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Pixel Buds A in green accidentally leaked by Google email

Pixel Buds A in green accidentally leaked by Google email

Google has had a terrible time keeping its upcoming Pixel phones under a tight lid. From the Pixel 3a to the current Pixel 5, leaks have left Google with almost nothing else to surprise. This time, it seems to be the one causing the leak as an unrelated email about the Google Nest confirms the existence and appearance of what may be known as the Pixel Buds A, which, considering where it appeared, also hints it might be coming really soon now.

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Some Pixel phones can’t play HD Netflix due to Widevine DRM bug

Some Pixel phones can’t play HD Netflix due to Widevine DRM bug

The latest update for Pixel phones has landed quite a few treats for owners but even more so for the latest models. According to the changelog and user reports, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G, both of which share the same Snapdragon 765G chipset, have received optimizations for their graphical performance. Unfortunately, it seems that some owners of those phones are now also having trouble with playing Netflix in HD quality, and, at least at the moment, the exact cause of this issue continues to elude users and developers.

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Pixel 5 GPU boost looks set with April 2021 update

Pixel 5 GPU boost looks set with April 2021 update

Google's April 2021 security update has started landing for a variety of Pixel handsets dating back to the Pixel 3, and while the update seems fairly innocuous when described by Google, there actually could be a major upgrade lurking within for Pixel 5 users. In fact, some are reporting that so-called performance enhancements in GPU-heavy apps are actually very dramatic in nature, blowing benchmarks from early in the Pixel 5's lifecycle out of the water.

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Pixel 6 will reportedly debut Google’s Apple-inspired Whitechapel chip

Pixel 6 will reportedly debut Google’s Apple-inspired Whitechapel chip

Google's new Pixel phone is expected to switch to a homegrown processor chip known as Whitechapel, sources claim, as what's expected to be the Pixel 6 takes a page out of Apple's successful iPhone strategy playbook. So far, Google's phones have followed the same hardware approach as most Android devices, using chipsets from Qualcomm's Snapdragon series.

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Pixel Buds A leak hints at more affordable Google wireless earbuds

Pixel Buds A leak hints at more affordable Google wireless earbuds

It seems Google is gearing up to launch a new pair of true wireless earbuds called the 'Pixel Buds A,' at least according to a new leak. The report claims that the Pixel Buds A will arrive with two entirely new color options and that the model will be visually distinguished from the non-A models with some subtle adjustments to the overall color scheme.

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T-Mobile announces bigger investment in Google services, Pixel phones

T-Mobile announces bigger investment in Google services, Pixel phones

Although all US carriers now offer Android phones on their shelves, T-Mobile has a distinct place in Android history. It is the carrier to actually put its faith in the still-nascent smartphone platform with the T-Mobile G1, a.k.a the HTC Dream. Now it is renewing that close ties not just with Android but with Google's entire ecosystem by betting on some of the tech giant's services, even at the expense of one of its own.

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Pixel 6 under-display fingerprint scanner seen in Android 12

Pixel 6 under-display fingerprint scanner seen in Android 12

Stock Android hasn't always kept up with the trends and development in biometric security. Fingerprint remains its strongest supported system and even then it only supports the traditional optical sensors on the back of phones or under power buttons. Face recognition is still the same crude one from years ago and not the hi-tech radar-based implementation that the Pixel 4 flaunted two years ago. Now it seems that Google is finally embracing the now-common under-display fingerprint scanning technology in Android 12 but it might also be exclusive to what will eventually become the Pixel 6.

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Google Pixel 6 leak spills your next selfie secret weapon

Google Pixel 6 leak spills your next selfie secret weapon

The latest set of leaked data points about the next Google Pixel smartphone suggest a big change. Not a change in the way the smartphone looks, or acts, or how long its battery lasts. The change comes in the device's ability to capture high-quality front-facing camera video. This Google Pixel 6, as we're calling it for lack of a more officially-confirmed name, appears to be running with the ability to capture 4K video up front.

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Google Fit can use Pixel camera to measure heart, respiratory rate

Google Fit can use Pixel camera to measure heart, respiratory rate

Fitness trackers and smartwatches that can monitor body vitals are a dime a dozen these days but not everyone might be keen on wearing one all the time. Some only have their smartphones with them but the number of devices with built-in sensors for measuring biometrics has considerably dwindled. Just like with mobile photography, Google has found ways to make software do what would normally require specialized hardware to pull off and it's now rolling that out to the Google Fit app for Android.

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Android 12 DP 1.1 released today with battery fix, issue cleanup

Android 12 DP 1.1 released today with battery fix, issue cleanup

A new release of Android 12 in a Developer Preview version 1.1 was delivered today, March 3, 2021. This release was given build number SPP1.210122.022, complete with emulator support including x86 (64-bit), and ARM (v8-A) just like its predecessor. This release includes a March 2021 security patch and Google Play services 21.02.14.

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March Pixel update delivers Smart Compose in more places, underwater photography

March Pixel update delivers Smart Compose in more places, underwater photography

There's a new Pixel update heading out today, and it seems to offer a little bit of everything. Indeed, there's no real theme to this update, as it adds a wide variety of features to Pixel phones. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to use your Pixel's camera underwater, you'll finally get to learn with this update.

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Google Recorder now lets you upload and search like Google Photos

Google Recorder now lets you upload and search like Google Photos

Google Recorder got a bump this week with a web interface for search. This means the Google Recorder system is an audio recording and playing interface with a cloud-based storage system. This makes it effectively the same as Google Photos. At the moment, the official Google Recorder app is only supposed to work on Google Pixel smartphones.

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