released a new update to Google’s Pixel 2 phones. Weighing in at 531.7MB, the software upgrade brings the recently-announced Android Oreo 8.1 in addition to the carrier’s proprietary HD Voice functionality.

HD Voice uses wide-band audio technology and noise cancellation to improve call quality. In order to enable the feature, head over to Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile Networks and tap on the “Advanced Calling” toggle. Keep in mind that you also have to be located in an area that supports the …


Verizon's $300 price cut on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL now available online

Four days ago, we told you about Verizon’s new deal for the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Without requiring a trade-in, as Verizon demanded in a previous version of the deal, new and existing Big Red customers are able to walk into a nearby Verizon Store and save $300 on the purchase of either new Pixel model. The phones must be bought using Verizon’s device payment plan, and the $300 discount is applied through a bill credit of $12.50 that will show up on your account each month for two years.

While the deal was being offered inside Big Red stores only, that was scheduled to change …

Best rugged cases for the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL: Protect what's dear

Building on last year’s legacy, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were off to a rather rocky start due to a trove of unpleasant issues that plagued a large amount of devices. A few unlucky users have had various issues with their phones, but thankfully, those are not that widespread.
Check out our Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL review
If you’re a lucky owner that hasn’t experienced a single issue on your Pixel 2/2 XL yet, lucky you, you should probably stick with that one and treasure it as good as you possibly can. One of the best ways to do that is none …

Google Pixel 2/2 XL audio distortion issue in video recordings fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Google’s latest Pixel phones are some of the hottest Android flagships in town, but their commercial release has been marred by quite a few issues. One problem that still irritates some owners is a distortion of audio in video playback. Google acknowledged the problem back in late October and promised to resolve it with a software fix.

Now, we’re happy to say that videos will sound much better when Android Oreo 8.1 becomes official. The update is still in beta, but there’s no sign of the bug in the Developer Preview 2 test release of the software. Fortunately, we …

Save $300 on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Verizon with no trade-in required

To kick off the upcoming weekend, Verizon has a new deal on the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL. For a limited time, when your purchase either model using Verizon’s device payment plan, you can save $300 on either phone. And no trade-in is required! The discount is applied with a $12.50 credit added to your Verizon account each month over 24 months.  The maximum purchase allowed is $949.99, which happens to be the price of the 128GB Pixel 2 XL. Dropping the trade-in requirement obviously makes the deal easier for existing and new Big Red customers to take advantage of.

This …

How to enable the Pixel Visual Core for HDR+ with Android 8.1 installed on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

The recently launched Android 8.1 Developer Preview (Beta) 2 allows Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users to get some idea of what the Pixel Visual Core co-processor can do with your photos in conjunction with third party apps. Like a hidden monster from a scary movie, the co-processor has been hiding in wait, looking for the right time to pounce on the unsuspecting victims. In this case, the installation of Android 8.1 will allow you to enable the feature if you follow the proper instructions to enable it.

To turn on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor (assuming that you do have Android 8.1 developer …

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, …

Cyber Monday deal: Buy a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL and get $100 Google Store credit


While Google’s Black Friday sale didn’t include deals on the
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both smartphones are now part of a Cyber Monday
promotion. Starting today, and until November 30 (at 11:59 pm PT), if you’re
buying any of the two new Pixel phones, you’ll be getting $100 credit that can
be used to your heart’s desire in Google Store. 

 

Google is also offering a promo code for a Home Mini speaker
with each new Pixel purchase, thus re-launching an offer that was previously available
only with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pre-orders (prior to October 19). Details on
both the $100 store …

The 128GB Google Pixel 2 XL is $899.99 on eBay

The top-of-the-line Google Pixel 2 XL model features 128GB of native storage and a 6-inch P-OLED display in an 18:9 aspect ratio. Like most current flagship models, it is equipped with the Snapdragon 835 chipset, and comes with 4GB of RAM. The handset also includes a 3520mAh battery and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. This unlocked model works on all four major U.S.wireless operators, and carries an IP67 certification rating. That means that the device can be submerged in up to 3.3 feet of water for as long as 30-minutes, and escape unscathed. There is a 12MP rear-facing snapper, and an 8MP …

OnePlus 5T wins charge test against iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy S8+, Pixel 2 XL

There’s no comparison, really! Watch the #OnePlus5T whip other flagships in a screen-on charging test. https://t.co/vErBcGRqXX pic.twitter.com/OzU8MvaLaZ— OnePlus (@oneplus) November 23, 2017

The OnePlus 5T is a great new $500 flagship phone that has the guts to take on much more expensive phones like the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Google Pixel 2 XL.
And it even has a few neat features to beat those phones. We are talking about Dash Charge, the company’s proprietary charging technology, that allows super fast recharging of phones, …