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Google Pixel smartwatches this year: 1, 2, or 3?

Google Pixel smartwatches this year: 1, 2, or 3?

Google Pixel 3 will likely appear at a similar time as last year's devices - but a few extra devices were tipped this afternoon, too. Included in the mix are three models: Ling, Triton, and Sardine - that's according to Roland Quandt, who also suggests the devices will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 mobile processor. There might be three, there might be two, or there might just be one.

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Pixel XL charging bug: It’s real, you’re not crazy

Pixel XL charging bug: It’s real, you’re not crazy

I thought I'd lost my mind when Android 8.1 was released for the Pixel XL (the first one) and charging stopped working. I mean, it'd work sometimes, but a lot of the time my phone would no longer charge. I'd plug it in, and nothing - sometimes the charging notification (the lightning bolt) would appear on the battery icon, but most of the time it wouldn't. I tried all sorts of cords, old and new - nothing!

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OG Pixel gone from Google Store, Pixel C gets Google Assistant

OG Pixel gone from Google Store, Pixel C gets Google Assistant

Mobile devices come and go, sometimes faster than we would like. A new model is released every year, sometimes twice a year, and software updates often end two years after launch. As it becomes its own man, Google seems to have also adopted the practice of its OEM partners. Barely two years after it’s highly successful debut, the original Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been removed from the Google Store, perhaps making room for the recently spotted Pixel 3.

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Pixel mid-range model tipped for summer release

Pixel mid-range model tipped for summer release

Google is pushing ahead with plans to release a mid-range Pixel smartphone, according to sources who have leaked the company's alleged plans. The mid-range model is said to be one of multiple devices Google has in the pipeline for launch this summer, with the company specifically targeting it at emerging markets like India. The mid-range Pixel will be cheaper than existing Pixel 2 handsets.

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Pixel 2 and 2 XL battery drain issue investigation underway at Google

Pixel 2 and 2 XL battery drain issue investigation underway at Google

In recent days, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners started complaining about an issue with the phone's battery life, namely that it had decreased substantially following the models' February update. According to impacted users, the phones also experience warmer temperatures, a pair of problems that are frustrating users. Now Google has confirmed that it is investigating the issue.

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Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

Despite “Pixel vs iPhone” Google phone sales are tiny

The Android versus iOS war may often be phrased in terms of Pixel vs iPhone, but new sales stats for Google's Pixel suggest there's a long way to go before Apple needs to be worried. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL launched last year to no shortage of enthusiasm from Android fans, replacing handsets that had been equally lauded by vocal users.

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Google Pixel is at the center of a new class action complaint

Google Pixel is at the center of a new class action complaint

Seeing consumers launch class action lawsuits against giant companies is a relatively common thing, and today, Google is in the crosshairs. Google has been hit with a class action complaint alleging that it didn't honor warranties for the original Pixel and Pixel XL when it became clear that the phones suffered from microphone defects. The complaint was filed by Girard Gibbs LLP in San Jose, the same law firm that recently handled the class action lawsuit surrounding the bootloop issue some LG phones experienced.

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iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

The latest version of the Google camera app remixed for non-Pixel smartphones includes the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode. This mode taps into the smarts of your phone's processor and your phone's image processing unit to capture the subject matter and blur all else. This portrait mode works very similar to the newest version of the iOS portrait mode for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

The Google Pixel 2, and the OG Pixel before it, has been hailed as having one of if not the best smartphone cameras in the market. But its real accomplishment is not exactly in the camera hardware but in the software Google has developed to actually make up for the lack in hardware. But because it's mostly software-based, it's also a bit easier to extract that magic and make it available for other compatible smartphones. And thus, Google Camera mod Camera NX was born, which now includes the much sought-after bokeh effect to older Google phones.

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Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

Android phone security ramps up with hardware-level support

This Android Security team developer Gian G Spicuzza spoke about what's new in Android Oreo for security. This next generation smartphone OS is made to be secure for the most personal device in the life of a person with both hardware security support, platform hardening, and process isolation. Device identifier changes join new layers of app security with Android Oreo as well.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Unique gift idea: Toast custom wood device covers

Today we're having a peek at a Toast wooden smartphone cover for the Google Pixel 2 XL. This is the second time I've used a smartphone with Toast wood on its exterior. Both times I've been above and beyond the average amount of impressed. The custom cuts, the feel, and the unique nature of the fit - for all of these reasons, I cannot recommend Toast any higher. These products do their job well, and they look good doing so.

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