The Google Pixel 2 XL is now available to buy in India. The 64GB variant of the Pixel 2XL is price at Rs 73000 while the 128GB variant will cost you Rs 82000. The Google Pixel 2 XL has run into some issues since it launch but, Google has said that these issues can be fixed with a software update.
The smartphone has a 6 inch 2880 x 1440 px POLED display which translates into an 18:9 aspect ratio. Protecting the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, the Pixel 2 XL has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 2.4GHz octa core processor, Adreno 540, 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB onboard storage. The fingerprint sensor sits at the back of the device but, this time [...]
Google has rolled out an update to the Google Assistant which enables the AI assistant to recognise songs. One of the more popular features introduced in the Pixel 2 phones is ‘Now Playing‘, wherein the Pixel2 can recognise songs playing and pull up links to buy or stream them. The catch here is that while Pixel 2 doesn’t use the internet to search for songs, the Google Assistant needs the internet to recognise the song and pull up results.
This feature will come in handy more than you think. If you are always reaching into your pocket and struggling to open Shazam just in time for it to catch the song and show a result, this feature can be [...]
The Google Pixel 2 was launched after the iPhone X but, thanks to it being available before the iPhone X the phone was put through its paces all over the internet. DXOmark is a portal that rates the camera of a smartphone on different parameters and the Google Pixel 2 came out to be the highest rated smartphone ever. The recently launched iPhone X was tested by DXOmark and was given an overall rating of 97, which is onepoint less than the Pixel 2.
In its summary, DXOmark said:
With a Photo score of 101, the Apple iPhone X achieves the best results so far for still images, edging out the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the previous joint leaders in the [...]
Ever since its launch, the Google Pixel 2 XL has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The integration of software, hardware and AI by Google in the Pixel 2 smartphones has been overshadowed by the growing complaints against the Pixel 2 XL’s OLED display. In a new software update, apart from the December security patch, Google has introduced new settings in the display menu, in a bid to improve the user experience.
The software update also contains a security patch for the Wi-Fi “Krack” vulnerability.
The update also contains a fix for the faint clicking noise heard in some Pixel 2s as well as changes to the Pixel 2 XL’s display behaviour to mitigate against [...]
Google appears to have forgotten that an Android phone needs an Android OS to function. Reports from the US claim that a few Google Pixel 2 XL were shipped to customers without an operating system. There are multiple threads on Reddit on the issue, and almost all users complain about the same message welcoming them “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” After multiple issues were reported, Google responded that it will be replacing all the devices which were shipped with this issue.
One of the Reddit users wrote in a thread:
I came home excited to unbox my new Pixel 2 XL. Upon turning on the device I was greeted with a [...]
Apple and Google have been rivals in the world of tech for a long time now. For many years, Google was known for its software business but, it recently took control over its phones’ hardware as well with the rise of the Pixel lineup. In September, Apple launched the marquee iPhone X and Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL a month later. While the iPhone X takes a huge detour in terms of design from its predecessor, you can still see shades of the original Pixel devices in the new Pixel 2 smartphones. Both, the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 went up for pre-orders in India on the 27th of October. Let’s stack up the Google Pixel 2 against the iPhone X and see who comes [...]
Google is trying hard to reduce the time it takes to pair bluetooth devices with Android phones. A new update is going to make pairing some Bluetooth devices much easier. Starting with Google Play Services 11.7 on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher, users will be able to take advantage of the new Fast Pair feature. Fast Pair will make the process of pairing Bluetooth devices easier by scanning for nearby Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) broadcasts and prompting you to pair with them.
Once Fast Pair is enabled, Android will scan for BLE broadcasts close to the user’s device and discovers a Fast Pair packet. That packet is then in turn sent to Google’s servers to retrieve the [...]
Google launched the next iteration of its flagship Pixel smartphone lineup, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on the 4th of October during a launch event at the Google HQ. The most interesting aspect of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL is the tight integration of its software, hardware and AI. Google talked a lot about the importance of AI in the future and how the new devices take advantage of the Google Assistant. We have the smaller sibling of the two, the Google Pixel 2 with us which starts at a price of Rs 61000 in India for the 64GB storage variant. Let’s unbox it and see what we get inside:Google Pixel 2 Sim ejector tool Documentation USB C to 3.5mm jack [...]
Google launched the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL globally on the 4th of October and showed signs of getting serious about its hardware. Google talked highly about its new phones’ integration of software, hardware and AI. The bigger sibling, the Pixel 2 XL has a pOLED display and over the course of past few weeks, several issues pertaining to its display have surfaced online. Issues like black smearing and screen burn in were heavily reported and Google responded with a simple, “We are actively investigating” the issues. Now, Google has released a blog post in which the company has said that the display issues will be resolved via a software update and the warranty period [...]
Google launched the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on the 4th of October at a launch event at the Google HQ. Google talked about the integration of software, hardware and AI in their new range of products. One nifty feature that combines the three is the ‘Now Playing’ feature. When activated, it uses the always listening microphones of the Pixel 2 smartphones to detect a song in the background and display the name and artist of the song on the lock screen. In the notification window, it then displays links to buy or stream the song. The differentiating factor from Shazam here is that the phone doesn’t need to be connected to the internet for this feature to work. The [...]
Google has been battling with Amazon in the smart speaker space since launching the Google Home. Google Home was the only smart speaker made by Google until 4th of October when it launched a new variant of the smart speaker, the Google Home Mini. It is speculated that the Google Home Mini was launched to compete with the inexpensive Amazon Echo Dot and had the same price as well (US $49). Amazon recently launched the Echo Show, which is a smart speaker with a touchscreen display and it appears that Google is working on a touchscreen smart speaker as well, as found by Android Police.
This seems to corroborate with a report from [...]
Even before going on sale in most of the countries, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been embroiled in hardware-related internet backlash. New issues have been reported concerning the speakers as well. To bring you up to speed with all the issues regarding the Pixel 2 phones, some tech critics found potential screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL. Google has since responded to these reports and said that it is actively investigating the issue. The screen burn-in reports followed previous complaints regarding the display that the colours were dull and that it may show some distortion in certain low-light situations.
Report suggests that certain Google Pixel 2 users are [...]